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McArthur boil advisory expected to continue through Wednesday

January 22, 2016

A water boil alert has been issued by the McArthur Water Department for all residences and businesses in the village of McArthur.

The high school and middle are NOT included in this alert/advisory.

It will likely be Wednesday, January 27 before the boil alert will be lifted. The advisory is a result of a broken water main on Thursday.

If anyone has questions, concerns or issues they are being asked to contact one of these members of the Board of Public Affairs. This board is the governing/managing body of the McArthur Water Department.

Mr. Josh Kilpatrick
Mr. Larry Clary
Ms. Penny Grillo

USDA conservation programs for 2016 now available in Ohio

January 21, 2016

COLUMBUS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) now has 2016 Federal conservation program funds available for Ohio farmers and forestland owners.

Farmers and forestland owners may apply for funding under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) at any time throughout the year, but application selections for funding are made at specific times. The first 2016 application deadline is February 19.

EQIP provides financial assistance for conservation management and structures (practices) and technical assistance to develop a conservation plan. The conservation plan and practices help agricultural producers and forestland owners improve the natural resources on their property. These practices also benefit the public by improving water quality, reducing soil erosion, and improving soil health, wildlife habitat, and conserving energy.

Vinton County Landowners should make an appointment with their local NRCS representative as soon as possible to begin the conservation planning process. The NRCS representative for Vinton County is located at 69 South Plains Road, The Plains OH 45780 and can be reached at 740-797-9686 ext1. Vinton County landowners may also fill out an application for the EQIP program at the Vinton Soil & Water Conservation District Office, located at 31935 State Route 93 McArthur OH 45651. General program information is available on the NRCS Ohio website at

Eligible producers who sign up for EQIP may receive a payment based on the statewide average cost for installing planned conservation practices. Socially disadvantaged, limited resource, and beginning farmers and ranchers are eligible for a higher payment rate. Veteran farmers who are also new or beginning farmers receive the higher payment rate.

Applications for EQIP submitted by entities, such as farmers applying as a corporation, must register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), a process that can take up to 3 weeks. Information about CCR requirements, including obtaining a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number, is posted on the NRCS website at

Dedicated EQIP funds are available for conservation practices targeting On-Farm Energy, Organic Systems, High Tunnel Systems, Honeybee and other wildlife habitat, as well as several landscape-based initiatives, including:

• Livestock EQIP – Livestock farmers statewide (includes pastured livestock)

• Cropland EQIP – Crop farmers statewide EXCEPT those farming in the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed (future 2016 EQIP funding will be available for crop farmers in this watershed)

• Forestry EQIP – Private forestland owners statewide

• Southern Ohio Appalachian EQIP – Pasture operations in Adams, Athens, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington Counties

The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

• Cerulean Warbler Regional Conservation Partnership Program RCPP (EQIP) – Tree planting on reclaimed mined land in Adams, Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington Counties.

Additional EQIP funding will be available in 2016 for other landscape-based initiatives and priority natural resource issues. NRCS will post announcements of these future 2016 EQIP application ranking deadline dates on the Ohio NRCS website at

Sheriff: Man wanted by Sheriff’s Office now in custody

January 17, 2016


The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office has canceled the lookout alert for the man they were seeking since Thursday.

According to information from the Sheriff’s Office, Zachary Earl Brown is now in custody of the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office.

He was wanted for felonious assault and domestic violence after an incident near State Route 683 and was considered armed and dangerous during the search.

Powerless ball…

January 15, 2016

column bug 2016Now that the more than $1.5 billion Powerball drawing has concluded and we know that no one in our area was fortunate enough to draw the lucky numbers, we can all quit dreaming and get back to life as we know it. I’m not gifted as an eavesdropper but I must admit it was fun to listen in on conversations that were held in local filling stations, restaurants and local venues as people spoke of the multitude of ideas they had for spending their millions. But once the drawing was held Wednesday, those dreams were busted. Still, it was fun to consider all the ways people planned to spend that enormous jackpot. I will say I had a few of my own dreams crushed as I read the winning numbers and found they did not match the ones on my ticket. My dreams may not have been as grandiose as one would expect, but I did have ideas of my own that would have made life a little easier for me such as replacing the timing belt in my car or upgrading my cable. I know, we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars here, but what can I say? I tend to be frugal in regard to personal spending. I guess I can say my family would have been taken care of though, if I had won. Still, it doesn’t matter how it’s spent, the fact remains that we all have ways in which we would respond to winning such a large sum of money. It’s almost as if those who participated in this lottery were preparing themselves for the ball – the Power Ball. A certain feeling of power came from the thought of winning it all. Who wouldn’t have been happy to have been holding that winning ticket? We all would have been. But that power was stripped from us. It’s like we took a wrong turn on the way to the Power Ball and ended up walking into the Powerless ball. The power we once thought we held contained in those six little numbers on a tiny printed sheet of paper was now lost. Our hopes for success turned into hopelessness and maybe even weakness. Nobody wants to feel powerless, especially when they were expecting, hoping or dreaming of so much more. I mean, it seems legitimate to wonder if Prince Charming would have even noticed Cinderella if it weren’t for the powerful display put on by her fairy godmother. Otherwise, she was weak and powerless – Just like us when our numbers weren’t called.

