Bringing seasoning to the Season! It's an idea that has become the unique calling card of the Adams County Herb Guild whose members have added their Herbal Christmas Tree to the copious holiday trimmings that deck the halls of Shawnee Park Lodge in Scioto County. "Ours is the only tree in the lodge that features herbs," says Guild President, Pam Westfall.

A vigilant school-bus driver saw someone lying in a backyard Monday and alerted supervisors and authorities, and that led to a homicide investigation in Scioto County and a man charged in the death of his mother. Chad J. Phillips, 38, of West Portsmouth was arraigned on a murder charge in Portsmouth Municipal Court Tuesday morning for killing of his mother, 64-year-old Loretta Halcomb.

A mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder in connection with the death of the woman's 6-year-old son after, police say, she led police to the child's remains in Scioto County Sunday night. Portsmouth police haven't said how or when Tyler Joseph Caudill died or described any details about the nature of the discovery, which was made in the 1500 block of Mabert Road in Portsmouth.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader - with his office in the midst of the largest and most high-profile unsolved homicide investigation in the state - cruised to a landslide victory in his bid to keep his job Tuesday, beating Republican challenger Delbert Slusher with nearly 76 percent of the vote. The campaign had been a dogfight, one that had Slusher supporters - anonymously and with most claiming to be current and former law enforcement officers - circulating a free tabloid full of accusations of corruption and office mismanagement against Reader, 42, just a few weeks prior to the election.

Election Day Adams County voters will be asked to pass a county-wide levy benefitting the Adams, Lawrence, Scioto County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services . Funds generated by the levy will provide mental health and addiction treatment, crisis services, education and suicide prevention and awareness services through a network of local, community-based agencies.