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Central Elementary PTC to hold fall carnival

October 29, 2014

The Central Elementary Parent-Teacher-Central (PTC) has been busy planning this year’s Fall Carnival to be held Saturday, November 1 starting with a chili dinner at 4:30 p.m., and all other attractions from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the school. The event promises to be fun-packed with games, prizes, contests and more!

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the chili dinner, cost to be determined. Game tickets will be sold for .25 a piece or 5 for $1.00.  Snow Cones, Popcorn, and drinks will also be available for purchase. Games may be played for tickets, and included is a Fish Bowl Toss, Football Toss, Lollipop Tree, Bouncy House and much more! Prizes will not be handed out at each game this year – game players will earn tickets they can then collect and combine to purchase the prizes of their choice at our Prize Table!

The Carnival will also be host to a series of contests this year. Students at the school are selling raffle tickets October 16-30 for a Thirty-One gift bag raffle to be held the night of the Carnival. Students can also receive raffle tickets from Teresa Rood. The top-selling boy and girl who turn in their raffle money and all tickets by October 30 will get the crowns! There will also be a Costume Contest – come dressed to the nines in your best/scariest/prettiest costume! Entries will be $1.00 per participant. And back this year is the cake decorating contest. Cakes will need to be entered by 5 p.m. the night of the carnival, and decorated in a fall or Halloween theme (no professionally-decorated cakes will be accepted).

And a reminder to our school families: We are asking for just a few donations this year.  Parents should receive a letter from their child(ren)’s teacher as to items to donate for the Thirty-One gift bag raffle.  We would also appreciate donations of items for the Cake Walk, and/or cases of canned pop and water. Any area businesses interested in donating items can contact Amy White at 596-0677.

The PTC hopes the community will join our Central Elementary families in celebration of the fall season for this Carnival! We can’t wait to see you there!

Vinton County Viking Players to present SNL Dinner Theater

October 29, 2014

Dinner theater

The Vinton County High School Players will present a night of comedy with a presentation of SNL Dinner Theater on November 8.

Tickets for the event will be $10 each and will sold the week of the show at Vinton County Clerk of Courts office and the VCHS front office. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

The menu for the event includes salad, spagehetti and garlic bread with assorted drinks and beverages.

There will also be a dessert auction to help raise funds for the upcoming spring musical.

Reader weighs in on auditor race

October 29, 2014

Dear Fellow Vinton County Residents,

As a citizen of the United States, we must realize that people sacrificed themselves for our freedom to support and vote for a candidate who represents our common interests. I personally take the privilege of voting very seriously. Many times, I think we all become so overwhelmed with daily tasks that we overlook our duty to be a responsible voter. Whether Democrat or Republican, we are all charged with voting for whom we determine to be most well suited for the position at hand.

I definitely understand how one can become so busy with personal day-to-day activities, that we run out of time to do our homework on the candidates. I am hopeful to highlight a few successes of our local auditor Cindy Owings-Waugh, that will support her campaign for re-election. I was so impressed when Mrs. Owings-Waugh took the initiative to support Vinton County as a whole, by bending the ear of state legislators, sharing the unique demographics of our community, that in some ways make us desirable (remote location and slow paced), but also make us vulnerable economically. This act in and of itself, identified Cindy as a woman with a true passion for her job and her constituents. She represented the community with pride and professionalism.

During her tenure as Vinton County Auditor, Cindy Owings-Waugh has also maintained a balanced budget for the county. When you consider the economic decline state wide of funding streams made available to county agencies, one must realize the diligence it would require to maintain such a record of stellar performance.

Cindy has also introduced technology into her office making the county records more accessible to the public. She recently announced the county property tax records availability online as early as January 2015. While maintaining her daily functions of auditor, Mrs. Owings-Waugh has been brainstorming ways to improve efficiency and customer service on a continual basis.

