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McArthur woman showcased at Farm Science Review

September 19, 2014
Snider was chosen

Local farmer/business owner/ educator Teresa Snider was selected to represent Vinton County in an exhibit honoring women’s contributions to Ohio Agriculture. The exhibit was displayed at the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio from September 16-18. (Submitted Photo)

McARTHUR ― An exhibit honoring the contributions of women in Ohio agriculture, featuring local farmer/ business owner/ educator Teresa Snider, will be displayed at this year’s Farm Science Review September 16-18 in London, Ohio.

Ohio State University Extension educators across the state of Ohio, the outreach arm of OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, were asked to nominate women for the display, which will be housed in the Firebaugh Building of the Molly Caren Agricultural Center at this year’s Review. Snider was selected as the representative from Vinton County by educator Travis West.

“I feel honored to have been chosen as a face of agriculture, ” said Snider. “I hope my experiences can teach the importance of agriculture in our community.”   I am proud to produce quality beef and I know how much effort and hard work goes into it. I use every opportunity to promote what we do… this has even included transporting calves to our elementary and doing Pasture to Plate outdoor classroom demonstrations for students. My strong educational background compels me to coach the producer and educate the consumer. Agriculture is vital to our existence and people need to understand and truly appreciate the farmer.”

In an ever-changing farming industry and to honor Extension’s 100th anniversary, educators wanted to showcase the variety of roles women play in agriculture, whether in urban or rural communities.

“Women now make up 1 out of every 3 agricultural producers across the United States,” said Gigi Neal, OSU Extension agriculture educator for Clermont County and co-leader of OSU Extension’s Ohio Women in Agriculture team.

Snider is recognized for her work as a leader in the community. She serves as principal and Title I Coordinator for Vinton County Local Schools. Her personal time is spent working with youth as a Gold Level Club 4-H Advisor and working to continuously improve bovine practices on Mound Hill Farm. She has achieved Ohio Professional Beef Producer status and is the founder and president of VCCA / Vinton County Cattlemen’s Association. In an effort to facilitate networking opportunities and promote Vinton County cattle, Snider organized this affiliation in 2010. Now 25 farms strong, this county affiliate was honored by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association as the “Up and Coming Affiliate” in 2011. VCCA has also been featured in several OCA publications for their active role in the community.  To date, the Vinton County Cattlemen’s Association has provided over $4000.00 in scholarships to graduating seniors, featured a youth fitting clinic, sponsored numerous educational beef meetings, and annually coordinates the “Legends of the Fall” open beef show. In describing VCCA, Snider stated “We are a strong team – we value hard work and enjoy working together!”

Snider also serves on the Vinton County Soil and Water District as Board chairperson.

“We want to recognize the women who are often the backbone of agriculture across the state of Ohio. They’re really the foundation for so many things that happen in agriculture, and we want to help people recognize that,” said West.

Farm Science Review is known nationally as Ohio’s premier agricultural event. It annually draws more than 130,000 farmers, growers, producers and agricultural enthusiasts. An estimated 620 exhibitors with some 4,000 product lines will set up shop at the three-day farm show, organizers said. More information can be found at

Sojourners Recycling Center sets new open schedule

September 16, 2014

IMG_2325The Sojo Community Recycling Center has changed the days that it is open to the public. Starting in September, it will be open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9- 4 p.m. It will no longer open on Mondays. The change is due the classroom and construction schedule of Youthbuild, the Sojourners program that runs the recycling center.

The Sojo Community Recycling Center provides valuable occupational experience for young people in the Sojourners Youthbuild program, as well as a service to the community. Sojourners appreciates the flexibility of the recycling center’s customers as the schedule is modified to meet the needs of both the community and the Youthbuild program.

The recycling center buys aluminum cans and a wide variety of other metals. Information about the center’s price list can be found on the Sojourners Facebook page or at

Sheriff: 83-year-old Wilkesville man missing

September 12, 2014

CottrillWILKESVILLE — An 83-year-old Wilkesville man is missing after leaving his home Friday to visit an out-of-state relative.

According to information from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, Virgil Cottrill, 83, of Wilkesville, left his home at 4 p.m. Friday to travel to Kentucky to visit a relative. He did not show up to that relative’s residence.

Cottrill is described to have gray hair, blue eyes and stands 6’2″ tall. He was last seen driving a maroon Ford F-150 with a bed cap.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Cottrill, they can contact the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office by dialing 740-596-5242.

Grafton man injured in Jackson County tractor trailer crash

September 11, 2014

Jackson –A Grafton man was transported from the scene of a one-vehicle tractor-trailer accident that occurred on Route 35 near mile post 2 in Jackson County.

The crash occurred at approximately 8:38 a.m. when a 2015 Freightliner semi, driven by Patrick A. Cross, 50, of Grafton, Ohio, traveled off of the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck an embankment prior to rolling onto its left side and came to rest partially on the west bound lanes of U.S. Route 35.

Cross was transported to Holzer Hospital in Jackson by the Jackson County E.M.S. with incapacitating injuries.

