The Sheridan Lady Generals claimed the Division 2 Girls Golf District Championship Tuesday, with a 353. That was six strokes ahead of runner-up Westfall. Only the district team champ advances to state tournament.
Gallia Academy was third, Circleville fourth and Fairfield Union was fifth.
The lone individual player headed to state that was not on the qualifying team is Riley McKenzie of Crooksville with a 72.
Region 20 – 1. Cin. Taft (4-2) 12.4709, 2. Cin. Mariemont (6-1) 11.3786, 3. Springfield Shawnee (5-2) 10.5429, 4. Reading (5-1) 10.4583, 5. Camden Preble Shawnee (7-0) 9.6429, 6. Versailles (6-1) 9.45, 7. Brookville (5-2) 8.9214, 8. St. Bernard Roger Bacon (5-2) 8.1805, 9. Cin. Summit Country Day (3-2) 8.0247, 10. Cin. Purcell Marian (5-2) 6.9341, 11. Cin. Madeira (4-3) 6.7755, 12. Williamsburg (4-3) 5.424, 13. Carlisle (3-4) 5.3857, 14. Sabina East Clinton (4-3) 5.3065, 15. Blanchester (3-3) 5.1133
Region 21 – 1. Columbia Station Columbia (7-0) 12.949, 2. Mogadore (6-1) 12.109, 3. New Middletown Springfield (6-1) 11.6127, 4. Leavittsburg LaBrae (6-1) 10.4184, 5. Brookfield (5-1) 8.6142, 6. Sullivan Black River (5-2) 7.8733, 7. Creston Norwayne (5-2) 7.8276, 8. Canton Central Cath. (3-4) 7.6356, 9. Middlefield Cardinal (5-2) 7.5515, 10. Berlin Center Western Reserve (4-3) 6.5372, 11. East Canton (3-2) 5.8443, 12. Hanoverton United (5-1) 5.7941, 13. Andover Pymatuning Valley (5-1) 5.7549, 14. Jeromesville Hillsdale (3-4) 3.9796, 15. Wellington (3-4) 2.8673
Region 22 – 1. Archbold (7-0) 15.0642, 2. Columbus Grove (7-0) 13.6643, 3. Ashland Crestview (7-0) 12.119, 4. Carey (6-1) 11.0714, 5. Defiance Tinora (6-1) 10.9329, 6. Liberty Center (5-2) 10.3773, 7. Gibsonburg (6-1) 9.1518, 8. Oregon Cardinal Stritch (4-1) 8.6143, 9. North Robinson Colonel Crawford (6-1) 8.1465, 10. Collins Western Reserve (5-2) 7.5036, 11. Attica Seneca East (5-2) 5.6263, 12. Bluffton (4-3) 5.0303, 13. Delta (4-3) 4.6252, 14. Tol. Ottawa Hills (4-3) 3.051, 15. Van Buren (2-4) 2.8409
Region 23 – 1. Beverly Fort Frye (5-1) 13.3276, 2. West Jefferson (7-0) 12.3571, 3. Galion Northmor (7-0) 12.3367, 4. Cols. Africentric (5-1) 10.2319, 5. Proctorville Fairland (5-1) 10.1552, 6. Barnesville (5-1) 8.8563, 7. Worthington Christian (5-1) 6.6364, 8. Willow Wood Symmes Valley (6-0) 6.3958, 9. Nelsonville-York (4-3) 6.1652, 10. Lucasville Valley (4-3) 5.6244, 11. Centerburg (4-2) 5.2803, 12. KIPP Columbus (4-3) 5.1053, 13. Johnstown Northridge (4-3) 4.6875, 14. Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant (4-2) 4.685, 15. Lore City Buckeye Trail (3-4) 4.3705
Region 24 – 1. Mechanicsburg (7-0) 10.355, 2. Harrod Allen East (5-2) 10.0967, 3. Coldwater (6-1) 8.8357, 4. Arcanum (6-1) 8.3878, 5. Cin. Gamble Montessori (5-1) 6.2602, 6. Milford Center Fairbanks (5-2) 6.1429, 7. Bainbridge Paint Valley (4-3) 5.7444, 8. Anna (3-4) 5.3357, 9. Springfield Northeastern (4-3) 4.285, 10. Cin. Country Day (5-2) 4.165, 11. Delphos Jefferson (3-4) 3.7222, 12. Jamestown Greeneview (3-4) 2.5938, 13. Fort Recovery (2-5) 2.5857, 14. Chillicothe Huntington (1-5) 1.986, 15. New Paris National Trail (2-5) 1.7714
Region 25 – 1. Norwalk St. Paul (7-0) 13.5795, 2. Lucas (6-1) 11.1643, 3. Independence (6-1) 10.4717, 4. Cuyahoga Hts. (4-1) 8.9282, 5. Dalton (5-2) 8, 6.Warren John F. Kennedy (4-2) 7.2135, 7. Salineville Southern (5-2) 7.1824, 8. Lowellville (5-2) 6.1878, 9. Malvern (5-2) 6.1696, 10. Youngstown Valley Christian (5-1) 5.7892, 11. Plymouth (4-3) 4.9921, 12. Windham (4-2) 4.6322, 13. Monroeville (3-4) 3.9957, 14. Vienna Mathews (4-2) 3.8394, 15. Wellsville (3-2) 3.2494
(Columbus) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry honored four individuals for their outstanding contributions to forestry in Ohio at the Forest of Honor ceremony in Zaleski State Forest on Sept. 29.
“Conservation of a renewable resource is what forestry is all about,” said Dan Balser, chief of the Division of Forestry. “Our inductees have been passionate leaders in innovative forest practices and have enabled many other foresters, students, and landowners to practice better forest stewardship.”
