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Library asks residents to ‘give gift of reading’ this holiday season

October 26, 2015

For many years, the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library has coordinated the “Gift of Reading,” a program designed to provide disadvantaged children in Vinton County with a new book as a holiday gift.  To promote literacy, the library works in collaboration with local organizations each year during its annual gift-giving program to supply them with enough books to serve the needs of hundreds of children in Vinton County.

Since these books mean so much to children, the library encourages you to consider joining in this year’s holiday book drive.  No gift will be considered too small.  Each contribution will help provide a new book for many Vinton County children. 

Contributions may be made payable in the form of a money order or check to Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library and mailed to: Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library, “Gift of Reading,” 120 N. Market St., McArthur, OH 45651.  The library appreciates the support of the community and is certain that your thoughtfulness will bring smiles to many children’s faces this holiday season.

With expansion underway, Library postpones events

October 26, 2015

With an expansion and remodeling project underway on the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library, the library has announced that all programming, including Festival of Trees and Operation: Christmas Presence, will be postponed until spring 2016.

Wildlife Council passes rule to help monitor CWD

October 23, 2015

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Wildlife Council passed a rule change that will allow the creation of disease surveillance areas to monitor chronic wasting disease (CWD) at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, Oct. 21, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The rule permits the ODNR Division of Wildlife to establish a disease surveillance area when CWD has been detected. This designation, when enacted, will include all areas within a minimum of 6 miles surrounding a location where the disease has been detected. The designation will remain in effect for a minimum of three years and will be posted at

These regulations would apply within any CWD designated surveillance area:

  • Required submission of harvested deer carcasses to ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection stations for sampling during the deer-gun and deer-muzzleloading seasons;
  • Prohibit the placement of or use of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed to attract or feed deer;
  • Prohibit the hunting of deer by the aid of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed; and
  • Prohibit the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle, unless the carcass complies with the deer carcass regulations.

Normal agricultural activities, including feeding of domestic animals would not be affected. Hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants and agriculture crops would still be allowed.

Also on Wednesday, the council passed a rule to include the Eurasian collared-dove in the definition of migratory game birds and game birds. The council also amended a rule to permit the possession of Eurasian collared-doves in the field, consistent with the exemption for mourning doves. The Eurasian collared-dove is a non-native species that has spread rapidly across North America. In flight, it is very similar in appearance to mourning doves.

The council also voted to amend rules to require trotlines used in the inland fishing district, and all float lines used statewide, be tagged by the user with their name and address or their unique ODNR Division of Wildlife customer identification number.

In addition, rules were amended to update the list of areas owned by American Electric Power that require a special permit to fish under an agreement with the ODNR Division of Wildlife, and amend the language for possession of fish and fish fillets at Pymatuning Lake.

The council voted to establish a daily bag limit of 30 fish, combined for striped bass, hybrid-striped bass or white bass from waters other than in the Lake Erie sport fishing district. Of these 30 fish, a daily limit of four fish longer than 15 inches in length was approved. The location specific daily bag limits for hybrid-striped bass taken from East Fork Lake, and striped bass from Senecaville Lake and Kiser Lake were removed.

The northern long-eared bat is now listed as threatened in Ohio because of a change in its federal status to threatened.

The next Ohio Wildlife Council meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments to the council should preregister at least two days prior to the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments must be three minutes or less. The next ODNR Division of Wildlife public open house will be Saturday, March 5, 2016. ODNR Division of Wildlife staff will be available to answer questions and listen to concerns. For more information, visit or call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Appointed by the Governor, no more than four members may be of the same political party, and two of the council members must represent agriculture. Each term of office is four years.

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

Homecoming week festivities in full swing

October 13, 2015

It is Homecoming Week in Vinton County and the students and community are participating in activities to commemorate the occasion. Monday and Tuesday are in the books with Costume Day and Twin Day, but there is plenty more fun to be had as the week winds down. The following is a schedule of events for the remainder of Homecoming Week.

