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Frances Dana Gage, leading 19th century American reformer, returns home to Morgan County in previously unseen portrait

As a young boy growing up in McConnelsville, Galen Finley had a part-time job before and after school to remove the ashes and fill the coal bin from what was then known as the Cochran Mansion. Little did he know that one day he would own the stately manor that overlooks the village at the base of Kennebec Hill and learn first-hand of the historic significance of its previous owners.

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Wednesday 09/23/2020
Community Calendar

Morgan County Women’s Republican Club will meet at 12 noon Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Boat Ramp picnic area across from the Fairgrounds. Those attending may bring a sack lunch if desired.

Posted: September 23, 2020
VFW Dinner Fundraiser

The Malta VFW Auxiliary will host the Jerry White Scholarship dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Post.

Posted: September 23, 2020
Inside Morgan High

Welcome to this week’s Inside Morgan High, everyone.

Posted: September 23, 2020
Ohio First Lady’s passion project reaches Morgan County

The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) is coming to Morgan County, giving children the literacy tools to excel in the classroom and beyond.

Posted: September 23, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Underway

Posted: September 23, 2020
Vice President Pence makes nearby campaign stop

Rally-goers clocked out of work and began filing into the Muskingum County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Sept. 16, the loudspeakers blaring everything from MercyMe to John Mellencamp and Kid Rock. Workers with hard hats mingled with families dressed in full red, white and blue attire and Trump signs in hand. One thing was clear: Vice President Mike Pence’s Workers for Trump rally in Zanesville was meant to invoke a heartland, working class atmosphere.

Posted: September 23, 2020
Malta Council receives more COVID-19 monies

More COVID-19 money is available and will be coming in soon. The Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) provided a list of some of the ways that municipalities can use Coronavirus Relief Funding (CRF) from the CARES Act.

Posted: September 23, 2020
Wednesday 09/16/2020
Chamber to Meet

The Chamber of Commerce will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, at The Inns at 8th & Main, located at 214 E. Main St., McConnelsville.

Posted: September 16, 2020
Community Calendar

Adhering to Social Distancing Guidelines, the Kate Love Simpson Library Board of Trustees will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the library.

Posted: September 16, 2020
Inside Morgan High

Hello everyone, welcome back again to Inside Morgan High!

Posted: September 16, 2020
Gearing up for a safe, secure election

In these unusual times, so much has been impacted in our normal lives that expecting change during the COVID-19 pandemic has become increasingly commonplace and expected. But for the folks at the Morgan County Board of Elections, it’s business as usual as they prepare for the upcoming General Election on November 3.

Posted: September 16, 2020
Support for veterans, law enforcement permeates Beverly Council meeting

Beverly held its latest monthly village council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and with it came two proclamations.

Posted: September 16, 2020
Mary’s House Benefit

Mary's House will be hosting a baked steak benefit dinner at St. James Catholic Church (257 E. Bell Ave., McConnelsville) from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Tickets are $12 per person. To order ahead or for curbside service, call 740-336-1523. The meal includes baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade noodles, green beans, and a roll. Proceeds benefit Mary's House. Dinner is sponsored in part by the Malta VFW.

Posted: September 16, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Turn the Page

Posted: September 16, 2020
McConnelsville Hydrant Flushing to Begin

According to Village Administrator Jennifer Ponchak, the Village of McConnelsville Water Department will begin semi-annual flushing on Monday, Sept. 21. The flushing will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Posted: September 16, 2020
OVO to hold telethon to benefit Twin City Opera House

This month marks the 20th year of the first performance of the Ohio Valley Opry at the historic Twin City Opera House in McConnelsville, OH. Since owner/operators Marvin and Deana (Bennett) Clark met in 1988 at a country music festival in Morgan County, the two dreamed of starting a family first and a musical ministry soon after.

Posted: September 16, 2020
Harness Racing continues despite COVID-19

This year has been full of changes due to COVID-19. Many restrictions have put a hold on events throughout the summer, but harness racing has remained a continuing event throughout the past couple of months.

Posted: September 16, 2020
Wednesday 09/09/2020
Malta Dynamics donates face masks to local schools

In what can only be described as an unprecedented academic year, Malta Dynamics has tried to soften the blow for local schools.

Posted: September 09, 2020
Community Calendar

Morgan County Historical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the backyard of the Button House. Kaye Appleman will provide refreshments. The Nominating Committee will report on the slate of officers for the coming year.

Posted: September 09, 2020
Chamber to Meet

The Chamber of Commerce will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, at The Inns at 8th & Main, located at 214 E. Main St., McConnelsville.

Posted: September 09, 2020
Inside Morgan High

Welcome back everyone! Good luck to the 4-H students at the fair this year!

Posted: September 09, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Now the Dirty Work

Posted: September 09, 2020
Beverly-Waterford students, teachers doing well adjusting to school year

Since the day classes abruptly ended due to a state-wide mandate in March 2020, many people in the Beverly-Waterford community have wondered how COVID-19 will affect the classroom for the coming year.

Posted: September 09, 2020
Ohio Senate Passes Series of Bills for Pandemic Relief Efforts

Over the last month, the Ohio Senate has been working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of its citizens. As the country continues to move through the COVID-19 pandemic, the state senate has recently passed a series of bills for pandemic relief and the general health of local communities.

