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McArthur United Methodist Church announces “Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School

June 23, 2014

McArthur United Methodist Church is inviting children to Weird Animals: “Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-Kind.”

The summer kids’ event called Weird Animals VBS will be hosted at McArthur United Methodist Church from June 29 through July 2. An ending event will be held on July 3 off site with picnic and activities.

At Weird Animals, kids will learn about some of God’s most creative creations! They’ll participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures,
collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one of a kind, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.

Each day concludes with The Tail End—a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Kids at Weird Animals VBS will join an international mission effort to share God’s love by providing water for school children in India.

Weird Animals VBS is for kids from 2 and up and will run from 6:00 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. each day. For more information, call 740-591-6973.

High school golf informational meeting to be held July 16

June 23, 2014

An informational, parent meeting for those interested in participating in high school golf for the upcoming fall season will be held at the Vinton County High School cafeteria on Wednesday, July 16 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will include necessary paperwork to participate in the sport of golf, information on scheduling — including practices and matches and expectations as a Vinton County Viking Athlete.

Any current high school students, grades 9 – 12 are eligible to participate as long as they meet the eligibility requirements of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Vinton County Local School District.

For more information or questions, contact Coach Terry Hale at 740-352-6205.


Lost and Found Worship Center announces July meetings

June 23, 2014

The Lost and Found Worship Center, located at 112 East Main St. in McArthur, has announced its weekend schedule for July 18, 19 and 20.

The church will have Guest Speaker Tom McManis and music by David Stiffler for those meetings.

Tip leads to multiple drug, warrant related arrests

June 16, 2014

A tip led to several drug and warrant related arrests made in McArthur by deputies Thursday.

According to a release from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a tip that four individuals were residing at a Murphy Road residence, and that each individual had warrants from other counties.

When deputies arrived  to follow up on the complaint, Emzy Mullins, 57, of McArthur, was arrested on a warrant from Athens County. Also in the residence was Scott A Kight, 30, of McArthur, who was arrested on a warrant from Jackson County and Rashella Nickells, 30, of McArthur, who was arrested on a warrant from Athens County.

During a check of the residence, deputies found Sharon K. Slutcher, 30, of Columbus, hiding inside of a closet in one of the bedrooms. She was arrested for a warrant out of Franklin County.

Deputies received permission to search from Mullins. A search of the residence was then conducted and several items were found including a ball of brown tar substance (suspected to be heroin, a bag containing what is suspected as bath salts and paraphernalia.

The drug items will be sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation Lab for further processing. The investigation has been forwarded to the prosecuting attorney for review.


McArthur VFW post to hold all-you-can-eat fish fry

June 9, 2014

McArthur VFW Post 5299 will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry on June 13 from 5-6:30 p.m. at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur.

All you can eat fish, sides, drink and dessert for $7.50. Children un 12 eat for half price.


McArthur woman found guity of endangering children

June 9, 2014


On May 28, 2014, a McArthur woman was found guilty of endangering children, a felony of the fourth degree, in Vinton County Common Pleas Court following a day long jury trial.

The indictment stemmed from a report advising that Waswick was having problems walking and slurring her words while holding a baby in September 2013 at the Clark Pump and Shop in McArthur. McArthur Police Chief Tony Wood responded to the scene to find Waswick impaired. It was later discovered that Waswick had driven herself and her infant daughter to the store.  Following the investigation, charges were presented to the Vinton County Grand Jury by Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown and Waswick was indicted.

After a jury trial, Barbara Waswick, 31, was found guilty on the sole count of the indictment namely endangering children, a felony of the fourth degree.  The State was represented by Assistant Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Jason D. Holdren. Waswick was represented by Timothy P. Gleeson of Logan.

Waswick will be sentenced at a later date which has not yet been determined.

PATH announces meeting date and location, requests volunteers

June 7, 2014

Preservation of America’s True Heritage (PATH) is a local citizen’s organization committed to preserving truth, promoting free enterprise, and insuring that the knowledge of our nation’s rich spiritual and religious heritage is available to, and appreciated by, the generations of today and tomorrow.