Wednesday, October 14– Day of Decades

Thursday, October 15– Yellow 4 Jeremiah day

Parade- line up at new high school loop beginning at 5:30 p.m., with parade starting at 6 and ending at the old high school. (All VC schools, clubs/organizations, and sports are invited to participate.)

Bonfire and crowning of Homecoming King- starts at the conclusion of the parade, at the old high school. Bring a few dollars for food/drinks spirit items to help support our VCHS clubs.

Friday, October 16– Viking Spirit day

Powder Puff football game- during Homecoming Pep Rally, with callout beginning around 2 p.m. Game 1-Fresh/Soph, Game 2- Jr/Sr, Game 3-winners of each (20 min running clock for all games)

Pregame Tailgate beginning at 6 p.m.
Football Game Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. with crowning of the Queen and recognition of attendants and officers at half time.

Dance- Saturday, October 17– Juniors/Seniors 7-11 p.m. and Freshman/Sophomores 8-11p.m. Tickets on sale all Homecoming week during all three lunches. $5 per person. ONLY Buckeye Hills students can purchase at the door!
DJ, food and drinks are FREE with ticket purchase. (All guest forms must be returned and approved by Oct. 9, to purchase tickets.)

Narcotic search warrant leads to arrests in Hamden

October 13, 2015

Two Hamden residents were arrested after the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics search warrant on Route 160 in Hamden Tuesday.

According to a press release from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, Darrell R. Lambert, 55, of Hamden and Vera E. McKenzie, 37, also of Hamden, were arrested during the execution of the search warrant.

An investigation had been held by detectives who were led to believe the illegal narcotic, Opana, was allegedly being sold from the residence after several undercover drug purchases were made. The arrests were made with the assistance of the Logan-Hocking Special Response Team and the McArthur Police Department.

Charges include several counts of trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs. Numerous guns, cash, and suspected illegal narcotic pills were found during the search of the house.

Lambert was taken to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail and McKenzie was taken to Gallia County Jail. Both will have a bond hearing Thursday.


Track changing fall colors with ODNR

October 11, 2015

COLUMBUS – Dynamic yellows, purples and lime greens are beginning to create the perfect backdrop for outdoor experiences across the state, and the beautiful weather is providing a great introduction to this year’s fall color viewing season. Currently, leaves throughout the state are beginning to change, creating those first opportunities to enjoy this year’s autumn makeover.

“We are beginning to see the transformation of fall color across the state,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick. “Black walnuts are starting to turn yellow while dogwoods are showing their dark reds and deep purples, and catalpas are turning bright lime green.”

People interested in finding the most eye-catching leaves throughout the fall color season should check, Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:

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

One of the best and most unique ways to see fall color is by paddling along one of the many scenic rivers or water trails across the state. Go to to map your next boating experience this fall.

The fall fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Ohio State Parks offer a number of Halloween campouts, haunted trails and other great Halloween activities that allow families to create lasting memories. A complete list of these ghostly good times can be found on the fall color website.

Looking for a fall daytrip? Go to and find a fun Ohio fall color tour or festival to visit with family and friends.

ODNR and TourismOhio are offering a Best of #OhioFall15 Photo Contest. Post your Ohio Fall Foliage photos to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #OhioFall15 by Nov. 30, and be sure to follow @OhioDNR and @ohiogram and like the Ohio Department of Natural Resources andDiscover Ohio on Facebook.  Five winners will be selected to win a branded walking stick made from Ohio wood.

Candidates: How do you plan to vote in the 2015 General Election

October 6, 2015

This year’s general election is quickly approaching. We are interested in finding out how our viewers plan to vote in that election. We are asking, if you had to make a decision now, how would you vote? Take a look at the categories below and click on the candidates you plan to vote for. Also, please only vote for the district that you reside in, in order to keep this as accurate as possible.

