First Settlement sponsors holiday drawing

Visit Vinton County’s newest business this month and be entered in their holiday drawing! First Settlement Physical Therapy invites the community to stop by their new McArthur office and meet the staff. While there, visitors can enter a free drawing for a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.

first settlement logo  First Settlement opened their facility at the Industrial Park and began taking patients in November.  They take appointments five days a week and accept all insurances. Spokesperson Kylie Collins said they are eager to be good neighbors which is why they are holding this holiday drawing and sponsoring Bingo at the Vinton County Senior Citizens Center every month. In fact, they will sponsor the Dec. 19 Bingo. Doors open at 9 a.m. for anyone 55 or older.

To enter the free gift card drawing, visit First Settlement Physical Therapy at 31055 Industrial Park Dr., next to the Vinton County Fitness Center. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. You must come in person to be entered in the drawing. The drawing will be held in the morning on December 21.

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Ohio Offers Hunters Additional Weekend for Deer-Gun Season

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio’s deer-gun season returns Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Hunters can use a legal shotgun, muzzleloader or handgun to pursue white-tailed deer Dec. 15-16 from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. The extra weekend days were added in 2006 in response to hunters’ requests for extended weekend hunting hours.

Ohio hunters and birdwatchers are reminded to be aware of one another as they pursue deer and birds on the shared weekend. Hunters need to remember that there may be other people — both hunters and non-hunters — in the woods. Birders are also reminded that hunters are allowed to hunt on private land where they have written permission. Deer hunters are required to wear a hunter orange vest, coat, jacket or coveralls in the field. Birders should consider wearing a hunter orange vest or hat during the deer-gun weekend for their own safety.

Hunters may take only one antlered deer, regardless of zone, hunting method or season. A deer permit is required in addition to a valid Ohio hunting license. Hunters must purchase an additional permit to hunt more than one deer. Hunters harvested 86,964 deer during the traditional deer-gun season, Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

Ohio is divided into three deer hunting zones. One deer may be harvested in Zone A (six counties) and two deer in Zone B (44 counties). Three deer may be harvested in Zone C (38 counties).

Those hunting in urban units and at Division of Wildlife-authorized controlled hunts will have a six-deer bag limit, and those deer do not count against the hunter’s zone bag limit.

The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio, frequently pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks eighth nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has an $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.

More information about Ohio deer hunting can be found in the 2012-2013 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online.

Hunters must still report their deer harvest, but they are no longer required to take their deer to a check station for physical inspection. Hunters have three options to complete the automated game check:

Online at
By telephone at 877-TAG-ITOH (824-4864). This option is only available to people required to have a deer permit to hunt deer.
At all license agents. A list of these agents can be found at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

Hunters are encouraged to donate any extra venison to organizations assisting Ohioans in need. ODNR Division of Wildlife is collaborating with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate deer are not required to pay the processing cost as long as the deer are taken to a participating processor. To see which counties are involved in this program, go to

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

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Christmas in Downtown Plans are Never Final

Yesterday I posted the list of Christmas in Downtown activities and said that plans for the weekend are final. Turns out that Christmas in Downtown plans are never really final.

We have made a couple of nice additions to the event that I wanted to bring to your attention.

Just last night we were able to confirm that Mr. Frank Bullock of the Sherman House in Lancaster will be here to portray General William Tecumseh Sherman. General Sherman is Lancaster’s most famous son and a major figure in Civil War history. He will stroll the streets of downtown McArthur and chat with folks throughout Christmas in Downtown. You can learn more about General Sherman and the Sherman house by visiting the Sherman House website.

And today we were contacted by “Train on Time,” an Athens company that provides a really neat ride for the kiddos. They have a railroad track for some self-propelled railroad handcars. It’s practically impossible to describe so I will just encourage you to visit their website for info.

I truly believe this Christmas in Downtown will be our best ever. We have so many fun activities planned I hope you will bring your family and friends. Most activities are from 3- 6 p.m. but there are some things starting earlier in the day. A Chinese Auction, a visit with Santa, a tour of Churches and a Civil War era blacksmith shop all begin earlier in the day. Check out yesterday’s list of activities and this post on the tour of historic churches for more information.

When you arrive Saturday be sure to get a program – that contains the list of fun, the $100 drawing card and other great info.

