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Hometown Motors, Inc. Introduces Harold Dempsey as Master Technician

Presented by Hometown-Motors, Inc.

Hometown-Motors, Inc. is introducing Harold Dempsey as its Master Technician. Dempsey is widely known as the area’s #1 diesel mechanic. Dempsey’s wealth of knowledge and 30-plus years of experience involves working on lawn & garden equipment to diesel tractors and heavy equipment.

“In martial arts’ terms, I would equate Harold to a Grandmaster” said Matt Litter, President of Hometown Motors, Inc.. “Just as the addition of Ferrari Tractor elevated Hometown Motors, Inc. to a higher level, so too the addition of Harold.”

Dempsey says most of his decades of experience all started when he was a boy- working with his father. “I’ve worked on skid-loaders, jack-hammers, tillers, you name it- I have pretty much worked on it.”

Dempsey’s arrival further enhances the Hometown Motors, Inc. motto of “Buy it here, get it serviced here”.

“If you go to a big box store for example- some of the stuff at the big-box stores, we carry that here, but if you buy that out there at the big-box stores and they have nobody that knows anything about it- whether from the operational standpoint to the maintenance standpoint. We do service what we sell here.” 

Hometown Motors, Inc. has become Ohio’s premiere dealership for top brand names in turf and outdoor power equipment. In early March, Hometown Motors, Inc. was appointed by BCS America as Ferrari Tractor’s exclusive dealer/distributor for all U.S. States east of the Mississippi River. The partnership provides the east coast with several models of Ferrari sub compact and compact tractors.

Dempsey will also be part of a new video series on the Hometown-Motors YouTube Channel.

Ohio Means Jobs Interviews Coming To Pike County

Presented By McDonald’s, I’m Lovin’ It!

Three area businesses seeking employees will be featured at Open Interview Events slated in April at the OhioMeansJobs Career Center at the Community Action Committee of Pike County, located at 941 Market Street, Piketon.

According to a press release, the first Open Interview Event will feature Chillicothe based Staff Source, which will be filling positions ranging from general labor, roofing, sales, and cleaning to healthcare, clerical, and industrial. Staff Source will be conducting interviews on April 16th from 10am-1pm.

The second event is with Bellisio’s Foods from Jackson. Bellisio’s is trying to fill several general production and technician positions for three shifts. Bellisio’s will be conducting interviews on April 21st from 1pm-4pm.

The final interview event features Sugar Creek Packaging from Washington Court House, who will also be interviewing to fill production and technician positions for three shifts. Sugar Creek Packaging will be conducting interviews April 23rd from noon-3pm. 

Open Interview events require candidates to schedule an appointment for each interview day by calling the OhioMeansJobs Career Center at (740) 289-2371.

Masks will be required for admission. Current Health Safety guidelines will be followed by applicants attending the events. 

Downtown Dash Bar Crawl & Shop Stroll

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

Chillicothe’s downtown will be turning green Saturday, March 13th during the Saint Patty’s Day Downtown Dash Bar Crawl & Shop Stroll.  The DORA will be active during the event, according to the Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce website.

PICK UP YOUR SWAG BAGS AT 50 WEST, 1 N. MAIN ST., CHILLICOTHE, Wednesday, March 10, thru Friday, March 12, 11 am to 10 pm.

The Cost is $25, which includes an event t-shirt, a 50 West swag bag, and a passport that gives you access to exclusive deals throughout downtown.  Have your passport stamped at the destinations to be entered in the drawing for a downtown Chillicothe gift basket.

The proceeds benefit the See Chillicothe Bloom! Flower Fund.

Participating Businesses:

  • Fire & Stone Pizza
  • Steiner’s Speakeasy
  • The Old Canal Smokehouse
  • 50 West Brewing Company
  • Old Capital Brewing Company
  • Hometown Hibachi
  • R Kitchen
  • The Cozy Inn
  • The Pour House at Machinery Hall
  • The Dock at Water
  • Hatch Boutique
  • High Five Cakes
  • Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop
  • Chillicothe Antique Emporium
  • Ivy’s Home & Garden
  • Nellie Dog Pottery & Paints
  • Bunstine Law Offices
  • Brick Haven Spa & Salon
  • Alpha Femme Boutique
  • Exit Realty
  • Buckeye Engraving & Design
  • Wheatberry Books
  • Southern Ohio Axe Throwing
  • Horizon Telephone Company
  • Downtown Chillicothe
  • The Chillicothe Visitor’s Bureau
  • Discover Downtown Chillicothe
  • First Capital Nutrition
  • Maggie & Me Candle Co.
  • Globe Furniture

To register, following our link to the Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce website. CLICK HERE:

Ferrari Tractor Lands In Chillicothe

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

The Ferrari Vega L80 tractor makes it way to the Hometown-Motors, Inc. showroom at 818 Eastern Avenue in Chillicothe. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Hometown Motors, Inc. of Chillicothe, Ohio – a turf and outdoor power equipment superstore, announces its newest partnership and transformation into a regional power equipment distributor.