Posted: September 09, 2020
Wednesday 09/02/2020
Sen. Rob Portman visits Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area, highlights Great American Outdoors Act

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited Jesse Owens State Park and met with the park’s leadership to discuss the recently signed into law Great American Outdoors Act – landmark bipartisan legislation to address the deferred maintenance backlog across the federal land management agencies and provide permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Posted: September 02, 2020
Herald Office Closed

The Herald will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, due to the Labor Day Holiday. News and Advertising deadline is 12 noon on Friday, Sept. 4. Classified deadline will remain 10 a.m. Tuesday. We would appreciate submissions be sent in early for the September 9 edition.

Posted: September 02, 2020
Community Calendar

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, via the Zoom meeting platform.

Posted: September 02, 2020
#ItsOkTo Not Be Ok – OSPF launches Back-To-School Campaign

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Founda­tion launched its back-to-school campaign to raise awareness around the anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide that students, school staff, and parents may be experiencing this year due to COVID-19. The campaign aims at helping students, parents, teachers and others understand that it’s Ok – #ItsOkTo feel however you’re feeling – you are not alone.

Posted: September 02, 2020
State’s absentee ballot request forms begin arriving in mailboxes

LaRose Encourages Those Choosing to Vote Absentee to Send Their Request in ASAP

Posted: September 02, 2020
SR 60 Landslide Repair

One lane of SR 60 is closed between SR 266 and Hooppole Ridge Road (County Road 11) for a landslide repair project. Temporary traffic signals and a 14-foot width restriction are in place. Estimated completion date is November 15, 2020.

Posted: September 02, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Just in Time

Posted: September 02, 2020
Governor DeWine week in review Aug. 24 - Aug. 30

CURRENT COVID-19 DATA

Posted: September 02, 2020
Jr. Fair Livestock Sale

The Morgan County Fair begins next week with only Junior Fair activities allowed per Governor Mike DeWine.

Posted: September 02, 2020
Public participation portion of Morgan Local Board of Education meeting becomes contentious

Another large crowd was present for the special Board of Education meeting held on June 29, at Morgan High School.

Posted: September 02, 2020
Wednesday 08/26/2020
Signs of local history

It’s been said that history is most often told and remembered by those who take the time to record it. Morgan County’s history can be found in libraries, museums and historic sites, schools, old photos, discussions with residents, and ultimately, wherever your eyes and ears are focused. History is all around us.

Posted: August 26, 2020
Community Calendar

The Morgan County Suicide Preven­tion Coalition will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. 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: August 26, 2020
SR 339 Turn Lane Construction

Beginning Monday, Aug. 31, one lane of SR 339 will be closed between Sweetapple Road and Mary Avenue for construction of a left turn lane, school drive rehabilitation, and construction of a school access roadway. Temporary traffic signals and a 12-foot width restriction will be in place. The estimated date of completion is October 30, 2020.

Posted: August 26, 2020
Malta Council working on cleaning up village

The Malta Village Council met on Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Malta Village Office. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by Malta Village Mayor Greg Hill. The meeting was opened with the invocation, delivered by Councilman Jamie White. Mayor Hill led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Posted: August 26, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

Blue

Posted: August 26, 2020
Inside Morgan High

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Inside Morgan High! I hope everyone had a nice break, and you’re ready to jump back into this school year (even with all of the new rules put into place).

Posted: August 26, 2020
Remembering the life of Morgan County’s only female commissioner

Most people in Morgan County knew Ina Horner either for her time on the Board of Education or as the county’s first (and as yet, only) female commissioner. I knew her as Mamaw.

Posted: August 26, 2020
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Week in Review For the week ending August 21, 2020

On Monday, Aug. 17, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced he has accepted an appointment to serve as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC).

Posted: August 26, 2020
Wednesday 08/19/2020
Local businesses find ways to adapt to COVID challenges

When Jamie McNabb bought Town Square Collectibles two years ago, she had plans to grow the business that features primitive gifts and home decor made by local artisans and crafters. But like businesses all across the nation, she could not have predicted that a global pandemic would turn everything upside down.

Posted: August 19, 2020
A reason to give thanks we live in Morgan County

Every single day, the news gives me a new reason to thank God – that I live in small town America and not in one of the larger cities where I lived during my exile. The coronavirus has a harder time spreading when people do not pile on top of one another on the subway. The chance of a riot breaking out is … remote. And if one did, nobody would justify destroying private property or attacking the police.

Posted: August 19, 2020
Community Calendar

Adhering to Social Distancing Guidelines, the Kate Love Simpson Morgan County Library Board of Trustees will met at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the library.

Posted: August 19, 2020
Students return to school with extra precautions in place

At the time of reading this, students within the Morgan Local School District with last names beginning with A-L will be starting the 2020-2021 school year. Students with last names beginning with M-Z are to return on Thursday, Aug. 20. Friday, Aug. 21, will be a day that involves only staff members returning to their buildings to discuss what was done correctly over the past two days and what can be changed to ensure that all COVID-19 rules and regulations can be and will be followed.

Posted: August 19, 2020
The Ohio State University Extension - Morgan County

More in Thirty than in Five

Posted: August 19, 2020
Reunions

After more than 110 years of annual Jones-Phillips Reunions, this year’s celebration must be canceled due to the dangers of COVID-19.

Posted: August 19, 2020
Kameron Coyle – My life fuels my music

Have you ever met someone who made such a huge impact on your life that they inspired you to venture into something new? It doesn’t always have to be a huge event that pushes you, but sometimes it is.

Posted: August 19, 2020
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