Paint Valley ADAMH Board Seeks Levy Renewal On November Ballot

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Penny Dehner, CEO of the Paint Valley ADAMH Board is promoting a November 2nd Levy Renewal for one mill over ten years, that will maintain existing tax dollars coming in from the five-county area of Ross, Pike, Pickaway, Fayette and Highland counties.

“The levy dollars bring in actually more dollars for our board than what we received in federal and state funding. So, the levy is extremely important for us, that most people don’t know that we as an ADAMB Board are not allowed to provide direct services, so we contract with area agencies to cover those that have little or no insurance. We want to make sure that we break down the barriers so if thou are having a mental health issue or substance abuse issue, that you can reach out for help and the ADAMH Board is there to help pay for some of those costs for you.”

Dehner pointed out that while they do receive many grants from state and local government along with other agencies, those funds can not sustain the operation of the five-county board with out the taxpayer levy that is in place, for which they are seeking the removal.

Paint Valley ADAMH has served the area for the past half-century.

OHSAA Expands Football Playoffs To 16 Teams Per Region

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(COLUMBUS) – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors approved the 2021 football tournament regulations Thursday during its April Board meeting that included proposals from the OHSAA staff to increase the number of playoff qualifiers and change the format of the regional playoffs.

The number of playoff qualifiers will expand to 16 schools per region. In addition, the higher seeded team will host first and second round playoff games, instead of only the first round, before neutral sites are used beginning with the regional semifinals. In the first round, the No. 16 seed will play at the No. 1 seed, the No. 15 seed will play at the No. 2 seed, etc.

“Last fall we received overwhelmingly positive feedback when we allowed every team to enter the football playoffs due to the shortened season because of COVID-19,” said Doug Ute, OHSAA Executive Director. “We know there are some who want to keep the football postseason to a smaller number of schools, but the postseason tournament gives such a positive experience for our student-athletes, the schools and their communities that we felt strongly about giving that opportunity to more schools to make the playoffs. And football remains the only OHSAA sport in which not every team automatically qualifies for the postseason.”

The OHSAA is also exploring adding a strength of schedule component to the Harbin computer ratings, which are used to determine the playoff qualifiers. A strength of schedule component could be added in 2022. 

The site of the state championship games has not yet been determined, but the format will include one game Thursday, December 2, and two games each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 3-5. 

During the regional semifinals and regional finals at neutral sites, the higher seeded team will be the designated home team. The OHSAA then determines the sites and matchups for the state semifinals. 

The expansion will increase the number of football playoff qualifiers from 224 to 448. Last year there were 709 schools in Ohio that played 11-man football. Since 1999, eight schools in each region have qualified for the playoffs. In May 2020, the OHSAA announced that the football playoffs would expand to 12 teams per region in 2021 and the top four seeds in each region would have a first-round bye. Expanding to 16 schools per region does not add a week to the postseason since it was already now six weeks, it simply eliminates the byes.

During the first five rounds of the playoffs, Division I, II, III and IV schools will play on Friday nights, while Division V, VI and VII schools will play on Saturday nights. 

2021 OHSAA Football Playoff Schedule

October 29-30 – First Round at Higher Seeded Teams

November 5-6 – Regional Quarterfinals at Higher Seeded Teams

November 12-13 – Regional Semifinals at Neutral Sites

November 19-20 – Regional Finals at Neutral Sites

November 26-27 – State Semifinals at Neutral Sites

December 2-5 – State Championships, Site TBD, one game Thursday, two games each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The OHSAA football playoffs began in 1972 when only 12 schools qualified for the playoffs (four schools in each of three classes). Expansion first came in 1980 when the OHSAA changed to five divisions with eight teams each (40 total qualifiers). A sixth division was added in 1994 (96 total qualifiers) and the number of qualifiers was increased to eight schools per region in 1999 (192 total qualifiers). A seventh division was added in 2013 to bring the number of qualifiers to 224. 

As a reminder, in January the Board approved the general football regulations, which permit schools to fulfill two of the required five acclimatization days in July in advance of official practice beginning on Sunday, August 1. Two scrimmages are permitted between August 6-14, with either or both scrimmages permitted to be jamboree games.

