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Help Wanted: Part-time receptionist

February 1, 2015

Part-time evening receptionist needed for McArthur Chiropractic.  Send resume and references to omrecpos@gmail.com.

Auditor reminds dog owners to renew licenses

January 28, 2015

Vinton County Auditor, Cindy Owings Waugh, is reminding all dog owners of the upcoming deadline to renew their dog license for 2015.

The original deadline of January 31 has now been extended to February 13th.

A dog license may be purchased at the Vinton County Auditor’s Office, 100 east Main St. McArthur, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am – 4:00 pm; online at: www.doglicences.us/OH/Vinton. Per Ohio Law, if a dog license is not purchased by the statutory deadline, a penalty is applied equal to the amount of the license.

Be a responsible pet owner by not only purchasing a tag, but also making sure your dog wears it at all times. It is their ticket home if they become lost.

Library promotes dating program matching readers to books

January 21, 2015

The Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library is getting into the dating business—blind dating, that is!  Library patrons in McArthur now have a unique way to discover new authors and genres.

For the month of February, the library will be hosting “Blind Date with a Book.”

Like a true blind date, readers who check out a special “blind date” book won’t know the title or author of their book, because each book has been gift wrapped in red or pink paper.  The only information available about the book will be a short description and its genre— mystery, romance, western, or other.

“Last year I heard several of the libraries in our region sponsored a program like this, and I thought it would be a great way to encourage folks to visit the library,” said library director Clint Walker.

After speaking with his co-workers and other librarians, Walker realized that this could be a fun way to introduce library patrons to new books and authors.

“We’re not choosing novels that have just been released, but we’re also not choosing classics,” said Walker.

For example, don’t expect to find “War and Peace” among the wrapped books. Each book has been chosen because Walker thought it worthy of a blind date.

To help library patrons decide which “blind date” to choose, each wrapped book carries a short, catchy description or book review taped on the outside, hinting at the book’s genre or theme.

Readers are invited to check out one or more of these books, take their “date” home, unwrap it, and settle in for a promising read.

Inside each book is a “Rate Your Date” bookmark.  Once readers have gone on their “blind date,” they are asked to fill out the bookmarks and turn each one in at the circulation desk upstairs. One bookmark will be drawn from all of the returned bookmarks each Friday in February to win a special prize.

“We hope you’ll encourage your friends to join the fun,” Walker added.

The Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library will continue to offer the blind date program until Friday, February, 27. The library’s new hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hamden man arrested in efforts against ‘major heroin trafficking ring’

January 21, 2015
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The coordinated efforts of the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office Drug task force and the Jackson County Major Crimes Unit led to the arrest of a Hamden man in what the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office called a “major heroin trafficking ring.”

According to information released from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, Brian K. Canode, 36, of Hamden, was arrested after several search warrants were executed Tuesday on his residence and a family member’s residence in Wellston. Suspected Heroin, Cocaine, and marijuana, along with other drug paraphernalia, were seized with an undisclosed amount of cash and guns. Three juveniles were also inside the residence when the warrant was executed.

Canode was arrested on charges of trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, having weapons under disability and child endangerment. He taken to the South Eastern Ohio Regional Jail. A bond hearing will be held on Thursday. The case will be reviewed by Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes Brown for possible added charges and suspects.

The arrest came after a lengthy investigation conducted as a joint effort between the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County Major Crimes Unit. Several Agencies were involved in this coordinated effort: VCSO Special Response Team, McArthur Police Department, Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department, and the Wellston Police Department.

Prosecutor announces 2014 indictments

January 16, 2015

The Vinton County Prosecutor has announced that the following individuals were indicted by the Vinton County Grand Jury in the latter part of 2014.

The following list represents indictments and not convictions. The cases will proceed to conclusion in the Vinton County Court of Common Pleas:

Jordan Stover, trafficking in marihuana, drug paraphernalia.

Winston Page, of McArthur, three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, and two counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Brian Lang, aggravated possession of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia.

