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Clerk of courts endorses Phillips for House District 94

October 11, 2014

When you look at the Government structure in the State of Ohio, what are you looking for? Are you looking for someone that has experience? State Representative Debbie Phillips (D-Albany) has that; she is serving her third term for the 94th Ohio House District, which includes Meigs, parts of Athens, Washington and Vinton Counties.

Are you looking for someone that is community minded, involved in Southeastern Ohio and is looking out for the best interests of all her constituents, with no care of what party affiliation you are, what color you are, what your educational or financial status is? State Representative Debbie Phillips has all of these qualities.

Phillips is currently a member of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus Leadership team, serving as Assistant Minority Leader; and is currently seeking her fourth term in office. In addition to these Rep. Phillips serves on the House Finance and Appropriations Committee, House Rules and Reference Committee, House Education Committee and the Joint Legislative Ethics Commission.

Rep. Phillips brought experience to the House of Representatives with her very first term of office; prior to her election to the House, she represented the 4th Ward on Athens City Council. She served on the Council’s Planning and Development Committee, which oversees proposed developments, subdivisions, and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan in Athens. She has a strong history of working for the people, and listening to their needs and doing what is ethically and morally right.

Rep. Debbie Phillips is the epitome of the kind of dedicated public servants that we need and should want in Ohio Government. As Clerk of Courts, I have worked with Rep. Phillips on several issues that have had a direct impact on my office and I have found that she always has time to listen to my concerns and is always willing to discuss the issues at length with me to find workable solutions. She supports our community, as a whole, even though she is technically only Representative of the eastern half of Vinton County.

It is honestly refreshing, knowing that if I have any concerns, that I can reach out to Rep. Phillips and she will respond. I’ve never felt that she would not take my issue as seriously as say something in Athens County; she is very approachable, professional and is dedicated to her position.

So I ask you, when you go to the polls to cast your ballot, wouldn’t you rather have a proven leader as Representative Debbie Phillips? Someone that works for you? I know that I sure would. Please vote for Debbie Phillips as your State Representative for the 94th District. Thank you.

Lisa Gilliland, resident of Vinton County, Ohio

Resident asks community to consider Owings-Waugh for Auditor

October 8, 2014

Vinton County Residents,

When you vote in an election what do you consider? Do you weigh the pros and cons? Do you contemplate how each candidate might represent you, or if they would take the position seriously? Do you only vote based upon political affiliation, or do you also take into account character, qualifications, and the personality of each candidate? I personally consider all of these items before I choose a local candidate. Therefore, I would like a moment of your time to share my endorsement for Cindy Owings Waugh as our Vinton County Auditor.

Cindy is a dedicated and hard-working Vinton County resident, both in the Auditor’s Office and in our community.  She has worked full-time in the Auditor’s Office for 12 years and has continued to maintain a balanced county budget. Cindy has successfully represented

Vinton County at the Ohio State House several times and has been recognized by the

Ohio Auditor’s Association on numerous occasions for her knowledge and continued success as the Vinton County Auditor.

Besides being dedicated to the Vinton County residents and taxpayers in the Auditor’s Office, Cindy Owings Waugh makes time to volunteer in our community.  Cindy and her family started and continue to run the Vinton County Youth Volleyball and Flag Football programs for our children.  Cindy has served as an officer for school boosters, a member of many local clubs and organizations, and continues to donate her time and money each year for the benefit of our community. If you have attended a local sporting event, fish fry, parade, livestock sale, or fundraiser, you have probably run into Cindy and her family, and not just on election years.

When you vote in the November election, please remember to vote for

Cindy Owings Waugh for Vinton County Auditor. Cindy has proven over and over to be the right person for the position and a dedicated representative for our county.


Nancy Harris, McArthur, OH

McArthur VFW to hold all you can eat fish fry

October 7, 2014

McArthur VFW Post 5299 will be holding an all you can eat fish fry on October 10 at the VFW post located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur. The meal includes all you can eat fish, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, roll, a drink and dessert. Dine in and carry out options will both be available.


McDonald’s, VCHS staff to host ‘McTeachers Nite’

October 4, 2014

Teachers and counselors from the Vinton County High School staff will be participating in McTeachers Nite at the McArthur McDonald’s restaurant. The school’s staff members will be working to earn money to support high school activities. The event will be held on October 7 from 5-8 p.m.


Support group for parents of special needs children set to begin in October

September 29, 2014

A support group for parents of children with special needs will begin on October 8 at the Vinton County Help me Grow Playgroup Modular in Hamden. The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the support group, view the flyer below.


support group flyer


C.A.R.E. Outreach announces resignation of executive director, appointment of new leadership

September 29, 2014

The Board of Directors of C.A.R.E. United Methodist Outreach (CARE) has accepted the resignation of its executive director David Graham, effective October 6, 2014, following more than six years of service leading the organization.

