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Morgan Countians receive awards from Southeast Ohio History Center

The Southeast Ohio History Center recently recognized 16 individuals, groups and organizations from Morgan County for their efforts to preserve and protect the natural and cultural history of the region during its annual meeting. Two Lifetime Achievement Awards were among the honors, recognizing contributions made by Richard “Doc” and Sally Richmond as well as Sara Hurst.

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Wednesday 11/18/2020
Chamber Meeting Canceled

Due to COVID-19 rules and regulations, the chamber will not be meeting in November or December. If you have questions during this time, please email Owen Morrow at omorrowmcc@gmail.com.

Posted: November 18, 2020
Community Calendar

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Because of Executive Order 2020-01D, issued March 9, 2020, and the Orders of the Ohio Department of Health and pursuant to emergency legislation passed by the Ohio Legislature, this meeting will be conducted through electronic technology. Members of the public wishing to observe the meeting may do so by registering in advance at www.mwcd.org/meeting.

Posted: November 18, 2020
Official numbers from Morgan County election day

Though there are still questions at the national level, the 2020 election is officially in the books for Morgan County. As expected, it was a tight and exciting race up and down the ballot. With the heated national race and important state and local races, Morgan County stepped up to the plate and recorded record voting numbers.

Posted: November 18, 2020
Health Department News

COVID-19 cases have been increasing at a rapid rate in the past six weeks (10/11-11/15/20) in Morgan County. 105 of our 163 cases have occurred during this time frame. 60 of those cases have occurred in the past two weeks (11/1-11/15/20).

Posted: November 18, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Interesting Visits

Posted: November 18, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Morgan School buildings closed until December as state cases rise

This week’s COVID-19 update comes with news regarding Morgan Schools. All district school buildings were to be closed beginning Monday, Nov. 16 through December 1. Due to a rise of coronavirus cases, including two students, Morgan Schools will resort to online learning through the Thanksgiving Break.

Posted: November 18, 2020
Local villages take a different route for Christmas Parades

As people prepare for what is sure to be an unusual holiday season, the towns and villages in the area are still doing their best to get folks into the Christmas spirit.

Posted: November 18, 2020
Monday 11/16/2020
SR 555 Sewer Project

A sewer project begins on Monday, Nov. 16, on SR 555 in the Village of Chesterhill. The road will be closed between East Street and SR 377. Estimated completion is Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

Posted: November 16, 2020
Wednesday 11/11/2020
Maxwell’s Pizza robbery suspect caught

UPDATE: According to Morgan County Chief Deputy Sheriff James Fisher, as of Tuesday, Nov. 17, the suspect’s bond is continued, but no further updates have been given. 

Posted: November 11, 2020
Tuesday 11/10/2020
Community Calendar

The Twin City Opera House Board of Directors meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the opera house.

Posted: November 10, 2020
Grandson shares story of Ralph Mahoney this Veterans Day

Ralph Mahoney, the former owner of IGA, passed away in 2017 after 90 wonderful years. In those years, Mahoney experienced things that would later become stories he passed on to his children, grandchildren and everyone else he knew. I know because I am his grandson, so I had the privilege of hearing many stories about his life. This includes his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. For Veterans Day, I wanted to share the incredible story of my grandfather surviving a kamikaze attack during his time in the Pacific.

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

Quiet Week

Posted: November 10, 2020
I Remember – Veterans

Veterans Day is November 11, and veterans are people to be remembered and thanked.

Posted: November 10, 2020
COVID-19 Update

As of Monday, Nov. 9, Morgan County has experienced a total of 127 confirmed cases, and an additional six probable cases. One total COVID-related death has occurred in Morgan County during the pandemic. 36 of those 127 cases are active. That is an increase of 15 active cases since last Monday, Nov. 2. The county is still at a level 1 public emergency, according to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, meaning there is active exposure and spread. The Morgan County Health Department is encouraging everyone to continue washing your hands, practice social distancing and wearing a mask in public.

