Joe Harlan Jenkins

Joe Harlan Jenkins, age 58, of Jackson, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2022, at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. He was born April 22, 1964, in Gallia County, Ohio to Dewey and Vesta “Meade” Jenkins.

Joe is survived by his daughter, Kayla Jenkins; sisters: Mary Foster, Reva Woods, Barbra Keppler, Marilyn Butt, Sandy Strickland; brother, Little Dougie Jenkins; grandchildren: Brentin, Aubriee, Yuliana, Antonio, Lyanna, Kingston and Lorenzo. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Joe Jenkins, Jr.; brothers: “Ray Bob” Jenkins, Mark “Big Doug” Jenkins, “Chan” Charles; half-brother, Danny McCarty; and nephews: Scotty Snider “Little Scotty,” Keith Keppler, Dylan Strickland and Benji Snyder.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mayhew-brownfuneralhome.com.

Larry J. Farmer found guilty on all counts

Following approximately three hours of deliberation, a Jackson County Common Pleas Court jury found Larry J. Farmer, 38, of Middletown, and formerly of Jackson, guilty of all three felony counts facing him, including attempted murder, earlier this week. The trial kicked off Monday, Oct. 3 and ran through Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 5. Larry J. Farmer, who was often referred to […]

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Bellisio Foods to host 2nd Shift Hiring Event Friday, Oct. 7

Bellisio Foods in Jackson will be having a 2nd Shift Hiring Event on Friday, Oct. 7 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at OhioMeansJobs of 25 E. South St. in Jackson.

Positions that will be detailed are for cooks, machine operators, forklift drivers and general utility workers. A $1,500 sign-on bonus will be offered to new hires for the 2nd shift only. All positions also include an excellent benefits package. Those who are interested in learning more about these positions or applying are asked to bring two forms of ID to this event.

Ironladies win in four sets over Leesburg Fairfield

JACKSON – The Jackson Ironladies turned in several big plays in a 3-1 (25-21, 20-25. 25-21, 25-23) win over Leesburg Fairfield in a non-conference volleyball match at home on Monday night. With the win, Jackson improved to 7-7 overall, while Leesburg dropped to 11-5. The action was close all night as all four sets came down to the wire and […]

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Lady Rockets lose to Southeastern in three sets

WELLSTON – The Wellston volleyball team lost 22-25, 20-25, 16-25, to Southeastern in a non-conference match on Monday at Wellston High School. Overall, Karly Rinehart finished in double-digits in kills with 11 to lead the Lady Rockets. She also added three blocks, five digs, and one service ace. Mykenna Eberts collected five kills and 16 digs on the night, while […]

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Netter’s Newsletter, fresh off the presses

It’s so weird to think that we’re already approaching week eight of football season. I could have sworn that we just started the season two weeks ago. Here’s the wild thing, volleyball, and soccer tournaments if my memory serves correctly get drawn in the next week or two. This is where the real fun begins.  However, teams are still working […]

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CROSS COUNTRY: Ironmen take second at Blue Lion Invitational

WASHINGTON – The Jackson Ironmen cross country team placed third on Saturday morning at the annual Blue Lion Invitational, hosted by Washington Court House. Matthew Gibson and Griffin Peters led the Ironmen with a sixth-and-seventh place finish, respectively, out of 113 runners. Gibson crossed the finish line in 17:11.20, and Peters was close behind, as he finished in 17:28.86. Justin […]

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CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Rockets fourth at South Gallia Invitational

CROWN CITY – The Wellston Lady Rockets turned in a fourth-place finish at the South Gallia Invitational last Wednesday afternoon. Sheyenne Landis turned in a top-15 finish to lead the way for Wellston. Landis completed the 5K race in 21:35.13 for 14th overall, while Haley McGuire came in 21st in 24:09.3. Rylee Leach turned in a 22nd place finish with […]

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BULLETIN: Jury finds man guilty of attempted murder, two other charges

Jury finds Larry J. Farmer guilty on all three counts in Jackson County Common Pleas Court this evening (Wednesday, Oct. 5) following a three-day trial. The current Middletown resident and former Jackson resident was found guilty of attempted murder, felonious assault, and improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation in relation to a June 2021 incident in Glen Roy. Look to The Telegram for a detailed account of the trial in an upcoming edition.

