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McArthur VFW to hold all you can eat fish fry

April 2, 2015

The McArthur VFW Post 5299, located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive, will hold an all you can eat fish fry on April 10 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Drink and dessert is included with the meal.


Sheriff’s office uncovers heroin in McArthur, arrests three

March 25, 2015
Charles E. Johnson

Charles E. Johnson

Jamey L. Coleman

Jamey L. Coleman

Bernis L. Coleman

Bernis L. Coleman

Three McArthur residents were arrested after a search warrant uncovered heroin possession and trafficking, according to a report from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the report, Charles E. Johnson, 49, Bernis L. Coleman, 44, and Jamey L. Coleman, 27, all of McArthur, were arrested on March 24, after an investigation was conducted by Vinton County Sheriff Office Detective Ryan Cain into the trafficking and possession of heroin.

During the execution of the search warrant, heroin, money, and paraphernalia were found inside the residence.

All three suspects were reportedly taken to the South Eastern Ohio Regional Jail and charged with Possession of Heroin and Paraphernalia.

The case will be forwarded to Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown for review.

Numerous additional charges could be presented at the next Grand Jury.  A bond hearing is scheduled on Thursday.

High school algebra class to hold research symposium

March 23, 2015

On Friday March 27, students from Mr. Xenos’s Integrated Algebra II classes will hold their first, annual research symposium in the Vinton County High School Media Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The purpose of the event is to showcase student research projects that utilize statistics to inform evidence-based explanations of how our world works.

Students will present tri­fold posters in groups of two to five on personally relevant topics. Some examples include: a history and comparison of Nintendo game systems; stages and factors of antler growth in deer; cell phone habits of teenagers; effects of dubstep music on test anxiety; an analysis of Division I football conferences; and soft drink preferences among VCHS students.

The event is open to the public and light snacks and beverages will be provided. Those planning to attend should enter the high school through the main entrance.

Library and Friends to celebrate McArthur’s bicentennial at 11th annual Spring Literary Arts Festival

March 19, 2015


“McArthur, 1815-2015: The Story of Our Town,” the 11th annual Spring Literary Arts Festival sponsored by the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library and the Friends of the Library in McArthur, Ohio, will feature a diverse program on Saturday, April 11th to include fun activities for the entire family.

The day’s events, which begin at 12:30 p.m. in the lowel level of the library, will emphasize the writing contest awards ceremony and two keynote presentations.

James O'Donnell

James O’Donnell

The first presenter, James H. O’Donnell, Ph.D., an emeritus Thomas and McCoy Professor of History at Marietta College where he taught from 1969-2011, was named one of Ohio’s top educators by “Ohio Magazine.” Dr. O’Donnell served the college as chair of the Department of History, Political Science, Religion and Philosophy as well as a division head, and he served the state of Ohio on the Ohio Humanities Council.

Dr. O’Donnell’s books include “Southern Indians in the American Revolution,” “Southeastern Frontiers, 1540-1840,” “Cradles of Conscience: Ohio’s Independent Colleges and Universities,” and “Ohio’s First Peoples,” on which he will base his presentation.

Andrew Cayton

Andrew Cayton

The second presenter, Andrew R.L. Cayton, Ph.D., a native of Cincinnati, is a scholar of early American history and Distinguished Professor of History at Miami University in Ohio. Dr. Cayton received a B.A. with high honors from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Brown University. He has been a Visiting Professor of History at The Ohio State University as well as the John Adams (Fulbright) Professor of American Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands and has been referred to as the “premier modern historian of the American Midwest.” He is also well known for his work on British North America. In 2011-2012, he served as President for the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic and has published numerous writings, including “Ohio: The History of a People,” on which he will base his presentation.

Deer Folk Tellers

Deer Folk Tellers

Curt Cable

Curt Cable

After the author presentations, SpringFest at the Library will begin at 4:00 and continue to 6:30 p.m. The evening’s events will include a free pioneer soup and sandwich supper; pioneer era games, crafts, and activities with various prizes; free narrated horse-drawn wagon rides; and storytelling and live music under the “big tent” with the Deer Hill Folk Tellers and Curt Cable, Debbie Sifford, and Madaline Sifford of Sunday Creek.

John Hutchison (1)Offering short narrated tours around the village of McArthur, John Hutchison will team up his draft horses and hitch them to his padded “Pioneer Equipment Wagon” so that 20 passengers will be able to travel in comfort for each ride.