Kayla Caudill, 27, of McArthur, obstructing justice, a felony of the fifth degree; obstructing office business, a misdemeanor of the second degree; possessing criminal tools, a felony of the fifth degree; two counts of endangering children, felonies of the third degree; illegal cultivation of marihuana, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; possession of drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the second degree; possession of marihuana, a minor misdemeanor.

Phillip Harless, 54, of Hamden, aggravated trafficking in marihuana, a felony of the fourth degree; three counts of trafficking in marihuana, a felonies of the fifth degree; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a felony of the second degree.

Paul Scarrett, 34, McArthur, aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree; trafficking in cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the third degree; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a felony of the second degree.

Linda Smith, 55, of Latham, illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree; possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree; drug paraphernalia offenses, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; possession of drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Roger Barber, Jr. of Albany, illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree; Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree; aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.

Roger Barber, Jr. of Albany, illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree; Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a felony of the second degree.

Brandi Baker of Wellston, forgery, a felony of the fifth degree and falsification, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

David Boyd, 32, Sinking Springs, illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree.

John Robert Shane Knox, 18, of McArthur, failure to comply with order or signal of police officer, a felony of the third degree.

Amy Walters, 32, of Hamden, aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree.

Chad Owings, 43, of McArthur, aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree.

Cody Napper, of Hamden, aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree.

Ginger Williams, 34, of Hamden, aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree and drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

Raymond Lett, 28, of McArthur, two counts of endangering children, felonies of the third degree; drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; possession of drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the second degree; possession of drugs, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Kristy Tindall, 30, of Hamden, attempted burglary, a felony of the third degree; theft, a felony of the fourth degree; criminal damaging, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Kristy Tindall, 30, Hamden, theft, a felony of the fourth degree; theft, a felony of the fifth degree; forgery, a felony of the fifth degree; four counts of forgery, a felonies of the fifth degree.

Kristy Tindall, 30, Hamden, trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree.

Ginger Williams, 34, of Hamden, aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree; possession of drugs, a misdemeanor of the first degree; drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

Jacqualyn Vititoe, of Ray, aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree; possession of drugs, a misdemeanor of the first degree; drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

Shannon Hayes, of New Plymouth, tampering with drugs, a felony of the third degree; two counts of possessing drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Carlus Ashmore, tampering with drugs, a felony of the third degree; possession of drugs, a misdemeanor of the first degree; drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; possession of drugs, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Prosecutor announces conclusion of court cases

January 16, 2015

The office of Vinton County Prosecutor Trecia Kimes-Brown has announced that the following cases have been concluded in the Vinton County Court of Common Pleas.

Jeffrey Harris, 38, of Hamden, was sentenced to prison on two separate cases. In the first case, Harris plead guilty to one count of trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree. Harris was sentenced to a term of 18 months. The second case stemmed from a May 2014 incident in which Harris and his wife Kristy Tindall Harris attempted to gain entry to a Sam Russell Road home. Harris plead guilty to one count of attempted burglary, a felony of the third degree and one count of theft, a felony of the fourth degree. He was sentenced to 36 months in prison for attempted burglary and 18 months for theft. Both investigations were handled by the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office.

Marshall Perry, 26, of Albany, was sentenced to prison after multiple violations of his Community Control (i.e. probation). Perry originally plead guilty to two counts of Breaking and Entering in a 2009 case. After failing to complete community control, Perry was sentenced to serve the underlying sentence of 24 months in prison.

Chad Owings, 43, of McArthur, was sentenced to serve a prison term following multiple violations of his Community Control (i.e. probation). Owings originally plead guilty to one count of trafficking of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. Owings will serve a 12 month prison sentence.

Clifford L. Bowens, Jr., 44, of Chillicothe, was sentenced to a prison term after multiple violations of his Community Control. Bowens originally plead guilty to one count of aggravated assault, a felony of the fourth degree. Bowens will be returned to prison to serve the balance of his underlying sentence.

