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Sheriff seeking suspect in Wilkesville Par Mar breaking and entering

November 27, 2014

The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding a breaking and entering that took place at the Par Mar Store in Wilkesville early Thursday morning.

According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 2:07 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Par Mar Stores in Wilkesville of broken glass. When deputies arrived, they found that entry had been made and several tobacco items were missing.

The suspect appears to be between 5’7 – 5-9′ tall and between 165-190 pounds.

If anyone has information regarding the case, they are being asked to contact Deputy Richard Hixson or Deputy Mike Kemmerling at 740-596-5242.

There is a reward for the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) involved in the case.


Schools benefit from Trees to Textbooks program

November 22, 2014

Vinton County is among eighteen rural Ohio school districts and their corresponding counties and townships that will share $1,765,245 from the sale of timber from Ohio’s state forests. Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer and Smokey Bear today presented checks to the Vinton Local School District in Vinton County and the Washington-Nile Local School District in Scioto County during separate school assemblies. 

“We are always eager to reinvest these revenues in our local communities and educate students about proper forest management,” said Zehringer. “Well-managed public and private forests create diverse landscapes for wildlife, promote healthier lifestyles through recreational opportunities and allow forest product industries to contribute more than $20 billion to Ohio’s economy.”

Through the ODNR Division of Forestry’s “Trees to Textbooks” program, a percentage of the revenue generated from state forest management activity goes to the county, township and school district in which the activity took place.

Students cheered today at South Elementary in Hamden, part of the Vinton Local School District, as they received Ohio’s largest check for $327,440.02. The students at Portsmouth West Elementary in the Washington-Nile Local School District sang their school song after receiving their check for $99,584.35.

Smokey Bear also treated the students to a special showing of his new educational musical and led them in a lesson about protecting our forests and preventing forest fires.

The ODNR Division of Forestry is responsible for the care of nearly 200,000 acres of state forests. State forestry experts manage these woodlands for overall health and diversity, soil and water conservation, improved wildlife habitat and a variety of recreational opportunities. Selected trees or areas of woodland are harvested through a competitive bid process that includes requirements for sound management practices. All work is conducted by certified master loggers under strict monitoring.

The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit the ODNR Division of Forestry’s website

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Photos: Vinton County Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014

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C.A.R.E. director thanks community for support

November 6, 2014

Letter to the Editor:

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to those in our community that came out to support the Big Barn Sale & Food Drive held on October 25 at C.A.R.E.   We were blessed to have a picture perfect day, dozens of volunteers, and hundreds of customers come to shop our wares in exchange for making a food or financial donation.

Special thanks to The Refuge Ministries for supplying a team of wonderful volunteers that not only helped us in the weeks ahead of the sale to get our barn ready but also for pitching in on the day of the sale to help.  Our friends at Vinton Industries also stepped up and held their own food drive to assist with our cause.  In total, this event raised $643.55 in cash donations and we collected 605 dry and canned food items!  Thanks to everyone who helped us make this event a huge success!!

As always, we are looking for new volunteers to join our team to assist in the food pantry and thrift store operations.  If you are interested, please call our office at (740) 596-2394 or just stop by during our normal business hours of TuesdayThursday from 9 a.m. – noon.  Thanks again!!

Judi Phelps

2014 Vinton County General Election results

November 4, 2014

2014 Vinton County General Election results with 100% of precincts reporting:

Governor and Lieutenant Govenor:
FitzGerald and Swartz Neuhardt (Dem) – 1,077
Kasich and Taylor (Rep) – 1,977
Rios and Fitrakis (Gre) – 123

Attorney General:
Mike DeWine (Rep) – 2,011
David Pepper (Dem) – 1,188

Auditor of State:
Bob Bridges (Lib) – 186
John Patrick Carney (Dem) – 1,168
Dave Yost (Rep) – 1,826

Secretary of State:
Jon Husted (Rep) – 1,846
Kevin Knedler (Lib) – 198
Nina Turner (Dem) – 1,128