This partnership will provide the east coast with several models of Ferrari sub compact and compact tractors.

In a letter to employees, Matt Litter President of Hometown-Motors, Incorporated said; “Today, I have the privilege of announcing a truly game changing event for Hometown Motors. BCS America has appointed Hometown Motors, Inc. as their exclusive Ferrari Tractor dealer/distributor for the eastern half of the U.S. market. This marks the first time in the history of the Litter companies, one of its divisions has been appointed territory outside of Ohio. The new sales territory covers all U.S. states east of the Mississippi River.”

Manufactured in Italy, Ferrari Tractors return to the United States sporting advanced technology, innovative features, competitive pricing and world-class styling.

The Ferrari Vega L80 tractor is prepped for unloading from the hauler Tuesday morning. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Chillicothe Steel Buys Acreage In Gateway Exchange Industrial Park

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There is some good news of business expansion in the Chillicothe area. Ross County Community Improvement Corporation has announced the sale of 6.44 acres located in Gateway Interchange Industrial Park to Chillicothe Steel.  

The family-owned company, currently leasing space in the McArthur Street Industrial Park, has been operating in Chillicothe for nearly 30 years.  The company sells products throughout Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, and to customers in other areas.  The company’s expansion is expected to create eight new full-time jobs.  

In a press release, company president Jeff Crace said- “At Chillicothe Steel, we take great pride in our excellent service and customer satisfaction.  We are pleased to contribute to the growth of the Chillicothe area” 

Chillicothe/Ross Chamber Of Commerce Promotes 2021 & Beyond Initiative

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Watch Mike Smith’s Litter Media interview with Mike Throne here.

Local business and economic development officials learned about and shared stories of successes in 2020 and what is ahead for 2021 in their Community Outreach Breakfast Conference held virtually by the Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce, Friday morning.

Speakers on the virtual conference included Tiffany Baldwin- Director of Downtown Chillicothe, Tammy Eallonardo- Economic Development Director for Greater Chillicothe and Ross County Development, Ross County Health Commissioner Garrett Guillozet and featured speaker Ryan Wardlow- Advisor/Wholesaler for J.P. Morgan in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Throne told the virtual breakfast following that their emphasis is on the “2021 And Beyond Initiative”.

Tiffany Baldwin says she believes 2021 will be a “turnaround year” for local businesses. Despite the pandemic, “20 new businesses started in Chillicothe’s downtown and 8 more have already started up thus far in 2021”, Baldwin says. She added that the organization known as Downtown Chillicothe is still trying to increase ways to keep customers coming to downtown businesses.

Tammy Eallonardo pointed to the arrival of a new business in the spec building located near Kenworth Truck Company. The truck manufacturing supplier General Fasteners is occupying half of the spec building with Chillicothe based Petland‘s recent expansion announcement having them utilizing the remaining 50,000 square feet of that spec building.

Eallonardo also stated that much has been done locally thanks to more than $248,000 in grant support, the commitment of $837,000 in new capital investment and new and retained payroll of just over $2 million.

She added that the lack of spec building space might have contributed to missed business location opportunities in 2020, which is why more such space is needed.

Health Commissioner Garrett Guillozet discussed how his department has worked during the COVID-19 pandemic and how much of 2021 will look like what they have been doing in 2020.

Featured speaker Ryan Wardlow of J.P. Morgan talked about successful investments during the last year and said some of the big investment winners, according to the S&P 500 were:

Online Retail- up 62%

Information Technology- up 43%

Home Improvement- up 31%

Chamber President and CEO Mike Throne says they will have an announcement later this year on their Annual Meeting date- but will begin accepting nominations March 1st for Entrepreneur of the Year. Throne is hopeful the annual meeting can be held in July, while their Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing is planned for September 17th at Jaycees Golf Course.

