Southeastern Ohio is one of only four rural areas in the country to be awarded federal grants to implement innovative approaches to ending youth homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced recently. Local homeless agencies in Athens, Vinton, Meigs, Jackson, and Gallia counties will be eligible for a portion of HUD's $2.2 million Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program grant to help address a problem that is largely out of view in rural parts of the state.

A southeastern Ohio logger has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing more than $2 million in timber from land owned by an elderly Grove City resident. Vinton County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Simmons also ordered Mark Betts, the owner of Betts Logging, to pay $2,025,088 in restitution, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a news release.