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Republican Party announces upcoming events

August 4, 2014
  • The Republican Headquarters’ Open House will be help September 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The location is 116 W. Main St. McArthur, Ohio 45651 across from Wesbanco (formerly the VC Courier Office). Doughnuts and coffee will be served.
  • On the same day as the Headquarters opening (September 6), the American Legion Annual Bean Dinner at the American Legion Grove will be held. Most events are in full swing by noon. From Wilkesville, follow Rt. 124 east of Wilkesville and look for signs, you will pass the Vinton/Meigs line but keep driving, the entrance is on the right.
  • The date of the Republican Dinner has been changed, it will now be held on September 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Vinton County Community Building, locate on Route 93, north of McArthur. The original date of September 20 conflicted with the Apple Festival Parade in Jackson Ohio.

McArthur man injured in Jackson County crash Wednesday

July 31, 2014

Jackson – The Jackson Post is currently investigating a two-vehicle injury crash that occurred around 12 p.m. Wednesday.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Routes 32 and 35 in Lick Township. William Sexton, 26, of Wellston, reportedly failed to yield the right-of-way from a stop sign as he attempted to enter Route 32 from Route 35.

Sexton was operating a 1998 Ford dump truck. Sexton’s commercial vehicle was struck by a westbound, 2005 Chevrolet Silverado being operated by Gary Lilly, 44, of McArthur.

Lilly was transported from the scene to the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson by Jackson County EMS due to incapacitating injuries. No injuries were reported by Sexton.

VCHS class of 2011 graduate wins Soldier of Month

July 31, 2014

branden hawk

Vinton County High School class of 2011 graduate Branden Hawk won the Soldier of the Month Board Wednesday.

Hawk is a Zaleski native who joined the Army in May of 2013. Hawk attended Vinton County High School and was active in the Marching, Jazz and Concert Band and was on the track team for four years.

Hawk is currently stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

 

Ohio AG to make presentation at Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library

July 25, 2014
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will be at the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library on Wednesday, July 30 at 2:30 p.m. to present three copies of publications from the OAG’s Office, targeted to assist elders and others to identify fraud and telephone scams.
These publications are being offered to all of Ohio’s public libraries in an effort to make citizens aware of various scams.

Athens Highway Patrol announces OVI checkpoint

July 25, 2014

Athens – The Ohio State Highway Patrol in conjunction with the Athens Police Department, Ohio University Police Department and Athens County Sheriff’s Office announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight on State Route 56, in Athens County.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes.

If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.

One dead, one injured in Jackson County crash Tuesday

July 23, 2014

JACKSON –  The Jackson Post of State Highway Patrol is investigating a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred at 10:09 p.m. on July 22. The crash happened on Route 139 south of Route 32 in Jackson County.

According to a report from the Jackson Post of State Highway Patrol, William J. Spires, 19, of Jackson, was driving a 2008 Hyundai southbound on Route 139. Spires lost control of his vehicle and went off the right side of the roadway striking a guardrail. His vehicle then went off the left side of the roadway striking a guardrail and a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner.

The passenger in the vehicle, Steven Thomas Kearns, 19, of Jackson, was seriously injured and taken to Holzer Hospital by Jackson County EMS.

The Jackson Fire Department, Jackson EMS, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol Reconstruction Unit and the Department of Transportation were all on scene. Route 139 was closed for approximately three hours.

The crash remains under investigation.

David Ball, Cledus T. Judd headline upcoming Vinton County Jr. Fair

July 18, 2014

2014 Vinton County Jr. Fair schedule:

Saturday, July 19 (no midway or amusement rides)

12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Animals begin to arrive
12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Campers begin to arrive
6:00 p.m.  All booths complete
7:00 p.m.  Fair Queen’s contest
10:30 p.m.  Outdoor movie

Sunday, July 20 (No midway or amusement rides)

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Weigh-in all animals
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Rabbits & Poultry
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Hogs
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Turkeys
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Goats
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Lambs
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Steers and DBF
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Livestock Pictures
1:00 p.m.  Barn Meeting
2:00 p.m.  Individual Barn Meetings
3:00 p.m.  2013 Queen’s Tea
6:00 p.m.  Project Awards / Style Show
10:30 p.m. Outdoor Movie

Monday, July 21 (Ahoy Transport Day)

9:00 a.m.  Horse Show
10:00 a.m.  Mud Volleyball
11:00 a.m.  Jungle Island Petting Zoo & Bird Encounter
12:00 p.m.  Cloverbud Parade
1:00 p.m.  Official Opening
1 – 4 p.m.  Holzer Health Screenings
4 – 11 p.m.  Rides Open
5:00 p.m.  Swine Show
7:30 p.m.  Freestyle Madness FMX and BMX Show
10:30 p.m.  Outdoor Movie

Tuesday, July 22 (Bud’s One Stop Day)

