Ohio University To Require COVID Vaccination For Students/Staff On Campus

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(ATHENS) – Ohio University has announced the requirement for all OU students and staff attending class or working on the main and all regional campuses to have a COVID vaccination.

OU President Hugh Sherman shared the following message with the Ohio University community today:

Dear Ohio University students, faculty, and staff:
If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that OHIO Bobcats care deeply for one another. From doctors and nurses volunteering time and talent to provide community access to vaccinations in rural areas to making sure our friends, peers and colleagues are staying engaged during times of isolation, our University community has demonstrated time and again that this is a community of care. 

Our commitment is to provide our students with the most normal college experience possible, but the reality is that as a nation, we are not as far as we hoped we would be in battling the pandemic. Public health experts are tracking an increase in cases in Ohio and on our campuses due to the extremely contagious Delta variant, and we need to do everything we can to continue to show our care and respect for one another and do our part to help keep the entire community safe and healthy.

Therefore, after thoughtful consideration, in consultation with public health experts and in agreement with many of our peer institutions across the state, all OHIO students, faculty, and staff at all locations are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15, 2021. For vaccines that require two doses, both doses must be completed by this date. This applies to all employees, including those working remotely and all students except those enrolled exclusively in fully online programs and coursework who will not access University facilities on any campus in person.  

It’s important to note, there will be an opportunity to apply for an exemption of the vaccine requirement for medical reasons or for reasons of conscience, including ethical and moral belief or sincerely held religious beliefs. 

All students must be vaccinated or granted an exemption in order to participate in any spring semester in-person activities, including face-to-face instruction and residence life, at any location. 

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

Ohio University recognizes the following vaccines under this policy. 

  • Pfizer (two dose)
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (one dose) 
  • Moderna (two dose)
  • Vaccines currently approved under a WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL)  

How to Get Vaccinated 

There is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccines, and they are easy to get either by appointment or at a walk-in clinic.

I am grateful for the coordination by our team at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, and our local health system / public health partners to provide vaccine opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff, and the community-at-large across our campuses.  

  • Clinics are available on the Athens campus and many of the regional campuses.
  • Schedule a vaccine anywhere in Ohio online or by phone (1-833-427-5634).   

Additional details about vaccine availability can be found on our Be Safe Bobcats website.

Providing Proof of Vaccination

Students, faculty, and staff will register proof of vaccination through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program.

  • If you have already selected the Vaccination Pathway and uploaded your vaccine card, thank you. No further action is necessary (unless a booster becomes necessary).
  • If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you are required to test on the Weekly Testing Pathway until you are fully vaccinated. 

If you have already selected the Weekly Testing Pathway, after you have completed your vaccination, you can change your selection to the Vaccination Pathway by using the link provided in your original pathway confirmation email, or by contacting COVIDoperations@ohio.edu for a link to make the change.

COVID Operations will be announcing new incentive programs for members of the University community who complete vaccination prior to the deadline.

Girl Scouts Of Ohio’s Heartland Registration

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Ross County girls in all grades are being encouraged to sign-up to be a member of the Girl Scouts.

Registration for the new school year is getting underway August 31st, but will continue in the following weeks. If you are able to attend the August 31st in-person registration, it will occur between 5:45pm-6:45pm at the Chillicothe/Ross Main Library Annex Room B-1 at 140 South Paint Street in Chillicothe, behind the library.

For those unable to attend, you can register by contacting Janet Littler at either (740) 773-2146/Extension 8756 or email jlittler@gsoh.org

Their website for membership registration is girlscouts.org/join

Annual membership fees are $30 for girls and $25 for adults.

Vinton County Air Show Celebrates 50th Year

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(McArthur) — A half century of hosting local air shows will be observed with this year’s Vinton County Air Show at the Vinton County Airport.

The 50th annual event on September 26th is sponsored by the Vinton County Pilots & Boosters Association.

The air show features some of the best acrobatic planes and pilots from across Ohio.