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Christmas in Downtown plans are final

Many people have been asking about Christmas in Downtown. We will have a program available on Saturday that contains everything you need to know but we wanted to give you a sneak peak to help with your planning.

Kids of all ages enjoy Christmas in Downtown!

This year’s theme is “A Civil War Christmas” and the event is shaping up to be the best ever. Most events take place from 3-6 p.m. but we have a few things happening earlier. For example, the Shepherd’s House Chinese Auction opens at the Methodist Church at 11 a.m. and our Tour of Historic Churches is 1-3 p.m.

The Main Eatery will have Santa starting at 1 p.m. and the very exciting recreated nineteenth century blacksmith shop will be open at Gill’s Pharmacy from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. While you’re there, be sure to check out  the great specials they have inside the store too.

We will have a bounce house this year, sponsored by First Settlement Physical Therapy and TWO wagon rides thanks to Garrett-Cardaras Funeral Home, the Eagles and the Main Eatery.

We will also have a McArthur BPW Cake Walk, cookie decorating for kids, Civil War style beans cooking outside and a petting zoo for the kiddos. If the weather is nice there will be pony rides too!

Throughout the afternoon we will have a representative from the Sherman House in Lancaster strolling downtown and greeting visitors as General William Tecumseh Sherman!

There will be a parade at 5:30 and Santa will visit with the kiddos at the Courthouse following the parade. Also, starting around 7 p.m. the library will show “A Christmas Carol” starring Jim Carrey. See their listing below for details.

John Hutchinson’s horsedrawn wagon rides have been one of the most popular attractions at Christmas in Downtown. Thanks to Garrett-Cardaras Funeral Home, the Eagles and the Main Eatery, we are able to have two wagons running this year. One will be located at the funeral home and the other at the United Methodist Church.

While you’re here, be sure to vote for the best decorated business, register for the $100 giveaway and visit our street vendors. We have people selling crafts and food and handing out literature. A lot of organizations rely on this day for fundraising so we hope you will help them out too.

More than anything, the Chamber of Commerce and all our sponsors want you to come and have a good time. We literally have something for everyone and you can have an enjoyable evening, even if you don’t have cash to spare because there are so many free activities.

Take a look at the list below and contact us if you have questions. When you arrive on Saturday, look for the program containing everything you need including the map, $100 giveaway ticket and decorating contest ballot.

If you are traveling a distance to attend our event, stop by the Chamber Office to enter our “Farthest Away” contest. Whoever travels the greatest distance will receive a $50 gas card sponsored by Zaleski Creations!

Visitors’ Center/Chamber Office – Refreshments provided by McArthur BPW. Detailed event programs and $100 drawing tickets available. Joy Dickerson will offer Holiday Instant Poems and Loraine Radune will offer hand painted slates and Christmas ornaments. $100 giveaway drawing at 5:30 p.m. sponsored by VC Juvenile/Probate Judge Bob Grillo and family.

Beulah Mae’s BBQ – Selling Beulah Mae’s bottled bbq sauce and meals.

McArthur Village Hall/Police Department – Drawing for $20 cash.

Remember When….Antiques and More – Door prize, special sale items and selection of Civil War artifacts.

Vinton County Courier– Refreshments. Drawing for a gift basket, subscription and OU tickets. Debbie West will offer Mary Kay Products. Salyer and Griffith, Attorneys at Law – Christmas carolers, $100 door prize, apple cider, eggnog and old fashioned cookies.

Vinton County National Bank – Inside – Gingerbread decorating for kids. Outside – Bible in VCHS Committee

Mama Renie’s Restaurant –Inside: 12” one item pizza for $5. Free coloring book sponsored by Remy’s Mobile Homes. Outside: Just a Bite Buckeyes will sell buckeyes and cookies. Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival – Festival souvenirs and bake sale.

The Style Shop – Inside: Refreshments and door prize. Outside: “It Works Global” health and skin products.

Booth Real Estate and Insurance –Refreshments and door prize. Yoder’s Greenhouse– will sell poinsettias, Christmas wreaths and soap baskets.

Vinton County Development Department – Inside: Free refreshments. Graduates of the department’s small business class including: Zaleski Candleworks – handmade candles and crafts. Advanced Home Safety Services– Free safety info and drawing for a home safety gift basket including first aid supplies, smoke detector, etc. Maple Hills Nursing & Rehabilitation– Literature and basket giveaway Outside: Hot Rod Rog’s – Car display.