PATH will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, June 9 from 7-8 p.m.  The group will be meeting this month at Ebenezer United Methodist Church located at 23808 Creola-Hue Road in Creola.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Attention Pastors and area church leaders – PATH is asking for your help to spread the word within your own congregation about the work that PATH is doing.  You can also help by volunteering to host a future PATH meeting at your church.

For more information, contact Robert Barber at (740) 596-8991 or visit  We look forward to seeing you Monday evening!

Rural Action invites community members to stargazing, river sweep events

June 7, 2014

Join Rural Action the evening of Friday June 20th for a night of Stargazing Night with Sunday Creek Watershed Group. This event is part of the Buckeye Trail Association’s Emma “Grandma” Gatewood Solstice Hike. The event will take place at 9:00 PM at the Dock 3 shelter house, within Burr Oak State Park .Glouster, Ohio .Dock 3 is located at the end of Mountville Road, west off of S.R. 78.

George Eberts, an Ohio University Astronomer, will be speaking and leading the event, providing telescopes to view Saturn, Mars, nebulae, and galaxies! Participants are asked to bring water, a flashlight, and binoculars, if you have them.There will be optional overnight camping for $5 per tent. Otherwise this event is free.

Then, as part of one of the largest river clean-up events in the county, the Sunday Creek River Sweep will be held Saturday, June 21 in Glouster, Ohio. Volunteers will meet at 9:30 AM at the Glouster Memorial Park on Main Street. Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather and be prepared to be in the water for the cleanup process. Sunday Creek will provide gloves, snacks, drinking water and trash bags for the event.

Since 1989, this award-winning cleanup for the Ohio River and its tributaries brings thousands of volunteers to the riverbanks to collect tons of trash and debris. River Sweep encompasses the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to its end in Cairo, Illinois, including nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline and many tributaries.

For directions or more information, call or email Shannon at 740-767-2225, or visit

The Sunday Creek Watershed Group (SWCG), a project of Rural Action, is committed to restoring and preserving water quality through community interaction, conservation, and education in pursuit of a healthy ecosystem capable of supporting biodiversity and recreation. Covering 139 square miles, The Sunday Creek Watershed encompasses part of Perry, Athens, and Morgan Counties. Sunday Creek measures 27 miles long and starts flowing north of Corning, OH and flows south through Chauncey, OH where it enters into the Hocking River. Historically impacted by coal mining, we are committed to the restoration of Sunday Creek to pre-mining conditions. Major water quality impacts on Sunday Creek include acid mine drainage, improperly treated wastewater, illegal dumping, and sedimentation.

Rural Action is a membership based non-profit organization working to develop sustainable, asset-based economic development. Rural Action’s mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachia Ohio.

Trinity Episcopal, McArthur Presbyterian to host ice cream social

June 7, 2014

The joint congregation of the Trinity Episcopal and the McArthur Presbyterian Churches will be hosting a free ice cream social from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 on the grounds of the Presbyterian Church facing High Street in McArthur.

The congregation is inviting the community to come and meet neighbors and friends for some old-fashioned fun and food: hot dogs, desserts and homemade ice cream (including sugar-free).



Special Response Team arrests Ray man after alleged kidnap, assault

June 6, 2014

A Ray man was arrested by the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team on June 4 after a complaint was received by the Sheriff’s Office that a female was allegedly kidnapped and assaulted at  knife point.

According to a report from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office,Brian Johnston, 47, of Ray, was arrested after deputies received information about the alleged assault and kidnapping. The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, was able to get away after allegedly being held for a long period of time. After getting away from the alleged incident, she visited the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office to file a complaint.

Sgt. William Bowden and Deputy Josh Nickell investigated the incident.

After a previous incident with Johnston, deputies decided to use the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team to make an arrest. The SRT is made up of members from the Sheriff’s Office and the McArthur Police Department.

When arriving at the residence, SRT members found the front door and Johnston asleep in a chair. Johnston was arrested without incident.

The case has been forwarded to the Vinton County prosecuting attorney for review.