10:00 a.m.  Poultry Show
11:00 a.m.  Jungle Island Petting Zoo and Bird Encounter
12:00 p.m.  Cloverbud Games
1 – 4 p.m.  Holzer Health Screening
2:00 p.m.  Baby and Toddler Contest
4 – 11 p.m.  Rides Open
4:00 p.m.  “Thank You” posters in place
5:00 p.m.  Sheep Show
6:30 p.m.  Prince/Princess Contest
7:00 p.m.  Demolition Derby
10:30 p.m.  Outdoor Movie

Wednesday, July 23 (General Mills Day)
Free Kids Day
**Children 12 and under receive free admission and rides**

10:00 a.m.  Rabbit Show
11:00 a.m.  Jungle Petting Zoo and Bird Encounter
12:00 p.m.  Cloverbud Games
1:00 p.m.  Water Games
1 – 4 p.m.  Holzer Health Screenings
4 – 8 p.m.  Cosi Science Spots
4 – 11 p.m.  Rides Open
5:00 p.m.  Steer Show
7:00 p.m.  Garden Tractor/ ATV Pulls
7:30 p.m.  David Ball and Cledus T. Judd “My Stink’n Think’n Problem Tour”
10:30 p.m.  Outdoor Movie

Thursday, July 24 (Smith’s Well Drilling LLC Day)
Senior Citizens/ Veterans Day
Senior citizens and veterans admitted free with proper ID

10:00 a.m.  Goat Show
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Holzer Health Screenings
11:00 a.m.  Jungle Island Petting Zoo and Bird Encounter
12:00 p.m.  Cloverbud Games
4 – 11 p.m.  Rides Open
6:00 p.m.  Adult Showmanship ($5 entry fee)
7:00 p.m.  Motocross
10 p.m. – 12 a.m.  Barn Dance
10:30 p.m.  Outdoor Movie

Friday, July 25 (Steelial Construction and Metal Fabrication Day)

6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  All extra livestock animals recovered from barns
10:00 a.m.  Showman of Showmen Contest
11:00 a.m.  Jungle Island Petting Zoo and Bird Encounter
12:00 p.m.  Cloverbud Games
1 – 4 p.m.  Holzer Health Screenings
1 – 6 p.m.  Red Cross Blood Drive
3:00 p.m.  Cake Walk
4 – 11 p.m.  Rides Open
5:00 p.m. Livestock Sale
7:00 p.m.  Mud Bog
10:30 p.m.  Outdoor Movie

Saturday, July 26 (Huntley Trucking Day)

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Premiums Paid (Checks paid to Advisors only)
11:00 a.m.  Jungle Island Petting Zoo and Bird Encounter
12:00 p.m.  Dog Show
1 – 5 p.m.  Rides Open
2:00 p.m.  Kids Day
5:00 p.m.  Jesse Reynolds Gospel Concert
6 – 11 p.m.  Rides Open
7:00 p.m.  OMTPA Truck and Tractor Pulls
8:00 p.m.  Booths released
10:30 p.m.  Outdoor Movie

For more information on the 2014 Vinton County Jr. Fair, click here.

 

Donate blood today, become a “ride warrior” at Kings Island, Cedar Point

July 17, 2014

Donate blood and you can become a “ride warrior” or walk with dinosaurs. Everyone who donates blood at the Vinton County bloodmobile on Thursday, July 17 will receive a free ticket to Kings Island or Cedar Point. Kings Island, located in Kings Island, Ohio, near Cincinnati, features roller coasters, thrill and family rides, Planet Snoopy, and Dinosaurs Alive. Cedar Point is located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio, and is considered to have the best collection of roller coasters on the planet.

Each free ticket has a value of $54.99. The tickets can be used during the summer and fall while the parks is open.

“This is really a big deal. We hope to have 125 donors at this drive,” said Shelly Horvath, Vinton County Blood Drive Coordinator. “Donors can bring their friends in to donate, get their tickets, and then make the trip to one of the amusement parks for a summer fun event. It’s a great way to thank our summer donors, because blood donations are critically important during this season,” Horvath concluded.

Blood donations are needed now to help avert a summer blood shortage. During the summer, an average of two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. Vacations and other summer activities conflict with donation appointments for many donors, but the need remains constant.

The July bloodmobile will be held on Thursday, July 17 from Noon to 6:00 p.m. at the McArthur Volunteer Fireman’s’ Hall at 303 West High Street in McArthur. Donors do not need to be Vinton County residents to donate.

“It is very important to make an appointment, due to the numbers of people who traditionally attend these drives. Amusement park tickets will be available for those with appointments, but may not be available for walk-ins.