“It has been our pleasure to serve the people in need in Vinton County over the past 6+ years,” Graham said.  “My wife and I are looking forward to having more time to spend with family and friends, as well as dedicate more time to our church activities.  We will also remain active as CARE volunteers and continue helping it to achieve its goals.”

The new leadership team at CARE will be led by Judi Phelps as executive director, Terri Vance serving as assistant director and Donna McCorkle serving as treasurer.

“I’m thrilled to be part of such a wonderful team of volunteers that share my passion for feeding the hungry,” Phelps said.  “All of our team is made up of 100% unpaid volunteers and we simply could not do what we do without their continued dedication and support, as well as the support we receive from our partners and from the greater community.”

ODNR points to changing colors of fall with foiliage reports

September 25, 2014

COLUMBUS As shorter days and cooler nights signal the onset of autumn, Ohio’s forest canopies begin their color transformation. Seeking that first glimpse of fall color – the leaves changing to strong reds, vivid yellows and bold oranges – is a favorite fall activity for many that live in or visit the Buckeye State. Throughout the fall color season, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with TourismOhio, will help people find the best locations to view and enjoy the beautiful colors that accompany the onset of fall in Ohio.

“Autumn is a great time to explore the outdoors and experience everything that Ohio has to offer,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “Fall provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to explore our beautiful state while enjoying the colors of the season.”

Ohio is expected to provide those that crave fall color a spectacular season. Currently, ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick expects the fall colors to run close to traditional timing with peaks in northern Ohio being the second week of October, peaks in central Ohio at the end of the third week of October and southern Ohio peaking in late October. The current forecast, along with other videos, are available at

“Fall foliage colors in Ohio are absolutely amazing,” said Mary Cusick, director of TourismOhio. “Plan to take a break from your schedule and take a hike or ride a bike – pick apples – or get lost in a corn maze. The Ohio color and cool temperatures make it irresistible to be outdoors.”

People interested in finding out where the most captivating leaves will be throughout the upcoming fall color season should check out, ODNR’s premier guide to Ohio’s fall color season. This website includes:

  • Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.
  • Weekly videos from Burdick highlighting color hot spots around the state.
  • Links for fall activities, scenic road trips and more, including unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks.

Looking for some great fall getaway ideas? TourismOhio has numerous itinerary ideas and a list of attractions at under Autumn Adventures.

ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag, #ohiofall14. Follow @ohiodnr, @OhioStateParks and @DiscoverOhio on Twitter and Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio State Parks and Discover Ohio on Facebook to see more fall color photos. People should also be on the lookout for an exciting fall color photo contest with prizes from Ohio State Parks and Lodges, REI, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours and others. Keep looking for more information to be announced soon.

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

The Office of TourismOhio is the premier source of information for travelers and media about Ohio’s vibrant tourism experiences, attractions and economy. Tourism marketing programs helped generate more than 195 million visits to Ohio in 2013. A part of the Ohio Development Services Agency, TourismOhio markets Ohio’s distinctive travel opportunities and promotes the state’s outstanding quality of life.

Ohio Deer, Archery season set to begin September 27

September 25, 2014

COLUMBUSHunters will have their first opportunity to pursue Ohio’s top big-game animal, the white-tailed deer, when archery season opens Saturday, September 27, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Ohio’s 2014-2015 deer seasons include:

  • Archery: Sept. 27-February 1, 2015.
  • Antlerless muzzleloader: October 11-12.
  • Youth gun: November 22-23.
  • Gun: December 1-7.
  • Muzzleloader: January 2-5, 2015.

All deer hunters are required to have a valid Ohio hunting license and a valid deer permit. Details about deer hunting rules are contained in the 2014-2015 Ohio Hunting Regulations, available where licenses are sold, or at

Antlerless permit use was changed for the upcoming deer hunting seasons, and these permits are no longer valid in some counties (see bag limit map). Antlerless permits will be valid in the remaining counties until November 30, the Sunday before the deer-gun season. Only one antlerless permit may be used per county, regardless of the bag limit.

Deer bag limits are determined by county (see bag limit map), but no more than nine deer may be taken from all counties combined. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. Additional ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunting opportunities do not count against statewide or county bag limits. Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location.

Ohio is again offering an antlerless deer muzzleloader hunting season October 11-12. It is legal to bow hunt during this weekend, but no bucks may be killed regardless of hunting implement during these two days.

Archers hunting during the statewide gun, youth gun and muzzleloader seasons must meet the hunter orange requirement. Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset for all deer seasons. This includes gun and muzzleloader seasons.

