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EPA praises ODNR’s Waste Water Injection Well Program

September 18, 2015

COLUMBUSThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) recently released a report on Ohio’s Class II Underground Injection Control (UIC) program and found that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) regulatory program is of “good quality” and continues to provide strong protections for Ohio’s underground sources of drinking water (USDW).

“We appreciate the efforts of the U.S. EPA in reviewing our program and are pleased that they found what we have long believed, that Ohio has a regulatory structure that is effective and providing the necessary protections for our citizens and the environment,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “The report shows that our extensive investment in the Class II program has enhanced protections for Ohioans, the environment and our underground drinking water resources, but there is always room for improvement so we will continue work to strengthen those protections.”

ODNR is among the first states in the nation that has the authority to require seismic monitoring at Class II injection wells and a leader in national conversations on induced seismicity. As oil and natural gas production continues to set records in Ohio, ODNR is committed to exceeding federal expectations and regulations to ensure that brine is properly disposed of in a manner that ensures the protection of our groundwater and natural resources.

“Ohio is at the forefront of regulating Class II injection wells and is continuously advancing regulations of the UIC program,” said Groundwater Protection Council Executive Director Mike Paque. “ODNR’s ongoing efforts provide the necessary protections to help ensure that Ohio’s underground drinking water resources are safe.”

The U.S. EPA report states that the ODNR UIC program is, “strong in several areas including permitting, inspections and resolving violations found during inspections.” EPA’s review analyzed how the department permits, inspects, tests, restricts and monitors Class II wells. Notably, the report identified and praised recent program updates stating, “Changes to the program enhance rather than reduce the effectiveness of the program.” Recent program improvements include expanded public comment periods, required continuous pressure monitoring at injection wells, installation of seismic monitoring equipment and increased program staffing and funding.

The report recognized the important work that is being done in the field every day to help ensure well safety stating, “ODNR witnessed 100 percent of initial mechanical integrity tests since 1983…ODNR’s high inspection presence is a key component for a program that relies in part on inspections to ensure ongoing mechanical integrity of Class II wells. ODNR has strengthened its field inspections by adding staff inspectors whose time is fully dedicated to UIC inspections.” Presently, ODNR inspectors are second only to North Dakota in the number of inspections that are being performed each year.

The U.S. EPA found that ODNR was meeting or exceeding federal requirements in 17 of the 20 criteria reviewed. The suggested program enhancements recommended in the report are for select areas of the program including storing more operator information and closing operator reporting gaps. ODNR has already begun taking steps to remedy these matters, as all production and disposal operator files are stored in the Risk Based Database Management System.

Overall, ODNR is pleased that the U.S. EPA review of Ohio’s Class II Injection Well Program indicates that not only do Ohio’s regulations meet the standards set by the U.S. EPA, but in many instances exceed all expectations in inspections, violation resolutions, permitting requirements, safety regulations and other requirements. ODNR’s ongoing efforts will be to continue to provide the proper protections for Ohioans and the environment while creating a regulatory structure that allows for economic growth.

Golf: September 16 Viking girls golf team results

September 18, 2015

The Vinton County Vikings hosted a girls’ match on Wednesday at Franklin Valley Golf Course.

The Vikings were the lone team and scored 254 as a team and was led by senior Hannah Radabaugh with 57, freshman Kendall Fee carded a 60, freshman Mackenzie Whiteman 67, and sisters, senior Rachel and freshman Cassidy Griffith recorded 70 apiece.

Match medalist was Taylor Boggs of Alexander with a 53.

Wellston’s Lauren Riepenhoff carded a 61, Kate Stewart with a 60, and Kerrigan Cox recorded a 65.

Also competing as individuals were Jackson’s Allison Moore with a 66 and Marcie McCorkle scored a 59.

Finally, one other individual, freshman Tyler Shelton of Ironton recorded a 60.

The full results are as follows:

Vinton County

Hannah Radabaugh 57

Kendall Fee 60

Mackenzie Whiteman 67

Rachel Griffith 70

Cassidy Griffith 70


Lauren Riepenhoff 61

Kate Stewart 60

Kerrigan Cox 65


Allison Moore 66

Marcie McCorkle 59


Taylor Boggs 53


Tyler Shelton 60

McArthur man dies in one-vehicle crash on Shurtz Road

September 15, 2015

The Jackson post of State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a one-vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Shurtz Road near Route 56.

The crash occurred around 5:29 p.m.

According to a report from the State Highway Patrol, Joseph Perry, 36, of McArthur was driving his 2003 GMC truck southbound on Shurtz Road when he reportedly failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the left side of the roadway.

