Three people who have had an impact on Vinton County and its citizens have passed away recently, in former McArthur Council member Clarence “Beanie” Ward; former Prosecutor’s Office employee Alyce Seitz; and Jackson resident Louise Grillo, the mother of Probate-Juvenile Judge N. Robert (Bob) Grillo. 

Ward served on the McArthur Village Council for many years. He owned several businesses and was a veteran and member of the McArthur Eagles and other groups. He died at age 84. I remember Beanie as a professional gentleman who always wanted the best for McArthur and Vinton County. Serving in small-town government is always a task, but Ward was one of those people who made his hometown better because he cared about it and had a good business skill set. Making an impact starts with caring. 

Judge Bob Grillo paid tribute to the contributions Ward made.

 "I had the honor of being McArthur Solicitor for several years when Beanie Ward served on the Council," said Grillo. “He was a wonderful man who loved McArthur and worked tirelessly in always trying to improve it." 

Alyce Seitz worked in the Prosecutor’s Office for 30 years and was there working for former Prosecutor David Kessler when I came to McArthur in 1994. Mr. Kessler’s wife, Deannie, was working with me at The Vinton County Courier then. She was one of those people who helped me get on track early on and I thank her. I have known her daughter, Kathy Cecil, for a long time and appreciate their friendship.

Alyce passed away at the age of 87. Judge Grillo also worked with her and appreciated her professionalism.

“When I was a young attorney, Alyce was wonderful mentoring and helping me navigate the court system while she worked with Prosecutor David Kessler,” said Grillo. “Additionally, her wonderful daughter Kathy Cecil has worked for me for over 18 years.”

As for Mrs. Louise Grillo, she may not have lived in the county but made an impact on it through her family. Her son, Probate-Juvenile Judge Bob; and her grandson, Andy, an attorney who had a practice in McArthur and now has one in Athens; her daughter-in-law Penny; and her granddaughter Katie, are all respected by local citizens. 

Louise would watch grandson Andy play on the Viking teams as well as granddaughter, Katie. She came to Jackson from Akron when she was 36 and was active in several organizations there and was a big Cleveland Indians fan. 

Bob told The Telegram recently of how his passion for education came from his parents, Louise and Newt. Louise loved her garden and certainly had a lot of friends. She died earlier this year at 91 years of age. We at Total Media tip our hat to these citizens who loved and helped to make Vinton County a better place.


 It is post-season basketball time and it has been quite a year for the Lady Vikings. The team has racked up a 20-1 record and also it was the year in which Morgan Bentley broke Erica Hayes Zinn’s all-time scoring record. It was a record the Vinton County High School (VCHS) Athletic of Hall of Famer and NAIA All-American set 26 years ago. The post-season is also a special time this year as hopefully a format change will allow the Lady Vikings up to three extra home games. Vinton County is working for its first district title. Coach Rod Bentley is in his seventh year at the helm and has done a fine job. The tournament can be followed on WYRO (98.7 FM) and the Total Media Radio App. Download it today from the Google Play or Apple Store.


It appears the snow amounts varied over the county on Tuesday morning, Feb. 9th. I heard some parts of the county got five inches and the amount grew the farther north toward Columbus a person got. The snow has been more widespread this year which is a little unusual. Please be safe on the highway.


Just some tidbits… We are still waiting to see when the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office will be moving and if any other agencies will be as well. Also, we will be doing an update on the high school musical that is being planned at VCHS. Stay warm this winter!