Route 35 west was closed for approximately one hour until crews could open one west bound lane.

The Jackson Post of State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County E.M.S., Ohio Department of Transportation, Jackson County E.M.A., Jackson Township Fire Department and Ron’s Towing.

Cross was cited for failure to control.

Vinton County Air Show to be held September 21

September 4, 2014

The Vinton County Air Show is rapidly approaching and it is not too early to mark your calendars for the Sunday, September 21 event at the Vinton County Airport. Planning is still underway, but there will be at least four big airplane aerobatic acts, three or four spectacular remote control performances, a demonstration flight of a powered parachute, sky divers, and more.

The airport’s legendary chicken BBQ dinners will be served beginning at 11 a.m. and the air show will begin at 1 p.m.

The event is free, but a donation for parking will be requested and there is plenty of room for parking including an area for those with handicaps.

It is anticipated that some interesting aircraft will be displayed at the air show so come early and watch visiting planes come and go.

For more information as it becomes available, call Vinton County Pilots and Boosters Association President Nick Rupert at 740-357-0268 or Secretary Steve Keller at 740-418-2612.

The Vinton County Airport is located about 6 miles north of McArthur, Ohio just off St. Rt. 93 on Airport Road. Follow the signs.

All proceeds from airport events are used to operate and maintain the general aviation airport for the use of the public.

Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District to hold annual banquet

September 3, 2014

The Vinton SWCD will hold their 68 Annual Banquet at Lake Hope Lodge on September 25.

The evening will begin with the supervisor election from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. To be eligible to vote in the election you must be a resident of or own property in Vinton County. There are three ways to vote in the supervisor election: 1) cast your ballot at the annual banquet, 2) at the Vinton SWCD office until 12:00 p.m. on September 25th, or 3) vote absentee by requesting the proper absentee request forms from the SWCD office.

The staff at Lake Hope Lodge will be catering the dinner, which will include a salad, pulled pork or brisket, three-cheese augratins, green beans, a roll and berry cobbler for dessert.

Following dinner, awards will be presented and affiliate members will be recognized.

A special award will be given this year to Bob Davis for his years promoting conservation and land stewardship in Vinton County.

Following the presentation of awards the winners of the supervisor election will be announced. The annual meeting is open to the public but a $20.00 ticket is required for the meal.

Please contact the office by September 19, if you plan on attending the meeting. The Vinton SWCD office can be reached by phone at (740) 596 – 5676, by e-mail at or by mail 31935 St. Rt. 93, McArthur, OH 45651.

Wellston man dies from injuries in Jackson County crash

September 3, 2014

The Jackson Post of Highway Patrol is currently investigating a fatal accident involving one vehicle that crashed at approximately 11:06 p.m. on County Road 78, east of Route 788 in Jackson County.

The crash occurred when a 2001 Ford F-150, driven by Michael W. Key, 51, of Wellston, traveled off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle then struck a utility pole and an embankment prior to coming to a rest.

Key was transported from the scene and taken to Holzer Hospital in Jackson by the Jackson County E.M.S. with incapacitating injuries. He was then transported by Med-Flight to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where he later died as a result of his injuries.


The crash remains under investigation.

Prosecutor: McArthur man sentenced after guilty plea on drug charges

August 25, 2014

A McArthur man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to drug related charges.

According to information released from the Vinton County Prosecutor’s Office, Paul Rose, 41, of McArthur was sentenced after pleading guilty to aggravated trafficking of drugs, a felony of the fourth degree and one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree.

Rose will also pay a $1000 fine along with other sanctions imposed by the court.

The charges stem from a September 2013 traffic stop.

Deputy Richard Hixson led the investigation on behalf of the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office.


Prosecutor: Londonderry man sentenced to prison after community control violations

August 25, 2014

A Londonderry man has been sentenced to one year in prison following community control violations.

According to information released from the Vinton County Prosecutor’s Office, Patrick Holobaugh, 37, of Londonderry  received the sentence after community control violations.

Holobaugh was originally convicted of felony vandalism after a June 2012 incident involving a Vinton County Sheriff’s Office cruiser. At that time, he was sentenced to one year in prison. However, that sentence was suspended and he was placed on three years of community control. In 2014, violations of his community control were filed after he was charged with new crimes.

At the most recent hearing, Holobaugh admitted to violations of his community control and was sentenced to serve the balance of his sentence in prison.

Flag football, youth volleyball signups to be held August 30

August 23, 2014

Flag Football sign-ups for K-3rd grade and Youth Volleyball 4-6th grade will both be held Saturday, August 30 at the Old High School Football field. Sign ups will begin at 9 a.m. and the cost is $15 due at sign-in. Girls and boys are welcome to sign-up for either program.
The football program will run for 5 weeks on Saturday mornings only (practice followed by game) beginning September 6-October 4.
The Volleyball Program will begin the week of September 8, with practice 1-2 times per week and games every Saturday in October.  If you have any additional questions please contact Cindy Owings Waugh @ 740-352-7902.