ODH K-12 Back To School Guidelines Recommends Masks and Social Distancing For “Unvaccinated”

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Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff says COVID-19 guidance for schools will include “strongly recommending” that everyone over age 12 get vaccinated and asks unvaccinated students and staff to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

“These recommendations are essential to the health of Ohio youth,” said Vanderhoff.

Vanderhoff stressed the importance of vaccinations for those who are eligible.

“The risks from COVID-19 are far greater than the risks from the vaccine,” he said. “Those who have vaccination concerns should speak directly with their doctor”, Vanderhoff said.

Vanderhoff stressed that these are not mandates for the schools to follow, simply recommendations.

ODH official guidelines will be posted on their website, no later than Tuesday.

Shooting Ranges To Host “Free Range Day”

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(COLUMBUS) – Experienced and beginning recreational shooters are invited to visit any of Ohio’s premier public shooting ranges on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Free Range Day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. On this date, the shooting range permit requirement is waived at all Division of Wildlife Class A, B, and C shooting ranges. 

The Division of Wildlife is partnering with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to host Free Range Day as part of a continued effort to provide more opportunities for recreational shooters. New shooters can gain hands-on experience with firearms at no charge from certified instructors at five public ranges. Staff will offer on-site instruction to beginning shooters and will provide equipment, ammunition, ear protection, and eye protection free of charge.
The following public ranges will have Division of Wildlife staff on-site to assist shooters:  

  • Deer Creek Wildlife Area, corner of State Route 207 and Cook Yankeetown Road NE, Mt. Sterling 43143
  • Delaware Wildlife Area, 1110 State Route 229, Ashley 43003
  • Grand River Wildlife Area, 6693 Hoffman Norton Road, Bristolville 44491 
  • Spring Valley Wildlife Area, 3570 Houston Road, Waynesville 45068
  • Woodbury Wildlife Area, 41384 State Route 541, Warsaw 43844

Free Range Day is being offered as part of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.’s National Shooting Sports MonthThe Division of Wildlife shooting ranges provide the public with comfortable, safe places to shoot archery or firearms. A complete list of range facilities can be found at wildohio.gov.
Outside of Free Range Day, all persons age 18 and older shooting on Division of Wildlife Class A, B, and C ranges are required to purchase a shooting range permit, available at all hunting and fishing license outlets, wildohio.gov, and the HuntFish OH app. Class A ranges offer supervised rifle and pistol target shooting. Class B ranges have unsupervised rifle and pistol target shooting, while Class C ranges host unsupervised clay target shotgun shooting.

Ross SWCD Annual Meeting Set For August 19th

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(Chillicothe) – He is known on RFD-TV as the “Beast.” Cory Atley has emerged as a dominant name in high yield farming competitions. Atley is a multi-year state champion and has competed on the RFD-TV reality shows Corn Warriors and The Podfather. Atley will be the featured speaker for the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting and banquet on August 19th.

Tickets are $12 per person. You can make reservations at the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District website www.rosscountyswcd.org or call 740-772-4110 extension 3. The RSVP deadline is August 12th.

Atley placed second on the most recent season of Corn Warriors and this summer is competing in the current season of The Podfather, a soybean yield competition. The shows air on the cable channel RFD-TV as well as Amazon Prime and other streaming outlets. Contestants try to outdo each other by harvesting the most crop.

Atley has been winning competitions in Ohio ever since he has been trying. First entering in 2017, Atley has won both corn and soybean statewide competitions four years in a row. The Ohio competitions are sponsored by the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and the Ohio Soybean Association.

Atley will share behind the scenes stories about filming a reality TV competition show and tips for high yield production of corn and soybeans. The sixth-generation farmer from Cedarville, Ohio in Greene County has been farming on his own since 2008 and has been advising other farmers about increasing production since launching his business called Advanced Yield consulting services in 2018.

Atley is appearing at the annual meeting of the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District. The district provides technical assistance to prevent soil erosion, protect water quality, and encourage the stewardship of Ross County’s natural resources. The annual meeting and banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. on August 19th at the “Sunroom at the Brick” banquet hall at 113 East High Street in Frankfort. Award-winning sportscaster, newsman, and Litter Media Live co-host, Mike Smith will emcee the event. Call the district at 740-772-4110, extension 3 to make reservations or email admin@rosscountyswcd.org or visit www.rosscountyswcd.org.

The soil and water district will provide residents with the district’s annual report, recognize the district’s cooperator of the year and launch its election season. The district receives county and state funding and is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Supervisors. Candidates running for the open supervisor seats are Philip Gray, incumbent supervisor Pamela Petzel Snyder, and Beth Workman. Voting begins at 5:30 that night.

The district will recognize the Kelvin and June Putnam Farm for the Cooperator of the Year award. This award is meant to show appreciation for farmers who practice conservation to prevent soil erosion and protect water quality. The Putnam’s have steadily installed and improved various conservation practices over the

years, their farm has been included on Ohio’s list of historic farms, and Kelvin and June are currently hosting test fields for an exciting district research project to locate existing underground drainage systems.

