Rural King to open in September

The Village of New Boston is excited to announce that the former K-Mart building will not sit empty much longer as Rural King plans opening for September. Rural King will also be bringing approximately 80 jobs into the area.

rural-king-1The former Kmart building will sit dark and vacant no more as Rural King plans opening for September.

“We are excited and thankful for the Rural King family for their investment in our community and the economic impact these jobs are going to have for New Boston and Scioto County,” New Boston Mayor William Williams stated. “I have had conversations with the owner of the building, as well as architects and the general contractor about the possibility of Rural King looking to locate in New Boston since mid-April and only recently, after talking to the management team and district manager, received official word of the opening. It certainly was good news that they may occupy the building so soon after the closing of K-Mart.”

In addition to announcing the opening, Rural King has already started the hiring process, holding open interviews all last week.

“The Village hosted a job fair by the Rural King management team at the New Boston Community Center. Hundreds of applicants have applied thus far,” Williams added. “I have seen a tremendous response from the community for the much needed jobs. We have a great workforce here in Scioto County, and I am certain that they will be able to assemble a professional working team for their business.”

Renovation drawings have been submitted and the remodeling has begun on the Rural King building.

“Our Building Department looks forward to working with the architects and contractors to facilitate a smooth transition during this renovation stage,” Williams commented.

Rural King is known as “America’s farm and home store” and is similar to combination of Tractor Supply, Lowe’s and Walmart all under one roof.

Rural King offers farming needs, rugged wear, groceries, lawn and garden, automotive, housewares, toys and even baby chicks and bunnies.

For more information about Rural King or to shop online, visit

Fetty’s dream – a reality

New Boston Village Councilman Dan Fetty totes around a big plastic box loaded with more papers than you would probably ever want to read, but the dreams in all that paperwork came to fruition last week when the village dedicated the New Boston tennis courts. All his applications for grants, letters to officials, and material used to learn about the world of grants has paid off. The project was near and dear to Dan Fetty’s heart.



“I played tennis years and years and years ago at the Sciotoville Tennis League. Matter of fact, we were a part of a group that established the Sciotoville Tennis League,” Fetty said. “Then, as we moved on, my son and my daughter, Rodney and Rachel, played tennis in New Boston Schools.

The New Boston tennis courts began to fall deeply into disrepair, and eventually basically wore away until they were no longer playable and closed in April 2012. That just wouldn’t do for Dan Fetty.

“Mr. (Steve) Hamilton said they were going to be closed and there was no money to fix them,” Fetty said. “It was at that time – it’s kind of an emotional time for me – but I said, ‘we have to have tennis courts especially because my kids played there, we have our schools which need the tennis courts, and I’ll make the commitment to find the money to fix these tennis courts.’”

That’s precisely what he did.

“Little did I know what I was getting into,” Fetty said.

Baby steps were in order. The first thing Fetty had to do was find out how you go about getting funding for a project. He was told he needed to form a committee but considered that too cumbersome.

“I said, we know what we want. We know what we’re going to do, let’s go forward,” Fetty said. He began to hunt down grant money. He contacted the office of Senator Sherrod Brown, who sent him information on a Department of Real Estate Nature Works Grant, but found it was not available until 2015, so he applied for several other grants in the county.

“The Scioto Foundation gave us a grant of $10,000 which was our first big boost to get us going,” Fetty said. “Then I realized I was going to need more money, so I, in turn, started sending letters out to various businesses, individuals, and alumni in the county and across the country and overseas.”

Fetty said some responded with no money, and others responded with donations like $100, $25 and he counted every dollar toward the project. Meanwhile, the project took the form of a plan. They then talked to various asphalt companies, and, as a result, had a company put a coating of Petrotac over the existing surface to cover the cracks. They then added two inches of asphalt.

They had their estimate, $102,000, and contacted Tennis Technologies in Louisville, Kentucky. Fetty and others commenced to tear the tennis courts out, and village employees took the net posts and the old fencing out. The asphalt crumbled as they worked. At that point, they had to re-do their game plan.

“What we ended up with was totally new tennis courts,” Fetty said ‘We had new fencing put up.” They went from the old chain link fencing to black vinyl-coated fencing.”

In May 2015, Fetty and Hamilton got together on the Ohio Department of Real Estate Nature Works grant and got the notification that they would be receiving the Scioto County portion — $67,165.

“It was 35 pages long,” Fetty said. “I had never done anything like that.” The paperwork paid off.”

He said most of what was done was done with local money, local businesses, and local people making donations.

On Tuesday, the SOC I Tennis Tournament was being held in New Boston — on the very courts that Fetty worked so hard to bring back to life.

Fetty becomes emotional when he thinks of how all the hard work has resulted in beautiful new tennis courts in the Village of new Boston.

“I want to especially thank the Village of New Boston, New Boston Local Schools, the Scioto Foundation, the businesses, individuals and alumni who made a donation toward replacement of the courts,” Fetty said. “To me, it displayed a group of people who love and support their community, and thanks to all the contractors who helped make this project a reality.”

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.

Autism Project walks towards goal

Thunderstorms could not stop Saturday’s 15th Annual Autism Walk held at Milbrook Park in New Boston. Autism Project of Southern Ohio President Mike Bell explained that when he first arrived Saturday morning, storms had blown through the night and pretty much destroyed everything. However, a determined group of volunteers made sure guests would have never known there was an issue, saving the day and saving what turned into a busy event.

“Today has been fantastic. It started out a little slow because of the weather,” Bell stated. “It turned out to be a beautiful day. Many people came out and supported the Autism Project.”

Proclamation by New Boston Mayor William Williams, Jr. proclaiming April 29 as Autism Day in New Boston presented to Mike Bell, President of Autism Project of Southern Ohio, Kim Copas, Vice-President, and New Boston Councilman Mike Payton who is the President of the Governing Board for the Autism Project of Southern Ohio. The presentation was made at the annual Autism Walk held April 29 at Millbrook Park in New Boston.

Bell explained that throughout the day, somewhere between 500-700 joined in for the festivities.

Activities included a poker walk, live music, inflatables, auctions, games, Autism information and a variety of vendors.

“It has grown,” Bell confirmed, saying that each year people seem to really enjoy the auction, but this year more people got involved.

All money raised from the event goes back into the community by providing services to autistic individuals and their families. Though the total is still be tallied, the Autism Project had $1,000 donations from Aarons, of New Boston and the Ernie West AMVETS Post 95/Post 95 Ladies Auxiliary, of Greenup, Kentucky.

Such funding will help the Autism Project be able to offer additional services to the Autistic community by allowing them to expand upon their current operations.

“Our goal before the end of the year is to open an autism service center here in Scioto County,” Bell commented. “We want to get a building, we want to be able to join in with the Adult Autism Cooperative Organization and we want to supply services such as job training, life skills — maybe they need to learn how to do their laundry. We want to have a garden, where they grow their own stuff and take it to the Farmers Market and the learn the trade of making money. The main objective at the end is being able to help them become more self-sufficient.”


A crowd gathers, despite a little mud, for the annual Autism auction, held Saturday in connection with the 15th Annual Walk for Autism.

Bell explained that people with Autism have difficulties with social skills. As a result, the Autism Project focuses on taking these individuals out to the movies or to community events where they can become engaged in community activities, develop a unity with their community and work on those social skills. Additionally, the Autism Project brings in guest speakers that help education parents, families and even schools. They assist individuals with autism by doing things such as going in front of the Social Security Administration with them, putting funding into developmentally handicap classrooms in local schools and providing college scholarships. Last year, the Autism Project gave out seven college scholarships for $700 each.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.