Southeast District Athletic Board Girls Basketball Tourney Brackets

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Many area schools play others from the Central District. The brackets for the Central District teams can be found below the Southeast District brackets.

Girls basketball teams in the Southeast District are learning of their tournament seeds and bracket assignments Sunday, January 31st.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the limited seating requirements at each game site, the Southeast District Athletic Board will be going with a format that has the higher seeded teams hosting games for the sectionals and district semis. The district finals will see neutral sites to host the games.

The same format will also apply to the boys tournaments with their brackets being released February 7th.

No local teams were voted top seeds. Vinton County and Circleville were the highest seeded teams in our immediate area at #2 and #3 respectively. SVC champion Adena was seeded 7th.

Here is a link to the Southeast District Athletic Board website, which allows you to go to the division you want to see. The brackets are scheduled to be uploaded by the district at 3:30pm, January 31st.

GIRLS D2 SOUTHEAST DISTRICT BRACKET

GIRLS D3 SOUTHEAST DISTRICT BRACKET

GIRLS D4 SOUTHEAST DISTRICT BRACKET

GIRLS CENTRAL DISTRICT BRACKETS

Pike County Native Recounts His Days with Broadcast Legend Larry King

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Latham, Ohio native Tim Scowden has made a career producing television shows. From Los Angeles to New York, Scowden’s made his mark with ABC, CBS and FOX and infotainment magazine show “Hard Copy”.

He was also the Senior Producer of CNN’s “Larry King Live” for five years. King, the long-time radio and TV talk show host, passed away January 23rd. READ LARRY KNIG’S OBITUARY HERE

Litter Media’s Dan and Mike interviewed Scowden about ten years ago on their long running radio show. With the passing of King, the two reached out to him to recount his time working for the broadcast legend.

Scowden shared stories that related to the humorous, professional and personal side of the former late night talk show giant. “He was just a good guy” Scowden recalled “and the stories he had were pretty phenomenal. And they weren’t like meeting the Queen or King or something like that. It was the simple stuff, stories from his past.”

Scowden described King as a very generous person with both his time and resources and was good to share both with his colleagues on the show.

“During the Obama Inauguration, at the last minute, the show decided to send a production assistant with Larry” said Scowden. The assistant quickly through a bag together to join King on his private jet to head to Washington DC. Once they landed, King noticed the assistant was ill prepared without a coat to fend off the mid-January weather. “At the end of the day, Brad went back to his hotel room and at the front desk they handed him a package” said Scowden. “It was from a local high-end department store. And it was this expensive winter down jacket, from Larry to Brad.”

King was known worldwide, something Scowden discovered when traveling outside of the U.S. “For the five years I worked for Larry King, any vacation I took, anywhere in the world, they knew Larry King. In every hotel lobby, you would see CNN International on. He was a global celebrity.”

King’s interviewing style appealed to many celebrities. Scowden said when the newsmakers of the day wanted to take their stories to the world, they always came to Larry King who conducted interviews with an estimated 50,000 guests during his career.

Watch Dan & Mike’s interview with Pike County native Tim Scowden.
An autographed photo Larry King signed for Dan & Mike when they had interviewed Tim Scowden on their radio show in 2004. Photo by Gregory Heisler for CNN

FFA Sausage Breakfast is February 5th at Zane Trace HS

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See the Litter Media report on the 40th annual Zane Trace FFA Breakfast from February of 2018.
Zane Trace FFA Advisor Jennifer Johnston during a 2018 interview with Litter Media.

The Zane Trace Chapter of the Future Farmers of America will conduct their annual Sausage Breakfast on Friday February 5th. The event will run from 5am to 9am in the Zane Trace High School Cafeteria.

The Litter Media Cameras were at the 40th annual breakfast in February of 2018. “This involves every single class that we teach” Jennifer Johnston, Advisor for the FFA Chapter told Litter Media.

Johnston says the students go through the elementary elements of communication and teaching about being advocates for agriculture . In addition they’re taught about public relations and communication with the students about spreading the word about the breakfast.