This year’s show also includes radio-controlled planes and a demonstration of model rockets. The Screaming Chicken Sky Diving Team will open and close the air show, and Santa Claus is also expected to drop in for a kids Candy Drop.

The free air show begins at 1pm, but the Association asks for $10 donation for parking, with the money used to help fund the airport.

The Hills Ross County Open Art Show Debuts September 2nd

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The Hills Open Art Show Reception at the Pump House Center for the Arts is September 2nd at 6:30pm-8:30pm.

The event is the kick-off for The Hills Ross County Open Competition. The contest is open to artists 18 years or older, within a 75 mile radius of Chillicothe.

(Logo Courtesy of The Pump House Center For The Arts)

Awards will Best of Show $200
1st Place $100
2nd Place $75
3rd Place $50 along with Honorable Mention

The exhibit will be open for viewing September 2nd to October 2nd.

WCH Edges McClain For FAC Boys Golf Match #2

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The Washington CH Blue Lions slipped by McClain to win Match #2 of the Frontier Athletic Conference season, at Washington CH Golf Course.

The Blue Lions shot a team score of 176, one stroke better than McClain at 177.

Hillsboro was third at 195, followed by Chillicothe 203, Miami Trace 206 and Jackson 220.

Medalist honors went to McClain’s Wesley Potts with a 40.

V.A. Offers Virtual Healthy Teaching Kitchen For Women Female Vets

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(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe VA Medical Center Nutrition and Food Services is hosting a Virtual Healthy Teaching Kitchen program for all Women Veterans.  The special program is a 6-week series that will be held every Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., starting September 1, 2021.

Two Registered Dietitian Nutritionists from the VA will be providing instruction on preparing delicious meals and participants will be provided a box of non-perishables, small cooking equipment and a gift card to purchase the perishable foods used in the recipes.  The Healthy Teaching Kitchen will be virtual from the Chillicothe VA to each participant’s home.

During the Healthy Teaching Kitchen session, discussions will be held on topics that are unique to women.  

For more information and to register, Women Veterans can call (740) 773-1141, extension 16351.  Veterans can participate at any time during the series.  General Healthy Teaching Kitchen sessions are also available to all Veterans by calling the number above to register.

Ohio OK’s Funds To Improve Campus Security

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that the state is awarding 27 institutions of higher education a total of $5 million in grants to fund security enhancements on their campuses.

“The commitment to school safety is one that I take seriously,” said Governor DeWine. “By awarding these grants, campuses can go beyond identifying areas that need to be improved by developing and executing plans that promote the wellbeing of staff and students.”

The awarded funds are part of the 2021 Campus Safety Grant Program funded as part of Senate Bill 310 of the 133rd General Assembly. The Ohio School Safety Center reviewed the campus safety grant applications in consultation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Ohio Controlling Board approved the release of the funds today. 

Campus Safety Grants

“I want to thank the Governor and the General Assembly for their leadership and for making campus safety a priority,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “It is important as we begin a new school year to provide this opportunity to enhance security and make our campuses even safer for students, staff, and families.” 

“The safety and security upgrades will assist campus law enforcement agencies and area first responders better prepare for and respond quicker to emergencies,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath. 

To be eligible for grant funding, schools conducted a security and vulnerability assessment to identify potential areas for improvement. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to improved lighting in parking lots, security cameras at building entrances, and secure doors.

The Campus Safety Grant Program is one of two new school safety programs launched by the Ohio School Safety Center this year. The 2021 K-12 School Safety Grant Program, administered in partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will award an additional $5 million to qualifying public K-12 schools for similar school safety expenses. Eligible school districts are being contacted by OFCC today via email. Grant applications will be accepted until November 1, 2021, with awardees being announced in early 2022. Additional information on the K-12 School Safety Grant Program is available at ofcc.ohio.gov

Governor DeWine created the Ohio School Safety Center in 2019. It is housed in the Ohio Homeland Security Division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and works to assist local schools, colleges and universities, and law enforcement agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm, through a holistic, solutions-based approach to improving school safety.

