WFD purchases much-needed equipment

22 new air packs on the way roughly five months after Chief Pelletier expressed concerns to Council

In mid-June, Wellston Fire Department (WFD) Chief Ryan Pelletier addressed Wellston City Council members regarding a much-needed upgrade for what he says is the most important piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) a firefighter has at his or her disposal.

UPDATED STORY: Vinton County sets single-day record for COVID cases; Jackson County spikes to 70 hospitalizations

Vinton County experienced its largest single-day number of COVID-19 cases on Monday, Nov. 30, as the Vinton County Health Department (VCHD) reported 16 new confirmed cases and one new probable case. The previous one-day record occurred last Wednesday, Nov. 25, when 13 new confirmed cases and one new probable case were reported.

COVID won’t cut out our Christmas

COVID-19 has certainly packed a mighty wallop in the local area, but it has not been able to knock out all the local pre-Christmas celebrations as activities are planned this Saturday, Dec. 5, in Jackson, Oak Hill, Wellston, and McArthur. Here’s a rundown of what is scheduled:

Fire destroys garage/barn in Madison Township

The Madison-Jefferson Fire Department was called at 10:21 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, to 670 Tom Parry Road in Madison Township where a large garage/barn had caught on fire at the residential property of Tim and Bonnie Metzler.

74 rise early for Turkey Trot

The 4th Annual YMCA 5K Turkey Trot drew 74 runners and walkers and even a few dogs on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 25, at the Jackson Area YMCA.

Americanism and Government Test winners recognized

The Wellston American Legion Post 371 of Wellston recently presented certificates to the local winners of the Americanism and Government Test from Wellston High School.

Hamden Fire Department purchasing new truck

The Hamden Volunteer Fire Department announced recently that it will be purchasing a new Rosenbauer Timberwolf 4×4 fire truck to add to its fleet. The new truck will be a replacement for an older truck. 

Jackson firefighters collect Christmas toys, monetary donations

This past weekend, the Jackson Firefighters Association renewed its annual tradition of accepting donations of toys and money to support two local Christmas projects.

Jackson landlords responsible for tenants’ delinquent utilities

City will no longer absorb unpaid utility bills

After months of debate, deliberation and engaging in sometimes contentious give-and-take with landlords, Jackson City Council voted unanimously at its Monday, Nov. 23, meeting to approve new legislation regarding the utility billing and the financial responsibility of landlords and their tenants.

Trustee notes residents will help water company for the proposed project

Trustee Ray Seitz thanks Commissioner Mark Fout and citizens for support

The ongoing effort to extend water service on Garrett Ridge is continuing to gain steam as Jackson Township Trustee Vice President Ray Seitz has released a letter supporting the project.  He wanted to extend his thanks publicly to Vinton County Commissioner Mark Fout for organizing the effort. The letter also is signed by about 40 residents.