Then there’s making the of the product.

“When it comes to actually making the sausage, that’s incorporating a lot of our animal science” said Johnston. “We talk about nutrition. We talk about the fact that pigs need to be a certain weight before the process. We go through the whole entire steps of processing the pig from carcass to plate basically. And the students participate in that through the guidance of some adults in the community that have a lot of experience in this area.”

The serving staff is made of Junior Class members while the kitchen staff is primarily members of the Senior Class.

Robert Riley, a Senior at the time of our interview explained the week of preparation for the breakfast. “Tuesday evening from 2:30pm to nine, we took twenty half-pigs, so ten pigs total, and basically from scratch cut them up, grinded them, put them into the sausage links” said Riley. “We were here Tuesday, Wednesday and this morning. We put in a lot of man hours, but it’s really been a cool experience for everybody.”

As for the 2021 breakfast on February 5th, due to the restrictions created by the pandemic, limited dine-in service will be offered. However, carry-out and drive-thru service will be available.

Suggested donation for the sausage and pancake breakfast is $5, with proceeds being donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Members of the Junior Class prepare carry out containers from the buffet during the 2018 ZT FFA Breakfast.
Members of the ZT FFA Senior Class preparing pancakes during the 2018 Sausage Breakfast.

Governor DeWine Expands Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today signed Executive Order
2021-02D to enhance Ohio’s work to respond to and prevent human trafficking.

The order expands the Ohio Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force to include five additional state agencies that will assist the task force in pursuing new, strategic, and comprehensive strategies to combat human trafficking. 

The new task force agencies include: 

  • Ohio Department of Commerce­­­
  • Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • State Medical Board of Ohio

“Ohio’s Human Trafficking Task Force has worked aggressively to implement lasting and effective strategies to identify and serve victims through our state systems,” said Governor DeWine. “The expansion of the task force will strengthen Ohio’s coordinated state-level response to human trafficking to ensure that survivors have access to services and that traffickers are brought to justice.”

The new order also directs the task force to collaborate with the administration’s Children’s Initiative and RecoveryOhio Initiative and instructs the task force to establish updated priorities and to evaluate current policies to identify gaps and solutions.

In carrying out these activities, the task force will continue to focus on identifying sex and labor trafficking and on building capacity of state systems to serve survivors inclusive of men, women, and children, both foreign and domestic.

The task force, established in 2012, is a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services.

“I appreciate Governor DeWine’s strong commitment to the fight against human trafficking,” said Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Sophia Papadimos. “While commendable progress has been made since 2012, gaps in our systems still exist and the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force will remain vigilant to advance the work of justice for survivors of human trafficking.”

Other state agencies represented on the task force include the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Medicaid, Ohio Department of Youth Services, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Department of Health, and Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board.

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, help is available by calling 888-373-7888 or by texting INFO or HELP to 233733.

Ross Soil & Water Conservation District Opens Tree Seedling Sale

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The Ross Soil & Water Conservation District has announced the opening of their 2021 Tree Seedling Sale.

The mail-in order deadline is March 12th with the online order deadline being March 26th, while supplies last. Pick up day will be Wednesday, March 31st from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Ross County Service Center at 475 Western Avenue in Chillicothe.

Tree species include White Pine, White Oak, Chestnut Oak, Black Walnut, American Plum, Black Cherry and Flowering Dogwood. The list of items also include a Tubex Tree Shelter (includes wooden stake) and Wildflower Seed Mix (1,000 square feet Pollinator Mix w/Milkweed).

You can also learn more about the seedling sale on their website www.rosscountyswcd.orghttps

For more information, call (740) 772-4110/Extension 116 or email admin@rosscountyswcd.org

COVID-19 Update: K-12 Staff Vaccinations, Pandemic Impacts on K-12 Kids

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

K-12 STAFF VACCINATIONS

Every public school district in the state – except for one – has agreed to resume in-person schooling by March 1 which was a requirement for staff to have early access to the vaccine.