Posted: November 10, 2020
Malta Council votes to sub-grant COVID funds

Council discussed COVID funding. The Malta Village Council has a substantial amount of money which they will not be able to use. The guidelines are very strict on how the money can be used. Therefore, they have decided to execute sub-grants with two area agencies if they are able to accept the money.

Posted: November 10, 2020
Wednesday 11/04/2020
Washington-Morgan Community Action receives money to assist county residents

Washington-Morgan Community Action has received money from the Village of Malta to assist the residents of Morgan County, with Malta residents receiving priority, with housing assistance who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. The funding comes from a grant given to the Village of Malta to respond to housing issues facing Morgan County residents related to COVID-19.

Posted: November 04, 2020
Community Calendar

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, via the ZOOM meeting platform.

Posted: November 04, 2020
Morgan County Sets Records in Rocky 2020 Election

The 2020 election is mostly in the books, and as expected, it was a tight and exciting race up and down the ballot. With the heated national race and important state and local races, Morgan County stepped up to the plate and recorded record voting numbers.

Posted: November 04, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Oops

Posted: November 04, 2020
Overcoming COVID-19 in resilient Morgan County

UPDATE: The Morgan County Department of Health announced Tuesday, Nov. 3, that the county has had its first COVID-related death. 

Posted: November 04, 2020
McConnelsville Council declares emergency to expend CARES Act funds

McConnelsville Council met in council chambers on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Posted: November 04, 2020
Wednesday 10/28/2020
Morgan County court records being digitized

Old Civil Case Files from Morgan County Common Pleas Court, dating back to the 1800s, succumbing to dust in the third floor Attic of the Morgan County Courthouse, have now been moved to the basement of the building.

Posted: October 28, 2020
Community Calendar

A meeting of the Development Advisory Committee of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Because of Executive Order 2020-01D, issued March 9, 2020, and the Orders of the Ohio Department of Health and pursuant to emergency legislation passed by the Ohio Legislature, this meeting will be conducted through electronic technology.

Posted: October 28, 2020
Writer encourages support for State Senator Tim Schaffer

To the Editor:

Posted: October 28, 2020
Health Department News

COVID-19 UPDATE: In the last two weeks, Ohio reported over 2,000 new positive cases of COVID-19 on ten of the last 14 days (October 12-25). Prior to this, there had never been more than 2,000 cases in a single day in Ohio during the pandemic. Morgan County has seen an increase of 23 new cases in the last 14 days (October 12-25). Currently, Morgan County has 18 active cases who are in isolation and 27 individuals who are currently quarantined at home in Morgan County due to close contact exposure to a positive case.

Posted: October 28, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Settling In

Posted: October 28, 2020
Burr Oak cabins receive modern facelift, create relaxing environment

The first phase of renovations has been completed on seven cabins at Burr Oak State Park and are currently available to be rented by overnight guests. Work is moving forward on another six cabins.

Posted: October 28, 2020
Governor DeWine announces CARES Act funding to support small businesses, nonprofits, and Ohioans impacted by COVID-19

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced last Friday that the administration, in partnership with the General Assembly, is developing a package of more than $419.5 million CARES Act funding to help Ohioans. This package includes funding for small businesses, restaurants and bars, hospitals, higher education, arts, nonprofits, and low-income Ohioans impacted financially by the pandemic.

Posted: October 28, 2020
Chesterhill Village holds special meeting to discuss library lease

On October 16, the Chesterhill Village Council held a special meeting to discuss the library lease. The meeting was held at the Chesterhill United Methodist Church. Pastor Rick Seiter again allowed access to the building and stayed for the meeting.

Posted: October 28, 2020
McConnelsville Council holds special meeting to approve COVID expenditure

McConnelsville Council met in special session in council chambers on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Posted: October 28, 2020
McConnelsville Council working on many projects

McConnelsville Village Coun­cil met in council chamb­ers on Tues­day, Sept. 15.

Posted: October 28, 2020
Wednesday 10/21/2020
Former Air Force Pilot Flies Again

Dr. Robert “Doc” Richmond was able to take flight once again thanks to Shrivers Hospice in McConnelsville.