Treasurer of State:
Josh Mandel (Rep) – 1,947
Connie Pillich (Dem) – 1,237

Rep to Congress 15th:
Steve Stivers (Rep) – 1,988
Steve Wharton (Dem) – 1,180

State Senate 17th:
Bob Peterson (Rep) – 1,423

State Representative 93rd:
Josh Bailey (Dem) – 656
Ryan Smith (Rep) – 1,288

State Representative 94th:
Yolan G. Dennis (Rep) – 566
Debbie Phillips (Dem) – 653

County Commisioner:
Tim Eberts (Rep) – 2,232
Keith F. Molihan (Dem) – 1,067

County Auditor:
Cindy Owings Waugh (Rep) – 2,209
Christy E. Reed (Dem) – 1,067

Member of State Board of Ed 8th:
Robert F. Hagan – 395
Kathleen Purdy – 378
Ida Ross-Freeman – 177

Member of State Board of Ed 10th UTE 12/31/16:
Michael B. Kinnamon – 958
Ron Rudduck – 536

Justice of the Supreme Court 1/1/15:
Sharon Kennedy – 1,823
Tom Letson – 862

Justice of the Supreme Court 1/2/15:
Judi French – 1,352
John P. O’Donnell – 1,322

Judge of Court Appeals 4th 2/9/15
Peter B. Abele – 2,556

Judge Common Pleas Pro/Juv 2/9/15
N. Robert Grillo – 2,730

Vinton County Emergency Med and Ambulance:
For – 2,355
Against – 931

Vinton County Senior Citizens:
For – 2,423
Against – 870

Clinton Twp. Cemeteries:
For – 180
Against – 71

Eagle Twp. Cemeteries:
For – 63
Against – 54

McArthur Village Current Expenses:
For – 281
Against – 177

McArthur Village Police and Emergency Med
For – 305
Against – 149

McArthur SW Local Opt Clarks Pump N Shop:
Yes – 33
No – 55

Elk Twp. Fire
For – 266
Against – 74

Knox Twp. Cemeteries:
For – 121
Against – 43

Zaleski Village Fire:
For – 86
Against – 6

Richland Twp. Cemeteries:
For – 280
Against – 107

Swan Twp. Fire:
For – 187
Against – 72

Swan Twp. Streets, Road, & Bridges
For – 141
Against – 116





McArthur BPW to hold election day dinner

November 3, 2014

The McArthur Business & Professional Women will be holding it’s annual Election Day Chicken Noodle Dinner on November 4 from 11 am until food is gone at the McArthur United Methodist Church Social Room at 200 South Market Street. On the menu is Homemade Chicken & Noodles, “Real” Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans & Roll for $6.00 donation per meal. Quarts of Noodles available for $7.00 per quart.

Homemade Desserts–Texas Sheet Cake, Sugar Cream Pies, Pumpkin Pies, Pecan Pies, Apple Pies, Sugar Free Apple Pie will be available for $2.00 per slice and $9.00 for a whole pie. You may pre-order.

For Carryout orders on day of dinner: call 740-596-2749; delivery available.

All proceeds benefit the BPW Scholarship fund.

Circleville man dies from injuries sustained in October motorcycle crash

November 3, 2014

A Circleville man died on November 3 as a result of injuries sustained in a October one vehicle motorcycle accident on Route 56.

The accident occurred on October 27.

According to a report from the Jackson Post of Highway Patrol Dewey Jones, 53, of Circleville, was traveling westbound on a 2000 Kawasaki motorcycle on Route 56 with passenger Dorina Mumaw, 50, also of Circleville, when he failed to negotiate a curve, going off the right side of the roadway. Jones and Mumaw fell off of the bike when it overturned. Neither Jones nor Mumaw were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Jones was evacuated from the scene and taken by medical helicopter to Grant Medical Hospital in Columbus. Mumaw suffered non-incapacitating injuries and was transported by Vinton County EMS to Hocking Valley Regional Hospital.

Jones was listed in critical condition the day of the crash and died November 3 as a result of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


Central Elementary PTC to hold fall carnival

October 29, 2014

The Central Elementary Parent-Teacher-Central (PTC) has been busy planning this year’s Fall Carnival to be held Saturday, November 1 starting with a chili dinner at 4:30 p.m., and all other attractions from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the school. The event promises to be fun-packed with games, prizes, contests and more!