Our results are completely anonymous and unscientific, but will give everyone — candidates and the public — an idea how each candidate is faring before the election.

County Wide Election
The Vinton County Local School Board has one candidate running unopposed: Board candidate Jeff Thacker.

The Gallia Vinton ESC District #3 has one candidate running unopposed: candidate David G. Stiffler Jr.



The village of Wilkesville three candidates running unopposed: Mayoral candidate Catherine F. Bowles, Village Council candidate Bonnie White, and Village Clerk/Treasurer candidate Joseph F. White.

The village of Zaleski has one candidate running unopposed: Board of Public Affairs candidate Ronald P. Molihan

Brown Township

Brown Township has one candidate running unopposed: Trustee candidate Heath Thompson

Clinton Township

Eagle Township

Eagle Township has one candidate running unopposed: Trustee candidate Roger Channell Jr.

Elk Township
Elk Township has two candidate running unopposed: Trustee candidate Terry Walker and Fiscal officer candidate Marsha Collins

Harrison Township

Harrison Township Trustee candidate Mark Fout will be running unopposed for the unexpired term ending December 31, 2017

Jackson Township

Jackson Township has one candidate running unopposed: Trustee candidate Kayle Teeters

Knox Township

Knox Township has one candidate running unopposed: Fiscal Officer candidate Faith Harkins

Madison Township
Madison Township has two candidate running unopposed: Trustee candidate Timothy Smallwood and Fiscal Officer candidate Judy Bartoe

Richland Township

Richland Township has one candidate running unopposed: Fiscal Officer candidate Danny Mac Minton

Swan Township

Swan Township has one candidate running unopposed: Fiscal Officer candidate Beverly L. Goheen

Vinton Township
Vinton Township has one candidate running unopposed: Fiscal Officer candidate Cy Vierstra

Wilkesville Township

Grazing school to be held for local livestock producers

October 5, 2015

The Vinton Soil & Water Conservation District and Natural Resource Conservation Service will be hosting a two night and Saturday morning grazing school for producers.

When landowners finish the course, they will be able to develop an assessment for a Grazing Management Plan for their operation. The grazing management plan outlines the conservation practices and management needed on the farm to improve forage production and animal performance in a way that also protects the environment. This grazing management workshop is designed to help livestock producers improve their operation and grazing management system.

Topics covered will include economics, animal nutrition, soil fertility, forage species selection, paddock design, conservation practices, plant growth, fencing and watering systems.

The workshop will take place at the Vinton SWCD office in the Community Building on October 27th & 29th from 6-9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dr. Patricia Speck’s farm on Siverly Creek Rd. Reservations are required and there is a $15 fee to cover course materials.

If anyone has questions or wants to make reservations, they can contact the Vinton SWCD office at (740) 596-5676 or by e-mail at

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

October 4, 2015

McArthur VFW Post 5299 will be holding an all-you-can-eat fish fry on October 9 at the McArthur Post, located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

The cost of the event will be $8.00 and $4 for children under 10.

A drink and a dessert will be included. Both dine-in and carry-out options will be made available.

Upcoming airport event to let ‘kids fly free’

October 4, 2015

One of the most popular events at the Vinton County Airport each year is the Young Eagles/Leaf Peep where youngsters through age 17 can get one free airplane ride. This event will be held at the airport Sunday, October 11 beginning at noon and running until 5 p.m. All are welcome to take rides, but those older than 17 must get a ticket for $30 per adult.

There will also be food available in the airport’s shelter house all afternoon.

Pilots from the Vinton County Pilots and Boosters Association will provide the rides which also offer the added pleasure of seeing the fall leaf colors from the air.

This is the last formal event at the airport for 2015, so don’t miss the opportunity to see a good portion of Vinton County from the air.

The Vinton County Airport is located about six miles north of McArthur just off St. Rt. 93 on Airport Road.

For more information contact Nick Rupert at 740-357-0268 or Steve Keller at 740-418-2612 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.