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VFW Ladies Auxiliary to hold baked steak, chicken noodle dinner

April 20, 2014

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5299 will hold a baked steak/chicken noodle dinner at the McArthur VFW Post at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive on April 25 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Baked steak dinners will be sold for $7.50 and chicken noodle dinners will be sold for $6.50. Drinks and desserts are included with the meals. Both dine-in and carry-out options will be available.


Dog abuse report leads to arrest of Creola man

April 19, 2014

On April 17th, 2014, a call was recieved by the Vinton Co Sheriffs Office that a man was beating a dog with a baseball bat that was chained to a tree on Depue Rd in McArthur.  

Clint Dickerson, 42 of Creola, was arrested after an investigation led to evidence against him.
Dickerson was charged with criminal trespass, cruelty to animals, and injury to animals, and was taken to the SEORJ.  The dog was taken to the vet by the owner.  A bond hearing through video arraignment will be held on tuesday.  The case has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney for review.

Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District fish sale underway

April 15, 2014

The Vinton Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual fish sale is underway.  There is a variety of fish species available including: white amur (grass carp), largemouth bass, bluegill, redear shellcrackers, channel catfish, yellow perch and minnows.  For more information about the fish sale or to place an order contact the Vinton Soil & Water Conservation District at 740-596-5676 or by e-mail at    Orders must be received by the end of business on May 1st.  Fish will be delivered to the SWCD office Tuesday May 6th at 1:00p.m.

Columbia Gas reminds citizens to call before they dig

April 15, 2014

Columbus – Building a deck or putting up a fence this spring?  Planting trees or shrubs? Columbia Gas of Ohio reminds property owners planning a landscaping or construction project around the home to call 811 to have underground utility lines marked before they dig. Notification should be made at least 48 hours, but not more than 10 days, prior to the start of excavation.

“After receiving your call, the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) will notify Columbia Gas and other OUPS member utilities of your excavation plans,” said Dave Rau, communications manager for Columbia Gas. “This gives us an opportunity to mark where underground Columbia Gas lines may be in conflict with your excavation plans.”

This free service can help protect customers from personal injury or property damage, and prevents interruption of natural gas and other utility services. Ohio law requires all excavators, whether contractors or homeowners, to contact OUPS at least 48 hours before starting to dig.

“Even if you’re doing something as simple as digging a post hole for a mailbox at the curb, be safe and call before you dig,” Dave added.

Columbia Gas of Ohio delivers clean, efficient natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource distribution companies serve approximately 3.8 million gas and electric customers primarily in seven states. More information about Columbia Gas of Ohio is available at: Be sure to call 811 at least two business days before you dig. For information about natural gas safety and what to do if you suspect a gas leak, go to:

Track and Field: Viking boys finish second at RL Davisson Invitational

April 15, 2014
(Submitted Photo)

(Submitted Photo)

The Viking Boys Track and Field team stood out at the RL Davisson Invitational, held at Southeastern High School.  The boys earned the Runner-Up Trophy, finishing second out of 17 schools.

The boys team scores were as follows: Greenfield McClain 88, Vinton County 73, Chillicothe 70, Southeastern 64, Coal Grove 58, Z. Trace 54, Piketon 54, Hillsboro 38, Adena 37, Sard. Eastern 30, Leesburg Fairfield 26, Huntington 21, Paint Valley 10, North Adams 1, West Union 0, Westfall 0.

Wade Barney earned the boys’ Meet Medalist award by earning first place in the long jump (20′ 10″), 100m (11.73), 200m (23.58), and 400m (52.68).

The boys scored in 15 out of 16 events (the pole vault was cancelled due to wind).  The following Viking boys scored to contribute to the team’s successful night:
Brett Radabaugh – 4th in 3200m (10:42.13) and 5th in the 1600m (4:54.96)
Tyler Bartoe – 5th in the 110m hurdles (17.53) and 7th in the 300m hurdles (45.96)
Wesley Yors – 5th in the discus (125′ 7″) and 6th in the shot put (41′ .75″)
Wakiza Anderson – 6th in the 800m (2:15.99)
4x800m Relay – 7th (9:33.88) – Wakiza Anderson, Brett Radabaugh, Alec Boothe, Adrian Chevalier
4x100m Relay – 7th (48.66) – Lane Sharp, Nate Schrader, Ryan Slopko, Chris Zinn
4x200m Relay – 7th (1:45.91) – Chris Zinn, Tyler Bartoe, Lane Sharp, Nate Schrader
4x400m Relay – 8th (3:58.25) – Ryan Slopko, Wakiza Anderson, Alec Boothe, Tyler Bartoe

Complete results are available at:

The Vikings will be at home next Tuesday, April 15th, then travel to Washington Court House on Friday, April 18th for the Blue Lion Invitational.

