Electric rates may stay flat in Jackson

City Council hears positive news from consultant’s study

In a time when double-digit inflation is almost the norm, it appears that City of Jackson electric customers won’t likely be facing any major increase in rates in the near future. Jackson city officials heard the good news firsthand from a consultant at the Monday, Nov. 14 meeting of Jackson City Council. John Courtney of Courtney & Associates, who has […]

Crystal Sexton

Crystal G. Sexton, 61, of Oak Hill, Ohio passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 21, 2022, in McDermott, Ohio. She was born in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late Doris “Sexton” Hacker. She is survived by her son, Brandon (Megan) Hafer. Funeral services are pending under the direction of the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home.

Wellston turned down for amphitheater grant funding; alternatives being sought

Mayor Charlie Hudson recently informed members of Wellston City Council of the unfortunate news that the city was unsuccessful in its recent bid to obtain grant dollars from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for use in constructing the Wellston Community Entertainment Center. The project proposed an amphitheater complete with stage, sound, lighting, and video equipment, restrooms, fencing, proper […]

Festival of Lights helps kick off Christmas season


Jamie Howard is pictured with the top award-winning large Christmas tree she decorated for the Festival of Lights which was conducted last Thursday through Saturday at the Jackson Memorial Building Auditorium in Jackson. The event features decorated Christmas trees and other seasonal items which are then sold at a live auction. The festive event serves as a fundraiser for the […]

‘We found out she’s an artist’

Handcrafted calendars by Keirsten Williamson on sale now, with all proceeds to benefit Hope Haven’s SOAR class

Keirsten Williamson, a 20-year-old student in Pam Evans’ Seeking Opportunities for Advanced Responsibilities (SOAR) class at Jackson’s Hope Haven School, had been harboring quite a talent. Luckily, thanks to Evans and the Hope Haven team, that talent is now being shared with the community at-large. After noticing Keirsten’s affinity for the arts, Evans said she came up with a project […]

Thacker’s reappointment to JVS Joint Board rejected

Subsequent appointment of Mary Ann Hale questioned

The Vinton County Board of Education voted at its meeting last Thursday evening, Nov. 17, not to reappoint former longtime Vinton County School Board member Jeff Thacker as its representative on the Gallia-Jackson-Vinton Joint Vocational Board of Education (GJV-JVS). GJV-JVS provides vocational education at the Buckeye Hills Career Center to students from school districts in the three counties (Gallia, Jackson […]

Lena’s Christmas Tree Lighting set for Dec. 1 in Coalton


The 8th annual celebration of lighting a Christmas tree in memory of Lena Humphreys, who passed away May 1997, has been scheduled in Coalton for Thursday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. The tree was donated by family, then planted on the village green outside the Coalton Community Building in honor of Humphreys in 2015. A lighting celebration was held that […]

Holiday Light-Up schedule announced for Jackson


The City of Jackson has announced a basic schedule for the annual Jackson Holiday Light-Up pre-Christmas celebration, which is scheduled for Saturday evening, Dec. 3. The Christmas Parade will kick off the activities at 7 p.m. The parade will start in downtown Jackson in the block between Broad and South streets with the procession making its way to Manpower Park. […]

VC Sheriff’s Office finds methamphetamine, paraphernalia during Clarion Road vehicle search


On Monday, Nov. 21, deputies with the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to Clarion Road after receiving a call of two persons who passed out in a vehicle near the roadway. When deputies approached the vehicle, the driver fled on foot into a wooded area. A female, identified as Amanda Ball, 41, of Vinton, was apprehended in the vehicle. A […]

Public forum held to discuss proposed Wellston Water Treatment Plant

Wellston citizens were invited to attend a public forum regarding the $20-million proposed City of Wellston Water Treatment Plant. The forum was open to the public so citizens could ask questions about the project. The public forum was held on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Wellston City Council Chambers. Only two people (member of the media and one person) attended […]