Appointments to donate blood at the bloodmobile can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) or by going to www.redcrossblood.org. Be sure to tell them you are in the Central Ohio Blood Services Region and want to make an appointment for the Vinton County Community Blood Drive when you call. Most healthy people who are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate every 56 days. If you donated on or before May 22, you may be eligible to donate. For more information call Shelly Horvath at 740.591.6649 or shellyhorvath@yahoo.com.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary to hold baked steak, chicken noodle dinner

July 16, 2014

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5299 in McArthur will hold a baked steak and chicken noodle dinner on July 25 at the McArthur VFW Post, located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive.

The dinner will be held from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Cost is $7.50 for steak and $6.50 for noodles. Drinks and dessert are included.

All proceeds go to support local veterans programs and the scholarship fund.

 

Prosecutor announces Court of Common Pleas case conclusions

July 16, 2014

The Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown hereby announces that the following cases have been concluded in the Vinton County Court of Common Pleas:

Roy W. Kilgore, 42, of McArthur, plead guilty in March to three counts of Grand Theft of a Firearm, felonies of the third degree; Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree; Theft, a felony of the fourth degree; and Having Weapons Under Disability, a felony of the third degree.  Kilgore’s arrest came after an investigation by Deputy Mike Kemmerling of Vinton County Sheriff’s Office.  Following Kilgore’s guilty plea and after hearing arguments by the parties, Judge Jeffrey Simmons imposed a four and half year sentence for the above charges as well as additional sanctions.

Roger Dale Barber, 57, of Albany, plead guilty to one count of Abduction, a felony of the third degree, on June 2, 2014.  Barber’s arrest came following an incident where Barber threatened an 18 year old male with a semi-automatic pistol. The investigation was handled by the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office. Barber was sentenced to a prison term of 36 months amongst other sanctions. Should Barber be granted judicial release, he will be required to complete a in patient rehabilitation program.

Thomas Hays, 30, of McArthur and Gary Michael LeMay, 30, of McArthur, each plead guilty to one count of attempted felonious assault and was ordered to serve a prison term of 18 months.  Hays was arrested following an incident on August, 23, 2013 outside of Krazy Katie’s Bar in McArthur.  Hays and LeMay assaulted a man as he was attempting to leave the establishment.  The investigation was handled by Deputy Joshua Nickell. All items seized were forfeited to the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office as contraband. Should Hays or LeMay be granted judicial release, they will be required to complete a in patient rehabilitation program.

Rodney Lowry, 24, of Londonderry, plead guilty to Theft, a felony of the fifth degree and Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree on June 25, 2014. Joseph Osborne, 23, of Ray, plead guilty to Theft, a felony of the fifth degree. Both were arrested following an investigation by Deputy Mike Kemmerling of the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office relative to a stolen property report. Both were placed on community control subject to various terms and conditions and restitution to the victim was ordered. During this investigation, Jamie L. Osborne, 24, of Ray, provided false information to the deputies and she plead guilty to one count of Obstructing Justice on May 30. She was sentenced to community control with multiple terms and conditions.

Jason A. Harper, pled guilty on June 4, 2014 to Aggravated Robbery, a felony of the first degree; and Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree. Harper’s case stemmed from a complaint in 2009 of a robbery at the Zaleski General Store. Harper was previously found guilty by a jury. Thereafter, he filed an appeal and prevailed. His case was remanded by the Court of Appeals for a new trial which was scheduled prior to the entrance of the guilty plea at this time. Harper was sentenced to 4 years on the charge of Aggravated Burglary and 11 months on the conviction of Receiving Stolen Property to run consecutively to each other.

Todd Kirby, 43, of Hamden, was convicted of Theft, a felony of the fifth degree, on June 25, 2014. Kirby was arrested after an investigation by the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office following the report of some stolen property. Kirby was sentenced to 10 months in prison suspended provided he comply with the terms and conditions of Community Control including the sanction that he complete drug and alcohol treatment.

Nikki D. McDaniel, was convicted of Theft, a felony of the fifth degree, on June 25, 2014. McDaniel was indicted after an investigation by Deputy Ryan Cain of the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office upon the report of a stolen wallet. McDaniel was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended provided she comply with the terms and conditions of Communtiy Control including the sanction that she make restitution, etc.

Joshua Ross, of Wellston, was convicted of Aggravated Arson, a felony of the first degree; and Attempting Obstruction of Justice, a felony of the fourth degree on June 11, 2014, relative to a fire at the Teazer’s establishment in Hamden, Ohio in 2013. Ross was sentenced to four years in prison on the charge of Aggravated Arson and 11 months on the charge of Obstruction of Justice. The investigation in this matter was a cooperative effort between the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshall’s Office, and the Hamden Police Department. The Hamden Fire Department and the McArthur Fire Department assisted.

Roger Barber Jr., of Albany, was found to have violated the terms of his probation on June 16, 2014 by the Vinton County Common Pleas Court. He was previously placed on probation for a misdemeanor drug possession charge. He will be required to serve the balance of his sentence. He is also currently being held on the following new indictments: (1) Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, Aggravated Trafficking of Drugs, Possession of Drugs; Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments; and (2) Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity.