From green trees to green money

$$$ Vinton County Schools get $500,000 from state program $$$

Sixteen rural Ohio school districts and their corresponding counties and townships will share more than $2.3 million from the sale of timber from Ohio’s state forests, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). And Vinton County is at the top of the list.


Stumpage fees pay big for county, townships as ODNR cuts biggest ever check for trees

Several Vinton County taxing agencies will collectively be getting the biggest ever total payment ($1,000,541.37) from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for the tree stumpage collection fees in what is dubbed the Trees to Textbooks program.


McArthur Fire, Police Departments hold 2nd Annual Christmas Time Boot Drop

Event raises $ 1,800 for local children

Members of the McArthur Fire and Police Departments held a boot drop in downtown McArthur on Saturday, Nov. 24 to collect money for Christmas toys for local children in the county. A total of nearly $ 1,800 was raised.

UPDATE: ‘Perceived threat’ from parent results in Oak Hill Elementary lockdown; suspect arrested

Oak Hill Elementary School (OHE) was placed under a lockdown for about an hour Friday, Dec. 14, after school officials received “a perceived threat from a parent.” The lockdown was ended without further trouble when local law enforcement officers were able to locate the parent away from school property and arrest him.

Santa Village appears at Vinton County High School

It was a festive atmosphere Saturday afternoon, Dec. 1 when the new Santa Village/Chinese Auction project took place at Vinton County High School (VCHS). 

County agencies are excited about coming solar revenues

The planned new solar-power generation facility to be built by Invenergy on a 2,200-acre tract near Zaleski, is nearing the construction phase. The plant will create new revenues for some affected local tax entities in Vinton County through in-lieu-of-tax payments. These will bring a financial boost to those governments, but local officials are waiting to see exactly when the project will begin. 

Jackson Council meeting changes made

Due to a conflict with Christmas Eve and the need to address end-of-year business, Jackson City Council has changed the date of its next regular meeting and also scheduled up to three special meetings.

Pike County Sheriff subject of investigation, special prosecutor appointed

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader is in the news again, but this time he is the subject of the investigation.

Charlie Hudson to run for Wellston mayor

Among top goals, continue to ‘make a difference’

Charlie Hudson, who has been a prominent civic and political leader in Wellston for the past several years, has no plans of backing off his personal commitment to his hometown. In fact, he would like to take on an even greater leadership responsibility.

Derrow Insurance positioned for future

Purchase of Waugh Insurance Agency was big change in 2018

Proud of its long past and excited about the prospects of the future, the Derrow Insurance Agency of Wellston recently experienced a seminal event that made 2018 a major year in its history, and also set the table for continued success in 2019 and beyond.