Columbus Innovation District Aims To Create 20,000 Central Ohio Jobs

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted were joined by JobsOhio, The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Franklin County, the City of Columbus, and state legislators to unveil the Columbus Innovation District. The Columbus Innovation District will bring together globally recognized education and healthcare research institutions to bolster the creation of in-demand jobs and fuel $3 billion in economic impact for Columbus and Ohio over the next 10 years.

The Columbus Innovation District will be a hub for innovation and growth in Ohio, expanding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational opportunities, positioning Ohio to compete nationally for growing tech and healthcare employers.

“The Columbus Innovation District will be the third anchor in our strategy to build on Ohio’s growing dominance as a world leader in medical research and healthcare talent,” said Governor DeWine. “These districts will attract researchers, who can create, develop, and share their ideas with the world from Ohio.”  

The Columbus Innovation District aims to generate 20,000 new jobs in central Ohio over the next 10 years, involving an estimated 10,000 direct STEM jobs in the technology and healthcare industries, as well as 10,000 indirect jobs in the community at large.

“With this announcement, Columbus becomes the third regional innovation district we’ve launched in Ohio in the last year, advancing world-class research, supporting intellectual property commercialization and new business startups while developing the STEM and computer science talent needed for healthcare and businesses to thrive,” Lt. Governor Husted said. “The people of Ohio will ultimately benefit from the fact that OSU and Nationwide Children’s, in collaboration with JobsOhio, share the common mission of advancing innovation, investment and economic prosperity in Ohio – now and for the future.”

JobsOhio, Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s will invest $1.1 billion in the Columbus Innovation District, including the development of an Interdisciplinary Research Facility, an Energy Advancement and Innovative Center, an Outpatient Cancer Facility, and the region’s first proton therapy facility to treat cancer patients already underway at Ohio State’s West Campus. 

“The Columbus Innovation District brings together leading area institutions that will have worldwide impact on the future growth and advancements in healthcare and education,” said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef. “JobsOhio and our partners see incredible opportunity for the Columbus district, together with the others across Ohio, to advance innovation, ultimately creating a global hub for fresh, creative and transformative ideas.”

JobsOhio, the state’s private nonprofit economic development corporation, is committing up to $100 million for the Columbus Innovation District, with Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital serving as the anchors to drive STEM talent production, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and life science research, as well as business development in job creation largely focused on technology and life sciences in the healthcare industry.

“This strategic partnership with JobsOhio will create new opportunities for our faculty, staff and student researchers and entrepreneurs, further positioning central Ohio as a leader to develop the exciting potential at the interfaces of biomedical and computer science and engineering research, ” said The Ohio State University President Kristina M. Johnson. “In addition, we will work with JobsOhio to grow the STEM talent pool, and educate a new generation of students who will continue to thrive in our growing economy.”

This commitment is expected to generate another $2 billion in private development necessary to build real estate and create a vibrant, amenity-rich community to house the expected 10,000 direct jobs spurred by the initiative.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been proud to count The Ohio State University, Gov. DeWine, and Lt. Governor Husted among our strongest partners as we have increasingly become a center of discovery and translation of new therapies for children around the world,” said Tim Robinson, CEO of Nationwide Children’s. “The Columbus Innovation District, made possible by JobsOhio, allows us all to deepen our partnership, create more opportunities for the people of central Ohio, and have an even greater impact on children’s health.”   

Today’s announcement included local support, as well as from city and county officials. 

“This Columbus Innovation District represents an investment in our region, our residents, and their future,” said Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce.  “The impact locally in the form of jobs and investment will be great, but this is also a partnership that has the potential to make a difference around the globe.  The impact from a project like this will be greater than the sum of its parts, and I’m really excited to see it going forward here in Franklin County.”

“The Columbus Innovation District will help attract the best and brightest minds to central Ohio, and allow Columbus to retain the talent that will follow this historic public-private investment in STEM,” said City of Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.  “The District will create the environment for collaboration and the discovery and application of new technologies to solve some of our greatest challenges. This is a once in a generation opportunity that will produce thousands of new graduates, thousands more jobs and spur billions in private investment. It is an integral part of the Columbus growth strategy, and will help the city to align jobs, housing and infrastructure along the northwest corridor, propelling our city into the future.” 

This announcement follows the kickoff of both the Cleveland Innovation District, which launched in January with the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, MetroHealth Medical Center, and University Hospital as partners, and the Cincinnati Innovation District™ unveiled in March 2020, with the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as anchors.

