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County under level 1 snow advisory

January 6, 2015

The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office has issued a level 1 snow advisory for Vinton County.

A level one means that conditions exist on secondary roads that would constitute a concern for driving safety. Use caution when traveling.

County auditor appointed to Statewide Executive Committee

January 2, 2015

Cindy Owings Waugh, Vinton County Auditor, was recently appointed to serve on the 2015 Statewide Executive Committee of the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio (CAAO) representing the Southeast District. 

The CAAO Executive Committee assumes leadership of the agenda for the CAAO at a time of increased activity and visibility. The committee will work closely with the Administration and General Assembly to monitor and suggest legislative proposals which impact local taxpayers and to encourage policies which positively impact county government. 

The CAAO anticipates much activity during 2015 as the state deals with a new biennial budget and continues examination of government reform measures and major changes in a variety of taxation issues.   

The CAAO includes all 88 Ohio County Auditors.  Entering its 147th year, the CAAO was established to promote and protect the interests of the taxpayers of Ohio and to improve the administration of county government.

Reaching new heights in 2015…

January 1, 2015

column-bugEvery year we all start to think about where our lives have taken us over the last 12 months. We consider areas where we have grown, gotten worse and all the changes we have made. We think of those we lost and those we have gained. I find it amazing how different the world is with each year that passes in my own life. The world just keeps on moving and with a new year here, we all have another opportunity to make changes that will perfect us just a little more from the previous year. I’m thankful to be here. We all should be. We are very fortunate to have reached this milestone. While we are here, it is our obligation to ourselves and to society to be better and work to make the world a better place. It’s a climb. It’s a big hill — a mountain. It’s never easy, but it’s a necessary climb if we want to reach new heights in our lives.

I have climbed some big hills in my life. I have not climbed any mountains but I can say I have climbed some dangerous hills. Every hill can be dangerous. They are dangerous because the higher we climb, the greater the danger if we fall. But we can’t let the fear of the fall hold us back or allow it to keep us from climbing higher. I notice in life the same concept applies. We can hang on and hold on for as long as we want for the sake of our own safety, but as long as we are holding onto something, we are not moving forward. Too many people stay still in life. They are afraid of falling. It is easier to hold onto what feels safe than it is to boldly move ahead and reach out for greater success. It is important that we keep our hands and feet moving so we can find a pinnacle of success in everything we do.

This is a time, every year, when people are making resolutions and trying to find the areas to improve in their lives. We try to find concepts of change that will affect us if we can only hold onto them. We try to find the magic touch and if we can only hold onto it the right way and for the appropriate length of time, maybe we’ll be successful. This is just a thought but maybe we should all seek out the things in our lives we need to let go of this year. This shouldn’t be an opportunity where we seek out how to be better while holding onto our negative concepts of ourselves. We are all good enough. We all deserve it. Let’s not find something new to hold onto. Instead, let’s find the things we need to let go of. Rid yourselves of the ideas that you are failure, that you weigh too much, that you aren’t smart enough or whatever it is you have found that you need to change. Stop thinking that way. There is no need to hold onto that thinking. We are all climbing. We all long for the safety in our climb, but the reality is we impair ourselves when we quit moving. We can’t hold on. We need to let go. We need to let go of one handhold and reach for the next until we reach the top. Letting go opens up the new levels to us and helps us move onward toward the success we dream of. Life is beautiful but it looks far better from the top than it does from the bottom. Keep climbing. Let go of the areas that hold you back and move onto something better this year.

Ohio white-tailed muzzleloader season set to begin

December 26, 2014

Ohio’s white-tailed deer muzzleloader hunting season opens Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Deer-muzzleloader hunting season runs through Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
Hunters can pursue deer in Ohio with a muzzleloader or bow during this four-day season. Hunters checked 16,464 deer during the 2014 four-day muzzleloader season.

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Ohio’s small game, furbearer and waterfowl seasons are also open during the muzzleloader season. All hunters (except waterfowl hunters) must wear a visible solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange coat, jacket, vest or coveralls during the muzzleloader season.

Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population. Hunters have harvested more than 151,000 deer so far in the 2014 hunting seasons. Deer-archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. During the 2013-2014 seasons, 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 Conservationpublication.

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.

In an effort to keep Ohio’s wild deer herd free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), successful hunters in Holmes County are urged to have their deer tested and processed at a local facility in the county and have the carcass remain within the county as well.

Hunters who received a 2014-2015 Ohio deer hunter effort and harvest survey are encouraged to complete it when the season ends. This survey is an important tool in Ohio’s deer management program, and information provided in the survey is vital for establishing deer hunting regulations. The survey is conducted with a random sampling of hunters to help eliminate bias.

What it used to be…

December 24, 2014

Christmas is almost here. It’s amazing how time flies by. It seems like 2014 has been fast-tracked and now it’s time to move forward to another chapter of our lives. While the years roll on and many days pass us by with little recognition for the insignificant moments held within, there is a stop most of us come to on December 25. It is the day that so many families come together to celebrate and share a moment with one another as a break from the busyness of life. These are moments we should cherish in our lives as each year the picture becomes a little different than the year before. New additions are brought in through births, new love interests, new friendships and more. Sometimes the changes aren’t so pleasant. Some loved ones, held back by sicknesses, separations or death, are missing from the holiday scene each year. There is no way to predict who will come and who will go each year but with such an uncertainty, we all should be diligent to share each moment in a way we will never forget and share precious memories that will never die. We aren’t awarded many moments in life that bring us together. We should take the opportunity to spend this time with those we love.

