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Schaffer introduces legislation to recover funds for local governments and schools in AEP ReCreation Land

State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) introduced Senate Bill 333 this week, which will require the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to make payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) to local governments and school districts to make up for tax revenue lost as the State of Ohio purchases the AEP ReCreation Land property.

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Wednesday 07/01/2020
Community Calendar

The Morgan County Suicide Prevention Coalition will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7. Due to COVID–19, the meeting will be conducted via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please call Lisa King at 740-962-6933 to receive the meeting link.

Posted: July 01, 2020
Army Veteran combines service and music in honor of our country

There’s nothing more American than the Fourth of July, a patriotic celebration marking our nation’s independence with parades, flag waving, fireworks, music, and family gatherings. The spirit of America is embodied in the brave men and women who fought for and protect our rights, freedoms and liberties that are contained in the Declaration of Independence.

Posted: July 01, 2020
The Patriotism of Morgan County, ‘Home of the Hawk Battalion’

The Fourth of July is typically celebrated every year to take pride in American’s Freedom with barbecues, family gatherings and fireworks. Independence Day has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of celebrations is dated back to the American Revolution in the 18th century. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Independence and two days later, Thomas Jefferson’s historical documents were adopted.

Posted: July 01, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension – Morgan County

One Day Too Soon

Posted: July 01, 2020
On the Front Lines – Morgan County, a pilot location for pop-up testing

On Wednesday, June 24, 80 people traveled through the East Elementary School parking lot to be tested for the novel coronavirus. The Muskingum Valley Health Center, Morgan County Health Department and Ohio National Guard were all called to duty in the facilitation of keeping Morgan County residents safe. Individuals drove up to the tents and received a six-inch plastic tip slowly pressed into each nostril lasting roughly 10 seconds. The specimen creates a slight sensitivity to the nostril and takes roughly 48 hours to create results.

Posted: July 01, 2020
McConnelsville Council votes to demolish house; hears proposed July 4 plans

During the McConnelsville Council meeting on June 16, Ginny Bond addressed the council. She said that with all the shutdowns, this is a difficult time for everyone. She hates to see everything go and is afraid that if we do nothing this year, it will never come back. Bond said that in honor of Jack Nelson's 86th birthday, several people drove their vehicles past his house and blew their horns and waved.

Posted: July 01, 2020
Craft brewery officially open on Main Street

Ask a local how to navigate through McConnelsville and Malta and you’ll invariably hear the terms “new bridge” and “old bridge.”

Posted: July 01, 2020
Wednesday 06/24/2020
Peaceful march in Chesterhill held to bring more awareness to Juneteenth

This past Friday, June 19, the Multicultural Genealogy Society (MGS) of Chesterhill organized a “March for Change,” where people from all over Southeastern Ohio gathered to advocate Juneteenth and bring awareness to the international “Black Lives Matter” movement.

Posted: June 24, 2020
Board of Elections Closure

The Morgan County Board of Elections will be closed on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26, 2020.

Posted: June 24, 2020
DAV issues statement on nationwide protests and civil unrest

For your awareness, DAV has issued the following statement regarding the protests and civil unrest across the nation:

Posted: June 24, 2020
Community Calendar

The Widows Caring Group will not be meeting in July due to COVID-19. Let the organizers know your thoughts on having meetings during this pandemic. Stay well, and keep smiling.

Posted: June 24, 2020
McConnelsville Council working hard to clean up village

McConnelsville Council met in council chambers for their meeting on June 2.

Posted: June 24, 2020
Herald Deadlines

The Herald will be closed Friday, July 3, due to the 4th of July Holiday. News and Advertising deadline is 12 noon on Mondays. Classified deadline is 10 a.m. Tuesdays. We would appreciate submissions be sent in early for the July 8 edition.

Posted: June 24, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

National Forage Week

Posted: June 24, 2020
The fair must ‘show on’

The Morgan County Fair Board met on Tuesday, June 16, to discuss the possibilities on having a fair this year. First Vice President Andy Kutscherenko called the meeting to order in the Howard Strode building. The motion was ordered by Josh Vanhorn to preserve the 168th Morgan County Fair in September 8-12. The fair board voted unanimously to continue the tradition.

Posted: June 24, 2020
Fireworks Set July 3

Morgan County Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the Independence Day fireworks this year on Friday, July 3, in accordance with the health department’s guidelines. The celebration will begin at 10 p.m.

