Logan Elm To Host Groundbreaking Ceremony For New Campus

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Earthmovers and bulldozers have already started moving dirt, but an official groundbreaking for Logan Elm School District’s new K-12 campus is scheduled for May 10th.

The ceremony will be at 4:30pm that day on their current Band and Athletic Practice Field. The school is located at 9575 Tarlton Road, just southeast of Circleville.

Voters approved levies to construct the new campus, after several previous tries failed at the ballot box.

The current Logan Elm School District campus has been at the Tarlton Road site since the early 1960’s. The new campus will be constructed just west of the current buildings.

Ross County Heritage Center Museum To Reopen May 4th

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(Chillicothe) — The Ross County Heritage Center Museum, at 45 West 5th Street, Chillicothe, will reopen on a regular weekly schedule, Tuesday through Saturday, 1pm-5pm beginning May 4, 2021.

In the interest of COVID safety, group tours will be limited to no more than eight (8) people all of whom must either be members of the same family or household, or arrive in the same vehicle. (Individuals will be given individual tours.)

Face masks are required. (Disposable masks will be provided at no charge to anyone arriving without their own.)

The Ross County Historical Society’s McKell Library will remain closed until further notice, but research requests may still be made by phone by calling (740) 773-1896, 1pm-5pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; and anytime by email at info@rosscountyhistorical.org.

Please visit the Ross County Historical Society’s website at www.rosscountyhistorical.org for more information and updates.

REAL ID Deadline Extended- Again

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There has been another extension approved by the US Department of Homeland Security the for enforcement of REAL ID requirements. 

The latest extension for updating your drivers license to REAL ID, which will enable you to fly on commercial domestic airlines, has been moved from October 1st, 2021 to May 3rd, 2023. 

The REAL ID is aimed at establishing a consistent security standard for issuing driver’s licenses and other identification.

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Congress passed the post 9/11 anti terrorist measure in 2005, and originally gave states until October 1st, 2020 to get the changes in place. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which backed that deadline to October 1st, 2021, and now again to May 3rd, 2023.

Once enforcement is in effect, travelers age 18-years-old and older will need to have the REAL I.D.-compliant driver’s license or other state photo identity card, which should be marked by a star on the top of the card. Passports and other forms of approved identification will still be accepted.

The Department Of Homeland Security blamed the latest extension on limited operating capacity at state driver’s licensing agencies during the pandemic, which has delayed renewals of expiring licenses.

All 50 US states, Washington, DC, and several US territories are compliant with REAL ID security standards, but only 43% of US IDs are currently compliant, as a result of pandemic-era limitations, according to DHS.

More Area City Council Meetings Going To In-Person Sessions

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With the announcement from the Centers For Disease Control relaxing some COVID-19 mandates Tuesday, look for more government and civic groups to return to in-person public meetings.

In a survey of city councils in our region, most have returned to some form of public gathering, while maintaining social distance requirements.

Chillicothe City Council President Bruce Arnold has announced they will return to in-person sessions on May 10th, after meeting by Zoom over the past year.

City councils in Washington Court House, Circleville, Hillsboro, Jackson, Portsmouth, Lancaster and Logan have already returned or kept in-person sessions.

Each of the above mentioned are meeting with some type of mask wearing/social distance limitations for spectators in attendance as well as among council members.

The Village of Waverly is still meeting by Zoom, with Council Clerk Shelly Anderson saying she was not sure when they would return to in-person sessions.

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New Rules Accepted For High School Swimming & Diving

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(INDIANAPOLIS) — In an effort to increase participation in high school swimming and diving, standing forward takeoffs have been approved, effective with the 2021-22 school year. 

This significant addition to high school diving was one of several rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee at its March 21-23 meeting held virtually this year. All of the committee’s recommended rules revisions were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 

The addition to Rule 9-5-2 states that for standing takeoffs, “the diver will assume a starting position that includes an upright head and body with arms straight and in a position of the diver’s choice. The diver may move the arms to various preparatory positions provided there is no attempt to start the dive.” 

The new language also notes that just before or after the starting position is assumed, the diver shall stop oscillating the board. For standing takeoffs, the diver cannot oscillate the board more than four times, cannot let one or both feet leave the board during an oscillation prior to the final spring from the board, and cannot permit an oscillation to be too large to disrupt the tempo of the dive. 

“The standing forward takeoff is a critical part of the educational process in teaching new dives,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Committee. “This provision allows divers to participate in competition sooner, even if they have not mastered all parts of the dive, and it encourages growth in the sport.” 

A new article in Rule 9-3 notes that if a diver elects to perform a standing forward takeoff, he or she must declare intent to the diving referee before performing the dive. When a diver performs a standing forward takeoff, a two-point penalty is assessed since all components of the dive are not being completed. In addition, if a diver doesn’t declare intent to perform a standing takeoff, it will be an unsatisfactory dive, and the diver will receive a score no higher than two points. 

In other diving rules changes, Rule 9-2-1 now allows for diving boards to be open for practice during championship meets if breaks between sessions extend longer than 10 minutes – unless the meet director establishes specific guidelines prior to the start of competition. A change in Rule 3-3-5c now permits divers to use temporary adhesives during competitions.

In addition, a new Rule 9-6-4 states that if a dive is executed other than that which was announced, and is properly listed on the scoresheet, it will be judged as a correct dive and considered an announcer error. If the diver completes a dive as announced and it is determined that the announcer was in error, the diver will be allowed to immediately perform the correct dive. 

Among changes in swimming rules, new Rule 3-3-5 permits competitors, for religious reasons, to wear suits that provide full body coverage without obtaining prior state association authorization – as long as the suit meet requirements in Rule 3-3-4b(1-3). The NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Committee is the fifth NFHS sports rules committee to adopt or adjust a rule this year related to the wearing of equipment for religious purposes.    

A revision in Rule 3-2-5 now states that in relays, the leadoff swimmer must be declared at the specified time and place prior to the start of the event. 

A complete listing of the swimming and diving rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Swimming and Diving.” 

Highland OSU Extension Promotes 4-H Zoom Clinic Series On “Stitching”

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4-H members interested in learning more about sewing can do so by joining the Zoom clinic series presented by 4-H Master Clothing Educator volunteers from across the state.

You will expand your sewing knowledge and learn skills to help you with your projects. Attend all of the sessions or the ones that interest you.

Register by completing the online survey at: http://go.osu.edu/sewing2021

You will receive an email with a Zoom link one day prior to each session.

April 29, 2021 7-8 pm: Picking Patterns, taking measurements, and selecting fabric and notions.

May 5, 2021 7-8 pm: Laying out your pattern, how to pin, how to use shears and grainline.

May 18, 2021 7-8 pm: Seam finishes and directional sewing tips.

June 9, 2021 and June 15, 2021 7-8 pm: Zippers, closures and hems.

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