Ladies Honored with Jenco Awards – ATVs Stolen – Halloweeum

Sams, Fredericks Honored with Jenco Awards

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio recently celebrated the visionary leadership of two Washington County women.  The Jenco Awards, in honor of Father Lawrence Martin Jenco, commend the best in citizens across Appalachian Ohio. The awardees for 2015 include Nancy Sams and Margaret Fredericks of Washington County along with Iva Sisson of Meigs County, Bill Crawford of Columbiana County, Donna Sue Groves of Adams County, and Jodie Hunt of Lawrence County.

Time to Plan for Christmas

This Sunday volunteers will gather to organize the Marietta Community Christmas Day Feast for 2015.  The meeting will be held at the Fellowship Hall of the Marietta First Presbyterian Church at the corner of 4th and Wooster from 5 pm to 6 pm. The agenda will include preliminary assignments of tasks for various food items, accounting, publicity, meal prep and deliveries, facility set-up, decorating and more.  For more information call project manager Bruce Haas at 740-629-1277.

Suspects Steal ATVs

On Wednesday night around midnight, suspects made off with two Polaris RZR ATVs. The ATVs – valued at $10,000 each – were taken from a fenced-in area behind Marietta Polaris.  An employee of the business reported the theft to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The case remains under investigation.

ODNR Investigates Animal Poisonings

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife continues to investigate poisoning incidents involving wild and domesticated animals including a recent incident in Noble County where several raccoons and a dog were killed. (Daily Jeffersonian)

Kentucky Leads in Spending on TV Ads

Kentucky leads the nation in political spending on TV ads as it hosts the most competitive governor’s race in the country.  Politicians and outside groups have spent $9.8 million on TV ads in Kentucky since Jan. 1, 2014, according to an analysis of ad spending by the Center for Public Integrity. The data doesn’t include money to produce the ads or money spent on radio, online, direct mail or TV ads that aired on local cable systems. (WOUB)

Postal Service Celebrates 65 Years of “Peanuts”

The U.S. Postal Service will launch October’s observation of National Stamp Collecting Month by issuing its annual Charlie Brown Christmas stamp on Friday at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif. The stamp’s early release coincides with the Peanuts comic strip’s debut in seven newspapers on October 2, 1950: The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, theMinneapolis Star-Tribune, the Allentown Call-Chronicle, the Bethlehem Globe-Times, the Denver Post and the Seattle Times. When Schulz retired in 1999, the comic strip appeared in over 2,600 newspapers worldwide. (TRNS)

Dominion Accepting Community Grant Applications

The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, Inc., the parent company of Dominion East Ohio, recognizes cities or organizations that have made an impact on the community. If your community or organization has completed an economic or social revitalization project, you could share in $110,000 being awarded by Dominion East Ohio for such projects. For more information regarding the grant and how you can apply, visit

Halloweeum at the Museum

On Saturday, October 17 from 6 to 8 pm, the Campus Martius Museum will host a fun-filled evening of Halloween inspired activities. Halloween music will set the stage for a haunted Appalachian Trail. Participants will make slime and decorate a pumpkin patch pal.  Activities are for children third grade and older.  Reservations are required by Friday, October 9. Call the museum at (740) 373-3750.

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About Callie J Lyons

Callie Lyons is an investigative journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. The Short, Fantastic Life of a Saloon Girl is Lyons' first published work of historical fiction.
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