Percelli’s Pizza– Coupon for $1 off Italian Buffet. Coupon available at the Chamber Office. Free coloring book sponsored by Remy’s Mobile Homes.

United Methodist Church – Tour of Historic Churches Participant Basement: Shepherd’s House Chinese Auction opens at 11. Drawings at 4 p.m. Outside: Free wagon rides begin and end here. Rides sponsored by the Eagles, Garrett-Cardaras Funeral Home and the Main Eatery. First Settlement Physical Therapy-Bounce house, temporary tattoos for kids and a drawing.

Sheriff’s Office: Inside- Cookies and punch. Info on the Citizens’ Academy. Outside: VC EMS to pass out candy.

Vinton County CourthouseCrane’s Crazy Corn – Kettlecorn. Cake Walk by McArthur BPW. Little Vikes Child Care – Cookie decorating for kids. Drawing for a girl’s and boy’s bike. Vinton County Health Dept. BEAP– will sell pink ornaments, shoelaces, bracelets and other BEAP items. McManis Photography : Free pictures with Christmas props on a stick. Tower of Refuge Church– distribution of new scarves, gloves and hats. Vinton County DD will sell ceramics and crafts. Caine’s Creations – fudge, lemon shake-ups, chips & dip and hot chocolate. Fudge platter raffle. Inside:Santa will visit with kids following parade. Santa’s candy sponsored by Mildred Kohn. Coloring contest pictures displayed (sponsored by First Settlement Physical Therapy)

Bright Star Satellite – Drawing for an 8-pack of energy smart flourescent bulbs.DVD sale at four for $5 and specials on video games.

Goodwill – Demonstrations by a Civil war era basket maker. Free punch and oranges. Outside: Miller’s Candies will sell handmade fudges, buckeyes and rice crispie logs.

Standard Hardware- Bob Rannells will sell crafts.

Mullins Pizza – Cheeseburger and small fries for $2.99. Pizza by the slice for $1.50. Free cookies. Free coloring book sponsored by Remy’s Mobile Homes.

Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library –Inside: Friends Community Players will sing period Christmas music in historic costumes. Festival of Trees will be open. Following the parade, the library will show A CHRISTMAS CAROL, starring Jim Carrey, in the children’s department around 7 p.m. The Friends of the Library will sponsor refreshments. No child under the age of 12 should be left unattended. Parents should be ready to pick up children by 8:30 p.m. Outside: OSU Extension/4-H – Petting Zoo. Raccoon Valley Bean Cookers – Civil War style Beans cooked over a fire. The Thompson Family – Christmas goodies, ornaments and earrings.

First Christian Church – Tour of Historic Churches Participant.

Fee’s Used Cars – Popcorn and drinks. Para cord bracelets and key chains for sale. Drawing for a car care basket

Circle Pizza – 18” one item pizza for $9.99

Gill’s Pharmacy – Watch a blacksmith demonstrate his craft, enjoy a cup of Wassail and a donut. Drawing for a chance to win a holiday dinner or gift basket of store merchandise. Numerous sales. These offers available 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. only.

Super Valu Grocery – Five percent discount to anyone who mentions the “Christmas in Downtown special” and the deli will offer yummy specials 2 p.m. to close.

Subway – Get a 6” meatball sub or a 6” cold cut sub for just $2 each. Door Prize drawing for a snowman with a free 6” sub certificate. Free coloring book sponsored by Remy’s Mobile Homes.

Vinton County Floral – Poinsettias and giveaways.

Bud’s One Stop – Drawing for a gift certificate, slice of pizza and drink for $1.99. Live Radio Remote sponsored by Subway of McArthur, Booth Real Estate and Insurance, Cross Creek General Store, Maple Hills Nursing Home, Vinton County National Bank, First Settlement Physical Therapy, R&C Quick Stop, Historic Host Vacation Rentals, Vinton County Health Department Home Health Agency and Advanced Home Safety

Services Vinton County National Bank Customer Service Center – The Commoner Journal– “Deck yourself contest” where the CJ will invite participants to decorate each other in garland/ornaments provided. The CJ will take pictures and post on their site later to vote for favorites. Integrated Services– Free 2013 calendar books, candy canes and info.

WesBanco – Inside: Treat bags for kids and bags with calendars to adults. Drawing for a Movie Night themed basket including a DVD player, movies, popcorn and throw. Linda Murphy will demonstrate cross stitch techniques and have a needle point display. Mort Kuntsler snow prints on display. Outside: Girl Scout Troop 2669 will offer handmade crafts and candles.

