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Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival 2016 schedule

April 11, 2016

2016 Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival Schedule
Tentative: updated April 4

Thursday, May 5
5:00 p.m. – 2016 Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival Opening Ceremony — National Anthem performed by Abby Owings
5 – 10 p.m. – Ride Matinee

On the Main Stage:
6:00 p.m. – Austin Hitte
7:00 p.m. – SouthBank
8:30 p.m. – Davisson Brothers Band

Friday, May 6
Noon – Booths and Exhibits Open

On the Main Stage:
6:00 p.m. – Introduction of 2016 Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival Queen Contestants
6:30 p.m. – Austin Hitte
7:30 p.m. – Crossroad Station
9:00 p.m. – No Regrets

Saturday, May 7
Noon – Registration for the Turkey Calling Contest at the McArthur VFW Post 5299
Noon – Booths and Exhibits Open
1:00 p.m. – Turkey Calling Contest – Sanctioned by the National Wild Turkey Federation (McArthur VFW Post 5299)
1:00 p.m. – Visiting Queens’ Luncheon (The Well, 301 W. High St.)
4:00 p.m. – Introduction of Visiting Queens and Court members – on the Main Stage
6:00 p.m. – 2016 Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival Grand Parade

On the Main Stage:
7:30 p.m. – Crowning of the 2016 Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival Queen and Court
8:30 p.m. – The Chase Band
Intermission entertainer: Shawna Corder

Sunday, May 8
10:00 a.m. – Baby Contest Registration (Main information tent — Registration closes at 12:30 PM–no exceptions)
11:00 a.m. – Car Show Registration – (South Sugar Street – Vinton County National Bank parking lot
Noon – Car Show
Noon – Booths and Exhibits Open
Noon – 5:00 p.m. – Ride Matinee

On the Main Stage:
12:30 p.m. – Little Miss Gobblerette & Little Mr. Gobbler
1:00 p.m. – Baby Contest
3:00 p.m. – Musical entertainment: Family Heritage
4:00 p.m. – Turkey Drop and Raffle Drawings
5:00 p.m. – Festival Closes

Track: Girls results for Thursday, April 7

April 8, 2016

Vinton County girls track team results from the Thursday, April 7 event at Southeastern are as follows:

Southeastern 96
Adena 95
Vinton County 92
Zane Trace 81
McClain 58
Sardinia Eastern 52
Hillsboro 36
Huntington 36
Piketon 30
Paint Valley 25

Here are the athletes who scored (placed in the top 8) at the meet.
Tyra Prater — 1st 800m Run 2:43.22/3rd 1600m Run 5:49.55
Hannah Radabaugh — 1st 3200m Run 1338.34/7th High Jump 4’2
Lilly Chevalier — 2nd 3200m Run 13:43.52/5th 400m Dash 1:12.67
Rianna Fee — 2nd Long Jump 13’1/8th 100m Dash 14.59
Sara White — 3rd 300m Hurdles 1:01.35/8th 100m Hurdles 19.95
Julie McKibben — 6th Shot Put 27’0.5/8th Discus 70’5
Ryann Ramey — 6th 1600m Run 6:42.64
Arissa Long — 6th 800m Run 2:55.22
Miranda Ousley — 6th 200m Dash 34.5
Kaitlen Danner — 7th High Jump 4’2
Lexi Smith — 8th High Jump 11’1
4x800m Relay (Tyra Prater, Lilly Chevalier, Hannah Radabaugh, Arissa Long) 2nd 11:20.7
4x400m Relay (Ryann Ramey, Kaitlen Danner, Arissa Long, Sara White) 2nd 5:06.79
4x200m Relay (Josie Graves, Lexi Smith, Rianna Fee, Kaitlen Danner) 5th 2:09.27
4x100m Relay (Lexi Smith, Rianna Fee, Sara White, Kaitlen Danner) 7th 1:01.44

Our next meet is Wednesday, April 13 at Athens

Track: Viking boys track team battles inclement weather, finishes 8th

April 8, 2016

The Viking Boys Track and Field team fought tough weather conditions Thursday at the Rl Davisson Invitation, finishing in eighth out of ten teams competing.

Temperatures were in the 30’s with wind, rain and sleet.

The pole vault was cancelled due to inclement weather .

Results and highlights of the event include:

The boys 4x800m relay team of Christian Wharton, Lincoln Hayes, Sam Hayes and Alec Boothe finished in first place with a time of 9:25.13

Sam Hayes finished in third place in the mile (5:14.35)

Tristan Bartoe finished fifth in the long jump (17’9″)

The Boys 4x400m relay team of Alec Boothe, Lincoln Hayes, Sam Hayes and Jordan Albright finished fifth with a time of 4:04:37

Christian Wharton finished fifth in the 3200m (11:49.04) and seventh in the high jump (5′)

Lincoln Hayes finished fifth in the 800m (2:20.90)

The boys 4x200m relay team of Caleb Montgomery, Jordan Albright, Tristan Bartoe and Eli Griffith finished in sixth place with a time of 1:49.84

The boys 4×100 relay team of Ian Reffett, Caleb Montgomery, Jordan Albright and Tristan Bartoe finished in seventh with a time of 50.92

Naylan Yates finished in seventh place in the 400m (1:00.39)

Eli Griffith finished in eighth place in the high jump (5′)

Lincoln Hayes – 5th in 800m (2:20.90)

Full results are available at<>.