Tuesday’s Weather Affecting Local Businesses & Travel

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The icy conditions across the Scioto Valley has created more than school closings for Tuesday February 16th.

Homeland Credit Union announced their offices would not be opening until 11am.

Classic Brands Chillicothe and Classic Brands Albany will be closed Tuesday and will not be making deliveries.

Hometown-Motors, Inc. is also closed Tuesday.

Most area counties were on Snow Emergencies that ranged from 3-1 Monday night into Tuesday morning. Jackson, Vinton and Athens counties were Level 3 until Tuesday morning due to heavy ice accumulation, back were being backed down to Level 2 by mid-morning. Ross, Pike and Pickaway counties were Level 2 overnight into Tuesday morning.

Area road conditions were mostly snow covered with some ice beneath the few inches of snow that remained after snow plows made their rounds.

Temperatures are expected to remain cold Tuesday with night time lows in the single digits and wind chills below zero at night.

The next snow storm is forecast for late Wednesday night through Thursday, with forecasts of between 2-5 inches of snow.

The “good news” is that the extended weather forecast calls for temperatures in the low 40’s next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ohio Funeral Directors, Workers Urgently Seek Immediate Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

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Today, the Ohio Funeral Directors Association (OFDA) strongly urged Governor DeWine and leaders in his administration to ensure Ohio’s funeral directors and their employees to be given immediate access to the COVID-19 vaccine. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) and CDC’s Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) both recommended that death care workers be placed into Phase 1a for vaccine allocation.

According to an October 2, 2020 publication by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), “morticians, funeral home workers, and other death care professionals involved in handling bodies” were to be included in the highest-priority Phase 1A Population of High-Risk Health Workers, along with healthcare clinicians and staff and first responders.

The following statement can be attributed to OFDA executive director Melissa Sullivan:

“We appreciate and acknowledge the leadership of Governor Mike DeWine and his administration in dealing with this devastating pandemic. We recognize that physicians, nurses, long term care residents and staff deserve first priority in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. However, when retrieving those who died as a result of the coronavirus from our hospitals and nursing homes, these men and women in the death care industry are also on the front line of this pandemic. They are putting themselves in harm’s way daily.

Although some protection is provided through PPE, exposure continues as they prepare bodies for disposition, console surviving family members, and greet those attending services. Unlike most other public gatherings, Ohio placed no limits on attendance at funerals forcing funeral home personnel to deal with large numbers of attendees, some of which do not comply with masking or social distancing requirements.

While funeral directors do comply with CDC guidelines and state orders, the potential for being a hub for the spread of this virus is genuinely concerning. Just as has been done in every other state surrounding Ohio, and 38 states in total, we strongly urge the Governor to correct this oversight as soon as possible and amend Phase 1B to include funeral directors, embalmers, and their staff for immediate vaccine distribution.”

ROSS & Fayette Solar Farms Growing Closer TO APPROVAL

Presented by McDonald’s, I’m Lovin’ It!

UPDATED 10:45am 1/27/21

The Ohio Power Siting Board has scheduled a public hearing regarding Ross County Solar, LLC’s proposal to build a 120 megawatt solar farm in Ross County.

The Ross County solar farm would be located on 1,433 acres in Buckskin and Paint townships. The hearing will be conducted using the Webex virtual platform that facilitates participation by telephone or live video on the internet.

The public hearing will be held on April 6, 2021, beginning at 6pm. The public hearing will allow residents in the community, who are not parties to the case, to provide testimony about the project. Testimony will be limited to five minutes per witness, and the hearing transcript will become part of the case record considered by the OPSB.

Testimonies will be limited to five minutes per witness.

In Fayette County, a decision to move forward on a plan for a separate solar farm in Perry Township has been continued for a meeting now scheduled for February 8th.

According to Fayette County zoning board member Greg McCune, “Due to the absence of a board member, the board voted to do a continuation of the meeting until February 8th. The board stated they wanted all board members there for the vote.”

The Fayette County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet February 8th at 7pm to consider granting a conditional use permit for the “Fayette Solar Farm”.

National Grid Renewables is proposing the project, which if approved, they would design and operate on 435 acres of land between Bonner, Barrett and Beatty Roads and the Highland County line.

Monday night’s 7pm Fayette County Zoning Board meeting will be held at the Union Township building at 1505 Old State Route 38 near Washington CH.