Posted: June 24, 2020
Malta Council passes two resolutions

Mayor Hill read the following two resolutions:

Posted: June 24, 2020
Health Department Weekly Immunization Clinic

The Morgan County Health Department will once again be offering weekly immunization clinic at its office located at 4275 N. St. Rt. 376 NW, McConnelsville, on Tuesdays, beginning July 7.

Posted: June 24, 2020
Local teen headed to National High School Rodeo Competition

I’m sure a four-year-old Cynthia “CJ” Crim didn’t expect to be headed to The National High School Rodeo competition when she started Muttin Bustin (sheep riding). Skip ahead 14 years, and here she is, just weeks away from the Nationals in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Posted: June 24, 2020
Wednesday 06/17/2020
Strawberry season affected by late frost at Rocky Knob

For most of the country, June is the peak time to pick strawberries. Freshly picked strawberries are some of the best, and taking your family to go pick them yourself can be a fun and rewarding activity to do together. However, this year’s late frost damaged quite a bit of crops at Rocky Knob Farms.

Posted: June 17, 2020
Chamber Meets Today

The Morgan County Chamber of Commerce will meet at 12 noon Wednesday (today) June 17, at Maxwell’s Pizza, 975 West Riverside Drive, McConnelsville.

Posted: June 17, 2020
Community Calendar

The Morgan County Board of Health will hold their monthly meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18, in compliance with COVID-19 meeting guidance. The board members and staff will be present, with a Zoom option available for the public. Please contact Carrie Lang at 740-962-4572 for participation details.

Posted: June 17, 2020
Three local writers selected for Women of Appalachia publication

“I want to help build the Great Society. It is a society where no child will go unfed, and no youngster will go unschooled. Where no man who wants work will fail to find it. Where no citizen will be barred from any door because of his birthplace or his color or his church. Where peace and security is common among neighbors and possible among nations.” These were President Lyndon B. Johnson’s words to Ohio University faculty and students on May 7, 1964, months after declaring his “War on Poverty” across the Appalachian region.

Posted: June 17, 2020
4-H Riding Therapy Canceled

The 4-H Riding Therapy Program for 2020 is canceled due to COVID-19. The decision was made out of concern for the health and safety of the riders, volunteers, families, and those involved with the program.

Posted: June 17, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Finished

Posted: June 17, 2020
Reunions

In 2019, descendants of the Jacob Dusthimer Family, who immigrated in 1754, celebrated their CENTENNIAL Olden, Snelling and Dickson Family Reunion. The 2020 annual reunion will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at the Lloyd Miller Memorial (our late cousin) shelter house on Philo Public Square, Philo, Ohio.

Posted: June 17, 2020
Governor DeWine week in review, June 8 - June 12

Throughout the week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, joined by Lt. Governor Jon Husted and now former Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton M.D., MPH, provided updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as state initiatives.

Posted: June 17, 2020
Juneteenth Observed in Chesterhill

Juneteenth will be observed in Chesterhill with a peaceful, positive “march” at 3 p.m. Friday, June 19, starting at the parking lot of the Church of Christ and walking to the center of town.

Posted: June 17, 2020
Schramm shares South Elementary ‘Change of Heart’ program

The March meeting of the Morgan Local Board of Education took place at South Elementary where Teacher Jill Schramm gave a presentation about the “Change of Heart” program. The program gets the older kids working to help each other and create a community around the elementary school.

Posted: June 17, 2020
ODOT Construction Update

SR 669 culvert repair - Beginning June 22, one lane of SR 669 will be closed between Pletcher Road (Township Road 855) and SR 555 for a culvert repair project. Temporary traffic signals and a 12 foot width restriction will be in place. Estimated completion: July 2, 2020.

Posted: June 17, 2020
Wednesday 06/10/2020
Morgan High School Principal retires; will serve the district in new capacity

For the past 36 years, Anita Eldridge-Metz has been a fixture at Morgan High School. She was a classroom teacher, career tech instructor and its director, and most recently, the high school principal.

Posted: June 10, 2020
Community Calendar

The Morgan County Family and Children First Council will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, June 12, for a regular monthly meeting. This month’s meeting will be held via Zoom.

Posted: June 10, 2020
Morgan Local Board of Education names new principals

Morgan Local Board of Education approved administrative contracts to fill two positions for building Principals at its regular meeting on April 13.

Posted: June 10, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Done, I Hope

Posted: June 10, 2020
Reunions

The 94th gathering of the Mahlon Newburn families will be held Sunday, June 14, 2020. Hosts will be Jason, Jenny, Jakob and Jeffrey Clossman at their home on 11616 Wesley Chapel Road, Roseville, OH 43777.