Eric Broughton, 29, of McArthur, was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to one count of breaking and entering and obstructing official business, both felonies of the fifth degree. Broughton was charged following a July, 2013 incident of breaking and entering of Logan’s Tobacco in McArthur. The investigation was led by Lt. Michelle Walker of the McArthur Police Department.

Paul Stewart, 44, of Wellston, was sentenced to prison following his prior conviction for non-support of dependents. Stewart plead guilty in 2011 to non-support of dependents. He was then sentenced to three years of Community Control, within months of his original guilty plea, a warrant was issued for his arrest for violations of his Community Control. Stewart was arrested in 2014. Stewart was sentenced to serve a 12 month sentence. Following his release from prison, Stewart is ordered to pay $500.00 per month toward his child support arrearages.

Roger Barber, Jr., 23, of Albany, was sentenced to a combined six year prison sentence. Barber plead guilty to one count of illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree and aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree. The charges stem from an extensive investigation completed by the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office in the spring of 2014.

Barber also plead guilty to one count of illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a felony of the second degree. The charges stem from an investigation initiated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in the Vinton Furnace State Park in April, 2014.

Expansion, remodel will close parking at Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library till 2016

January 15, 2015

The Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library has issued a notice informing the public that the parking lot behind the library and the lot at the south side of the library will be unavailable for parking and other activities from March 2015 to January 2016 during the building expansion and remodeling of the library.

Sojourners prepares for Martin Luther King Day celebration

January 13, 2015

Sojourners is busy preparing for the organization’s 2015 Martin Luther King Day celebration.

On Monday, January 19, the staff and participants of Sojourners will join hundreds of events held in states and cities nationwide to honor the legacy of Dr. King through community service.

Sojourners has taken part in the national MLK Day “day on, not a day off” community service celebrations for 11 years. During the early years the nonprofit held “Dream Camp” day camps for elementary school children, provided free lunches to the community, and completed several major service projects, including building a gazebo at the Vinton County Courthouse, replacing benches in the McArthur village park, repairing the entrance signs to McArthur, and creating new signage for the Vinton County Fairgrounds.

Since 2011, Sojourners has celebrated MLK Day in Vinton County, but in a new way designed to accommodate the fact that school is in session. Assemblies are held in the Vinton County’s Central and South elementary schools. The assemblies feature the MLK Express, a train comprised of an engine, coal tender, and two passenger cars. The train was built by participants and staff of the Sojourners Youthbuild program and is a favorite of the elementary students.

“We are very appreciative of the support of the Vinton County Local School District. Our MLK Day assemblies are a fun and interactive way to share the lessons of Dr. King’s life with hundreds of children,” said Shelly Horvath, Sojourners director of communications.

This year, the MLK Day Express will roll again. Staff and participants of Sojourners will be joined by young people from LAUNCH of Jackson, a local youth organization, and many other community volunteers. The program, “Share the Dream,” will emphasize the importance of living Dr. King’s legacy every day. Last year over 80 people took part in the presentation of the assemblies.

For more information about the Sojourners MLK Day 2015celebration, or to volunteer, contact Shelly Horvath at 740.591.6649, or shellyhorvath@yahoo.com. To learn more about  Sojourners visit www.sojournerscare.net, like the organization on Facebook or follow it on Twitter @sojoforkids.

McArthur VFW to resume baked steak, chicken noodle dinners

January 13, 2015
McArthur VFW Post 5299 will resume its monthly baked steak and chicken noodle dinners on January 23, after a two-month break.
Chicken noodles are $7 and baked steak is $8. Both dinners include a drink and a dessert.
Dine in and carry-out options are available on the day of the dinner from 5-6:30 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office seeking man for questioning in crime near A&K Fastmart

January 6, 2015

The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office has released the photo of an individual who is being sought out for questioning in a crime committed near A&K Fastmart.

If you recognize the individual in the photo below, please contact Sheriff Shawn Justice at 740-596-5242.

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