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ODNR offers military discounts at state parks

July 3, 2014

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer announced that Ohio State Parks will now be offering additional military discounts. A 10 percent discount is available for active or military veterans for camping, getaway rentals, cottages and lodge rooms at any of the nine Ohio State Park lodges.

“Ohio’s active and military veterans have made countless sacrifices for our nation, and we wanted to find a way to thank them for their service,” said Zehringer. “I hope that the brave men and women that have proudly served our country can take the opportunity to enjoy, with their families, what their efforts have helped preserve.”

“We appreciate partnering with ODNR to better serve our Ohio active military and veterans,” said Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Tim Gorrell. “Veterans have given much on our behalf, and this is a way to give back and encourage them and their families to enjoy the outdoor recreational opportunities Ohio offers.”

In honor of Veterans Day this fall, ODNR will provide active or military veterans with a 20 percent discount off camping, getaway rentals, cottages and lodge rooms from Friday, Oct. 31, through Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Both of these military discounts may only be used for a single campsite, getaway rental unit, cottage or lodge room per visit and must belong to the cardholder using the facility. Military identification must be presented at the time of arrival or check-in to receive the discount.

For more information on discounts at Ohio State Parks, go to

Rockbridge man dies after car strikes mower on Mt. Zion Road

July 2, 2014

A Rockbridge man is dead after a car struck the mower he was driving, ejecting him and causing serious injuries.

According to a report from the Jackson Post of State Highway Patrol, Robin E. Mulhern, 60, of McArthur, was heading eastbound on Mt. Zion Road in a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix when he came upon Brian Blair, 47, of Rockbridge and Jason Ratliff, 39, of Lancaster. Both were on Turf Tiger Zero Turn mowers. Blair was stopped in the westbound lane and Ratliff was stopped in the eastbound lane. Mulhern reportedly swerved to avoid striking the mower Ratliff was driving and struck Blair’s mower. Blair was ejected and seriously injured.

Blair was flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. The case will be forwarded to the Vinton County Prosecutor for review upon completion.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary to hold baked steak/chicken noodle dinner

June 23, 2014

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5299 will hold a baked steak/chicken noodle dinner June 27 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Post located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur.

The cost is $7.50 for baked steak and $6.50 for chicken noodles.


McArthur United Methodist Church announces “Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School

June 23, 2014

McArthur United Methodist Church is inviting children to Weird Animals: “Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-Kind.”

The summer kids’ event called Weird Animals VBS will be hosted at McArthur United Methodist Church from June 29 through July 2. An ending event will be held on July 3 off site with picnic and activities.

At Weird Animals, kids will learn about some of God’s most creative creations! They’ll participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures,
collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one of a kind, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.

Each day concludes with The Tail End—a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Kids at Weird Animals VBS will join an international mission effort to share God’s love by providing water for school children in India.

Weird Animals VBS is for kids from 2 and up and will run from 6:00 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. each day. For more information, call 740-591-6973.

High school golf informational meeting to be held July 16

June 23, 2014

An informational, parent meeting for those interested in participating in high school golf for the upcoming fall season will be held at the Vinton County High School cafeteria on Wednesday, July 16 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will include necessary paperwork to participate in the sport of golf, information on scheduling — including practices and matches and expectations as a Vinton County Viking Athlete.

Any current high school students, grades 9 – 12 are eligible to participate as long as they meet the eligibility requirements of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Vinton County Local School District.

For more information or questions, contact Coach Terry Hale at 740-352-6205.


Lost and Found Worship Center announces July meetings

June 23, 2014

The Lost and Found Worship Center, located at 112 East Main St. in McArthur, has announced its weekend schedule for July 18, 19 and 20.

The church will have Guest Speaker Tom McManis and music by David Stiffler for those meetings.

Tip leads to multiple drug, warrant related arrests

June 16, 2014

A tip led to several drug and warrant related arrests made in McArthur by deputies Thursday.

According to a release from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a tip that four individuals were residing at a Murphy Road residence, and that each individual had warrants from other counties.

When deputies arrived  to follow up on the complaint, Emzy Mullins, 57, of McArthur, was arrested on a warrant from Athens County. Also in the residence was Scott A Kight, 30, of McArthur, who was arrested on a warrant from Jackson County and Rashella Nickells, 30, of McArthur, who was arrested on a warrant from Athens County.

During a check of the residence, deputies found Sharon K. Slutcher, 30, of Columbus, hiding inside of a closet in one of the bedrooms. She was arrested for a warrant out of Franklin County.

Deputies received permission to search from Mullins. A search of the residence was then conducted and several items were found including a ball of brown tar substance (suspected to be heroin, a bag containing what is suspected as bath salts and paraphernalia.

The drug items will be sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation Lab for further processing. The investigation has been forwarded to the prosecuting attorney for review.


McArthur VFW post to hold all-you-can-eat fish fry

June 9, 2014

McArthur VFW Post 5299 will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry on June 13 from 5-6:30 p.m. at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur.

All you can eat fish, sides, drink and dessert for $7.50. Children un 12 eat for half price.


McArthur woman found guity of endangering children

June 9, 2014


On May 28, 2014, a McArthur woman was found guilty of endangering children, a felony of the fourth degree, in Vinton County Common Pleas Court following a day long jury trial.

The indictment stemmed from a report advising that Waswick was having problems walking and slurring her words while holding a baby in September 2013 at the Clark Pump and Shop in McArthur. McArthur Police Chief Tony Wood responded to the scene to find Waswick impaired. It was later discovered that Waswick had driven herself and her infant daughter to the store.  Following the investigation, charges were presented to the Vinton County Grand Jury by Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown and Waswick was indicted.

After a jury trial, Barbara Waswick, 31, was found guilty on the sole count of the indictment namely endangering children, a felony of the fourth degree.  The State was represented by Assistant Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Jason D. Holdren. Waswick was represented by Timothy P. Gleeson of Logan.

Waswick will be sentenced at a later date which has not yet been determined.

PATH announces meeting date and location, requests volunteers

June 7, 2014

Preservation of America’s True Heritage (PATH) is a local citizen’s organization committed to preserving truth, promoting free enterprise, and insuring that the knowledge of our nation’s rich spiritual and religious heritage is available to, and appreciated by, the generations of today and tomorrow.

PATH will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, June 9 from 7-8 p.m.  The group will be meeting this month at Ebenezer United Methodist Church located at 23808 Creola-Hue Road in Creola.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Attention Pastors and area church leaders – PATH is asking for your help to spread the word within your own congregation about the work that PATH is doing.  You can also help by volunteering to host a future PATH meeting at your church.

For more information, contact Robert Barber at (740) 596-8991 or visit  We look forward to seeing you Monday evening!