Beyond these professional achievements, she has taken time from her own personal schedule, to volunteer for programs which enhance our community as a whole. I recall the wind storm we had in 2012 where Cindy donated her own time to help pass out ice to those in need. Cindy dedicates countless hours for youth athletic programs supporting them in their continued success. Cindy truly goes the extra mile to support Vinton County and I am honored to share these successes with my fellow voters, so you may be an informed voter as you enter the polls in the upcoming election. Cindy Owings-Waugh is the Vinton County Auditor who has proven to be effective, efficient, dedicated and responsible. I support Cindy Owings-Waugh to continue her mission of excellence in office.

Misty L. Napier
Vinton County Resident

Albany man dies from injuries in Route 278 motorcycle accident

October 24, 2014

An Albany man died after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident on Route 278 Friday.

According to a report from the Jackson Post of State Highway Patrol, Kevin L. Jackson, 57, of Albany was traveling south bound on a 2009 Triumph motorcycle on Route 278, just north of Wheelabout Road at approximately 6:58 p.m. when his vehicle left the roadway striking a guardrail and ejecting him into a creek.

Jackson was transported by Vinton County EMS to O’Bleness hospital in Athens, where he was later pronounced deceased.

The roadway was not closed as a result of the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

ODNR announces capital improvement projects at Hocking Hills State Park

October 22, 2014

LOGAN -- Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer today announced several capital improvement projects at Hocking Hills State Park.

“Hocking Hills continues to receive international acclaim and is certainly one of Ohio’s greatest natural treasures,” said Zehringer. “These improvements allow us to enhance the experience of our guests as we showcase this beautiful park and introduce more visitors to the great things Ohio has to offer.”

Upcoming improvements at Hocking Hills State Park will include:

  • Completely renovating all 40 of the state park’s cabins
  • Replacing the dining lodge roof
  • Doing exterior renovations to the dining lodge
  • Renovating the outdoor pool at the dining lodge
  • Adding more full service hookup campsites
  • Installing new playground equipment in the campground area
  • Upgrading the restroom at the welcome center at Old Man’s Cave
  • Making improvements to the restroom at Ash Cave
  • Increasing trail signage throughout the park, including safety signage and confidence markers
  • Installing brand new interpretive signage for the first time at an Ohio State Park
  • Larger campsites at the horse camp

The Ohio State Parks capital improvement projects, and others like them around the state, are made possible through the support of Governor John Kasich, Senate President Keith Faber and the Ohio General Assembly. Ohio State Parks received an unprecedented $88.5 million for capital improvements to strengthen the infrastructure and modernize facilities in the most recent capital budget.

To assist in identifying key projects, ODNR launched a website to allow people to submit their ideas for improvements within the Ohio State Parks system. By visiting, people can fill out a survey to suggest improvements at their favorite state park. To date, the department has received more than 6,100 completed surveys. Ohioans are encouraged to continue to fill out these surveys and share their feedback as they visit Ohio’s 74 state parks this fall.

Ohio is proud to be one of only seven states in the nation where admission to state parks is free.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Ladies Auxiliary to hold baked steak, chicken noodle dinner

October 22, 2014

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5299 will be holding a baked steak and chicken noodle dinner on October 24 at the VFW post located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur.

The dinner will be held from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Cost of the steak dinner is $8 and the noodle dinner will be $7. Drink and dessert will be included.


C.A.R.E. to hold big barn sale and food drive

October 22, 2014

C.A.R.E. Outreach will be holding a big barn sale and food drive at 395 East High Street in McArthur on October 25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The organization has donated clothing, toys, housewares, hardware and other items they are offering to swap in exchange for donated food items.

The organization’s clients are in greatest need of peanut butter, dry beans and canned meats (tuna, salmon, chicken or beef stew).  For each of these items donated, two free items from the barn sale will be awarded.  Donations of boxed rice or pasta and canned fruits or vegetables will return one free item from the barn sale per item donated.

Those donating have been asked to only donate food items that are at minimum three months from expiration date. Expired food items will not be accepted.