K-12 schools whose staff can be vaccinated next week have been notified. All other schools will be contacted tomorrow with information on when their K-12 staff will be permitted to receive a vaccine. 

More details on Ohio’s K-12 vaccination process will also be released on Friday. The plan ensures that the maximum number of people can be vaccinated in the shortest amount of time. The plan also makes the process as simple as possible for staff to be vaccinated and is organized to allow most K-12 staff in a county to be vaccinated within seven days of their assigned vaccination start date. 

PANDEMIC IMPACTS ON K-12 STUDENTS

Ohio has prioritized getting K-12 students back in schools by March 1 because many adolescents’ social-emotional and mental well-being has been impacted by the pandemic.

“We know some of our students have not been in the classroom in months – it’s taking its toll,” said Governor DeWine. “For some, remote learning works, for others, it doesn’t. We are in danger of too many kids struggling for too long if they don’t get back to school in person.”

“School is community for our youth,” said Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Lori Criss. “It benefits kids so much more than academic content. It’s the social and emotional connections that kids feel with friends, classmates, extra-curriculars, teachers, and more.”

According to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the change of routine and the constant uncertainty of the pandemic produces anxiety, and the disconnection from learning, emotional, and social supports can lead to depression. In addition, missed significant life events like graduations, proms, art performances, science competitions, sports, and more can result in grief.

Families and friends should reach out for help if a young person is:

  • talking about feeling hopeless;
  • worrying about being a burden;
  • feeling like there’s no reason to live;
  • using drugs, alcohol or engaging in other risky behaviors;
  • struggling with school;
  • disconnecting from family and friends.

Trained counselors with Ohio’s CareLine are available 24/7 at 1-800-720-9616.  They can help with a crisis, provide guidance, and connect callers to help in the community.

Ohio Careline

OHIO PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY SYSTEM: 

This week’s Ohio Public Health Advisory System map shows little change. Hamilton County is no longer listed as a Level 4 (Purple) Public Emergency, but the rest of the state remains the same as last week. A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19 in all of Ohio’s 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s website.

Public Advisory System Map

CURRENT CASE DATA

In total, there are 883,716 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 11,006 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 45,786 people have been hospitalized throughout the pandemic, including 6,644 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ross County Health District Moves Vaccination Clinic to Ohio University – Chillicothe Shoemaker Center

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The Ross County Health District is moving the vaccination clinic for second and first doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine to Ohio University – Chillicothe’s Shoemaker Center. This clinic is by appointment only.

Shoemaker Center allows the health district to have multiple vaccination stations and a designated socially distanced observation area for after the vaccine has been administered. This space will be beneficial once they start to vaccinate the general population and when more vaccine is available to the county.

The health district is currently able to schedule those in the 75 and older age group. Those in Ross County who are 70 and older will be able to receive vaccine starting week of February 1st, 2021.

Ohioans 65 years of age and older will be able to receive vaccine starting the week of February 8, 2021.

Just because a new age group begins does not mean that the previous age group is vaccinated. There are more providers in the area that community members can contact to schedule an appointment such as Adena, Kroger Pharmacy, Allen’s Pharmacy and Hopewell Health Centers.

RCHD is working through a prioritized registration list and contacting individuals to schedule their appointment with RCHD. If you receive an appointment through us that means we will have vaccine available when you come in to the clinic. Employees of K-12 schools will receive information on the vaccine and registration from their school administrators.

The number of vaccinations RCHD can administer depends heavily on the amount of vaccine received by the state. Please email the health district at information@ rosscountyhealth.org if you have any questions.

Fayette Memorial Hospital Board Votes To Join Adena Health

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In a unanimous vote, the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees adopted a motion to move forward with a plan for Adena Health System to acquire the 25-bed critical access hospital.

“Our board felt so strongly that Adena Health System was the right fit for this community and for this hospital that we reengaged both Adena and the County Commissioners a few months ago to see if we could reach an agreement for Adena to acquire our facility,” said FCMH Board of Trustees President Brian Ream.

