Ross Health District Urges Yes Vote On Renewal Levy

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Ross County Health District Commissioner Garrett Guillozet appeared on a Litter Media Live Special Edition, Thursday, where he talked with interviewer Mike Smith about the health district renewal levy.

“This is a five-year, 1 mill renewal levy. This is the same levy we have had for the last 25 years”, said Guillozet. “It generates about $1.4 million that assists the health district in our operations to carry out our program and services to the community.”

The cost of the levy is about $35 per $100,000 assessed home value, which represents no change in the levy amount currently in place.

Guillozet reminded voters that none of the COVID-19 response expenses have come out of locally generated tax dollars, but instead came from the federal government. 

He added- “Because these dollars came from the federal government, we were able to continue on with our food inspections, WIC and Help Me Grow program for young children.”

Guillozet says when talking about the health district renewal levy, he often gets questions about drug overdose programs, and whether the health district is buying Narcan with local tax payer money, to which he said- “We do not do that. We use grant funding specific to the opioid response program. We have a great partnership with other entities who have worked on grants with us, (that go toward those expenses.)”

Do view our Litter Media Live Special Edition interview with Garrett Guillozet, CLICK HERE:

Meteorology School Now Offered At Ohio University

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(Athens) – The new Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Meteorology major at Ohio University pairs the coursework and training of a traditional meteorology degree with the most robust and broad journalism curriculum in the nation for students looking to become on-camera meteorologists and science journalists.

Students will take all of the physical science and mathematics courses required for the American Meteorological Society-approved Certified Broadcast Meteorology Program, while also completing an extensive series of journalism, broadcast, and communications courses.

“Hands-on experience is central to this new major,” said Dr. Jana Houser, associate professor of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at OHIO.

Students will hone their forecasting skills in the Scalia Laboratory for Atmospheric Analysis, a student-run weather service that provides several forecasts per day tailored to Southeastern Ohio. They will also gain broadcast experience through daily productions with the award winning WOUB-TV in the Scripps College of Communication.

“OHIO already has a track record of placing students in internships at news stations, and there is a strong history of graduates entering broadcast meteorologist positions immediately after graduation,” Houser said. “You’ll also find OHIO graduates working with the National Weather Service, agriculture and energy industries, insurance agencies, and many other and federal and non-federal agencies. Currently, there is a national need for broadcast meteorologists and for science reporters, who are often also trained as meteorologists.”

Students in the program will take courses in radar meteorology, large-scale and small-scale weather systems, climatology, atmospheric dynamics, radio and television producing, multimedia editing, and much more. They will also get a foundation in geography courses, and the program is offered in the Geography Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University.

“The new major is yet another example of successful collaboration among the colleges at Ohio University,” said Dr. Florenz Plassmann, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Combining a sound foundation in the sciences with strong communication skills is a great preparation for field work in front of as well as behind a camera.”

Alpaca Farm Days

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Bring the family to see some furry friends, September 25th-26th at Alpaca Farm Days in Pickaway County.

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You can also see a live fleece demonstration, enjoy food from a local food truck, and more. The 10am-5pm will be held at the farm of Aaron and Robin Ridenour, located at 10981 US Highway 22 in Williamsport.

The Ridenour’s website says they have over 100 alpacas that live on the farm.

For more information, go to the A&R Alpaca Farm website. CLICK HERE:

State Grant Coming to Vinton County Company

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(Columbus) — On September 15, 2021, the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) approved a grant in the amount of $200,000 to Austin Powder Company (APC) to undertake repairs and rehabilitation to its on-site rail infrastructure.  The infrastructure is in a condition where a large capital project is necessary to ensure railcars are received safely.  APC is planning on investing approximately $10 million in the facility over the next three years and will hire 15 employees, bringing their total employment to 265.  The project was originally brought to our attention via OhioSE. 

APC is one of the oldest manufacturing enterprises in the State of Ohio and one of the oldest manufacturers of explosives in the world.  Located in Vinton County since the 1930s, the project will assist the company to continue to modernize its operations to meet current market demands.

Matthew Dietrich, Executive Director of the ORDC, said, “given the nature of this business, rail is a critical aspect of its supply chain. As a result of ORDC involvement, Austin Powder will be able to mitigate safety concerns associated with current conditions at the facility and ensure the receipt of its deliveries in a safe and more efficient manner.”

“Austin Powder Company is grateful for ORDC assistance in the rehabilitation of our railroad tracks at our Red Diamond Plant located in Ohio. Without the assistance from ORDC, it would not be possible to repair our rails to like new condition in such a short timeframe. The ORDC grant is a great opportunity for us to keep our facility operating in a safe and efficient manner while growing our business,” said Don Hays, Head Electrician, Austin Powder Company.