All barn sale items are also available for cash purchase as well.

McArthur BPW to host Meet the Candidates night

October 19, 2014

The McArthur Business and Professional Women will be hosting a Meet the Candidates night on Monday, October 20 at the Vinton County Community Building, beginning at 7 p.m.

Candidates for Vinton County Commissioner and Auditor will participate.  Other state and district candidates may be available to speak with.

Refreshments will be provided.

Highway Patrol looks to educate, raise awareness during Teen Driver Safety Week

October 18, 2014

COLUMBUS – Teen drivers are involved in a disproportionate amount of traffic crashes, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is committed to using education, awareness and traffic enforcement to deter dangerous behavior on Ohio roadways. For that reason, the Patrol and the Ohio Department of Public Safety are partnering with the Ohio Department of Insurance to support Teen Driver Safety Week from Oct.19-25.

From 2011-2013, teen drivers were at fault in 99,132 traffic crashes. This resulted in 43,785 injuries and 288 deaths on Ohio’s roadways, representing 9 percent of all fatal crashes during the same time period. Speed is a related factor in more than half of crashes caused by teen drivers, and more than a quarter of at-fault teen drivers were impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“Through our education, enforcement and awareness efforts, we are committed to keeping our young drivers safe,” said John Born, Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.  “However, we need everyone across Ohio to take action in their communities as we cannot do it alone.”

While educating and raising the awareness of our teen drivers is extremely important, the Patrol also aims to change driver behavior through traffic enforcement. From 2011-2013, 62 percent of the citations issued to teen drivers were for speed-related violations and 17 percent were for failure to wear a safety belt.

“Promoting responsibility, awareness and safety are incredibly important for our youngest drivers,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “By gaining awareness of the dangers new drivers face, teen drivers and their parents can help end these preventable losses.”

Teen drivers are encouraged to plan ahead when in order to eliminate rushing from one location to another. They are also reminded that safety belts save lives, and they should encourage everyone in their vehicle to buckle-up, every time.

For a statistical map regarding teen drivers and a county-by-county breakdown of where Patrol citations have been issued, please visit

ODNR offers resources for fall, halloween season

October 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, OH - This weekend many places around the state will provide fall color seekers the ideal opportunity to enjoy the brilliance of near peak and peak conditions, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“For many families, fall color road trips are only part of what makes this time of the year so special,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick. “The autumn experience is also enjoyable because of traditional activities, such as hayrides, carving pumpkins, Halloweeen costume contests and much more.”

Remember, autumn fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Ohio State Parks offer a number of Halloween campouts, haunted trails and other great Halloween activities that allow families to create lasting memories. A complete list of these ghostly good times can be found on the fall color website.

In recognition of Earth Science Week, don’t forget this is a great time of year to see fall colors up close while fossil hunting. Once covered by a vast ocean with Caribbean-like weather, Ohio became a breeding ground for thousands of fossils that can be found today. For more information on the best places to look for fossils in Ohio this fall, go to

People interested in discovering where the most captivating leaves will be throughout the fall color season should check out, ODNR’s premier guide to Ohio’s fall color season. This website includes:

  • Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.
  • Weekly videos from Burdick highlighting color hot spots around the state.
  • Links for fall activities and overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks.

Looking for some great fall getaway ideas? TourismOhio has numerous itinerary ideas and a list of attractions at under Autumn Adventures.

ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag, #ohiofall14. Follow @ohiodnr, @OhioStateParks and @DiscoverOhio on Twitter and Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio State Parks and Discover Ohio on Facebook to see more fall color photos.

New this year, ODNR is offering a Best of Ohio Fall 14 Photo Contest on Ohio State Parks’ Instagram (@OHstateparks). Post your photos to Instagram using the hashtag #ohiofall14 and automatically be entered into the contest. Prizes include a four-person tent from REI, a Hocking Hills Canopy Tours Zip Line Adventure and overnight stays at many of our state park lodges.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at