Trees were planted in the Forest of Honor to recognize the following recipients:
Dean Berry Dean Berry has been involved in forestry for many years as an AEP employee, consulting forester, Tree Farm Inspector and Training Facilitator, and instructor. He has helped numerous woodland owners with honest timber harvest advice and management plans for Current Agricultural Use Value, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Ohio Forest Tax Law, and proper forest management.
Caption: From left- Division of Forestry Chief Dan Balser, Honoree Dean Berry, ODNR Director Mary Mertz
The Honorable David Joyce Congressman Dave Joyce is a strong advocate for State and Private Forestry Programs, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and combating the deleterious effects of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. Representative Joyce’s efforts have resulted in additional funding for programs that benefit people in Ohio and across the country. His continued support for forestry programs helps to ensure the sustained benefits of healthy forests for future generations.
The Honorable Marcy Kaptur Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur has significantly contributed to the advancement of forestry in Ohio by bringing in millions of dollars in federal funding to combat the Emerald Ash Borer. She has provided longstanding support of the USFS Urban and Community Forestry Program and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. She understands the ecosystem services trees provide and continues to support the efforts to protect them.
Chief Terry Cosby Terry Cosby, Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, served as the Ohio State Conservationist for more than 15 years. He led efforts to establish Ohio as the first state in the nation to use the Environmental Quality Incentive Program funds for forest management practices and was instrumental in forming the Joint Forestry Team. He has led efforts in Ohio, and now the nation, to recognize the importance forestry and forest management have on our citizens and natural resources.
Caption: From left- Division of Forestry Chief Dan Balser, ODNR Director Mary Mertz, Honoree Terry Cosby, ODNR Asst. Director Mindy Bankey
Induction into the Forest of Honor recognizes individuals, groups, and organizations that have contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the Division of Forestry’s mission and the advancement of Ohio forestry in one or more of the following ways:
Develop and/or implement successful improvements to forestry practices that can be used at all levels of forest management in Ohio.
Raise public awareness about the benefits of well-managed forest resources.
Champion legislation that results in a successful policy change to forestry practices.
Educate students in the knowledge, appreciation, and problem-solving skills related to trees and forest management.
(Chillicothe) — Traffic congestion on North Bridge Street has long been a source of frustration for those who live, work, or shop there. It is also a safety issue. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), in cooperation with the City of Chillicothe, invites the public to a meeting regarding proposed safety improvements along the State Route 159 (Bridge Street) corridor, from Riverside Street to Pawnee Road.
ODOT will be holding an “in-person” open house public meeting Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Christopher Conference Center, 20 North Plaza Boulevard, Chillicothe, Ohio. The 1400 square foot ballroom will be arranged to enable social distancing.
All project information presented at the open house meeting will also be available online from October 21 until November 21, 2021. Anyone who is unable to or uncomfortable with attending the meeting in person may learn about the project, ask questions, and provide comments by visiting the project website CLICK HERE.
The purpose of this public meeting is to present various options for proposed improvements along Bridge Street, answer questions, and gather feedback from the community that will assist in project decision-making. “We need to hear from the people who live and work around Bridge Street so they can best help us understand specific needs along the corridor”, says Tom Barnitz, the ODOT Project Manager for the Bridge Street Corridor Study. “For example, we would like to place sidewalks where the community feels they will best serve their needs.”
Public comments should be submitted by November 21, 2021 so they may be considered during this phase of design.
The corridor study was initiated to develop potential options that would improve safety and reduce congestion along Bridge Street and the U.S. 35 interchange. In addition to safety on the road, ODOT and the City of Chillicothe also aim to improve safe pedestrian accessibility and connectivity within the corridor.
Some of the alternatives being considered are: Capacity improvements, Addition of a northbound lane along Bridge Street, Pedestrian improvements, Options for a new shared use path and/or sidewalks, US-35 Interchange improvements, Improving the Eastbound Exit Ramp, Intersection Improvements, Stewart Road and Consumer Center Drive Plaza Boulevard and Marietta Road Pawnee Road.
Partial funding for the project has been secured by ODOT and the City of Chillicothe has secured a grant to assist in construction costs.
The current project timeline anticipates design plans will be completed in 2022 and right-of-way acquired through 2023. Construction may begin as early as 2024 and require up to 2 years to complete. This schedule may be adjusted as ODOT District 9 continues to secure additional funding for the project.
Short-Term Improvement to be Installed Fall 2021: In 2020, a study of the project area recommended a short-term improvement that could be quickly implemented at the U.S. 35 and Bridge Street interchange. The improvement includes installing a system designed to clear the U.S. 35 eastbound exit ramp when backups occur. This will alleviate some congestion and traffic concerns until more comprehensive improvements to Bridge Street, as presented at this public involvement meeting, can be implemented. It is scheduled for completion in the fall.
Additional information regarding the public involvement meeting may be attained on the project website. Hard copies of the meeting materials are available upon request using the contact information provided below. Questions or comments regarding the project may be submitted through the project website CLICK HERE or one of the following methods: Tom Barnitz, P.E., Project Manager Ohio Department of Transportation District 9 Office 650 Eastern Avenue Chillicothe, Ohio 45601Tom.Barnitz@dot.ohio.gov (740) 774-8877.
14-year-old Austin Hill of Frankfort continues to impress the Formula Race Car world, with a couple of top 6 finishes over the weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Hill placed third in the FX Division and sixth in the Atlantic Division. The Atlantic was a rain shortened race. Hill’s father, Andy, told Litter Media that Austin was in fourth place when it started to rain, losing a couple of places when he came into the pits to change tires for the rain.
Austin is expected to finish the 2021 season in Pittsburgh, later in October.