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Ohio hunters check over 17,600 wild turkeys in spring season

May 19, 2015

COLUMBUS  Ohio hunters checked 17,638 wild turkeys during the combined 2015 spring wild turkey hunting season and youth wild turkey hunting season, April 18-May 17, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Vinton County hunters checked 329 wild turkeys, increasing the number of wild turkeys checked in the county from the 242 that were checked last spring.

Hunters checked 16,049 birds during the four weeks of the 2015 wild turkey season. Young hunters checked 1,589 birds during the 2015 youth season.

Ohio’s 2015 spring wild turkey season was open April 20 through May 17. Youth season was April 18-19. Find more information about wild turkey hunting at

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.

A list of all wild turkeys checked during the 2015 combined spring turkey hunting season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2015, and the 2014 numbers are in parentheses.

Adams: 413 (381); Allen: 78 (48); Ashland: 208 (223); Ashtabula: 557 (615); Athens: 323 (342); Auglaize: 50 (42); Belmont: 520 (444); Brown: 327 (340); Butler: 200 (155); Carroll: 330 (365); Champaign: 102 (91); Clark: 19 (13); Clermont: 347 (288); Clinton: 60 (62); Columbiana: 385 (395); Coshocton: 458 (484); Crawford: 63 (72); Cuyahoga: 10 (2); Darke: 55 (36); Defiance: 298 (208); Delaware: 107 (116); Erie: 49 (51); Fairfield: 108 (66); Fayette: 14 (10); Franklin: 11 (17); Fulton: 117 (99); Gallia: 393 (328); Geauga: 269 (264); Greene: 23 (17); Guernsey: 484 (466); Hamilton:116 (86); Hancock: 60 (29); Hardin: 101 (76); Harrison: 430 (392); Henry: 58 (31); Highland: 357 (312); Hocking: 268 (267); Holmes: 252 (269); Huron: 155 (142); Jackson: 320 (277); Jefferson: 373 (347); Knox: 354 (415); Lake: 68 (74); Lawrence: 222 (163); Licking: 370 (337); Logan: 117 (146); Lorain: 139 (138); Lucas: 45 (50); Madison: 6 (5); Mahoning: 213 (247); Marion: 31 (28); Medina: 145 (122); Meigs: 450 (397); Mercer: 23 (19); Miami: 17 (16); Monroe: 481 (424); Montgomery: 25 (13); Morgan: 325 (277); Morrow: 170 (182); Muskingum: 478 (453); Noble: 335 (292); Ottawa: 0 (6); Paulding: 145 (87); Perry: 260 (255); Pickaway: 24 (23); Pike: 246 (257); Portage: 236 (247); Preble: 108 (95); Putnam: 89 (71); Richland: 277 (307); Ross: 330 (289); Sandusky: 22 (21); Scioto: 236 (199); Seneca: 162 (140); Shelby: 42 (54); Stark: 223 (261); Summit: 54 (40); Trumbull: 435 (417); Tuscarawas: 426 (493); Union: 32 (32); Van Wert: 17 (17); Vinton: 329 (242); Warren: 67 (89); Washington: 466 (394); Wayne: 100 (107); Williams: 296 (239); Wood: 30 (28); Wyandot: 104 (80). Totals: 17,638 (16,556).

Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library prepares for summer reading program

May 19, 2015

Alberta Finklestein (Debbie Sifford), distant cousin to Albert Einstein, prepares to perform an experiment for the children from last year’s summer reading program.

The Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library is calling all heroes and “Guardians of the Galaxy” from their bat caves and around the universe to explore all things daring and courageous this summer as the library presents “Every Hero Has a Story” during its summer reading program.

The 2015 summer reading program is free and open to children of all ages.  Special programs, giveaways, and story times will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 8th through Monday, July 13th.

Be sure to make a note that the summer reading program this year will be held at the McArthur Grace Baptist Church (the brick church behind the library), because the library will be undergoing the building of an addition (which will include a large multipurpose room) and a renovation of the existing building.

Activities will include a presentation by Dr. John Becker (an author who has worked in the field of wildlife conservation) and visits by famous Super Heroes and our own local heroes from the EMS, fire department, and a surprise visit from a noted Vinton County historical figure.

Lunch will be served to all who attend free of charge, sponsored by the Summer Feeding Program through the Jackson/Vinton Community Action.

For more information, please contact Diana Johnston at (740) 596-5691.

County teams with Everbridge for citizen safety, communication

May 19, 2015

McARTHUR — Vinton County is now working with Everbridge, the worldwide leader in unified critical communications, to keep residents, staff, and emergency personnel safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements.

The county will begin using Everbridge Citizen Alerts to communicate with citizens and businesses during emergencies and other critical events. Residents are encouraged to register immediately to receive these alerts by visiting the link on Regular use of the system will begin in the coming months.