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the chili dinner, cost to be determined. Game tickets will be sold for .25 a piece or 5 for $1.00.  Snow Cones, Popcorn, and drinks will also be available for purchase. Games may be played for tickets, and included is a Fish Bowl Toss, Football Toss, Lollipop Tree, Bouncy House and much more! Prizes will not be handed out at each game this year – game players will earn tickets they can then collect and combine to purchase the prizes of their choice at our Prize Table!

The Carnival will also be host to a series of contests this year. Students at the school are selling raffle tickets October 16-30 for a Thirty-One gift bag raffle to be held the night of the Carnival. Students can also receive raffle tickets from Teresa Rood. The top-selling boy and girl who turn in their raffle money and all tickets by October 30 will get the crowns! There will also be a Costume Contest – come dressed to the nines in your best/scariest/prettiest costume! Entries will be $1.00 per participant. And back this year is the cake decorating contest. Cakes will need to be entered by 5 p.m. the night of the carnival, and decorated in a fall or Halloween theme (no professionally-decorated cakes will be accepted).

And a reminder to our school families: We are asking for just a few donations this year.  Parents should receive a letter from their child(ren)’s teacher as to items to donate for the Thirty-One gift bag raffle.  We would also appreciate donations of items for the Cake Walk, and/or cases of canned pop and water. Any area businesses interested in donating items can contact Amy White at 596-0677.

The PTC hopes the community will join our Central Elementary families in celebration of the fall season for this Carnival! We can’t wait to see you there!

Vinton County Viking Players to present SNL Dinner Theater

October 29, 2014

Dinner theater

The Vinton County High School Players will present a night of comedy with a presentation of SNL Dinner Theater on November 8.

Tickets for the event will be $10 each and will sold the week of the show at Vinton County Clerk of Courts office and the VCHS front office. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

The menu for the event includes salad, spagehetti and garlic bread with assorted drinks and beverages.

There will also be a dessert auction to help raise funds for the upcoming spring musical.

Reader weighs in on auditor race

October 29, 2014

Dear Fellow Vinton County Residents,

As a citizen of the United States, we must realize that people sacrificed themselves for our freedom to support and vote for a candidate who represents our common interests. I personally take the privilege of voting very seriously. Many times, I think we all become so overwhelmed with daily tasks that we overlook our duty to be a responsible voter. Whether Democrat or Republican, we are all charged with voting for whom we determine to be most well suited for the position at hand.

I definitely understand how one can become so busy with personal day-to-day activities, that we run out of time to do our homework on the candidates. I am hopeful to highlight a few successes of our local auditor Cindy Owings-Waugh, that will support her campaign for re-election. I was so impressed when Mrs. Owings-Waugh took the initiative to support Vinton County as a whole, by bending the ear of state legislators, sharing the unique demographics of our community, that in some ways make us desirable (remote location and slow paced), but also make us vulnerable economically. This act in and of itself, identified Cindy as a woman with a true passion for her job and her constituents. She represented the community with pride and professionalism.

During her tenure as Vinton County Auditor, Cindy Owings-Waugh has also maintained a balanced budget for the county. When you consider the economic decline state wide of funding streams made available to county agencies, one must realize the diligence it would require to maintain such a record of stellar performance.

Cindy has also introduced technology into her office making the county records more accessible to the public. She recently announced the county property tax records availability online as early as January 2015. While maintaining her daily functions of auditor, Mrs. Owings-Waugh has been brainstorming ways to improve efficiency and customer service on a continual basis.

Beyond these professional achievements, she has taken time from her own personal schedule, to volunteer for programs which enhance our community as a whole. I recall the wind storm we had in 2012 where Cindy donated her own time to help pass out ice to those in need. Cindy dedicates countless hours for youth athletic programs supporting them in their continued success. Cindy truly goes the extra mile to support Vinton County and I am honored to share these successes with my fellow voters, so you may be an informed voter as you enter the polls in the upcoming election. Cindy Owings-Waugh is the Vinton County Auditor who has proven to be effective, efficient, dedicated and responsible. I support Cindy Owings-Waugh to continue her mission of excellence in office.

Misty L. Napier
Vinton County Resident