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Morgan County

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THE NARRATIVE
If you were to drive through Morgan County, you would see an ebullient ambiance of family. You would see little kids running up to the Morgan County Historical Museum, and their parents taking pictures of them. You would see big groups of people hiking through Burr Oak State Park, or families swimming at Muskingum River State Park. You would see tall colorful trees, surrounding you and forming a glorious autumnal tunnel for you to drive through. You would drive on Township Highway 275, and see little ranch-style houses along the way, with antiques on the porches and pick-up trucks in the driveway. You could park, and anywhere you would be, you would be surrounded by a welcoming, tranquil atmosphere that is the promise for a great time.

Morgan County is a quiet, beautiful community filled with families and older-aged people. With over half the population being married, its serves as a relaxing, tight knit community of adults who enjoy the outdoors and living in a unique area of the state. Morgan County actually serves today as the 85th largest county in Ohio. Its county seat is McConnelsville.

When it comes to traveling around Morgan, there is a main public transit that works for the villages. The Morgan County Public Transit is owned and operated by the Morgan County Commissioners and is open to the general public. People are able to look up schedules and find the route that fits them best.

The county is filled with many different parks, lakes, and historical buildings; making it a great community for anyone to explore. Morgan County has many unique features about it that make it stand out against other surrounding counties. With 5 different covered bridges, and many architecturally significant buildings in the downtown area, it’s a very beautiful town for anyone to visit. Its population is roughly around 15,000 and houses the four villages; Chesterhill, Malta, McConnelsville, and Stockport.

Within all the villages of Morgan County, there is a multitude of outdoor activities that anyone or family would enjoy. It has many trails and parks around the area for everyone to enjoy including two different state parks, Burr Oak State Park and Muskingum River State Park, and Big Bottom State Memorial Park. This county also as a renowned historical society that includes many attractions to visit and experience including the Morgan County Historical Museum, the Evelyn True Button House, the Doll House, the Rock Hollow School, the Morgan County Dungeon, and the Carriage House.

Each village within Morgan County has their own forms of public works and programs that benefit that specific village. In the village of McConnelsville, the McConnelsville Street Department takes care of public sidewalks, buildings, streets; maintenance for each, and the repair of public vehicles and equipment. The department also aides in repairs, inspections, and replacement of all water and wastewater lines.

According to statistic taken from 2015, “21.4% of the population in Morgan County, OH (14, 558 people) live below the poverty line, which is higher than the national average of 14.7%. The largest group living in poverty is Female 18-24, followed by Female 25-34 and then Male 6-11,” (Data Usa, 2015). With the jobs that are held within the county, there are statistics done that show the most common, the most specialized, and the highest paid jobs made available. The most common jobs are Production; Administrative, and Construction & Extraction. For most specialized occupations, there is an unusually high number of residents working in Health Technicians; Construction &Extraction; and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair, which made those the most specialized for the area. As for the highest paid jobs for the area, the statistics had shown Education, Training, Library Business & Financial Operations; and Architecture &Engineering, with the income being 40k to 50k yearly (Data Usa, 2015).

Morgan County has many community centered programs that are also partnered with Washington County. The main program that benefits both counties immensely is the non-profit Community Action Program of Washington-Morgan Counties of Ohio. This program has served in helping people from both counties with services in education, family assistance, housing support, heating assistance, senior services, and so much more. The Community Action Program of Washington-Morgan Counties has done great work with families who are struggling financially as well. Within this program, there are multiple financial and emergency assistance programs, including housing nutritional advice and free food options for families in need.

INFORMATION QUALITY FOR MORGAN COUNTY
If anyone in the Morgan County area is wishing to find documents about the county, they can visit the County Recorder’s office within the Morgan County Courthouse. The County Recorder’s Office is the main location of all land records for Morgan County, also including reference indexes to these records. It is held to a standard, with requirements to maintain plat maps that will show the current ownership of every tract of land in the entire county for public inspection. If someone wished to gain copies of land records and/or plat maps, those are available for purchase in the office.

There is one main newspaper for the county, the Morgan County Herald. It serves as the main source, and highly rated publication for all villages in the area to obtain information about the community. People are able to find almost all information about the villages in the county through the paper, while also following the Twitter account that the publican has. It is consistently loading information about events happening along with any breaking news that they report. Within the county, there is also a series of T.V. and radio stations for the public to enjoy or get information from. Stations include; WHIZ-TV, 18 (UHF digital channel 40, Zanesville, Ohio) WEAK-FM, 106.7, (Low Power FM, Athens), WLCI-FM, 97.5 (Hocking College student radio, Nelsonville), WJAW, 100.9 (McConnelsville, Ohio), and many more.

Each village within Morgan County has their own forms of public works and programs that benefit that specific village. In the village of McConnelsville, the McConnelsville Street Department takes care of public sidewalks, buildings, streets; maintenance for each, and the repair of public vehicles and equipment. The department also aides in repairs, inspections, and replacement of all water and wastewater lines. When it comes to traveling around Morgan, there is the main public transit that works for the villages. The Morgan County Public Transit is owned and operated by the Morgan County Commissioners and is open to the general public. People are able to look up the schedules and find the route that fits them best.

The County has its own specific board of Commissioners that all work together to better the community instead of a mayor or one general leader. Each program within the county has a certain amount of people, one being a main representative, to work with the public on whatever project is at hand. Town meetings are held at the county courthouse and commissioners welcome all people in the community to come, say their piece, and get involved.
According to statistic taken from 2015, “21.4% of the population in Morgan County, OH (14, 558 people) live below the poverty line, which is higher than the national average of 14.7%. The largest group living in poverty is Female 18-24, followed by Female 25-34 and then Male 6-11,” (Data Usa, 2015). With the jobs that are held within the county, there are statistics done that show the most common, the most specialized, and the highest paid jobs made available. The most common jobs are Production; Administrative, and Construction & Extraction. For most specialized occupations, there is an unusually high number of residents working in Health Technicians; Construction &Extraction; and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair, which made those the most specialized for the area. As for the highest paid jobs for the area, the statistics had shown Education, Training, Library Business & Financial Operations; and Architecture &Engineering, with the income being 40k to 50k yearly (Data Usa, 2015).

Within Morgan County, there is a multitude of schools for parents to send their children to. The district has a mission statement that is “Every Child Every Day,” they describe that they are striving to meet the needs of every child within their schools both academically and emotionally. The district has a series of departments that are geared towards making every school run smoothly including a Child Nutrition center, Human Resources, Transportation, and a Technology department. Many of these departments are in control of making sure that every school has the technology and resources that every child is in need of for their education.


Morgan County has many community centered programs that are also partnered with Washington County. The main program that benefits both counties immensely is the non-profit Community Action Program of Washington-Morgan Counties of Ohio. This program has served in helping people from both counties with services in education, family assistance, housing support, heating assistance, senior services, and so much more. The Community Action Program of Washington-Morgan Counties has done great work with families who are struggling financially as well. Within this program, there are multiple financial and emergency assistance programs, including housing nutritional advice and free food options for families in need. There is also a series of libraries in many of the villages that are available for anyone in the public to attend and enjoy. The libraries host events for families and community members, encouraging everyone to get involved within the area as much as possible.

Overall, I think there is promise for Morgan County when it comes to their communication windows. I think they have a very good public system that connects everyone together, including the newspaper and current programs, but I do think that they need to focus on expanding their social media circuits. I think the community could expand even further if they work on their programs and county officials making more of a presence on social media. If they were to make more social media posts about their county, then more people would know about their accomplishments and what the county has to offer to everyone, therefore making a promise for the county to expand and grow more.

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