STEM Camp offers unique opportunity for children in grades five through seven

April 8, 2016

What do your children or grandchildren want to be when they grow up? Do they want to be scientists, doctors, or engineers? What about farmers or video game designers? Maybe they want to work with animals? Or would they rather play with computers? A few days at STEM Camp might help them decide. And, they’ll have fun along the way!

Boys and girls currently in 5th through 7th grades from an eleven-county region in southern Ohio are invited to attend STEM Camp at Canter’s Cave this summer. The region includes Adams, Brown, Gallia, Jackson, Highland, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties. The camp is being planned and implemented by OSU Extension professionals from several of these counties. Both 4-H and non-4-H youth are invited to attend.

The camp will begin after lunch on Monday, June 6, and end late morning on Wednesday, June 8. It will be held at the Elizabeth L. Evans Outdoor Education Center/Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio. The camp is an ideal setting for such a program, offering an abundance of natural resources and traditional camp activities. During the three-day, two night camp, participants will participate in both special workshops focused on STEM and in some of those traditional camp activities – with a STEM twist.

What’s STEM? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. But, this camp won’t feel the least bit like school. Participants will select two STEM areas to explore in-depth. Choices include Aerospace, Robotics, Environmental Science, Food Science, Animal Science, Life Science, Engineering, and Forensic Science. Participants will do lots of hands-on activities and learn about careers in the field. They’ll also enjoy team building “engineering” challenges, explore the night sky, and have some fun during a traditional campfire. And, they may have to learn something about food science as they work together to prepare their evening snacks. This year’s camp will also feature a visit from Ohio State’s Dr. Bob (a science guy), a new Monsanto engineering challenge, and a lesson or two on astronomy as campers explore the night sky with Dr. Tim Hamilton, Director of the Clark Planetarium at Shawnee State University.

The fee to participate in STEM Camp is only $65 per camper. Vinton County youth may request $45 in scholarship money by contacting the OSU Extension Office at 596-5212. Registrations will be accepted until the camp capacity of 90 campers is reached or until May 1, whichever comes first. An event brochure and registration form is available on the web at

STEM Camp is sponsored in part by a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation and OSU Extension in Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties.

Adena Health Foundation Scholarship Applications available to students

April 8, 2016

CHILLICOTHE (April 4, 2016) – The Adena Health Foundation is now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2016-2017 school years. Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded more than $548,000 in scholarships to students from Adena’s 12-county service region.

Students who apply must be working towards a degree in a health care field. Scholarships are available by field of study, which include: physical therapy, speech therapy, audiology, licensed physical/occupational therapy, radiology technologist, nursing, respiratory therapy, medical technology, medical laboratory technology, medicine, and pharmacy.

Current or past scholarship recipients must re-apply in order to be considered for the 2016-2017 school year.

Applicants must have a high school GPA of at least 3.0 and diploma or a GED score of at least 550. They must also be a permanent resident of one of the 12 counties in Adena’s service area, and must provide proof of admission to their academic program of choice. Proof of college admission does not always constitute admission to a specific program. If your program admission is pending please mark “Pending” on your application and provide proof as soon as possible.

For more details on the scholarship requirements, the special criteria listed for each field of study, and to download an application, go

All applications must be received at the Adena Regional Medical Center’s Volunteer office, or post marked no later than 4 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2016.

The Adena Health Foundation Scholarship Program is made possible by the fundraising efforts of the Volunteer Advisory Council of Adena, The Women’s Board of Adena, and several generous endowments and funds.

After the applications are reviewed, students should expect award letters to be mailed in mid-June.

Golf scramble set to benefit Vikings basketball, golf teams

April 8, 2016

The 2016 Vinton County Vikings Basketball Golf Scramble has been set for Saturday, May 28 at the Franklin Valley Golf Course.

The event is a 4-man, Red, White and Blue scramble in which each team will play from predetermined 6 Red tees, 6 White tees and 6 Blue tees.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $200 per team/$50 per golfer. Mulligans are $5. Skins game will be $20 per team.

The event will include lunch and door prizes. Skill prizes include prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt.

Click on the following link for more registration information: 2016 Vikings Scramble Flyer


Fire Marshall: McArthur man arrested for ‘intentionally set’ fire of Standard Hardware & Supply Co. in McArthur

April 6, 2016


The Division of State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigations Bureau has arrested a Vinton County man for an intentionally set fire that occurred on January 8 just before 9 p.m. at the Standard Hardware & Supply Co. located at 109 East Main Street in McArthur, according to a report from the State Fire Marshall’s Office.