Posted: October 21, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Test Me

Posted: October 21, 2020
Morgan County’s Census response rate near the bottom in Ohio

When the official deadline for responding to the U.S. Census occurred on October 15, preliminary data indicated that the response rate for Morgan County was 58.2 percent, placing it 86th among Ohio’s 88 counties. The Census reported that overall, Ohio’s average response rate was 70.7 percent.

Posted: October 21, 2020
Drug take back set Saturday at Sheriff’s Office

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office will be taking back unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. This effort, in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be held to help prevent pill abuse and theft. People will have the opportunity to freely and anonymously drop off unused, unwanted or expired pills and patches to the sheriff’s office. Liquids, needles and sharps cannot be accepted. Guidelines and protocols will be in place to help combat COVID-19.

Posted: October 21, 2020
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio doubles Morgan Fortuna Grant monies Adds grant opportunity for black-led organizations

The Morgan Community Fund and the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio combined resources this week to help local non-profit and public organizations in Morgan County extend a helping hand to people affected by COVID-19.

Posted: October 21, 2020
Chesterhill Village sets Trick or Treat

After checking with the other villages and the Health Department, it was decided to approve having Trick or Treat in the village. The time is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Stan Starling was on hand for the same purpose. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the Lions Club will not be hosting the childrens’ party this year. Guidelines for Trick or Treat will be posted at the library and also on the Village’s social media.

Posted: October 21, 2020
Wednesday 10/14/2020
Morgan High School students raise funds for Kylyn Woodward and family

The students at Morgan High may have started coming home and asking for spare change. Usually, it’s for extra food at the cafeteria, but this month, it’s going to a great cause instead.

Posted: October 14, 2020
Minor Mascot Update Made for Morgan

Superintendent Dr. Kristin E. Barker read a statement at Monday’s school board meeting announcing a change in the Morgan Raider mascot. The Morgan Raider will now don an all-navy uniform that “will not represent any particular branch of the service or of historical reference.”

Posted: October 14, 2020
Flushing Hydrants

Tri-County Water will be flushing hydrants between October 19 and October 30.

Posted: October 14, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted: October 14, 2020
Inside Morgan High

Welcome back to Inside Morgan High. Everyone keep up the good work with the face masks and sanitation protocol!

Posted: October 14, 2020
SR 555 Tree Trimming

A tree trimming project begins on Monday, Oct. 19, on SR 555 between Drake Union Road (Township Road 118) and Glass Road (County Road 71). This section will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Estimated completion date is October 30.

Posted: October 14, 2020
Herald welcomes new reporter to the ‘family’

If Morgan County residents see a new face walking around town asking them questions, do not be alarmed. It’s just Josh Stevens, the new reporter for The Herald.

Posted: October 14, 2020
Mary’s House Open House

Mary’s House, a home which serves pregnant women, 18 years and older, as well as their infants, will be hosting an Open House from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.

Posted: October 14, 2020
Malta Council offered incredible gift from local businessman

Visitor to the council meeting was David Griesmyer. He is the owner of DG Welding and Design. He wants something to showcase some of the beauty here and provided a drawing and two mock ups of the finished project for council members to look at. His proposal is that he make this sculpture and gift it to the Village of Malta. The finished sculpture will be a total of 18-feet tall, 13 feet to the top of the head, and five more feet to the top of the antlers. The body would be solid.

Posted: October 14, 2020
Trick or Treat Night

According to the local villages, the following is Trick or Treat information you should follow.

Posted: October 14, 2020
County prepares for important election year

The 2020 election cycle seems to be carrying a bit more weight than previous years, and Morgan County residents will want to be aware of what is on the ballot for them.

Posted: October 14, 2020
Tuesday 10/13/2020
Community Calendar

The Morgan Hills Garden Club will hold its annual wiener roast at Bill and Tori Gable’s at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Guests are welcome.

Posted: October 13, 2020
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