I feel that now that we have taken some time to breathe and the ability to think logically is once again upon us, we should really consider the situation of our wealth. Is losing the lottery so bad? Just consider all of the distant cousins, several times removed, we didn’t even know we had that would have been smothering us with attention at the thought of receiving some pay out. And suddenly, everyone who ever hated us is now acting like our best friend. Our old love interests would reemerge as if they weren’t already moved on and in another relationship and probably with children of their own. I’m sure there would be the random strangers who would seek us out on social media just to send a random message in hopes we would find it in our hearts to send them a couple hundred thousand dollars. All of this because we had the ability to successfully choose the six numbers selected in a random drawing. Is that what we really want? Okay, Maybe those things are manageable when you pretty much own the bank and can do just about anything you want. Still, isn’t there more to happiness than this?

As mentioned earlier, it’s time to review our true wealth. It doesn’t come in insane amounts of cash. The purchase of a large mansion on a hill or a garage full of classic cars is not what makes us complete. Win or lose, we should recognize what we have. If we don’t we wouldn’t find success in anything anyway – even if we had one the jackpot. So, once we think about it, let’s try not to wear a frown we we return to work or sulk as we lay our head back down on our 200-thread-count pillow case. We should try not to let the high-pitched squeal of belts that need replaced harass us as we start your car in the morning before going to work or even the fact that the gas light is almost always on. All of these things change over time. It’s time we begin to feel powerful in our position because of who we are instead of what we have. None of us are powerless. We all have the power to be just as successful as anyone who struck it rich on a lucky guess. In fact, we may be far better off. Even though I’m sad I didn’t hold the winning numbers to this amazingly large jackpot, I do feel satisfied to know that I didn’t need those numbers to make me who I am. This is where true power comes from. Don’t ever let yourself believe any different.


ODNR: Ohio hunters harvest more than 12,500 deer during Muzzleloader Season

January 14, 2016

COLUMBUS – Hunters checked 12,505 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 9-12, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s muzzleloader season 13,724 white-tailed deer were checked.

Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.

Deer Management Goals

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. 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.

Until recently, deer populations in nearly all of Ohio’s counties were well above goal. In the last few years, through increased antlerless harvests, most counties are now at or near goal. Therefore, to help stabilize deer populations, bag limits were reduced, and antlerless permit use has been eliminated in most counties for the 2015-2016 season.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife is in the process of revising Ohio’s population goals and is asking hunters that receive the survey to help by completing and returning their survey as soon as possible. Hunters for this year’s survey were randomly selected from the list of hunters who purchased a license and deer permit by Nov. 16. Landowner surveys have already been completed, and hunter surveys were mailed early in December. Public input is an important part of Ohio’s deer management program, and survey participants are asked to complete and return their surveys to ensure that hunters have a clear voice in helping to decide the direction of deer management in Ohio.

Hunting Popularity

Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population. 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 theNational Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservationpublication.

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2015-2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday at

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

Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters using muzzleloaders during the four-day deer-muzzleloader season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for this year’s season, and last year’s numbers are in parentheses.

Adams: 274 (277); Allen: 45 (57); Ashland: 224 (253); Ashtabula: 270 (323); Athens: 357 (335); Auglaize: 49 (38); Belmont: 283 (393); Brown: 221 (245); Butler: 72 (85); Carroll: 277 (341); Champaign: 72 (83); Clark: 41 (33); Clermont: 173 (168); Clinton: 64 (64); Columbiana: 222 (206); Coshocton: 425 (553); Crawford: 50 (59); Cuyahoga: 3 (3); Darke: 34 (28); Defiance: 92 (97); Delaware: 81 (53); Erie: 18 (37); Fairfield: 111 (141); Fayette: 11 (20); Franklin: 23 (29); Fulton: 21 (23); Gallia: 204 (281); Geauga: 83 (94); Greene: 49 (48); Guernsey: 343 (395); Hamilton: 42 (40); Hancock: 49 (63); Hardin: 87 (99); Harrison: 293 (321); Henry: 19 (32); Highland: 214 (243); Hocking: 319 (284); Holmes: 259 (264); Huron: 127 (147); Jackson: 274 (249); Jefferson: 211 (266); Knox: 309 (311); Lake: 28 (30); Lawrence: 129 (173); Licking: 322 (390); Logan: 144 (128); Lorain: 104 (126); Lucas: 24 (23); Madison: 27 (31); Mahoning: 109 (141); Marion: 54 (45); Medina: 107 (114); Meigs: 355 (404); Mercer: 17 (29); Miami: 29 (37); Monroe: 256 (244); Montgomery: 29 (33); Morgan: 273 (316); Morrow: 88 (88); Muskingum: 384 (445); Noble: 270 (272); Ottawa: 28 (24); Paulding: 47 (62); Perry: 201 (229); Pickaway: 44 (77); Pike: 174 (180); Portage: 94 (81); Preble: 62 (55); Putnam: 17 (26); Richland: 204 (241); Ross: 284 (301); Sandusky: 56 (51); Scioto: 196 (199); Seneca: 77 (122); Shelby: 63 (60); Stark: 174 (167); Summit: 28 (30); Trumbull: 147 (234); Tuscarawas: 410 (363); Union: 43 (41); Van Wert: 20 (22); Vinton: 268 (243); Warren: 74 (65); Washington: 290 (340); Wayne: 119 (137); Williams: 95 (86); Wood: 31 (47); Wyandot: 115 (91). Total: 12,505 (13,724).