Passionate Allman to lead Jackson County 4-H program

A young woman, who is following in the footsteps of her mentor, has been hired as the new Jackson County 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator. Maddie Allman, 22, of Wellston, has been hired to fill the position left open by former longtime Jackson County 4-H Educator, Erin Dailey. Dailey had resigned, after almost two decades involved with the Jackson County […]

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Homegrown Happy Hour with Ben Davis, Jr. coming this October to 98.7 FM, MSTV

Local musician Ben Davis, Jr., in conjunction with Total Media and Rowdy’s Smokehouse of Jackson, is set to host the Homegrown Happy Hour with Ben Davis, Jr., a live, one-hour music variety show that will be broadcast on The Radio and MSTV each Thursday night throughout October from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The first program will be this Thursday evening, Oct. 6. (Photo Courtesy of bendavisjr.net)

A collaboration involving Total Media, local musician Ben Davis, Jr., and Rowdy’s Smokehouse of Jackson is set to offer remote listeners/viewers and in-person event goers alike a live, one-hour music variety show every Thursday night throughout the month of October, which will be available on Pure Rock 98.7 FM as well as Main Street TV (MSTV).

The shows are scheduled for Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature the “roots,” “Appalachian,” and/or “Americana” musical stylings of various local artists, including, of course, those of the show’s host and namesake, Ben Davis, Jr. Each night’s featured artist will also continue to perform at Rowdy’s for an additional hour following the close of the Homegrown Happy Hour program.

As Total Media Ad Executive and on-air personality Rodney “Porterhouse” Tomblin explained, the idea for this program came to him while sitting with Rowdy’s owner Nathan Kitts, Davis, and others, when a few of those present began playing their guitars and singing.

“You know how cool and calm that atmosphere is,” he said. “I thought, how cool would that be to try and translate that atmosphere onto the radio? That’s the feel we’re looking for.”

In addition to music, the Homegrown Happy Hour with Ben Davis, Jr. will likewise feature, among other things, question-and-answer sessions with the night’s musical guest.

Stay tuned to all things Total Media – The Radio, The Telegram, Zip Printing, MSTV, Total Media’s digital billboard, various social-media platforms, and more for updates on this developing new program that is promoting all things local.

Trial begins in attempted murder case

The younger of the two men facing numerous felony counts – including attempted murder – in connection with a shooting incident in the hamlet of Glen Roy in June 2021, saw his jury trial in Jackson County Common Pleas Court get underway this week. Larry Jason Farmer, 38, along with his father, Larry E. Farmer, 57, both of Middletown, Ohio […]

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Jackson-Vinton Community Action, Inc. donates toward student hygiene in Jackson City Schools

Pictured (from the left) are Tyler Swackhammer, JHS principal; Tonya Bond, Community Services Director with JVCAI; Elisabeth Claxon, JHS Media Specialist; and Celia Robbs, Community Services Coordinator with JVCAI. (Photo Courtesy of Marcus Naugle)

On Friday, Sept. 9, Jackson-Vinton Community Action, Inc. (JVCAI) donated money to Jackson City Schools to purchase hygiene products for the student body. A total of $2,500 was donated and will be divided evenly between Northview Elementary, Southview Elementary, Westview Elementary, Jackson Middle School, and Jackson High School (JHS) – $500 for each school. 

“We are very excited to receive money to buy hygiene products that will be available to our students in need,” Mrs. Claxon, the Jackson High School librarian and hygiene pantry manager, said. “We would like to thank Jackson-Vinton Community Action, Inc. for their generous donation; it will be put to good use.”

Jackson-Vinton Community Action, Inc. has been helpful throughout the years, celebrating its 57th anniversary on Sept. 25. Their hope is to make a major impact in the local area, and so far, the incorporation has succeeded – with current funding around $5 million, which will provide services to over 20,000 people in the area. The Community Action staff is happy to assist those with low-income and their families, as well as the elderly and the physically challenged. 

Tyler Swackhammer, Principal of Jackson High School, has stated that the JHS Pantry had started prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but during the shutdown, the pantry filled with clothing items and hygiene products intended for students had slowed down; it had started to become harder to fill. Thanks to Jackson-Vinton Community Action, Inc. and its generous donation, the pantry for all buildings of Jackson City Schools will soon be filled with a complete hygiene selection for students.