Perry’s vehicle struck a bridge rail and overturned. He was reportedly not wearing his safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Med Flight was at the scene of the crash but Perry was too unstable to be flown. He was transported by ground to Hocking Valley Hospital. Hocking County Coroner David Cummin pronounced him deceased at Hocking Valley Hospital.

Other agencies on scene were Vinton County EMS, McArthur Fire Department and Vinton County Sheriff’s Department.

Shurtz Road was closed for one hour during the investigation and clean-up process. The crash is still under investigation.

Anyone having knowledge or information about this incident is requested to contact the Jackson post at (740) 286-4141.

Sheriff Reminds: Power Outage set for this evening

September 8, 2015

The Vinton County Sheriff has reminded that a planned power outage will take place this evening, Tuesday, September 8. The outage is expected to occur between the hours of 6 – 9 p.m. and plans should be made accordingly.

Two injured in rollover accident on Route 788 in Jackson County

September 7, 2015

WELLSTON – The Jackson post of State Highway Patrol is investigating a one vehicle roll-over crash that occurred on Route 788 at approximately 6:26 p.m., according to a report from the post of State Highway Patrol.

According to the report, Randi Gilliland, 31, of Oak Hill was driving a 2006 Jeep Wrangler south bound when she reportedly failed to negotiate a curve and went off the left side of the roadway.

The Jeep struck an embankment and rolled over ejecting Gilliland and her passenger from the vehicle. Her passenger was Jamie Slone, 29, of Oak Hill.

Gilliland was flown by Med Flight helicopter to Cabel Huntington Hospital from Holzer Hospital in critical condition. Slone was transported by ground to Cabel Huntington Hospital with incapacitating injuries. Neither were wearing their safety belts at the time of the crash.

Route 788 was closed for about one hour during the investigation.

Other agencies on scene included the Jackson County EMS, Coalton Fire Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

Jackson Highway Patrol investigates fatal accident on Beaver Pike

September 6, 2015

JACKSON – The Jackson post of State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Beaver Pike near Lake Katherine Road, According to a report from the State Highway Patrol.

The specific time of the crash is not known as the vehicle was difficult to see by passing motorists.

According to the report, Emily Short, 30, of Jackson, was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger truck westbound on Beaver Pike when she reportedly drove off the right side of the roadway then came back across and off the left side of the roadway. Her vehicle struck heavy gravel next to a railroad track and rolled over.

According the report, Short was not wearing her safety belt and was ejected from vehicle.

Jackson County Coroner Doctor Hawker pronounced her deceased at the scene.

Other agencies on scene were the Jackson Fire Department, Jackson County EMS, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lewis-Brown Funeral Home. Beaver Pike was closed for two hours during the investigation and clean-up process.

The crash is remains under investigation.

Anyone having knowledge or information about this incident is requested to contact the

Jackson post at (740) 286-4141.

Alzheimer’s Association to Host Dementia Conference in Jackson

September 5, 2015

The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati will be reaching out to health care professionals and family caregivers through a special dementia education conference in Jackson on Thursday, October 8.

The Southeastern Ohio Dementia Conference will be held at the Tri City Theatre, 972 East Main Street in Jackson from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s conference is “Alzheimer’s Disease – The Journey” focusing on aspects of the disease from diagnosis to end-of-life issues.

The conference is a day-long educational program designed for healthcare professionals and family caregivers featuring a variety of workshops focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Featured speakers will include Dr. Ramesh Shivani, Medical Director for the Edith Brown Pavilion at Highland District Hospital and Dr. Dirk Juschka, Medical Director at Heartland Hospice and a family practitioner. Dr. Shivani will discuss differential diagnosis in regards to delirium, mental illness and dementia. Dr. Juschka will present on end of life issues with dementia.

“Alzheimer’s disease presents special challenges for rural communities in terms of providing adequate support to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” said Melissa Dever, Southeastern Ohio Branch Program Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. “This conference will focus on diagnostic issues and barriers in our community, as well as the misconceptions regarding end of life care with dementia.

Registration is $45 ($30 for morning or afternoon session) and 6 continuing education units (CEUs) will be offered to nurses and social workers. 3 of the CEUs will be ethics driven. Ms. Dever will discuss ethical issues in regards to diagnosis and end of life issues. Participants will be allotted adequate time to obtain lunch on their own at the multiple restaurants near Tri City Theatre.

The deadline for registration is Thursday, Oct. 1 (late registrations will be accepted, if space is available). To register online, visit:

Conference sponsors include Southern Ohio Medical Center Senior Behavioral Medicine Unit, The Laurels of Athens and Arbors At Gallipolis. Presenting sponsor is Four Winds Nursing Facility.