New this year, specific straight-walled cartridge rifles are now legal for use during the deer-gun and youth deer-gun seasons. These specific straight-walled cartridge rifles are legal for deer hunting: .357 Magnum, .357 Maximum, .38 Special, .375 Super Magnum, .375 Winchester, .38-55, .41 Long Colt, .41 Magnum, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, .444 Marlin, .45 ACP, .45 Colt, .45 Long Colt, .45 Winchester Magnum, .45 Smith & Wesson, .454 Casull, .460 Smith & Wesson, .45-70, .45-90, .45-110, .475 Linebaugh, .50-70, .50-90, .50-100, .50-110 and .500 Smith & Wesson. Shotguns and straight-walled cartridge rifles may have no more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined while deer hunting.

Also, hunters can search historical records of Ohio’s top-scoring deer in a partnership between the ODNR Division of Wildlife and the Buckeye Big Buck Club. A complete database of top deer scores, complete with rankings, hunter’s name, county of the kill and more, is available at Ohio ranks No. 7 nationally for the number of trophy deer as compiled by the Boone and Crockett Club through 2011.

Hunters are required to make their own game tag to attach to a deer. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time and county of the kill. Go to the Deer Hunting Resources page at for more information about the game check process.

All hunters must report their deer harvest using the automated game-check system. Game-check transactions are available online and by phone seven days a week, including holidays. Hunters with a deer permit have three options to complete the game check:

  • Online at;
  • Call 877-TAG-ITOH (824-4864); or
  • Visit a license agent. A list of agents can be found at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

Landowners exempt from purchasing a deer permit, and others not required to purchase a deer permit, cannot use the 877-TAG-ITOH option. Landowners and others not required to obtain a permit have the following game-check options:

  • Online at;
  • Visit a license agent; or
  • Call 866-703-1928 for operator assisted landowner game-check (a convenience fee of $5.50 applies).

Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population. During the 2013-2014 season, Ohio hunters checked 191,459 deer. Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists. This ensures that Ohio’s deer herd is maintained at a level that is both acceptable to most, and biologically sound.

Until recently, the populations in nearly all of Ohio’s counties were well above their target numbers. In the last few years, through increased harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to bring those populations closer toward their goal. Once a county’s deer population is near goal, harvest regulations are adjusted to maintain the population.

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

Vinton County High School prepares for Homecoming week

September 25, 2014

With elections behind them, Vinton County High School students are preparing for this year’s Homecoming activities.

Congratulations to the following young ladies: Ryann Ramey, Freshman Attendant; Miranda Runyon Ousley, Sophomore Attendant;
Michaela Puckett, Junior Attendant; Seniors, Mya Faris, Madison Radabaugh, Madison Womeldorf and Peyton Tolley have all been selected as the 2014 Homecoming Court. One of these ladies will be crowned queen during half-time of the Homecoming game on Friday, October 3.

The Homecoming King will be crowned during the bonfire Tuesay, September 30. He will escort the senior class officers accross the field at Friday’s game. King candidates are seniors Levi Boring, Nate Schrader, Donald Shackles and Max Ward.

Dress Up Days
Monday, September 29 – “Thrifty is Nifty”
Tuesday, September 30 – “Pirates vs Ninja Day”
(Freshman & Sophomores – Pirates and Juniors & Seniors – Ninjas)
Wednesday, October 1 – Mean Girls/Duck Dynasty Day
Thursday, October 2 – Costume Day (No Masks)
Friday, October 3 – Viking Spirit Day

Parade/Pep Rally Bonfire – Tuesday, September 30
Parade lineup starts at 5:30 p.m. at the high school loop, with the parade beginning at 6 p.m. The parade will go through town and end at the old high school parking lot. Our VCHS clubs/organizations will be selling food/drinks and spirit items.

Football Game – Friday, October 3
Game kicks off against Alexander at 7:30 p.m. Crowning of the queen will take place at half time, along with the alumni band performance.

Dance – Saturday, October 4
VCHS students will “City Lights” at the Homecoming Dance. Junior and senior ticket holders (gold tickets) can enter at 7 p.m., all others will enter at 8 p.m. Dance runs from 8 – 11 p.m, with a DJ and free refreshments.

Library to sponsor apple bake-off contest at Oktoberfest event

September 22, 2014

The Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library and the Friends of the Library are sponsoring an “Apple Bake-Off” contest for Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 11Community residents are encouraged to pick up a contest entry form at the library or visit the library’s website for a copy here.

All entries, which may include pies, cakes, bars, brownies, cookies, breads, muffins, candy, or other types of goods, must be received at the library no later than 3:30 p.m. to be considered for judging. Judging will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.

At the time of submission, all entries must include a full recipe listing ingredients with measurements and instructions for making or baking. The essential ingredient in each entry must include apples or applesauce. Submissions are not to be marked or identified, as entries will be provided with a label. Disposable pans or non-returnable containers are to be used.

After judging, the desserts will be served to those in attendance at the Oktoberfest. The announcement of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be held at approximately 6:00 p.m. Winners must be present. Entries will be judged on taste, appearance, and originality.