Track and Field: Viking girls place first at RL Davisson Invitational

April 15, 2014
(Submitted Photo)

(Submitted Photo)

The Vinton County High School girls track team finished first of 14 teams at the RL Davisson Invitational, which was held at Southeastern High School. The team scores were Vinton County 95, Adean 85, Hillsboro 80, Zane Trace 66, Piketon 56, Chillicothe 54, Southeastern 50, Huntington 45, Sardinia Eastern 41, McClain 24, Paint Valley 24, Western 4, Fairfield 0 and North Adams 0.

Cassie McFadden was the meet medalist. She scored 32 points by winning the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the long jump. She was also a member of the second place 4×100 meter relay team

Scoring for the Lady Vikings were:

Cassie McFadden – 1st 100 meter dash (13.93)/1st 200 meter dash (27.65)/1st long jump 15’0.5
Megan Dixon – 1st 3200 meter run (12:56.62)/2nd 1600 meter run (5:56.46)
Mya Faris – 1st 800 meter run (2:36.69)
Lauren Mitchell – 3rd 300 meter hurdles (53.93)/5th 100 meter hurdles (19.07)
Lynaya Collins – 4th 100 meter hurdles (18.96)/8th 300 meter hurdles (56.27)
Hannah Radabaugh – 8th 3200 meter run (14:20.46)
4×800 meter relay – 2nd (11:04.55) – Megan Dixon, Mya Faris, Karen Fite, and Lynaya Collins
4×100 meter relay – 2nd (55.11) – Katie Fee, Cassie McFadden, Lauren Mitchell, and Heather Remy
4×200 meter relay – 7th (2:04.08) – Heather Remy, Jen Case, Katie Fee, and Josie Graves
4×400 meter relay – 7th (4:49.19) – Mya Faris, Karen Fite, Katie Fee, and Lauren Mitchell

Full results can be found on here.

The team’s next meet will be a home meet on Tuesday, April 15 with Eastern and Federal Hocking.

Hunters prepare for wild turkey season

April 15, 2014

COLUMBUS – For many hunters, spring in Ohio brings the unmistakable sound of gobbling wild turkeys and Ohio’s annual hunt of this popular game bird. The 2014 Ohio spring hunting season opens Monday, April 21, with the youth wild turkey season on Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Wild turkeys have benefited from good spring weather in 2012 and 2013, and Ohio has experienced two above average hatch years. This should result in many 2-year-old toms (male turkeys) and jakes (1-year-old male turkeys) in the woods. Past Ohio wild turkey hunting seasons have seen increased harvests with greater numbers of 2-year-old toms.

Hunters harvested 18,391 wild turkeys during the 2013 youth and spring turkey seasons. The total checked in 2012 was 17,657 wild turkeys.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates approximately 70,000 licensed hunters, not counting exempt landowners hunting on their own property, will enjoy Ohio’s popular spring wild turkey season before it ends on Sunday, May 18. The spring and youth turkey seasons are open statewide with the exception of Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County, which requires a special hunting permit.

Hunters will need to make their own game tag to attach to a wild turkey. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time and county of the kill. Hunters also need to write this information on the wild turkey permit immediately after harvesting a bird.

Go to the Turkey Hunting Resources page at for more information on changes to the game check process.

All hunters must report their turkey harvest using the automated game-check system. Hunters have three options to complete the game check:

  • Online at This website is mobile-friendly;
  • Call 877-TAG-ITOH (824-4864);
  • Visit a license agent. A list of agents can be found at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

Game-check transactions are available online and by telephone seven days a week and during holidays. Landowners exempt from purchasing a turkey permit, and any other person not required to purchase a turkey permit, cannot use the phone-in option.