Posted: June 10, 2020
Chesterhill sets date to accept bids for sewer system

On June 1, the Chesterhill Village Council met via teleconference.

Posted: June 10, 2020
Malta Village Council concerned about residents falling behind on their bills

The Malta Village Council met Thursday, June 4, at the Malta Village Hall. Mayor Greg Hill, Councilmen Terry McGrath, Tom McCoy, Jamie White, Bryon Griffin, Joe Williams, and Councilwoman Leslie Robbins were present. Also present was Village Administrator Damon Drake. Fiscal Officer Kelly Wells attended the meeting via telephone.

Posted: June 10, 2020
SOPEC to host public hearings about proposed Electric Aggregation Program in Chesterhill

On behalf of the Village of Chesterhill, the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) will be hosting two public hearing times for residents to learn more about the SOPEC Electric Plan of Operation and Governance which describes the objectives and goals of the SOPEC Electric Aggregation Program for the Village of Chesterhill.

Posted: June 10, 2020
Wednesday 06/03/2020
Local Farmers Market season has begun

Farmers markets were part of town life centuries ago. In fact, the first markets date back 5,000 years ago in Egypt where farmers would sell their produce along the Nile River. The first farmers market in the U.S. was almost 400 years ago, where in 1634, Boston, Massachusetts was its first location. The largest farmers market in the world is in Tokyo, and boasts over 1,700 stalls. The number of markets in the U.S. have multiplied over the past few decades as getting back to buying healthy, local produce and goods has become more commonplace.

Posted: June 03, 2020
Community Calendar

Buckeye Hills Regional Council Executive Committee will hold its regular meeting by remote videoconference at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 5. Buckeye Hills Regional Council serves as the Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging, and Regional Transpor­tation Planning Organization (RTPO) for Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington counties.

Posted: June 03, 2020
Excavation underway on second landslide near SR 376 slip

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) crews were busy over the past week tending to a second landslide that occurred earlier this spring near the SR 376 slip work site.

Posted: June 03, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Nice and Thin

Posted: June 03, 2020
WOUB free YouTube premiere of Our Town: Morgan County slated for Friday, June 5

WOUB Public Media continues its free YouTube release of locally-produced documentaries this week to provide quality local entertainment people can enjoy at home as Ohioans fight the spread of COVID-19. At 8 p.m. Friday, June 5, WOUB is releasing Our Town: Morgan County. The documentaries will remain posted on YouTube for one week after their release.

Posted: June 03, 2020
Morgan County Commissioners Morgan IT Director Working to Keep County Offices Running

Each week, Jeff Babcock, Morgan County IT director, makes a report to the county commissioners. Here are some of the things he had for the month of May.

Posted: June 03, 2020
Wednesday 05/27/2020
Remembering the Fallen

May is a time for celebration. The winter finally gives way to the warm sun, and we as a nation prepare for the celebrations of the summer to come. Let us not forget, however, those who have sacrificed everything to give us these warm days of freedom.

Posted: May 27, 2020
Community Calendar

The Widow’s Caring Group will not meet in June, due to the only partial reopening. Hopefully, we will be able to meet in July for the picnic. Stay healthy, and God Bless.

Posted: May 27, 2020
In Memoriam

Malta VFW Post #4713 and the Auxiliary didn’t let the cancellation of the Memorial Day Parade stop them from honoring those service members who have lost their lives in service to their country. Sherry Hill places a wreath at the Doughboy (WWI) monument at The Grove Monday morning with the assistance of some of the active members of the VFW and Boy Scout Troop 288.

Posted: May 27, 2020
Ohio Expositions Commission announces cancellation of the 2020 Ohio State Fair

The Ohio Expositions Commission has announced that it will cancel the 2020 Ohio State Fair, originally scheduled for July 29-August 9, in Columbus.

Posted: May 27, 2020
Summer reading at the Beverly Library

Hi, all! As of right now, the Beverly Library is only open as far as curbside pickup. Just call us or place holds online, and we will have them waiting at the front door. Just make sure you place holds on items in Washington County. We don’t have state-wide delivery at the moment. Our meeting room is being used as a computer room. To use the computers, make an appointment by calling. Our programming is also going to be different, but still good. The staff took this time to think of ways we could provide programming, but follow social distancing. So here is what we came up with.

Posted: May 27, 2020
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