Institutions of higher education receiving a grant are:

College/University Grant AwardCollege/UniversityGrant Award
Bowling Green          State University$102,964Owens Community College$102,800
Belmont College$50,000Rhodes State College$161,200
Central Ohio Technical College $135,000Rio Grande Community College$185,446
Central State University$231,750Shawnee State University$153,998
Cincinnati State Technical andCommunity College $162,500Southern State Community College$149,500
Columbus State Community College $160,000Stark State College$170,100
Hocking College$104,000Terra State Community College$224,783
Kent State University$210,400University of Akron$430,000
Lakeland Community College$117,168University of Cincinnati$430,000
Lorain County Community College$155,350University of Toledo$205,330
Miami University$120,095Washington State Community College$316,719
Northwest State Community College$174,779Youngstown State University$118,528
Ohio University$168,770Zane State College$88,920
Ohio State University$369,900 

Our Town-Chillicothe Preview Rescheduled For March 2022

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(Athens) — Due to increasing illness rates in Ohio from the COVID-19 pandemic, WOUB Public Media is postponing the premiere screening of Our Town: Chillicothe which was originally scheduled for September 26 at the Majestic Theatre. 

It has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 3 p.m. at the same location. 

“We are saddened to have to postpone this premiere screening because we know how excited people are to see the film,” said WOUB General Manager Mark Brewer. “We have nearly 300 people registered to attend the event, and we want to celebrate this documentary with all of those people at the Majestic in Chillicothe when we know that we’ll all be safe being together.”

“Postponing the event makes sense, since it is such a large event and cases are surging now due to the highly contagious Delta variant,” said Ohio University’s Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations Gillian Ice. “Masks and distancing are needed at indoor events to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Melody Young, Executive Director of the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau and Majestic Theatre board member echoed Brewer’s sentiments. “We’re sorry it’s being postponed” Young told Litter Media. “But we’re excited we’ll get to see it in March, and still get to see it first.” Our Town: Chillicothe was to originally air on WOUB September 27th after making its screening debut at The Majestic.

It gives us more time to anticipate what we’ll see in March” said Young, keeping a positive outlook.

The movie features the work of award winning film maker Evan Shaw and his WOUB production team. READ MORE about “Our Town: Chillicothehere and WATCH Litter Media’s interview with Shaw from his visit last June to the Litter Media Studios.

WOUB will also be rescheduling the broadcast premiere of the program for March 28 at 8 p.m. 

Our Town: Chillicothe 
FREE Premiere Screening 
Sunday, March 27, 2022
3 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, Chillicothe  

Pike Fairgrounds Set For SamJam 2021 Bluegrass Festival

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One of the biggest bluegrass festivals in the nation gets underway this week in southern Ohio, with The SamJam Bluegrass Festival at the Pike County Fairgrounds in Piketon. The event runs September 1st-5th.

Image Courtesy of Sam Jam Bluegrass Festival

According to their website, samjambluegrass.com“The five-day features some of the most recognizable names in bluegrass music. SamJam also includes a youth music camp in conjunction with Glenville State University, the Pinecastle Records National Band Competition, a cornhole tournament and a Sunday prayer service, among other features.”

The SamJam Hop kicks off the 2021 festival on Wednesday, September 1st with fans being directed to local music venues before the festival shifts to the Pike County Fairgrounds, a picturesque setting in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains with accommodations for more than 300 electric and water hookups for campers. Primitive camping is also available.

The three venues for this year’s SamJam Hop are Beast and Bottle in Waverly, Ritchie’s Restaurant in Piketon and the Waverly Eagle’s Club.

Co-organizer Rick Greene says the reason behind The SamJam Hop opening night is that- “We bring 3,000 people to this event and we want them to see the (business) community along with the other great sites of Pike County.”

Greene says those attending the fairgrounds concerts should enter at the U.S. Route 23 entrance only. Tickets will be available at the main gate.

For more information on the festival contact Sam Karr at (812) 699-0962 or Rick Greene at (740) 547-9059.