Another round of indictments returned by Jackson County Grand Jury

Another round of indictments have been returned against the following individuals in the third term of 2022 by a Jackson County Grand Jury: Reggie Alexander, of 1322 S. Vermont Ave., Wellston, is facing a fourth-degree felony count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound. According to the indictment, the alleged crime transpired on or about May 27, 2021, and involves approximately […]

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FBP hosts Health and Safety Fair for site employees

FBP safety employee Lindy Gamble (center) discusses some of the features of safety gear with one of the vendors at the Health and Safety Fair. (Photo Courtesy of FBP)

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth held a Health and Safety Fair for employees with a 70s theme in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the site. The event featured lunch, access to dozens of vendors, health screenings, question and answer sessions on retirement and opportunities to participate in fundraising activities for the annual employee giving campaign.

Fluor-BWXT President and CEO Greg Wilkett opened the festivities.

“This year’s health and safety fair was very special to us,” Wilkett said. “We are celebrating 70 years as a Department of Energy site. It’s been two years since we’ve been able to hold an event like this because of the COVID pandemic, and we are in the midst of our site-wide employee giving campaign, which raised more than $1.21 million dollars in the past 11 years for non-profit organizations in our communities. It has been a day to celebrate our accomplishments, our dedication to safety and a time to remember to help those around us.”

For more information about Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth, please visit www.fbportsmouth.com.

Power of the Pen opens new 21-county region for middle school creative writing tournaments

 The creative writing program, Power of the Pen, is expanding its efforts on behalf of Ohio’s middle school students by forming a new Southeast Region composed of 21 counties, including Jackson County and Vinton County.

As one of Ohio’s largest educational enhancement programs, Power of the Pen seeks to positively impact academic achievement of the state’s middle schoolers by helping young people find and develop a creative voice uniquely their own.

The nonprofit organization holds creative writing tournaments throughout Ohio at the district, regional, and state levels. Schools that participate in the program register in the fall, then form creative writing clubs to practice for tournaments held in the winter and spring. Power of the Pen provides supporting materials for team meetings, enabling students to sharpen their writing skills as they prepare for tournaments.

The Southeast Region includes the following 2023 tournaments: 

* Schools choose one of the district tournaments: Claymont Middle School in Uhrichsville on Jan. 21 or Licking Heights Middle School in Pataskala on Feb. 11. 

* Qualifying students from district tournaments move on to the regional tournament at Ohio University Zanesville on March 11.

* Qualifying students from regionals advance to state, to be held at Ashland University on May 18-19.

Registration for interested schools opens Sept. 1, 2022, with the extra motivation of an early bird discount through Oct. 15, 2022. Only the first 20 schools can register for each of the two districts. Information is available at powerofthepen.org/Registration.

Each year, qualifying writers from 18 district tournaments (usually the top 50 percent) advance to the nine regional events. Approximately 20 percent of those students move on to the state tournament. Competitions consist of three extemporaneous rounds of creative writing tasks, each in response to an open-ended prompt. Judges evaluate the students’ work to identify the winners who will be recognized in an awards ceremony and advance to the next level.

Sts. Peter and Paul School to celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 8

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School invites the public to join in the Oktoberfest Parish Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the school, located on 229 S. New York Ave. in Wellston. This fun, family friendly event will have inflatables, games, food, drinks, auctions, instant tickets and more for entertainment. An auction is also planned to take place at this event. The school urges those interested to regularly check the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School’s Facebook page, where a schedule of events and a sneak peek at auction items will be available at a later date.

Music, not footballs, fills the air at Alumni Stadium for Apple Festival Band Show

The home stands at the Jackson High School (JHS) Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 24 for the annual Jackson Apple Festival Band Show which was held in conjunction with the Jackson Apple Festival. The music was entertaining and the “bad band jokes” were rolling from public-address announcer Matt McKee's tongue as the musical program performed by 11 area high […]

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Vivian Janette Bevins

Vivian Janette Bevins, age 86, of Jackson, passed away Monday, October 3, 2022, at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. She was born June 29, 1936, in Jackson County to the late Rupert R. and Avis L. “Walters” Leedy.