For more information, or to register for the conference, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter at 800-272-3900 or

The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati serves 27 counties in Southern Ohio, Southeastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky where an estimated 50,000 people have Alzheimer’s disease. Today, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and affects approximately 5.3 million people.


September 5, 2015
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The Green Rush Bus Tour visited McArthur on September 3 to talk about the state’s future marijuana industry and raise awareness about Issue 3, the November ballot issue to legalize medical marijuana and marijuana for personal use by adults 21 years of age and older. 

“It was great to be in Vinton County today. The reason we wanted to visit McArthur to share information about the Marijuana Legalization Amendment and the importance of marijuana reform in our state. Legalization will create tens of thousands of jobs, bring millions in tax revenue back to our communities, keep marijuana out of the hands of kids and provide compassionate care for sick Ohioans,” said Green Rush Bus Tour Spokesperson Haley Phillippi.

According to projections by ResponsibleOhio, legalizing marijuana will be a billion-dollar industry that will bring $563,234 in new tax revenue per year to Vinton County by the time the market stabilizes in 2020.

According to the group, marijuana industry in Ohio will create ample opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment, with around 10,000 new, well-paying jobs projected statewide. The group also reported that through this measure, Ohioans will have the opportunity to own and operate retail stores and medical dispensaries, testing labs and product manufacturing facilities and there will be employment opportunities at these facilities and at the state’s 10 marijuana growing facilities.

In July, we added this poll to ask for your thoughts on the legalization of marijuana in the state of Ohio. The poll, and its results, can be found below.


Vinton County Visitor Center receives Wesbanco donation

September 1, 2015
WesBanco McArthur Banking Center Manager Charlene Jacobs is pictured donating a $3,500 check to Vinton County Development Director Terri Fetherolf (submitted photo)

WesBanco McArthur Banking Center Manager Charlene Jacobs is pictured donating a $3,500 check to Vinton County Development Director Terri Fetherolf (submitted photo)

The Vinton County Visitors’ Center has once again benefitted from the generosity of WesBanco Community Development. WesBanco recently donated $3,500 toward the office that houses the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce and the Vinton County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau (CVB). 

WesBanco McArthur Banking Center Manager Charlene Jacobs said it is important for the Chamber of Commerce and CVB to maintain a storefront presence. “WesBanco considers itself a community bank. We recognize the importance of these organizations and we want to keep this office functioning so they may continue serving visitors and residents alike,” Jacobs said. “We view it as an investment in our community.”
The Visitors’ Center operates through a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce, CVB, and Vinton County Commissioners’ Development Department. Vinton County Development Director Terri Fetherolf expressed her gratitude for the gift.  “WesBanco is a great community partner and this donation will help the office continue to provide services to Vinton County. In a community with limited resources, it is imperative that we all work together,” Fetherolf said. “This office serves as a Visitors’ Center, assists Chamber members, and hosts many events and trainings throughout the year. This work is made easier by the support of WesBanco,” she said.
The Vinton County Visitors’ Center is located at 104 W. Main St. in McArthur. The office produces the official visitors’ guide for the county and operates and Local souvenirs, tourist information, and area maps are just a few of the things offered there. The office also coordinates the Countywide Yard Sale and Christmas in Downtown events, among many other projects. Call the Visitors’ Center at 740-596-5033 for more information.

Vinton County Air Show to be held September 20

September 1, 2015

One of the more popular tourist and local resident events, the Vinton County Air Show, will be held at the Vinton County Airport Sunday, September 20.

The airport’s famous BBQ chicken dinners, cooked by members of the McArthur Eagles on site, will be ready by about 11 a.m.

The Eagles are also sponsoring the very popular Candy Drop for youngsters at the end of the show.

A number of top notch aerobatic performers have already committed to take part in the event so there will be some thrilling performances during the afternoon as well as a demonstration of precision formation flying. Smaller remote controlled aircraft will perform interspersed with the performances. As usual, skydivers will open the show which will begin at 1 p.m.

Once the show is over and visiting aircraft have left the airport, airplane rides will be given until all passengers wanting to ride have the opportunity to do so.

The air show is sponsored by the Vinton County Pilots and Boosters Association, the group which operates and maintains the county-owned airport.

The Vinton County Airport is located about six miles north of McArthur, just off St. Rt. 93. Signs will be posted.

For more information call Association President Nick Rupert at 740-357-0268 or Steve Keller at 740-418-2612.