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Photos: Visitors gobble up the fun at 2016 Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival

May 7, 2016

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Photos: Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival Parade 2016

May 7, 2016

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ODNR reminds citizens to leave wildlife in the wild

May 3, 2016

COLUMBUS – The spring season has arrived, offering many opportunities for Ohioans to help protect young wildlife. Each year, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) officials offer this simple advice: enjoy wildlife from a distance, and leave young animals alone. Wild animals are born to live their lives in the wild, and sometimes good intentions can hurt their chances of survival.

A young wild animal’s best chance for survival is with its mother. Most wildlife taken in by people do not survive, except when handled by specially-trained personnel. In many cases, a young animal collected by a person was not lost or abandoned, but was simply waiting for a parent to return.

Many adult wild animals will leave their young alone while they forage for food or to divert the attention of predators away from their vulnerable young, especially during the daylight hours. In the case of white-tailed deer, a doe will hide her young from predators by leaving it alone in a secluded spot, such as a grassy meadow or a flower bed. A hidden fawn has virtually no scent, and when the fawn is left alone, it is difficult for predators to find. The doe is usually nearby and will tend to the fawn during the night.

Baby birds that have fallen from their nests are one of the most common wildlife species that are removed by humans from the wild. Contrary to popular belief, human scent will not prevent the parents from returning to care for their young. Individuals should return the baby birds back in their nests and then walk away so the parents can continue to feed the birds without fear of humans.

If individuals find a young animal that is visibly injured or clearly in severe distress and may need assistance, visit before taking any action. Specific information for commonly encountered wildlife is available to help guide people on how to best help the wild animal.

State and federal laws protect and regulate wildlife in Ohio, and only specially trained and licensed wildlife rehabilitators, with special permits issued by the ODNR Division of Wildlife, may possess and care for native wild animals. These laws are in place for the benefit of humans as well as wild animals.

To further protect young and vulnerable wild animals, keep pets under control so they do not raid nests or injure wild animals. Also, remember to keep pets inoculated against parasites and diseases before venturing out this spring.

Always check for nests before cutting down trees or clearing brush. It is best to cut trees and clear brush in the autumn when nesting season is over. Teach children to respect wildlife and their habitat, observing wildlife from a distance.

Contact a local wildlife official before taking action. Call 800-WILDLIFE (800-945-3543) or visit to connect with the proper individuals and to read about species-specific guidance. Human intervention is always a wild animal’s last hope for survival, never its best hope.

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

McArthur VFW to hold lasagna dinner May 13

May 3, 2016

The McArthur VFW Post 5299 will hold a lasagna dinner on May 13 in the social room of the VFW located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dinner includes lasagna, salad, garlic toast, a drink and a dessert for $8. All proceeds go to support veterans services.

Chamber prepares for Countywide Yard Sale

May 3, 2016
Vinton County’s annual Countywide Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, June 4, starting at 9 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 on A yard sale listing in the booklet is free, but it must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce no later than May 22 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 Those interested may also register online at or in person at the Chamber Office, located at 104 West Main Street in McArthur.

Track: Vinton County Invitational boys results

May 3, 2016

The Vikings hosted the 15th Annual Vinton County Invitational on April 28 with its largest field ever – 12 boys teams and 10 girls teams.  The following athletes scored in the event:

Boys 4x800m Relay team of Christian Wharton, Lincoln Hayes, Sam Hayes, and Alec Boothe – 3rd place (9:05.7)
Boys 4x200m Relay team of Jordan Albright, Tristan Bartoe, Naylan Yates, and Caleb Montgomery – 8th place (1:44.7)
Sam Hayes – 8th place in the 1600m (5:10.5), and 8th place in the 3200m (11:21.4)
Ian Reffett – 6th place in the 400m (57.6)
Lincoln Hayes – 6th place in the 800m (2:15.8)
Christian Wharton – 7th place in the 3200m (11:19.7)
Boys 4x400m Relay team of Alec Boothe, Lincoln Hayes, Ian Reffett, and Jordan Albright – 3rd (3:50.3)
Eli Griffith – 6th in the high jump (5′ 6″)
Alec Boothe – 2nd in the pole vault (10′ )

The Vikings will travel to River Valley for the Tri Valley Ohio Conference Meet on Wednesday, May 4th.

Full results are available on

Track: Girls April 28 home invitational results

May 3, 2016

Following are the girls results from the April 28 home invitational.