Vinton County will use the Everbridge emergency notification system to alert residents about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies, to more routine announcements, such as road closures and water utility maintenance where applicable. Messages will be sent to residents on their preferred contact paths—cell phone, SMS, home phone, email, and more—to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information. Everbridge allows citizens to self-register, provide additional contact information, or opt out.

“A resilient, comprehensive critical communications system is an essential tool for counties that need to notify thousands of residents and businesses rapidly and efficiently,” said Jaime Ellertson, CEO of Everbridge. “Everbridge is proud to have been selected by Vinton County as a critical component of its public safety and emergency response program.”

This system was able to be pursued with supporting funds provided by the Vinton County Commissioners with CDBG Community Development funding and through a positive working relationship among agencies and departments throughout the county.

Anyone who requires assistance with the registration process may call the Vinton County Emergency Management Agency at 740.596.3524, M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Residents are encouraged to self-enroll via personal or public computers following instructions on the Resident Alert Sign Up Instructions form; however, there is a paper registration form available for those who wish to do a Manual Sign-Up.


Vinton SWCD announces photo contest, summer schedule

May 19, 2015

The Vinton Soil & Water Conservation District will again host the Vinton SWCD Photo Contest.

The contest is open to amateur photographers of all ages who are residents of Vinton County. Entries are due by September 4th, 2015 and must be accompanied by the official entry form which is available at the Vinton SWCD office. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will be awarded at the Vinton SWCD’s Annual Banquet at Lake Hope Lodge on September 24th, 2015.

In other Vinton SWCD news from May 25th through August 31st the business hours for the SWCD will be Monday thru Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and it is recommended to contact the office before coming in to be certain staff is not out in the field. The monthly board meetings in the June, July and August will be held at 9:00 a.m. instead of 3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. If you are interested in entering the photo contest or would like more information please contact the Vinton SWCD at 740-596-5676 or by e-mail at

USDA announces Oak-Hickory woodland restoration project

May 19, 2015

In an effort to restore oak-hickory woodlands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources teamed up to create the ‘Collaborative Oak Management’ project in southeastern Ohio. The project area includes the Wayne National Forest and Ohio State Forests, as well as privately held forest land.

The NRCS created a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) as part of the Collaborative Oak Management Project to help restoring oak-hickory woodlands owned privately. Through EQIP woodland owners in the project area can receive financial assistance to implement conservation measures recommended by professional foresters. Conservation measures that promote oak and hickory growth include the control of invasive plants and undesirable trees that out compete oaks and hickories.

Woodland owners in Adams, Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Scioto, Vinton, Morgan, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross and Washington counties may apply for the EQIP Oak Management program. Ohio NRCS allocated $300,000 for the EQIP Oak Management Program this year.

Oak-hickory woodlands across the project area are at a tipping point in our life-times. Private woodland owners, the U.S. Forest Service, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and NRCS have a chance right now to help the forest become a healthy oak-hickory forest instead of something else altogether.

Individuals interested in applying for the EQIP Oak Management program should contact District Conservationist, Joe Weber, at 740-797-9686 ext.1 or the Vinton SWCD office at 740-596-5676 to schedule an appointment to start the application process.

Chamber announces ‘Student of the Year’ Scholarship winner

May 12, 2015
Monica Paterson, Linda L. Remy Scholarship recipient, and Teresa Remy-Detty, Linda L. Remy Scholarship presenter

Monica Paterson, Linda L. Remy Scholarship recipient, and Teresa Remy-Detty, Linda L. Remy Scholarship presenter

The Vinton County Chamber of Commerce held a reception in honor of the 2015 Students of the Month at the Hamden Volunteer Firemen’s Hall on May 5.  After a brief introduction and dinner, the Chamber awarded Monica Paterson the $1,000 Linda L. Remy Student of the Year College Scholarship.  Miss Paterson will be attending Oregon’s Multnomah University in the fall with a double major in Bible & Theology and Global Studies with a concentration in Children at Risk.

2015 Students of the Month

2015 Students of the Month

In addition to Miss Paterson, other students of the month from the 2015 graduating class included: Jennifer Case, Elaine Cox, Mya Faris, Karen Fite, Jesse Henderson, Leah Huff, Betty Puckett, Madison Radabaugh, Emily Saunders, Madison Trainer, Max Ward, Kennedi Woltz, and Madison Womeldorf.  The Chamber would like to congratulate all of these students for their academic accomplishments over the past year and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

County-wide yard sale to be held June 6

May 12, 2015

Vinton County’s annual Countywide Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, June 6, starting at 9:00 a.m.  The event is organized by the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce and will feature dozens of yard sales around the county.

The Chamber of Commerce is now collecting the locations of these yard sales and will publish this list in a booklet that will be distributed around the county one week prior to the sale.  The list will also be available at

A yard sale listing in the booklet is free, but it must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce no later than May 25 to be included in the publicity.  Each listing will include the street address of the sale and a brief description of items.