David Andrew Cline, of McArthur, is being held at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown will file charges against Mr. Cline in the near future, and an arraignment/bail hearing will follow.

The McArthur Fire Department responded to the scene. The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the fire department, the prosecuting attorney’s office and the McArthur Police Department.

“This is an excellent example of state and local officials working together to solve a case of an intentionally set fire,” said State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers. “I extend my gratitude to the Vinton County agencies and the investigators from our office who were involved.”

For information about the Fire and Explosion Investigations Bureau, please visit

McArthur VFW to host all-you-can-eat fish fry April 8

April 1, 2016

McArthur VFW Post 5299 will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry April 8 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the VFW Social Room at the McArthur Post, located at 401 Veteran’s Memorial Drive.

The cost will be $8 or $4 for children under 10. A drink and dessert is included. Both dine-in and carry-out options are available. All proceeds go for Veteran’s Services.


Track: Vikings competitive in first meet of season

April 1, 2016

Track season is here and the Vikings are on the move.  The Vikings were competitive in the meet that had six teams competing at Vinton County High School, Tuesday.  Unioto, Gallia Academy, and Athens are three of the top programs in southern Ohio.  Those three schools along with Wellston and Federal Hocking were at the meet.

The following Vikings had solid performances at the team’s first meet:

Darin Perry – 2nd in the discus (100’9), 2nd in the shot put (33’6)

Boys 4x800m Relay team of Christian Wharton, Lincoln Hayes, Sam Hayes, and Alec Boothe – 2nd place (9:08.9)

Eli Griffith – 4th in the high jump (5’10)

Caleb Montgomery – 4th in the 200m (25.6)

Alec Boothe – 4th in the pole vault (9’0)

Lincoln Hayes – 3rd in the 300m hurdles (49.6)

Boys 4x200m of Jordan Albright, Ian Reffett, Eli Griffith, and Keanu Jordan – 4th place (1:45.7)

Lynaya Collins – 1st in the pole vault (5’0), 2nd in 100m hurdles (18.1), 3rd in the 300m hurdles (56.3)

Julie McKibben – 2nd in the Shot Put (27’8) and 3rd in the Discus (82’10.5)

Girls 4x800m Relay team of Lilly Chevalier, Hannah Radabaugh, Arissa Long, and Hope Saunders – 2nd place (12:02.6)

Sara White – 3rd in the 100m hurdles (18.1)

Rianna Fee – 3rd in the 100m dash (14.0)

Tyra Prater – 3rd in the 1600m (5:42.2), 4th in the 800m (2:39.0)

Girls 4x200m Relay team of Josie Graves, Lexi Smith, Rianna Fee, Kaitlen Danner – 4th place (2:07.3)

Girls 4x100m Relay team of Sara White, Lexi Smith, Rianna Fee, Kaitlen Danner – 3rd place (1:02.0)

Josie Graves – 4th in the 400m (1:10.5)

Girls 4x400m Relay team of Tyra Prater, Lexi Smith, Josie Graves, and Lynaya Collins – 4th place (4:57.7)

Hannah Radabaugh – 4th in the high jump (4’6)

Lexi Smith – 4th in the long jump (10’10)

In team scoring, the boys were fourth, and the girls were 3rd.   Full results are available on<>.

Boys Team Scores — Unioto 168.5, Athens 138, Gallia Academy 100.5, Vinton County 55, Federal Hocking 30, and Wellston 20

Girls Team Scores — Unioto 168, Athens 119, Vinton County 103.66, Gallia Academy 85.33, Federal Hocking 8, Wellston 4

The Vikings travel to Jackson on Tuesday, April 5th, then to Southeastern for the RL Davisson Invitational on Thursday, April 7th.

ODNR: Wild Turkey Season on the horizon

April 1, 2016

COLUMBUS – For many hunters, spring brings the unmistakable sound of gobbling wild turkeys as Ohio’s annual hunt of this popular game bird begins. The 2016 Ohio spring hunting season opens on Monday, April 18, and the youth wild turkey season is Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates approximately 65,000 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 15. 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 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 no later than 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest.

All hunters must report their turkey harvest using the automated game-check system. Game-check is available online, by phone or at a license agent. A complete list of participating license agents can be found at Visit the Turkey Hunting Resources page at, or call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) for more information about the game-check process.

The youth-only turkey season is April 16-17 for youth possessing a valid youth hunting license and a turkey permit. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 18 years of age or older. Only two wild turkeys may be checked by a youth hunter during the two-day season. Additionally, if two turkeys are harvested in the youth season, no additional birds may be taken by the youth hunter for the duration of the spring turkey season.

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon from April 18-May 1. Hunting hours fromMay 2-15 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 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 175,000.

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