RecoveryOhio Grants Aid In Illegal Drug Fight

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(COLUMBUS) – More than two dozen local drug task forces in Ohio will receive RecoveryOhio grant funding to support efforts that disrupt the drug trade and promote substance use awareness, prevention, and recovery.

A total of $2 million in grants from Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio Law Enforcement Fund will be awarded among 27 existing drug task forces to intensify their efforts to identify high-level drug traffickers, dismantle large drug trafficking organizations, interrupt the flow of money and drugs from international cartels, and prevent the sale of illegal narcotics to those suffering from substance use disorder.

This includes more than $63,000 for the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force, which involves Ross, Pickaway, Pike, Fayette, Highland and Hocking counties.

Grant funding will also be used to support the mission of Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative which aims to increase substance use and mental health awareness, implement age-appropriate prevention education in schools, connect those who need help with treatment, and promote recovery.

“Local drug task forces are the first line of defense against the traffickers who are putting drugs into the hands of those battling addiction,” said Governor DeWine. “This funding will provide vital tools in the area of drug use prevention, education, and treatment that will promote effective strategies to reduce the prevalence of substance use disorders and overdoses.”

Examples of programs that will be created or expanded with RecoveryOhio Law Enforcement Fund grants include:

2021 RecoveryOhio Law Enforcement Grants

Pioneer School Receives Grant from Ohio Elks Association

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The Ohio Elks Association Cerebral Palsy Fund has awarded $3,900 to Pioneer School to fund student sensory boxes.

Due to the pandemic this past year, the current sensory room items were limited to only certain students who had very specific sensory needs.

With the limited space and interactions to meet protocols, many students were struggling with these changes because the need for sensory input is not something that can be scheduled. With input from Pioneer’s therapy staff and intervention specialists, sensory boxes were created for each student.

Beth Montgomery and Linda Overly, Members of the Chillicothe Elks Lodge #52, presented the check to Education Services Director Regina Speas last month.

The Ohio Elks Cerebral Palsy Fund Board was created to maintain, administer, contribute, and donate funds or property to any Ohio Chapter or branch of any nationally recognized or local organization in Ohio which maintains, as a function, the care, treatment, training, and rehabilitation of individuals with Cerebral Palsy.

28th Annual Adena Summer VB Challenge

Presented By McDonald’s, I’m Lovin’ It!

Fifteen high school volleyball teams are expected to play in the areas longest running summer high school volleyball tournament, July 10th at the 28th Annual Adena Summer Volleyball Challenge, hosted at Adena High School in Frankfort.

A junior varsity tournament will be played at the same location on July 11th.

Three courts of pool play get underway at 9am, with each match consisting of two sets to 15 points, CAP. At the end of pool play, the finishing order for each pool will be determined and seeding for tournament play is scheduled to begin as soon as all courts are finished with pool play and team rankings are determined.  

The tournament format is best 2 out of 3 games to 25 (no cap), deciding game to 15 (no cap).

Pool A – Main Gym – Court 1
Adena, Washington CH, Jackson, Lancaster, Crooksville

Pool B – Main Gym – Court 2
Unioto, South Webster, Logan Elm, Hillsboro, New Lexington

Pool C – Auxiliary Gym
Zane Trace, Miami Trace, Buckeye Trail, Eastern Brown, Federal Hocking

JV tournament will be held on Sunday, July 11th.
Teams include: Adena, Logan Elm, Hillsboro, Eastern Pike, Zane Trace, Unioto, Jackson, Lancaster 1, Lancaster 2, Miami Trace, Washington CH, Eastern Brown.

*Spectator admission is free, but NO crock pots, food warmers or coolers will be permitted in the building. There will be a concession stand available both days*

ODNR Firefighters Help Fight California Wildfires

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(COLUMBUS) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry is sending crews to help battle wildfires across the country.  With a high risk of wildfires in northern California right now, ODNR has sent three highly-skilled firefighters along with one engine to help with fire suppression.
“Ohio is well prepared with trained and experienced crews, support staff, and resources for wildfire situations,” said Greg Guess, wildfire supervisor for the Ohio Division of Forestry. “Interagency cooperation is important for safe and efficient emergency management and wildfire suppression.”

In the spring and early summer, the Division of Forestry also helped in the Great Lakes region by sending fire engines and firefighters to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  Other ODNR wildland firefighters have also assisted and returned from various states as overhead staff.  The firefighters served in dispatch units, provided advanced fire leadership, and worked in logistics support roles. The Division of Forestry will continue to support national wildfire suppression efforts throughout the summer by providing more engines, crews, and qualified individuals when they are needed.
Crews and overhead staff are normally assigned for two weeks but could be extended depending on the situation. Travel, equipment, and wage costs are reimbursed by the requesting federal or state agency.
Here in Ohio, the Division of Forestry trains federal, state, and local agencies in safe and effective wildland fire suppression, manages prescribed fires for forest regeneration, and provides wildfire suppression assistance to other states as part of the national effort to keep communities safe.
Ohio crews and individual management personnel have assisted with hurricanes, floods, and wildfire incidents since 1986.


Highland County Historical Society “Pioneer Day” Returns

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(William Scott House Photo: Courtesy of Ohio Historical Architecture

After a year off due to the pandemic, Pioneer Day is returning, according to The Highland County Historical Society.

The August 14th event will be held at the historic William Scott House between 9am-4pm. The Scott House Mansion and the Highland House Museum celebrated their 175th anniversary in 2019 during the first Pioneer Day observance.

For more information about the history of the William Scott House, go to the Ohio Historical Architecture Blogspot site and their article from 2015. CLICK HERE:

Zach Farmer “Drive Out Cancer” Golf Tournament

Presented By Classic Brands

The memory of Piketon High School and Ohio State University Baseball star Zach Farmer is kept alive in many ways, and one of them is the July 24th “Drive Out Cancer” 4-man-scramble golf tournament at Dogwood Hills Golf Course.

There are still openings for the event, with fees $300 per team.

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE:

Adena Worthington’s vs Ohio Village Muffins In Vintage Baseball Match

Presented By Atomic Speedway

UPDATE: Due to projected storms, this event has been cancelled for July 11.

Adena Mansion & Gardens will host vintage “Base Ball” Sunday, July 11, 2021. 

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join us on the grounds when the Adena Worthington’s challenge the Ohio Village Muffins, an 1860’s baseball team that plays the game by 19th century rules, in an exhibition game of vintage baseball.

The match begins at 2pm.

This event is free and open to the public. For those unvaccinated for COVID-19, masks are required over the nose and mouth indoors and outdoors- if unable to social distance. 

If you would like to take a tour of the mansion, admission is $10 for Adults; $9 for Seniors; $5 Children age 6-12, and Children age 5 and under get in free. The last mansion tour is at 3:30pm that day.