Sheriff seeks man wanted for felonious assault, domestic violence near 683

January 14, 2016


According to a release from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, a man is being sought for felonious assault and domestic violence case that happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. Thursday near State Route 683.

According to the report, Zachary Earl Brown is wanted for the alleged crime and he may be armed and dangerous.

The report states that Brown is approximately 6’2″, 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Brown was reportedly last seen near Shiloh Grove Church.

If anyone sees Zachary Earl Brown or knows his whereabouts they are being urged to contact the local police or call the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office at 740-596-5242.


McArthur VFW Auxiliary to hold baked steak/chicken noodle dinner

January 13, 2016

The Auxiliary of VFW Post 5299 in McArthur will hold a baked steak/chicken noodle dinner on January 22 in the Post Social Room from 5-6:30 p.m. or until the food is gone. The cost has been set at $8.00 for the steak dinner and $7.00 for the chicken noodle dinner. The meal includes a drink and a dessert.

Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library announces upcoming closings

January 9, 2016

The Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library will be closed all day to the public on Monday, January 18; Tuesday, January 19; and Wednesday, January 20 to relocate the children’s books from downstairs and complete renovation of the children’s section upstairs. 

The library will also be closed all day to the public on Monday, February 1; Tuesday, February 2; and Wednesday, February 3 for the installation of the new circulation desk upstairs.

2016 Paul Hogan Charitable Trust Scholarship information

January 9, 2016

Paul Hogan was a long-time resident and businessman in Vinton County. His desire was to assist children of Vinton County to continue their education beyond high school. He has provided an endowment to provide for annual scholarships to current-year graduates of Vinton County High School, including those potential graduates attending Buckeye Hills Career Center.

Mr. Hogan believe that post-secondary education, whether at a university, a community college, or an accredited trade-school, would directly benefit the student in question, but also benefit the community overall.

For 2016, the seventh year that awards are available under this program, there will be seven $3,000 awards available. The award is only available for attendance at a college, university, or accredited trade-school – public or private. The size of the award is dependent on earnings of the endowment and the discretion of the trustees of the Paul Hogan Charitable Trust, therefore the award amount will vary from year to year.

Each year an independent selection committee appointed by the officers of the Robert Wyckoff Post 303 of the American Legion makes the selection of awardees. No relative of any current serving trustee of the Paul Hogan Charitable Trust, officer or selection committee member of the Robert Wyckoff Post 303 is eligible for the award.

The deadline for applicants for the award is April 30 of each year. The selection takes place after May 31 with announcement of the successful candidates in June.

To apply for this award, a packet needs to be sent to:

The Paul Hogan Trust
P.O. Box 261
McArthur, OH  45651-0261

Applications must contain:

  1. A letter from the candidate that indicates he or she is applying for the scholarship and what school he or she plans to attend. The applicant should sign the letter. The letter may include as much information as the candidate wishes to inform the selection committee about the candidates background, accomplishments and plans. At a minimum, this letter should include information pertaining to academics, extracurricular activities, community involvement and employment history. The selection committee may have little information about the candidate, otherwise.
  2. A copy of the applicant’s Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The form must include the identity of the student, the student’s financial information and the financial information of the parent(s) of the student.
  3. Contact information to include student’s mailing address, email address and telephone number.

Standard Hardware fire closes Main Street in McArthur

January 8, 2016

img_20160108_210625_133.jpgMain Street in McArthur has been closed while emergency crews work to put out a fire at Standard Hardware in McArthur.

Emergency crews arrived shortly before 9 p.m. and closed the street from Market Street to Locust Street.

Check back for more information as it is released.