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Ladies Auxiliary to hold baked steak/chicken noodle dinner

June 18, 2015

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5299, in McArthur, will be holding a baked steak/chicken noodle dinner on June 26 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the McArthur Post of VFW located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive, in McArthur.

Baked steak will be priced at $8 and chicken noodles will be $7. A drink and dessert will be included. Both dine-in and carry-out options will be made available.


Sheriff: Deptartment of Agriculture to spray area for Gypsy moths

June 18, 2015

According to an alert from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Deptartment of Agriculture will be spraying for Gypsy Moths through next week and planes will be flying very low.

If anyone has questions or concerns about this, they can direct their calls to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

ODNR accepting controlled hunting applications until July 31

June 11, 2015

COLUMBUS – Applications are now being accepted for controlled deer and waterfowl hunts on selected Ohio public areas during the 2015-2016 season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters have until Friday, July 31, to submit permit applications for a random drawing.

These special hunts are held on selected public areas to provide additional opportunities for Ohio’s hunting enthusiasts. All applicants, youth and adult, must possess a 2015-2016 Ohio hunting license and meet the age requirements in order to apply for a controlled hunt.

Hunters can apply for the controlled hunts by completing the application process online using theWild Ohio Customer Center at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) and requesting a mail-in application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $3 per hunt.

Hunters will be randomly drawn from submitted applications. Successful applicants will be notified and provided additional hunt information by mail and email. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Wild Ohio Customer Center to view the status of their application and, if selected, print their controlled hunt permit.

More specific information about hunt dates and locations, including opportunities dedicated to youth, women and mobility-impaired hunters, can be found at

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 all-you-can-eat fish fry

June 6, 2015

McArthur VFW Post 5299 will be holding an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Friday, June 12 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Post located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur.

Adults meals will be $8 and children under 10 eat for $4.

Central Elementary 5th grade promotion

May 27, 2015

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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.