CDC Relaxes Mask Guidelines For Vaccinated People When Outdoors

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(Atlanta) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased guidelines on the wearing of masks outdoors for people fully vaccinated, stating further that “Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers.”

And those who are unvaccinated can go outside without masks in some cases, too.

The CDC had been advising Americans to wear masks outdoors if they are within 6 feet of each other.

More than half of U.S. adults have gotten at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and more than a third have been fully vaccinated.

The CDC says that fully vaccinated or not, people do not have to wear masks outdoors when they walk, bike or run alone or with members of their household. They can also go without a mask in small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people.

The CDC says as those who have yet to receive both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson formula — should wear masks at outdoor gatherings that include other unvaccinated people. They also should keep using masks at outdoor restaurants.

Fully vaccinated people do not need to cover up in those situations, the CDC says.

However, everyone should keep wearing masks at crowded outdoor events such as concerts or sporting events, the CDC says.

And the agency continues to recommend masks at indoor public places, such as hair salons, restaurants, shopping centers, museums and movie theaters.

In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine announced in his Tuesday press conference that; “Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to quarantine if they come into contact with positive tested COVID-19 individuals.”

Virtual Regional Development Conference Set For Ohio University in Mid May

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(ATHENS) – The ninth annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference will gather public officials, economic development experts, and business and organizational leaders virtually May 11 to May 13 to foster collaboration and share innovation in Appalachian Ohio. 

Sponsored by Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Economic Development Administration University Center, the conference will focus on infrastructure-related topics, particularly transportation, site development, workforce innovations, clean water initiatives and broadband development in the region. Sessions will take place between noon and 2 p.m. each day. 

“The past year has highlighted how important it is for regional partners to work together and share information vital to develop projects and improve communities,” said Gina Collinsworth, public information coordinator at the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission. “Our region quickly adapted and still continues to make headway, thanks in part to the resiliency and trust built on regularly coming together to partner on issues.”

The conference will feature more than 20 speakers from the Appalachian Drinking Water Initiative, Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP), Meigs Industrial Park, Muskingum County Industrial Business Park, Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio Means Jobs, Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program, the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, and Youngstown SMART2 Network from the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, among others. 

“The local development districts and economic development partners are the boots on the ground for the region,” Collinsworth said. “When we come together to coordinate on projects, we are utilizing resources for the biggest impact and learning how to leverage influence to benefit the most.”  

The Voinovich School drew on its long-standing partnerships with the Buckeye Hills Regional Council, the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association, the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission and the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to help organize the conference. 

“Jointly planning this conference allows us to feature new innovations and opportunities across the 32-county Appalachian Ohio region,” said Dr. Jason Jolley, professor of rural economic development and director of Ohio University’s EDA University Center. “Developing a shared understanding of our challenges and opportunities is key to building more resilient communities.”

The event is part of the Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center project. For more information on the conference and to view the full agenda, visit

Registration for the Conference is free and now open. Visit

Wellston Big Spring Clean up Planned

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Wellston City-Wide Spring Cleaning and Big Haul Week.

Fees for excessive garbage and large items will not apply during the week of May 3rd-7th.

All furniture must be wrapped and sealed in plastic before being picked up. All trash must be bagged or boxed and not to exceed 50 pounds; carpet and rugs must be cut into small pieces and bagged.

Items that will not be taken are as follows:  tires; paint; building materials/shingles; hazardous materials; propane tanks; motor oil; and scrap metal.

Anything recyclable can be taken to the bins on New Hampshire Avenue.

Chillicothe Returning Fireworks, Swimming Pool and Large Item Pick Up

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Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney says this spring and summer will see a few more things return after a year-off due to COVID-19.

The mayor says July 4th Fireworks are scheduled to come back and the Chillicothe Municipal Pool will also be open this summer.

Mayor Luke Feeney announced the City of Chillicothe will provide a large item pick-up service to city residents beginning the week of May 31, 2021.

Items the City crews will pick up include: carpet, sofas, chairs, mattresses, and other similar pieces of furniture.  Paint cans will be collected as long as the paint has been dried out or mixed with sawdust.

Items not permissible for pickup are stoves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, hot water tanks and heaters, old radios, computer equipment, air conditioning units, and televisions. Construction materials from demolitions or remodeling will not be collected, nor will tires, batteries, chemicals and hazardous materials. 

Large items must be kept separate from regular trash pickup and should be placed at the curb.  There will be no pick-ups in alleys and Service Department employees are not permitted on private property.  Residents are asked to place their items at the curb.  The schedule below outlines when large item pick up will take place in your neighborhood. 

If your garbage is picked up on:

Monday:         Large Items will be picked up May 31 – June 4, 2020 
(please have items out by Monday, May 31)

Tuesday:        Large items will be picked up June 7 – June 11, 2021
(please have items out by Monday, June 7th)

Wednesday:  Large items will be picked up June 14 – June 18, 2021
(please have items out by Monday, June 14th)

Thursday:      Large items will be picked up June 21 – June 25, 2021
(please have items out by Monday, June 21nd)

 Friday:            Large items will be picked up June 28 – July 2, 2021 
(please have items out by Monday, June 28th)

If you have questions, please contact the Service Department at (740) 773 -2700.

Huntington HS Hires New Boys/Girls Basketball Coaches

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Huntington Local Schools Board of Education has hired new varsity basketball coaches for their boys and girls programs.

Former Adena Coach Kyle Bradley has been hired as the new Huntsmen boys coach, while former Circleville assistant coach and Huntington High School graduate Kyle Uhrig will lead the Lady Huntsmen squad.

Bradley comes to Huntington after five seasons at Adena, leading them to SVC and sectional titles this season. He fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Eric Snyder.

Uhrig returns to his alma mater, after recently resigning his administration post at Circleville City Schools. He fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Tiffany Carroll.

In other area coaching news, Rod Bentley has stepped down as girls head coach of Vinton County after 7 seasons. Bentley led VC to 120 wins, 5 TVC & sectionals titles, a district and regional crown. He also led this past season’s Division 2 state runner-up team and was named Division 2 Ohio Coach of the Year.