Trolley Trial Thursday & Friday in Downtown Chillicothe

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A sample of the trolley which will be on the street of Chillicothe’s downtown Thursday and Friday. Photo courtesy City of Chillicothe

Could it be the missing piece of Downtown Chillicothe’s revitalization?

The Chillicothe Transit System will be experimenting with a Trolley car on loan from the Bloomberg-Harvard Innovation Track this Thursday and Friday.

In a statement on the city’s website, the trolley will make snake its way through the First Capital District from 10:30am-6:30pm Thursday and from 12:00pm-8:00pm on Friday.

Chillicothe is one of eleven cities across the country participating in the program as part of the Bloomberg-Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

There’s no fee to ride the trolley and those sharing the roadway should give the same caution and courtesy as to a regular CTS bus.

While the two-day trial may present itself as a novelty, some may remember the days street cars roamed the streets of Chillicothe. While it may be new, it’s also a bit reminiscent to the First Capital’s past.

The City of Chillicothe’s announcement regarding the trial run for the trolley.
The stops the Trolley will be making and the route for those looking to ride. Photo courtesy City of Chillicothe

Salt Creek Valley Festival to have new look in September

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The organizers of the Salt Creek Valley Festival are changing it up a bit from previous years.

After having no festival due to the pandemic in 2020, this year’s event will be an abbreviated festival.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the committee has chosen a conservative approach considering COVID-19 still being active. Organizers are opting for a Community Block Party on September 11 in downtown Richmond Dale instead.

“We will be having entertainment beginning in the afternoon along with a Community Yard Sale starting at 9 am and our local Church’s will be offering food” the statement added.

The headliner for entertainment will be The Wegians at 6pm.


Presented by Atomic Speedway

September 10, 11 and 12 Adena Mansion and Gardens will once again become the place to hone your skills as a rookie crime solver in an entertaining atmosphere filled with great food and a mystery. This year’s mystery, “Attempted Murder” is an all-new original production written and directed by Delmar Burkitt.

The grounds open at 5:15pm and the mystery will begin at 6:00pm. After you gather your clues, dinner will follow at approximately 7:00pm. Tickets are available at $50 per person for AMGS members and $55 for non-members. Admission includes both the mystery and the dinner. Prizes will be awarded each evening at the conclusion of the program.

According to the CDC Guidelines, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

At Adena Mansion and Gardens Historic Site masks are highly encouraged for children ages 3-11 and any other unvaccinated individuals 12 and up.


For more information, please call 740-772-1500 or email

New Playgrounds Installed at 10 Ohio State Parks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is investing in fun new features for children to enjoy at Ohio State Parks.  From slides to swings, new playground equipment has been installed at ten parks.

              Cowan Lake State Park                                Strouds Run State Park
“My wife, Fran, and I have made so many memories with our children and grandchildren at Ohio State Parks,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “Investments in new playgrounds and Storybook Trails will give families more opportunities to enjoy Ohio’s treasured parks for years to come.”

“We want to make sure everyone, young and old, can come and find something to enjoy at Ohio State Parks,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.   “Recently, we have been updating our nature centers and adding Storybook Trails, and now we have added additional playground equipment to keep our youngest guests happy, healthy, and active during their visits.”
Each state park received a climbing structure, slide(s), tubes or bridges, and four swings. Most of the parks also added climbing rocks to their playgrounds.

The following state parks received new equipment: A.W. Marion State Park, Buckeye Lake State Park, Cowan Lake State Park, East Fork State Park, Geneva State Park, Indian Lake State Park, Maumee Bay State Park, Salt Fork State Park, Strouds Run State Park and Wolf Run State Park.

Alum Creek State Park
The gear for the playgrounds was purchased from Snider Recreation, a family-owned and operated playground and recreation business based in Ohio. Division of Parks and Watercraft staff installed each of the new playgrounds for about $40,000 each.  Ohio State Parks’ general fund was used to purchase the new equipment.
Ohio State Parks are open every day and are always free. Many offer a variety of activities such as boating, camping, hiking, and more. To learn more, visit
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, and conservation of Ohio’s 75 state parks and waterways.

Ross County Teens Receive FBP STEAM scholarships

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Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP), the company performing extensive environmental cleanup work at the U.S. Department of Energy’s former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Pike County, recently awarded college scholarships to Ross County graduates  Rilee Davis (Unioto High School) and Tye Hinshaw (Huntington High School). 

“We wish these graduates the best of success in their future educational and career pursuits,” said J.D. Dowell, FBP Site Project Director. “It is exciting to hear about their plans and we are very proud to be part of the success for our Ross County STEAM scholarship award recipients!”

The FBP STEAM scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, are specifically for local graduates pursuing college majors in a STEAM career (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).  Since 2011, FBP has given out $242,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors in Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.  Twelve winners are chosen each spring and this year, more than 80 applications were submitted.

Jack Williams (FBP) presents Unioto High School’s Rilee Davis with the STEAM scholarship.
FBP’s Ashley Jordan presents one of this year’s STEAM scholarships to Tye Hinshaw of Huntington High School.

For more information about FBP and the STEAM Scholarship program, visit

2021 Fayette County Fair Underway

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The 2021 Fayette County Fair opened over the weekend with Junior Fair check-ins for their projects and the crowning of Fair Royalty.

Garren Walker was introduced as Queen of the Fair with 1st Attendant Taylor Moore. Abbi Mick and Kartrina Koski will serve as Attendants.

Walker is a recent graduate of Washington High School.

2021 Fayette County Fair Queen and Court. Photo courtesy Fayette County Fair Facebook Page.

Click to see the full Junior Fair Schedule.

Special events include the Truck and Tractor Pull Tuesday at 7pm, Harness Racing Wednesday at 4:30pm and Saturday at 12:00pm and Demolition Derby Saturday at 7:00pm.

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Legion Region V Tourney Day 1 Results

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The first three games of the American Legion Region V Baseball Tournament completed the first round with wins by Chillicothe Post 757, Hillsboro Post 129 and Yeager Post 199 out of Cincinnati. 

Hillsboro earned an 8-3 win over Waverly in the opener, but fell to post Chillicothe 12-2. Reid Mengerink pitched a complete game for Post 757 scattering 7 hits. Offensively, Kody Haubeil, Jacob Lenox and Lane Larson combined for 8 rbi to propel Chillicothe to thee next round with Yeager Post 199 Tuesday. The  Cincinnati Post scored an 11-2 victory over Portsmouth.

Portsmouth 23 and Waverly 142 will meet in the first game to see who fights their way through the loser’s bracket. Game time is 10am Tuesday. Hillsboro 129 awaits the winner at 4pm. The game follows a 1pm battle between Chillicothe and Cincinnati.

Play continues Wednesday beginning at 2pm.