This is also a wonderful opportunity for non-profit organizations and churches throughout the county to host yard and bake sales.  Some Chamber member businesses will feed hungry yard sale enthusiasts with discounted food at breakfast and lunch time.

For more information on the Countywide Yard Sale, contact the Chamber Office at 740-596-5033 or by email at  You may also register online at or in person at the Chamber Office, located at 104 W. Main St. in McArthur.

Jaycees to hold fireworks fundraiser June 6

May 12, 2015

The Vinton County Jaycees will be holding a fireworks fundraiser upstairs at the McArthur Eagles on June 6.

The event will include a Chinese auction from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., raffles and split the pot. Live music will be offered from 6 p.m. until midnight, featuring Byrd Manring, Junkyard Republic and more to be announced. There will be an entry fee of $5 per person.

Proceeds from the event will go to help continue the area fireworks display.

To donate to the Chinese auction or the fireworks fund, call 740-596-2104, email or mail to P.O. Box 33 McArthur, Ohio. Please mark any donations “Fireworks Fund.”

2015 Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival Schedule

May 7, 2015

Thursday ~ May 7, 2015

5:00 PM Festival Opening Ceremony
5:00 PM Ride Matinee (5-10:00pm)
6:00 PM Hayley Watson
7:00 PM Backwords Band
8:30 PM Beatlemania Magic
9:30 PM Split the Pot

Friday ~May 8, 2015
Noon Booth and Exhibits Open
6:00 PM Introduction of Queen Contestants
6:30 PM Hayley Watson
7:30 PM Junkyard Republic
9:00 PM Mr Speed – KISS Tribute Band
10:00 PM Split the Pot

Saturday ~ May 9, 2015
9:00 AM Registration for the Turkey Calling Contest at the McArthur VFW
11:00 AM Turkey Calling Contest Begins
Noon Booths and Exhibits Open
Noon Karoke Finals – Main stage
1:00 PM Visiting Queens’ Luncheon
4:00 PM Visiting Queen’s Introduction – Main Stage
6:00 PM Grande Parade
7:00 PM Queen Crowning – Main Stage
8:00 PM Eastwood Band
9:00 PM Chris Higbee

Sunday ~ May 10, 2015
11:00 AM Mother/Daugher Look Alike Contest- Main Stage
11:00 AM Car Show Registration – Located on South Sugar Street in the Vinton County Bank parking lot
Noon Car Show Begins
Noon Booths and Exhibits Open
Noon -5:00 pm Ride Matinee
12:30PM Little Miss Gobblerette & Little Mr. Gobbler
1:00 PM Baby Contest
3:00 PM 4 This Cause Gospel Group
4:00 PM Turkey Drop
4:00 PM iPad & Raffle Drawings
5:00 PM Festival Closes

Track: April 30 results

May 4, 2015

The Viking Boys and Girls Track teams had another great performance at the Vinton County Invitational last night.  Both the boys and girls teams placed fourth, and had many great performances from the following athletes:

Wade Barney – Boys Meet Medalist – 1st in the 400m 53.2, 1st in the long jump 20’1.75, 3rd in the 200m 23.8, and 3rd in 100m 11.6

Lynaya Collins – 1st in the 100m hurdles 17.4, 1st in the 300m hurdles 53.5

Girls 4 x 800m Relay Team of Mya Faris, Jen Case, Karen Fite, and Lynaya Collins – 1st  10:43.8

Alec Boothe – 2nd in the pole vault 8’6

Boys 4 x 800m Relay team of Wakiza Anderson, Jacob Jonas, Sam Hayes, and Alec Boothe – 3rd 9:31.2

Girls 4 x 200m Relay team of Jacey Woolet, Josie Graves,  Sara White, Samy Thompson – 3rd 2:08.5

Girls 4 x 400m Relay team of Lynaya Collins, Josie Graves, Erin Jones, and Arisa Long – 3rd 4:59.9

Boys 4 x 400m Relay team of Jacob Jonas, Kendale McComis, Wakiza Anderson, Alec Boothe – 3rd 3:59.6

Julie McKibben – 4th in the discus 84’7 and the shot put 27’0.5

Hannah Radabaugh – 2nd in the high jump 4’4

Sam Hayes — 3rd 3200m run 11:20.4

Girls Team Scores — Jackson 151, Waverly 126, Southeastern 104, Vinton County 90, Meigs 74, Huntington 67, Wellston 0

Boys Team Scores — Waverly 141, Meigs 121.5, Jackson 93, Vinton County 87, Paint Valley 80, Southeastern 67, Huntington 59, Wellston 0

The Vikings compete in the TVC Ohio Championship meet next Thursday at Nelsonville, and full results are available<>.