Formed in 1947, the district provides free technical assistance to landowners implementing conservation practices through the farm bill or for the CAUV tax program. The district is engaged in a broad range of services related to geographic information systems, residential neighborhood drainage and runoff, wildlife and habitat. Residents can find more information about education and outreach programs on the district website www.rosscountyswcd.org or call the district office at 740-772-4110, extension 116.

New Program Connects Ohio Hunters with Participating Landowners

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(COLUMBUS) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife recently launched a new incentive program that provides a path for Ohio hunters to access participating landowner properties during the hunting season. Enrollment for the Ohio Landowner and Hunter Access Partnership program is underway now.

Once enrolled, participating landowners receive annual payments ranging from $2 to $30 per acre, depending on the characteristics of the property and recreational opportunities available. Enrollment contracts are for two to three years, with the possibility of an extension. A list of rules is provided to participating hunters before accessing a property.
“Ohio is 95% privately owned, and many of these lands are prime outdoor recreational areas,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “This new program helps connect landowners and hunters through incentives and opens many more acres of land to Ohio’s hunting enthusiasts.”
Those interested in hunting the enrolled properties must first obtain a free daily access permit. Permits are available from Sept. 1, 2021, to June 1, 2022, and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. More information for both landowners and hunters can be found on the Ohio Landowner/Hunter Access Partnership Program page at wildohio.gov.

The Ohio Landowner and Hunter Access Partnership program is funded, in part, by the federal Farm Bill under the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). This bill provides funding to state and tribal agencies through a competitive grant process to implement programs encouraging hunting access on private properties. The federal dollars funding this program exclude fishing, trapping, and white-tailed deer gun hunting, however, landowners can still give written permission for these activities on their property.
Landowners interested in creating, improving, and protecting wildlife habitat on their property are encouraged to work with a Division of Wildlife private lands biologist. Contact information for the private land biologist can be found on the Private Lands Biologists Contact Information page at wildohio.gov.

HS Baseball To See Pitching Rule Change

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(INDIANAPOLIS) — High school baseball pitchers who do not receive signals from the catcher must now simulate taking a sign with one foot on the pitcher’s plate before proceeding with a pitch.

This addendum to Rule 6-1-1 was the lone rule change forwarded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee and was subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The baseball committee’s annual rules meeting was held June 6-8 in a virtual format.

A pitcher leaning forward to receive a sign from the catcher is fundamental to the pre-pitch phase of the game as it indicates to both the batter and the players in the field that the ball is about to be put in play and is the typical signal for any runners on base to begin taking their leadoffs.

Further, most high school baseball coaches deliver their defensive play calls – including pitch selections – from the dugout, which allows a pitcher to throw toward the plate abruptly (“quick-pitch”) and catch opposing batters by surprise. This new mandate within Rule 6-1-1 forces the pitcher to pause, providing ample time for all participants to prepare for the pitch.

“While this rule change might appear to be a small change, the significance of what it represents is huge!” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee. “We have been extremely fortunate that our Baseball Rules Committee recognizes that the high school game is in wonderful shape and that is because our coaches and umpires around the country teach the necessary skills and arbitrate the appropriate rules to make the game fun, exciting and educational.”

The NFHS Baseball Rules Committee also spent part of its rules meeting compiling its Points of Emphasis (POEs) for next season. The five POEs, which prioritized healthy and safety and sportsmanship during the 2022 season, are as follows:

  1. Monitoring Excessive Celebration
  2. Wearing Equipment as Intended by Manufacturers
  3. Safety of Coaches Sitting on Buckets Outside Bench/Dugout Area
  4. Umpiring Procedure for Lodged Ball
  5. Sportsmanship

“Points of Emphasis are used in an educational setting and fashion,” Hopkins said. “The rules committee is telling the baseball community that these topics – elaborately choreographed celebrations, wearing of equipment inappropriately, sitting on buckets, understanding the lodged ball and a call for increased positive sportsmanship – are paramount in education-based athletics. This is a wonderful game that allows an abundant number of participants to find a role on the team, and we want students to want to play for their school and be a part of something bigger than themselves.”

A complete listing of the baseball 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 “Baseball.”

Paints Sweep Kings for 6th Straight Win

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Chillicothe outscored Champion City 12-11 Sunday to finish a weekend road sweep of the Kings.

The Paints snapped a 2-2 tie with a six-run third inning, but their 8-2 lead was short lived as Champion City answered with 4 more runs in the home half of the inning.

The teams entered the 9th tied at 9-all when Chillicothe scored three times for a 12-9 advantage. Rueben Ramierez (Point Park) yielded two runs by the Kings before managing to get out of trouble and preserve the win.

Ben Gbur (Wooster) smacked his ninth home run of the season while Alex Ludwick (Baldwin Wallace) and Will Spear (Indianapolis) drove in three runs each. Spear had a two-run double in the 9th to give the Paints the necessary cushion to nail down the victory.

It’s the sixth straight win for the Paints who head to Lafayette for a three-game series with the Aviators. Lafayette owns the best record in the Prospect League this summer, but is 5-5 in their last ten games while Chillicothe is 9-1 in the same stretch. The Aviators were nipped by Burlington Sunday 4-3.