Vivian was a 1954 graduate of Jackson High School where she participated in band, drama, glee club and basketball. Shortly after high school, she married R. Herschal Roe and had a son, Mark Anthony. During this time, she attended Rio Grande College and started her teaching career after receiving her two-year degree. Her husband, Herschal, passed away on February 26, 1958. After his death, she continued to attend Rio Grande, completing her Bachelor’s Degree. There, she met her future husband, Robert G. Bevins, who was also working on his teaching degree. Vivian and Robert were married in 1959 and moved to Chillicothe, OH, where they both assumed teaching positions. Their son, Brian, was born in 1960 and their daughter, Kristen, was born in 1965.

Vivian was a lifelong member of the Jackson Christian Church. She sang in the choir, played piano and often led the congregation in singing. She grew up in a musical family where her siblings often sang together. In her free time, she enjoyed quilting. Many family members received a unique quilted creation to treasure. She also enjoyed writing, authoring several children’s books. In her books, she drew from her beloved childhood growing up on a farm in Jackson County with her five siblings. Her family, work ethic and faith shaped the person she became. Throughout her life, she enjoyed gardening, canning, berry picking and baking delicious pies to the delight of her family. Her compassionate and caring nature was reflected in the many meals she prepared for extended family. She enjoyed traveling and never said no to an adventure. Ultimately, she visited all fifty states. Family was most important to her, and time spent with family was priceless. She treasured her identity as a grandmother and was affectionately known a Mim.      

She is survived by her sons: Mark Anthony (Kathy) Roe and Brian (Amy) Bevins; daughter, Kristen (Phil) Eversole; cousin, who was like a son, Dale (Marilyn) Kanouse; brother, Donald Leedy; sister, Mary Evans-Clark; grandchildren: Tyler (Brandy) Bevins, Stephen Bevins, Kaitlin (Tyler) Jones, Alyse (Danny) Capaccio, Jacob Eversole, Emily Roe and Elizabeth Roe; and great-grandchildren: Kinley Garnett Jones, Hutson Curtis Jones, Phoebe Perkins and Zoe Perkins. Besides her parents, Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gene Bevins; brother, Dean Leedy; and sisters: Charlene McKenzie and Hope Keller.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home with Kerry Reed officiating. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mayhew-brownfuneralhome.com.

Statewide check-up events underway for Ohioans on Medicare

Medicare’s annual open enrollment period starts Saturday, Oct. 15.

This means if you’re one of the more than two million Ohioans on the federal health insurance program, it’s time to become familiar with the changes for 2023 and review your healthcare needs, including preferred prescription drugs and doctors. This way, when the plan options are announced, you’re ready to pick one that’s best for you and your budget.

Of course, all of this is easier said than done. That’s why the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), the state’s official Medicare educational, plan comparison and enrollment assistance program is conducting free virtual and on-site Medicare Check-up events in communities across the state now and through open enrollment, which ends Wednesday, Dec. 7.

“This is an important time of the year for Ohioans on Medicare. Our OSHIIP Medicare experts are ready to be of assistance every step of the way,” Ohio Department of Insurance director Judith L. French said.

OSHIIP, funded in part by Medicare, is celebrating its 30th anniversary of helping Ohioans navigate Medicare this year. Over the past year, OSHIIP helped thousands of Ohioans save more than $25 million through unbiased careful coverage evaluation and financial assistance identification.

During the events, experts will go over Medicare fundamentals, what’s new with the program, how to review current plan and compare plans for 2023, prescription drug coverage options and ways to save money. The events are presentation-only until Saturday, Oct. 15 when plan comparisons and counseling services become included in most events.

To find an event in or near your community, an on-site schedule, which can be sorted by date and county, is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov, where you can also find a listing of virtual events. The virtual events will be recorded for online viewing.

Medicare will release plan information on Saturday, Oct. 1 at www.medicare.gov. Careful evaluation is imperative because Medicare plans can change year-over-year. Plans may have different benefits, out-of-pocket costs, covered prescription drugs, in-network physicians, and premiums than the year before.

If you can’t attend a Medicare Check-up event, OSHIIP offers individual virtual counseling appointments that can be scheduled on the department’s website. Staff also provides assistance through 800-686-1578 and oshiipmail@insurance.ohio.gov Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ohioans on Medicare can also call 800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week for Medicare help.