“Sand In The Streets” Volleyball Tournament Coming To Chillicothe’s Paint Street

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(See Dan Ramey’s interview with Tiffany Baldwin of Downtown Chillicothe as she promotes the August 28th Sand On The Streets Volleyball)

NOTE: Since our original interview, Baldwin tells Litter Media due to an overwhelming response, the tournament format has been modified to only recreational teams. Get more details on the links below.

The Chillicothe Outdoor Volleyball Association (COVA) in conjunction with Downtown Chillicothe will be hosting a co-ed sand volleyball tournament August 28th in front of the Ross County Courthouse.

Tiffany Baldwin of Downtown Chillicothe spoke with Dan Ramey of Litter Media about the “Sands In The Street Tournament”.

300 tons of sand will be used for the tournament, including some from the Yoctangee Park courts, which will also allow for the underlying area of the Yoctangee Park courts to receive needed drainage repairs. The rest of the sand will come from Covia Corp.

Baldwin says many of the downtown businesses take part of the event with sand covering much of Paint Street between Main and Second streets.

The tournament will host 24 recreational teams teams of 4-on-4 action, requiring at least one female player being on the court at all times during competition. 

Each court will have play going between 9am-6pm, along with other activities through the downtown that go through the evening.

To register you team, buy early entry tickets at: EVENTCREATE.COM/E/SANDINTHESTREETS

Spectators must also get their tickets through this link. There is a $2 charge to enter.

Street Sealing In Chillicothe

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The City of Chillicothe Engineering Department says crews are working on crack sealing streets in a variety of locations this week- throughout the City. 

The work got underway July 7th and will continue over the remainder of this week.  Traffic flow should be minimally affected as streets will remain open.  Parking could be affected, watch for NO PARKING signs to be posted.  

The sealant crews will be directing motorists around the work site.  Motorists are asked to use caution and patience when approaching construction vehicles and workers. 

Waverly Gets New Police Chief

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The Village of Waverly has a new police chief. John Winfield was sworn-in to that post Tuesday, following approval by Waverly Village Council.

He was sworn-in as the new chief by Mayor Greg Kempton, as pictured above.

Winfield had been serving as Interim Police Chief since May 14th after former Police Chief Zach Dixon resigned.

Winfield is a former Ross County Sheriff Deputy.

H2O Grants Awarded To Area Communities

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(COLUMBUS) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson have announced that two dozen communities will receive a total of $9 million in H2Ohio funding for projects to improve the quality of drinking water and to repair or replace aging water, wastewater, and sewage infrastructure.

“These projects will improve the quality of life for thousands of Ohioans by giving them reliable access to clean water and by addressing failing wastewater and home sewage treatment systems which are also a threat to public health and the environment,” said Governor DeWine. “All of our communities deserve to have strong water infrastructure, and I am committed to helping our local partners with these costly improvement projects.”


Water Infrastructure Projects – $7.4 Million


Thirteen H2Ohio drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects, identified on the map below, will receive a total of $7.4 million to improve water service for thousands of residents across the state.

Projects include the construction of a new water treatment plant, the replacement of aging water lines, and the installation of new water lines and water mains. New wastewater infrastructure projects will solve sewer system backups, extend sanitary sewers, and replace failing household sewage treatment systems with new sewers. Projects were selected based on the community’s economic needs and project readiness. 

West Union in Adams County will receive $1 million in H2Ohio funding for a project that will eliminate the septic systems for approximately 60 homes and businesses and bring them into the West Union sewer system. The home systems servicing the Panhandle region are in poor and failing condition and are creating unsanitary conditions in the area.

Athens County will receive $500,000 in H2Ohio funding to support the installation of 14,000 linear feet of gravity sewer and nearly 3,000 linear feet of force main in the Happy Valley and Baker Road areas, abandoning household sewage treatment systems that are failing based on observed fecal coliform bacteria contamination levels in local streams, including Margaret Creek. The project will serve 168 homes.

Coalton in Jackson County will receive $500,000 in H2Ohio funding for a project that replaces a portion of the existing septic tank effluent gravity collection system with a more conventional, sealed gravity collection system, serving at least 50 homes. This will eliminate sewer overflows that regularly occur at existing businesses and residential structures in the project area.

“Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative enables Ohio EPA to extend available funding to help communities across the state address their water and wastewater needs and replace failing home sewage treatment systems,” said Director Stevenson. “We are using H2Ohio funding to make a difference in these communities and in the lives of Ohioans.”


Home Sewage Treatment System Replacement Projects – $1.6 Million


It is estimated that approximately 31 percent of all household sewage treatment systems in Ohio are experiencing some degree of failure and are discharging untreated sewage that potentially exposes citizens to harmful bacteria and pathogens.

A total of $1.6 million in H2Ohio funding will go to the counties listed below to help low- to moderate-income households repair and replace failing home sewage treatment systems. Each county will receive $150,000 for the projects.

Water Treatment Maps

The $9 million in H2Ohio grant funding announced today is in addition to a new water and sewer program announced by Governor DeWine last week. More details about the new program, which will be funded with $250 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, are forthcoming. 

Governor DeWine launched H2Ohio in 2019 as a water quality effort to provide clean and safe water to Ohio. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Ohio Lake Erie Commission each have a significant role in H2Ohio through the natural infrastructure of wetlands, the reduction in nutrient runoff, and the increase in access to clean drinking water and sewer systems. To learn more, visit h2.ohio.gov.

Chillicothe Post 757 Sweeps To Share of SCOL Legion Championship

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Chillicothe Post 757 swept a doubleheader over Hillsboro Post 129 by 11-1 and 2-0 scores, enabling them to share the SCOL League Champion for the second consecutive year. 

Their (5-1) league record matches that of Portsmouth Post 23 for the co-championship.

Kaden Riffe worked five innings in the first game giving up one earned run on six hits. Max Brooks pitched one inning of relief for Post 757, giving up no hits with one strikeout. 

Offensive leaders in Game #1 were:
Kody Haubeil, 2H, 3 RBIs
Drew Seymour, H, 2 RBIs
Carter Glandon H, RBI
Kaden Riffe, H, RBI

Game #2 starting pitcher Reid Mengerink gave up no runs in 1.2 inning, giving way to Nick Burns who worked 4.1 innings, striking out 10 batters and giving up on runs on on hits.

Closer Luke Perigo threw nine pitches in the final inning, striking out two batters. 

Offensive Leaders in Game #2:
Kaden Riffe, H, RBI
Austin Wingo, RBI
Drew Seymour 2H, 
Evan Werr, H
Dewey Dailey, H
Max Brooks, H

Post 757 Baseball now heads to the “Gopher Classic” in Minnesota this weekend to participate in the largest American Legion Tournament in the country. The Gopher Classic brings in 96 American Legion Baseball teams from about 15 states and Canada every year. The schedule for the Gopher Classic is below – the top team from each of the 16 divisions goes on to play Monday, July 12th, and Tuesday, July 13th.

The Region 5 American Legion Tournament will be held later this month, with the winner advancing to the Ohio American Legion Tournament in Lancaster.