The first Friday of the regular-season is August 20, and the regular-season will conclude on Saturday, October 23.

Recommendation Made For New Paint Valley Boys Basketball Coach

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A selection committee tasked with finding a new boys varsity basketball coach at Paint Valley High School has made their recommendation to the board of education, according to a member of the selection committee.

Former Adena High School and Ohio University-Chillicothe Coach Jason Smith has been recommended by the five-person committee, which included Paint Valley HS Principal Joe Holbert, Athletic Director Lew Ewry, Board of Education Member Dave Shoemaker and community members Casey McFadden and Randy Chrisman.

If hired by the Paint Valley Board of Education, Smith would replace Bob Williams, who is being non-renewed as the Bearcats coach. Williams led the Bearcats program over the last few seasons.

In five seasons as the Warriors coach, Smith from a one-win team his first year, to 12 and 16 wins in his final two seasons. That included trips to the district tournament his final season.

May Blood Drives Slated For Pickaway & Fayette Counties

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(Below are the blood drives that are open to the public in May for Pickaway County)

  • Pickaway County District Library – Koch Meeting Room

Tuesday May 4th                 

12:00pm-6:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: CirclevilleLibrary

  • OhioHealth Berger Hospital – Drive will be held at the Trinity Lutheran located at 135 East Mound Street

Wednesday May 5th              

8:30am-1:30pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS, or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: BergerHospital

  • AMVETS Post 2256 – Circleville

Sunday May 9th              

12:00pm-5:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: AmvetsPost2256

  • Trinity Lutheran Church – Noecher Hall

Wednesday March 19th                

10:00am-4:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: TLC

  • AMVETS Post 2256 – Circleville

$10 Walmart Gift Cards For ALL Donors, while supplies last

Saturday May 22nd              

12:00pm-6:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: AmvetsPost2256

  • St. Joseph Catholic Church – Parish Center

Friday May 28th              

2:00pm-7:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: StJosephCatholic

(Fayette County Blood Drives)

  • Fayette County Community– Crossroads Christian Church

Monday May 10th           

1pm-7pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: FayetteCounty

2021 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Now Available

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(COLUMBUS) – The northern cardinal was adopted by the Ohio General Assembly as the state bird in 1933 and has been revered for its beauty and melodic songs for generations. Easily identifiable, the cardinal is one of Ohio’s most iconic species. All Ohioans and supporters of wildlife conservation can celebrate this colorful bird by purchasing the 12th annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

“We are thrilled to feature the beautiful northern cardinal on this year’s Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “The stamp and this amazing photo will promote wildlife diversity in Ohio. Purchasing a legacy stamp gives all Ohioans a chance to directly contribute to the future of wildlife. A stamp makes a fun gift for birders and other conservation supporters and comes with the added benefit of a 25% discount at Ohio state park lodges.”

The Ohio Legacy Stamp can be purchased online through Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System and at any location that sells hunting and fishing licenses. A mail-in form is also available at wildohio.gov. Stamps will be mailed in approximately four to six weeks after purchase.

A male cardinal’s bright red plumage and crested head give it a unique look among native Ohio birds. A female cardinal has a red tail and wings, with softer red and brown body feathers to provide camouflage during spring nesting. The cardinal is also well known for its enduring song, which is an early sign of spring.

The winning cardinal photo for the 12th annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp was submitted by Deborah Morrison of Bowerston in Harrison County. The contest was judged during the virtual Wildlife Diversity Partners Conference in August 2020. The photos were judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, and overall impact. The contest was open to Buckeye State residents.

Fourteen dollars of every $15 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp sold are invested in the state’s Wildlife Diversity Fund. This fund supports habitat restoration, wildlife and habitat research projects, creation of free wildlife educational materials, as well as efforts to restore and conserve endangered and threatened species, such as the lake sturgeon, Karner blue butterfly, Indiana bat, and hellbender.

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.

Governor Talks Vaccinations, Unemployment Benefits and Law Enforcement In Press Conference

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

VACCINATIONS AND VIRUS SPREAD

As of today, 38 percent of Ohioans have received at least one coronavirus vaccination shot. Although cases have plateaued, virus variants are more contagious among those who have not been vaccinated.