Team Scores
Alexander 140
Meigs 119
Jackson 109
Waverly 93
Vinton County 91.5
Eastern 39.5
Southeastern 32
Huntington 27
Wellston 6

Here are the athletes who scored (placed in the top 8) at the meet.

Julie McKibben — 2nd Shot Put 28’6/4th Discus 79’0
Hannah Radabaugh — 2nd 3200m Run 13:14.1/5th High Jump 4’6/ 6th Pole Vault 5’0
Tyra Prater — 3rd 1600m Run 5:44.1/5th 800m Run 2:41.6
Jessica Logsdon — 3rd Discus 80’1/5th Shot Put 24’7
Lilly Chevalier — 3rd 3200m Run 13:19.7/7th 1600m Run 6:10.4
Sara White —  4th 100m Hurdles 17.9/8th 300m Hurdles 58.3
Kaitlen Danner — 4th High Jump 4’6
Hope Saunders — 5th Pole Vault 5’6
Arissa Long — 7th 800m Run 2:52.2

4x800m Relay (Lilly Chevalier, Ryann Ramey, Arissa Long, Hannah Radabaugh) 3rd 11:17.7
4x400m Relay (Ryann Ramey, Kaitlen Danner, Josie Graves, Tyra Prater) 3rd 4:45.7
4x100m Relay (Kaitlen Danner, Jerika Smith, Sara White, Josie Graves) 6th 57.9
4x200m Relay (Kaitlen Danner, Sara White, Rianna Fee, and Josie Graves) 6th 2:05.8

The girls next meet is TVC on Wednesday, May 4 at River Valley

Alleged rape leads to arrest of Beechgrove Road man

May 3, 2016


According to a report from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, A Beechgrove Road man was arrested and charged with rape, gross sexual imposition and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor on April 30 after an investigation by the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the report, Deputy Mark Schweikert responded to a call in which statements were made about a female subject making threats to a male subject. When Schweikert responded, he found that the threats had been made because a juvenile made accusations that the male subject had allegedly raped her. After investigation, Ira E. Williams, 56, of Beechgrove Road was arrested and charged with rape, gross sexual imposition and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Williams was taken to South Eastern Ohio Regional Jail and was scheduled for a bond hearing.

Invasive plant removal event scheduled for Moonville, Zaleski State Forest

April 28, 2016

Come spend a spring afternoon in Zaleski State Forest removing invasive non-native plant species while learning how to manage and properly remove them. The Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with the Appalachian Ohio Clean Watershed Initiative will be hosting this event on Saturday, April 30 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at the Hope School House at 1:00 p.m. and the group will then proceed to the event site located near the historic Moonville Tunnel.

To get to the Hope School House from the Lake Hope dam and Route 278, turn onto Wheelabout Road, stay to the right at the fork and continue on Wheelabout Road/Pinney Hollow. Hope Schoolhouse is the first building on the left, about a 1/4 mile from the fork.

The area identified for the invasive plant removal is located along the Moonville Rail Trail and the Raccoon Creek Water Trail. The 16-mile rail trail holds water on both sides of the trail, creating wetland areas throughout Zaleski State Forest and Lake Hope State Park. Raccoon Creek crosses directly in front of the Moonville Tunnel and this stream segment has benefited significantly from the upstream watershed restoration activities that are restoring native fish populations to the area.

This event will take place rain or shine. It is recommended that volunteers bring work gloves and water, wear long pants and dress for the weather.

If you have questions about the event contact Cody Hacker at Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District: 740-596-5676 or

Appalachian Ohio Clean Watershed Initiative (AOCWI) is a collaboration between the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and Rural Action. This new initiative is funded by a grant through Ohio EPA and US EPA under the provisions of Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act.

Watershed restoration in the coal-bearing region has focused in recent years on the reclamation and treatment of acid mine drainage from historic abandoned coal mines. The Appalachian Ohio Clean Watershed Initiative enables watershed professionals to expand their reach and build expertise in managing other nonpoint source water pollution issues ranging from agricultural and storm water run-off to invasive species removal, streambank stabilization so much more.

For more information on the AOCWI contact Jen Bowman at 740-597-3101 or

Republican party announces upcoming events

April 28, 2016

The Vinton County Republican Party will be holding its monthly meeting Thursday, April 28, at the Vinton County Community Building on Route 93, north of McArthur, at 6 p.m.

A soup and sandwich dinner will be held Saturday, April 30 from 4 – 7 p.m., also at the Vinton County Community Building.