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The Herald Holiday Hours

The Herald office will close early on Thursday, Dec. 24, and be closed Friday, Dec. 25, so employees can spend the Christmas holiday with their families.

  • icon Posted: December 23

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Wednesday 12/16/2020
COVID-19 Pop-up Testing in Caldwell

A COVID-19 pop-up testing site will be available in Caldwell on Thursday, Dec. 17. It will take place from 12 noon to 5 p.m., at the Noble County Fairgrounds, located at 44163 Fairgrounds Road. Anyone can get a no-cost test at this location. Preregistration is encouraged at https://mako .exchange/covid19-ereq/?account_number=15655 &account_name=Noble-County-Health-dept. A health care provider’s referral is not needed. Quantities may be limited.

Posted: December 16, 2020
Wednesday 12/09/2020
County Commissioners to Co-host Town Hall

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners have announced that they will co-host a town hall meeting to discuss the local financial impact of the sale of AEP land to ODNR.

Posted: December 09, 2020
Morgan County Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Morgan County Emergency Management Agency has announced that the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan has been updated and is up for review and comment. The next virtual public meetings is from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday (tonight), Dec. 9. The Plan Update and the link to join the meetings can be found at typlan. The report will also be available on the Morgan County website and the Morgan County EMA website.

Posted: December 09, 2020
Wednesday 12/02/2020
Letters To Santa

Due to COVID-19, letters to Santa were not picked up during the Christmas parade. However, letters can be dropped off at the Santa House mailbox on the Commons in McCon­nelsville, dropped off at 1044 High Street in Malta (in the black mailbox by the front of the house) or mailed to PO Box 172, Malta, 43758. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope for the letters to be mailed from Santa. If you have questions, please call Leslie Robbins at 740-962-5886.

Posted: December 02, 2020
Drive-Thru Toy Drive

Instead of the regular annual American Legion Auxiliary toy drive, the Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber and Luminant Energy will be hosting a “Drive-thru” toy drive in Beverly. The event will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the usual toy drive setup will be reconfigured for people to simply drive through and drop off a toy, gift or monetary donation. This setup will be located at the Township parking lot on the corner of 5th and Ferry Street, across from the Corner Store. A free to-go lunch will also be provided. Participants will receive a grilled hot dog or brat, baked beans, macaroni salad, chips, and a dessert provided by Lisa’s Sweet Stop.

Posted: December 02, 2020
MHS to Hold Blood Drive

Morgan High School and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive for students and staff only from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the high school auditorium. Donate before December 15 for a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane. Prize includes a propane powered pizza oven, fire pit, outdoor heater, and stipend towards propane. See terms at Any donor ages 16-24, who comes to give blood before December 17, will automatically receive a $10 e-gift card by email.

Posted: December 02, 2020
Wednesday 11/25/2020
Lions Club Breakfasts Canceled

Due to COVID-19, the Lions Club has canceled its monthly breakfast buffet for the months of December through February.

Posted: November 25, 2020
Shrivers Pharmacy Angel Tree

Shrivers Pharmacy will have a Senior Citizen and Humane Society Angel Tree this year. Beginning this week, Shrivers is inviting the community to come and pick an Angel to help spread holiday cheer to those who need a little extra.

Posted: November 25, 2020
The Herald Closing for Thanksgiving

The Herald Office will be close Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27, so employees can spend Thanksgiving with their families

Posted: November 25, 2020
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

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 10/14/2020
Flushing Hydrants

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

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
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
Trick or Treat Night

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

Posted: October 14, 2020
Wednesday 10/07/2020
Morgan Shrine BBQ

The Morgan Shrine Club will hold its 51st annual chicken BBQ from 12 noon until the food is gone on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the M-M Firehouse, 77 South 4th Street, McConnelsville.

Posted: October 07, 2020
Ag Society Elections

The Morgan County Agricultural Society will hold the annual election of board members from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the fairgrounds. The following positions are up for election:

Posted: October 07, 2020
Wednesday 09/30/2020
SR 376 Tree Trimming

A tree trimming project begins on October 5, on SR 376, between Pisgah Ridge Road (County Road 10) and Apperson-Bloom Road (Township Road 333). This section will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Estimated completion is October 19, 2020.

Posted: September 30, 2020
Lions Club Breakfast

Chesterhill Lions Club will resume its monthly breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Lions Clubhouse in Chesterhill, located on SR 555 South. There will be no buffet, and social distancing will be practiced. Donations will be accepted. For more details, please see the Chesterhill Locals.

Posted: September 30, 2020
Wednesday 09/23/2020
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
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
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
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
Wednesday 09/09/2020
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
Wednesday 09/02/2020
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
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
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
Wednesday 08/26/2020
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
Wednesday 08/12/2020
Chamber Meeting

The Morgan County Chamber of Commerce’s next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Old Bridge Brewing Co., 281 W. Main St., McConnelsville. All are welcome.

Posted: August 12, 2020
Lawn Waste Site Closed

The Morgan County Commissioners have announced that the lawn waste site on Monastery Road (State Route 607) will be closed until Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Posted: August 12, 2020
Landslide Repair Project

A landslide repair project has begun on SR 60, between Mautz Drive (Township Road 1183) and the Muskingum County line. One lane will be closed. Temporary traffic signals and a 12 foot width restriction will be in place. Estimated completion date is October 1, 2020.

Posted: August 12, 2020
Fair Secretary Office Hours

Morgan County Agricultural Society Secretary Teresa Veyon has announced a change in the pre-fair secretary’s office hours. There are no hours the week of August 24 through August 29, due to no senior fair entries allowed per Governor DeWine.

Posted: August 12, 2020
Wednesday 07/22/2020
BOE Office Closed

Morgan County Board of Elections Office will be closed on Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24. They will resume normal business hours at 8 a.m. Monday, July 27, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Posted: July 22, 2020
SR 339 Bridge Replacement

A bridge replacement project began on July 20 on SR 339, between Woodruff Road (Township Road 230) and SR 676. The southbound lane will be closed, and traffic will be maintained with flaggers while temporary pavement is constructed. Traffic will be maintained thereafter with temporary signals. Estimated completion: November 15, 2020.

Posted: July 22, 2020
Wednesday 06/24/2020
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
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
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
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
Wednesday 06/17/2020
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
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
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
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
Monday 05/04/2020
Join the May McConnelsville Council meeting

Please join the Tuesday, May 5, McConnelsville Council meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone at You can also dial in using your phone at 872-240-3212 and use the Access Code: 599-284-205.

Posted: May 04, 2020
BOE Office Closed

The Board of Elections office will be closed Thursday and Friday, May 7-8, and will resume regular business hours on Monday, May 11.

Posted: May 04, 2020
Wednesday 03/25/2020
Hydrant Flushing

Tri-County Water will be flushing hydrants between March 30 to April 10.

Posted: March 25, 2020
Lions Breakfast Canceled

Due to the coronavirus, the Chesterhill Lions Club has canceled the April 4 Lions breakfast and all additional activities until further notice.

Posted: March 25, 2020
Herald COVID-19 Operating Procedures

As stated in Section 12(f) of the Ohio Department of Health's Stay-at-Home Order, newspapers are considered essential businesses as part of the media.

Posted: March 25, 2020
Wednesday 03/18/2020
Chamber Meeting canceled

The March meeting of the Morgan County Chamber of Commerce has been canceled for Wednesday (today), March 18, due to the restrictions on group meetings.

Posted: March 18, 2020
CVB Cancels Meeting

Morgan County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has canceled its 2020 annual meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19, at Burr Oak Lodge.

Posted: March 18, 2020
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