For information about the festival, contact the library at (740) 596-5691 or visit the library’s calendar of events at The Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library serving Vinton County and the Friends of the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library are also on Facebook.

County 4-H Council to hold dinner, silent basket auction

March 17, 2015

The Vinton County 4-H Council is holding a 4-H dinner 2015 and silent basket auction on Saturday, March 28, from 4-7 p.m. at the Vinton County Community Building in McArthur.

The cost of the dinner is $8 and includes choice of lamb or pork, baked beans, coleslaw, mac-n-cheese, drink and dessert. Carryout will be available as well.

Businesses and 4-H Clubs have assembled themed baskets for the silent auction with bidding ending at 6 p.m.

The group is urging the community to attend the event and support 4-H Camp and Scholarships for those members continuing their education after high school.

McArthur VFW Post announces addition of KENO games

March 17, 2015

McArthur VFW Post 5299 now has announced that it now has KENO games and electronic lottery games and is inviting the public to stop in and play.

The McArthur Post is located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur and is presently open Wednesday through Saturday.

Vinton man arrested after bath salts trafficking investigation

March 17, 2015


A Vinton man was arrested after an investigation into the alleged trafficking in Alpha-PVP, also known as bath salts.

According to a report from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, Lester P. Hedrick, 44, of Vinton, was arrested after an investigation was conducted by Detective Ryan Cain.

Information was received from Homeland Security that the package had been found by Border Patrol and Customs.

A covert operation, which was conducted by Cain and other members of the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force, led to the arrest of Hedrick.

A search warrant was executed on Hedrick’s residence and another male subject was released.  The investigation is still pending and the case has been forwarded to the Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney for review.

Hedrick was charged with trafficking in Alpha-PVP and taken to the South Eastern Ohio Regional Jail and will have a bond hearing on Tuesday.

Two arrested in Albany meth lab investigation

March 17, 2015






ALBANY — Two men were arrested after deputies  found evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing at a Zimmerman Road residence, according to a report from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest was made after deputies stopped at a residence to question a male subject about a meth cooking investigation.

Andrew L. Barstow, 24, of Albany, and Robert Sheppard, 34, of Athens, were arrested after Sergeant William Bowden and Deputy Michelle Thomas arrived at Barstow’s residence on Zimmerman Road and found evidence of a meth lab outside.

A search warrant was received and after searching the residence, more evidence into the manufacturing of methamphetamine was found.

Barstow was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of meth making materials.  Sheppard was also at the residence at the time and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both subjects were taken to the South Eastern Ohio Regional Jail.

The case has been turned over to the Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney for review, with the possibility of other individuals being charged.

Athens man dies in Jackson County hit-and-run

March 12, 2015

JACKSON – An Athens man was pronounced dead after a hit-and-run accident that occurred at Route 35 and Township Road 213 in Jackson County Thursday.

According to the Jackson Post of Highway Patrol, the accident took place at approximately 5:39 a.m. and remains under investigation.

According to the report, the crash occurred when a 2007 Volvo tractor trailer, driven by Manuel D. Ortiz, 41, of East Rutherford, New Jersey, failed to yield from a stop sign on Township Road at U.S. Route 35 and pulled into the path of a west bound 1996 Nissan truck, driven by Richard W. Cartwright II, 21, of Athens.

The Cartwright vehicle struck the trailer portion of the Ortiz vehicle, traveled under the trailer prior to continuing off of left side of the roadway into the median where it came to rest. The Ortiz vehicle continued east on Route 35 without stopping.

Cartwright was pronounced dead at the scene by Jackson County Coroner, Doctor Greg Hawker.

Ortiz was apprehended a short time later in Putnam County West Virginia by a Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy. Mr. Ortiz will be extradited back to Jackson County to face charges for vehicular homicide and failure to stop after a fatal crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

Other departments that assisted at the crash scene include the Jackson County E.M.S., Coalton Fire Department and Ron’s Towing.

South Elementary announces new date for PTO Chinese Auction

March 9, 2015

The Vinton County South Elementary PTO Chinese Auction has been rescheduled for Friday, March 13.

The auction will feature around 200 items to win including prizes such as Dollywood tickets, King’s Island tickets, a $50 Mastercard, gas cards, several restaurant and local business gift certificates, tools, toys, etc.

Tickets are 25 for $3 or 50 for $5. Concessions will also be for sale.

The school is located at 38234 State Route 93, north of Hamden. Call 384-2731 with questions.