“As a board, we believed it was in the best interest of the hospital to find a partner that could strengthen our operational foundation while protecting the delivery of high quality care in our community and ensuring ongoing work for our employees,” said Ream. “Adena has demonstrated their dedication to Fayette County and FCMH for several years through our clinical affiliation agreement. It seems only natural that acquisition and full membership in the Adena Health System would be the next step.”

Pending agreement of Fayette County Commissioners and Adena Health System Board of Trustees, Adena would begin a management agreement of FCMH operations on February 15, with targeted completion of the transaction April 1st, making Adena Fayette Medical Center the fourth hospital in its system.

Health Order Signed Reducing Curfew by One Hour

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed a health order pushing back the statewide curfew one hour, changing the start time of the curfew to 11 p.m.  The new hours begin January 28, 2021 at 12:01 p.m. and lasts through February 11, 2021, at 12:01 p.m.  The change is being made because Ohio hospitalizations for COVID-19 have remained below 3500 for seven consecutive days.

Specifications in this order include:

  • Individuals within the state must stay at a place of residence during the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. except for obtaining necessary food, medical care, or social services or providing care for others.
    • This order doesn’t apply to those that are homeless. Individuals whose residences are unsafe or become unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, are encouraged to leave their homes and stay at a safe, alternative location.
    • The order does not apply to religious observances and First Amendment protected speech including activity by the media.
  • The order permits travel into or out of the state and permits travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children according to a custody agreement, or to obtain fuel.

Individuals are permitted to leave a place of residence during the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. for the following essential activities:

  • Engaging in activities essential to their health and safety or the health and safety of those in their households or people who are unable to or should not leave their homes, including pets. Activities can include but are not limited to seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional including hospitals, emergency departments, urgent care clinics, and pharmacies.
  • To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or members of their household who are unable or should not leave their home, to deliver those services or supplies to others. Examples of those include but are not limited to, obtaining groceries and food. Food and beverages may be obtained only for consumption off-premises, through such means as delivery, drive-through, curbside pickup and carryout.
  • To obtain necessary social services.
  • To go to work, including volunteer work.
  • To take care of or transport a family member, friend, or pet in their household or another household.
  • To perform or obtain government services.

Ohio Funeral Directors, Workers Urgently Seek Immediate Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

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Today, the Ohio Funeral Directors Association (OFDA) strongly urged Governor DeWine and leaders in his administration to ensure Ohio’s funeral directors and their employees to be given immediate access to the COVID-19 vaccine. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) and CDC’s Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) both recommended that death care workers be placed into Phase 1a for vaccine allocation.

According to an October 2, 2020 publication by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), “morticians, funeral home workers, and other death care professionals involved in handling bodies” were to be included in the highest-priority Phase 1A Population of High-Risk Health Workers, along with healthcare clinicians and staff and first responders.

The following statement can be attributed to OFDA executive director Melissa Sullivan:

“We appreciate and acknowledge the leadership of Governor Mike DeWine and his administration in dealing with this devastating pandemic. We recognize that physicians, nurses, long term care residents and staff deserve first priority in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. However, when retrieving those who died as a result of the coronavirus from our hospitals and nursing homes, these men and women in the death care industry are also on the front line of this pandemic. They are putting themselves in harm’s way daily.

Although some protection is provided through PPE, exposure continues as they prepare bodies for disposition, console surviving family members, and greet those attending services. Unlike most other public gatherings, Ohio placed no limits on attendance at funerals forcing funeral home personnel to deal with large numbers of attendees, some of which do not comply with masking or social distancing requirements.

While funeral directors do comply with CDC guidelines and state orders, the potential for being a hub for the spread of this virus is genuinely concerning. Just as has been done in every other state surrounding Ohio, and 38 states in total, we strongly urge the Governor to correct this oversight as soon as possible and amend Phase 1B to include funeral directors, embalmers, and their staff for immediate vaccine distribution.”