Dodrill Realty –Door prize and refreshments.

Eagles Outside– Vinton County Treasurer Vicki Maxwell-Free Reindeer food and Candy canes.

Melvin and Melissa Nickell – Antiques and crafts.

McClure’s – Soup and grilled cheese sandwich for $3.99 from 3 – 7 p.m. Free coloring book sponsored by Remy’s Mobile Homes.

The Main Eatery– Hot chocolate, sugar cookies and candy canes for kids. Door prizes for kids of all ages. Santa will visit with everyone from 1 – 4 p.m. Several specials including $1 hot dogs and $2 footlongs. Free coloring book sponsored by Remy’s Mobile Homes.

Presbyterian Church– Tour of Historic Churches Participant

Trinity Episcopal Church – Tour of Historic Churches Participant

Garrett-Cardaras Funeral Home– Inside: Remembrance tree to honor the deceased of 2012. Outside: Free wagon rides begin and end here. Rides sponsored by the Eagles, Garrett-Cardaras Funeral Home and the Main Eatery. 4-H Junior Leaders: Hot chocolate.

Want more information? Contact us at 596-5033 or

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Holiday Tour of Churches planned this Saturday

The Presbyterian Church is pictured during Christmas in Downtown 2011. It will be one of four churches open for our Holiday Tour of Historic Churches Saturday.

Start your Christmas in Downtown fun a little early this year by joining in the free tour of historic churches. This event will be held Saturday from 1-3 p.m. and will include four historic churches in the village of McArthur.

Each church will be decorated for the holiday and a representative of the congregation will be present to play music, talk about the history of the church and answer questions.

This event is free and reservations are not required. Participants can start at any of the four locations and visit as many or as few as they wish. A complimentary shuttle will be available or participants can drive themselves.

Participating churches are:

Trinity Episcopal Church – Corner of Sugar and High streets

First Christian Church – 207 E. High St.

Presbyterian Church – Corner of Boundary and High streets

McArthur United Methodist Church – 200 S. Market St.

For more information, contact the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce at 596-5033 or email This tour of historic churches is part of the Chamber’s Christmas in Downtown activities which will be held from 3-6 p.m.

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Small Business Saturday has big impact for local economy

Most bargain shoppers are familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday but are you a Small Business Saturday Shopper? The Saturday after Thanksgiving is designated as Small Business Saturday,  a day on which to support the small businesses that make up the backbone of communities across America.

This year the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce and the Vinton County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (CVB) encourages local shoppers to take advantage of some of the deals, the great customer service and unique products available in shops and small stores across Vinton County. Vinton County Marketing Director Brandi Betts said that Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 to invigorate local economies and to help small businesses thrive.

Last year over 100 million people came out to shop at independently owned small businesses on this day.

Betts said this project has been embraced by small businesses and shoppers across the country as well as other organizations dedicated to helping the nation’s brick and mortar stores. According to statistics released by the 3/50 project, for every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. Shoppers who spend that $100 in a national chain see only $43 stay in the community and shoppers who spend their money online sees none of that money stay in the community, according to the 3/50 Project.

“We have a number of shops that sell terrific products that would make great gifts. We hope that after you eat your turkey and go out for Black Friday bargains at the mall you will squirrel away some money to spend in our community here. I promise you will find things not available in malls,” Betts said. “The shop owners offer good quality products and outstanding customer service. Our economy needs the boost this holiday season and we really hope to see a lot of people out and about this Saturday.”

Hear Betts talk about Small Business Saturday in an “Experiencing Vinton County” podcast by clicking here.

For a list of CVB member shops, visit or call the Vinton County Visitors’ Center at 596-5033 for information. For more information on Small Business Saturday, visit

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Donate ornaments for community memorial tree

The Vinton County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (CVB) will again decorate the Christmas tree at the Vinton County Courthouse this year and is inviting the community to participate in the holiday tradition.

The public is invited to donate an ornament to be hung on the tree in honor of a special person in their life or in memory of someone who has passed. Ornaments should be dropped off at the CVB Office at 104 W. Main St. in McArthur by Wednesday, November 28. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The tree will be decorated in time for Christmas in Downtown on December 1.

For more information, contact the CVB Office at 596-5033

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