I’ve often heard it said that Christmas isn’t what it used to be. I can agree. The older I get, the more this theme begins to resonate in my own mind. With every season the spirit of Christmas seems to have become a little less evident. It just isn’t the same as it used to be. But I recently came to a realization about how all of this happens. As I was listening to holiday music and preparing my home for the end-of-the-year festivities, I walked outside. There were no lights. The music had died. There was very little decoration on the houses nearby, no children out playing and nothing to indicate that the season was in full-swing. I wondered to myself why isn’t this time of year what it used to be? This thought crosses my mind each year. When I was a child, Christmas was a wonderful time of year. The season meant so much to me and gave me so many memories. Now, with children of my own, I can’t help but wonder how much impact the season has on my own kids. How many memories will they hold dear? Is it the same for them as it was for me?

I realized when I walked out into such a dreary world that day that the spirit of the season is alive in each of us. We make the season what it is. When I was a child I shared the joy of the season because of what my parents and loved ones made it for me. The community as a whole played a part in that. Now that I’m older, it is my turn to make the season special for my children and others in the community. Christmas time is still a wonderful time of year. We all need to find the importance of our own roles in the season and embrace those roles. We carry Christmas with us. The more we let it out, the more others will feel it. This is our contribution to those around us at this time of year.

As I stated before, this season is a time of joy, but also one of uncertainty. Each year has the potential to be our first, our last, or perhaps our most memorable. We never know what the season will bring. All that I know for sure is the season will never come without us. We carry it. The cold dead world outside can’t spark joy in my heart. What does spark joy is the lights that someone took the time to hang outside their home, the carols sand by a choir, the good deeds offered by each person and more. If Christmas isn’t what it used to be for you, try to change it. Try to give a little more of yourself. Try to share what you were given as a child. The older we get, the more we realize it’s our turn to make this season what it is. We all should share the peace, love and joy of the season. That way, when my children and yours share this holiday with us in our communities, they will also have what we had when we were young and Christmas will once again be what it used to be.

Sheriff searching for suspect in Hamden robbery

December 16, 2014

The search is under way for the suspect of a robbery at the Gas-N-Stuff store in Hamden.

According to an advisory released from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was believed to have been driving a red Cavalier or Escort. The suspect was described as having light-skin, standing approximately 5’9″ and was wearing dark clothing including a dark hoodie. He was also described as having a deep voice. The suspect was last seen driving toward Jackson County on Chillicothe Street.

If anyone has information about the robbery or the suspect matching the description, they can contact the Sheriff’s Office by dialing 740-596-5242.

Columbus man indicted on vehicular homicide charges following June car accident

December 15, 2014

Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown announces that a Columbus man has been indicted by the Vinton County Grand Jury for two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, felonies of the second degree. 

Aaron Mans, 44, of Columbus, has been indicted with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide following a June 2014 car accident that caused the deaths of Cheri A. Gifford, 44, of New Marshfield and Jazmin R. Sloter, 26, of Nelsonville. 

The double fatal accident occurred on Route 356 in Vinton County.  Multiple agencies responded to the scene.  

The cases will now proceed through the Vinton County Court of Common Pleas.  Further updates will be made available as the cases progress.  

Two injured in Route 93 collision in Jackson

December 4, 2014

JACKSON– The Jackson Post of State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 6:45 a.m. on Route 93 near mile post 13 in Jackson County. 

The crash occurred when a 1989 Buick LeSabre, being driven south bound on Route 93 by Christopher Manring, 30, of Jackson, traveled left of the center line into the north bound lane of Route 93.  The Buick struck a north-bound 2000 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Regina McClure, 52, of Oak Hill, head-on.

Manring and McClure were both transported to Holzer Hospital in Jackson by Jackson County E.M.S. with incapacitating injuries.  Manring was then transported by Med-Flight Ground to the Ohio State University-Wexner Medical Center for further treatment. 

Route 93 was closed for approximately one hour until crews could open the roadway. 

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

The crash remains under investigation.

Auditor announces dog tag sale

December 3, 2014

Vinton County Auditor, Cindy Owings Waugh, announced that beginning Monday, December 1 through Sunday, January 30 dog licenses will be on sale to Vinton County dog owners.

“Ohio Revised Code, Section 955.01, requires every dog owner to purchase a license,” noted Auditor Owings Waugh. “When your dog has its license attached to its collar, the assigned license number is all that is necessary for our office to identify the dog’s owner should the dog be lost.”

All dogs 3 months or older are required to be licensed. Dog licenses, at a cost of $9.00 per license, can be purchased at the Auditor’s office, located in the Vinton County Court House at 100 East Main Street in McArthur. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Tags can also be purchased from Sheila Brooks,Vinton County Dog Warden or online at If you choose the online option, there will be an additional fee of $2.00 per tag charged by the web host.
Should you need additional information information please call Auditor Owings Waugh’s office at (740) 596-4571 ext. 231

Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District announces local work group meeting

December 3, 2014

The Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will conduct a Local Work Group (LWG) meeting on December 11 at 2 p.m. to identify resource concerns, discuss conservation priorities, and develop potential solutions. The meeting will take place at the Vinton SWCD office, located at 31935 State Route 93 in McArthur.

While Local Work Group membership is limited to Federal, State, county, tribal, or local government representatives who are familiar with agriculture and natural resources interests, the meeting is open to the general public, who is invited to participate and provide input on local conservation issues and resource challenges. LWGs support locally led conservation efforts by coordinating USDA programs with other conservation programs in an effort to provide an integrated solution to addressing natural resource concerns.

For more information, contact Cody Hacker at the Vinton SWCD office at (740) 596-5676.