Hunters are required to have a hunting license and a spring turkey hunting permit. The spring season bag limit is two bearded turkeys. Hunters can harvest one bearded turkey per day, and a second spring turkey permit can be purchased at any time throughout the spring turkey season. Turkeys must be checked by 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest.

The youth-only turkey hunt is April 19-20 for those possessing a valid youth hunting license and youth turkey permit. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 18 years of age or older. Only one wild turkey may be checked by a youth hunter during the two-day season.

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon from April 21-May 4. Hunting hours from May 5-18 will be 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset during the two-day youth season.

Hunters may use shotguns or archery equipment to hunt wild turkeys. It is unlawful to hunt turkeys using bait, live decoys or electronic calling devices or to shoot a wild turkey while it is in a tree. The ODNR Division of Wildlife advises turkey hunters to wear hunter orange clothing when entering, leaving or moving through hunting areas in order to remain visible to others.

Wild turkey breeding activity is primarily controlled by the increasing amount of daylight. Hens typically start incubating eggs around May 1 in Ohio. Ohio’s current wild turkey population is approximately 180,000.

Wild turkeys were extirpated in Ohio by 1904 and were reintroduced in the 1950s by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s first modern day wild turkey season opened in 1966 in nine counties, and hunters checked 12 birds. The wild turkey harvest topped 1,000 for the first time in 1984. Spring turkey hunting opened statewide in 2000, and Ohio hunters checked more than 20,000 wild turkeys for the first time that year.

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


CARE Outreach food distribution scheduled for April 15

April 9, 2014

CARE Outreach food distribution has been scheduled for April 15.

CARE Outreach officials sent the following message to remind the community of this month’s distribution date:

“Don’t forget, this is a five Tuesday month, but CARE OUTREACH food distribution is still scheduled for the third Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Thanks, all the volunteers at CARE.”

CARE Outreach food distribution scheduled for April 15

April 9, 2014

CARE Outreach food distribution has been scheduled for April 15.

CARE Outreach officials sent the following message to remind the community of this month’s distribution date:

“Don’t forget, this is a five Tuesday month, but CARE OUTREACH food distribution is still scheduled for the third Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Thanks, all the volunteers at CARE.”

Sojourners looks to hire 9 VISTA members

April 7, 2014

Are you looking for a full-time job where you can make a difference in peoples’ lives? Sojourners is recruiting for nine AmeriCorps VISTA positions for the organization’s AmeriCorps VISTA program, which is funded through a grant from the Ohio State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

 Sojourners VISTA Program provides nine individuals the opportunity to use their skills and talents working full-time within the organization’s four divisions.  Four County Resource Coordinators will work in Generation Now, Sojourner’s division of runaway and homeless youth services, developing four county wraparound teams to build relationships with county community agencies and service providers to offer coordination, linkage and advocacy services to runaway, homeless, and mentally ill youth. The Social Enterprise Coordinator will work in Youthbuild, a job training and education program, to enhance and establish social enterprise ventures and create sustained employers for Youthbuild graduates. The Independent and Recruitment Coordinator will work in Sojourners’ Family Development division, training and supporting foster parents in independent living skills training and recruiting foster care and host homes. The Volunteer Coordinator will manage and enhance the organization’s volunteer program and recruit ongoing and one-time volunteers. The Special Events and Social Media Coordinator will coordinate and increase the effectiveness of special events and social media. 

The VISTA Leader will provide overall support to the Sojourners VISTA members, supporting the activities, growth and development of the members and acting as a liaison between the members and Sojourners staff and sub-site supervisors.

 “This is our third year offering the full-year VISTA program,” said Richard Games, Sojourners Co-Executive Director.  “Our first two cohorts of members have been extremely successful and have accomplished great things for Sojourners. We are very excited about the skills and energy our new VISTAs will bring to our organization, our youth development programs, and the communities we serve,” he concluded.

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty.  Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.

VISTA members commit to serve at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. During their service, VISTA members receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits. And, upon completing their service, they can choose to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend.

 For more information about the Sojourners VISTA Programs contact Shelly Horvath at 740.591.6649 or To view job descriptions or apply online, visit To view job descriptions or apply online, visit www.