“Just because the numbers are getting better and more people are getting vaccinated, the virus is now more dangerous than it was a few months ago for those who haven’t been vaccinated,” said Governor DeWine. 

“Unvaccinated Ohioans lack the same protection against this virus as those who are vaccinated,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer at the Ohio Department of Health. “The virus is now in more contagious forms that put younger people at much greater risk, including the risk of ending up in the hospital. Essentially, the new variants have evolved to stick much more easily to our cells, so it takes less of the virus and less exposure to make one sick.  Add to that the fact that more older Ohioans have been vaccinated, and it adds up to mean that if you’re young and unvaccinated, what may not have been much of a concern to you this fall should be a concern now.” 

Dr. Vanderhoff also warned that Ohioans should not count on herd immunity until more people are vaccinated. 

The vaccine is now more widely available and there is no shortage. Ohioans can visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to look for open appointments or call 833-4-ASK-ODH to book an appointment over the phone. Ohio’s mass vaccination clinic at the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland is also now booking appointments for next week. First doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered. Appointments for the mass vaccination clinic can be booked via the aforementioned methods.

UNEMPLOYEMENT SYSTEM UPDATES

In an effort to continually improve Ohioans’ experiences with the Ohio Unemployment Office, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Interim Director Matt Damschroder shared several action updates.

The ODJFS team has been working with the Public-Private Partnership (P3 Team) to make improvements to the call center, which now has an average call handle time of less than 10 minutes (the lowest since the pandemic started). There is also real progress on the claims backlog.  In addition, new tools have been implemented to enhance fraud detection including additional identity verification requirements and new IT measures, such as Experian and LexisNexis technology, to verify the identity of unemployment applications.

LAW ENFORCEMENT REFORM EFFORTS

Today, Governor DeWine outlined law enforcement reform efforts made in the past year, efforts that are pending, and efforts that will be announced in the near future. 

“As we go forward as a nation, we must learn from the tragic death of George Floyd,” said Governor DeWine. “His death laid bare some of our deep divisions in this country.  My goal and my job every day is to do what I can do to unite people, to show them what they have in common.”

Governor DeWine took several executive actions regarding law enforcement reform last year, including:

  • On June 17, 2020, Governor DeWine ordered every cabinet agency to review use-of-force policies and ban the use of choke holds unless deadly force would be otherwise authorized.
  • Governor DeWine ordered the Ohio State Highway Patrol to begin outfitting troopers with body cameras in addition to dash cameras. The purchase of these body cameras is underway.
  • Governor DeWine established the Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment within the Office of Criminal Justice Services.
  • Governor DeWine ordered the Ohio Community Police Collaborative to develop a standard for law enforcement’s response to mass protests. That standard has been adopted. 

In his proposed budget that is now before the Ohio General Assembly, Governor DeWine recommended: 

  • $10 million in grant money to assist local police agencies to buy body cameras.
  • $1 million in grant funding to support local police agencies’ innovative initiatives to recruit women and minorities into law enforcement careers.

Governor DeWine also announced today that legislation will soon be introduced by State Representative Phil Plummer that will increase accountability and transparency in law enforcement. 

The bill is expected to:

  • Establish a peace officer oversight board similar to oversight boards in other professions
  • Establish a use-of-force database
  • Establish an officer-discipline database
  • Require the independent investigation of officer-involved critical incidents 
  • Establish an independent, sustainable funding source for law enforcement training in Ohio

Many of these proposals were recommended by Governor DeWine and Attorney General  Dave Yost in June. 

The forthcoming bill was developed with the help of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office; veteran law enforcement officers; organizations, including the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association; and in consultation with civil rights leaders and activists. 

STATEWIDE LITTER CAMPAIGN

Governor DeWine announced a new statewide litter campaign that will be led by the Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and Ohio Department of Transportation. The campaign will prioritize and educate Ohioans on how a little litter contributes to the bigger, statewide problem. Part of the campaign will include various events held by the agencies and engagement with partner organizations, including a spring litter summit.

Additional information about the campaign is forthcoming. A little litter is a big problemCASE DATA/VACCINE INFORMATION
In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio: coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ohio’s central scheduling system: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ohio mass vaccination information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/massvaccinationclinics

All vaccine providers: vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov

More vaccine information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.