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Goodwill Opens New Store Thursday in Zane Plaza

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Goodwill of South Central Ohio opens its newest store October 1, 2020 in Zane Plaza next to Planet Fitness. Submitted photo

Goodwill of South Central Ohio will be opening its new store in Zane Plaza at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The new store is located next to Planet Fitness in the former f.y.e. location. The 7,000 square-foot sales floor has been renovated and setup similarly to our new store on Western Avenue which opened in May. The Zane Plaza store is actually a relocation of the store in Shawnee Square which will close for good at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

“We anticipate the Zane Plaza store will be more convenient for those shopping the North Bridge Street corridor. We think customers also will enjoy the warm, modern feel of the store,” said Goodwill CEO Marvin Jones.

The opening will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Thursday with the Chillicothe and Ross Chamber of Commerce. Donations will be accepted at the Zane Plaza store during business hours starting on Oct. 1 and should not be dropped off at the Shawnee Square location after Sept. 30. Both Chillicothe stores are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Goodwill of South Central Ohio is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life and job opportunities for those with disabilities and disadvantages across our eight-county region. Donations and purchases made at our stores help to support workforce development and other services for those with disabilities in Pickaway, Ross, Hocking, Fayette, Pike, Athens, Vinton, and Jackson counties.

For more information on Goodwill, go online to www.GWISCO.org and follow them on Facebook.

Ross County’s Roundabouts Are Progressing

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Last May, Litter Media reported there are nearly 200 roundabouts in the Ohio.

Travelers of Ohio 159 north of Chillicothe have maneuvered through the construction of two of the newest, the connection of the 159/207 and about a quarter mile north at 150 and 180 at Kinnikinnick. Work should be completed by the end of September/early October 2020.

Studies show roundabouts achieve a 44% reduction in all crashes and a 72-87% reduction in fatal injury crashes when converting a two way stop intersection into a roundabout. READ MORE FROM ODOT

Circleville installed a roundabout near the east entrance of high school campus in 2014. Jackson has a roundabout at McCarty Lane and Acy Avenue just west of US 35 and another near Ohio University’s Convocation Center in Athens.

From the Litter Media Cameras: The Roundabouts at the Ohio 207 Connector with Ohio 159 and at the Ohio 159-180 intersection are taking shape. READ MORE HERE: https://bit.ly/3guID6C

Posted by Litter Media on Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Litter Media’s report with ODOT’s Matt McGuire in May 2020.

Final Beam Going in Place at Adena Tuesday

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Tuesday, July 28th, Adena Health System officials will celebrate the placing of the final beam in the construction of the Adena Orthopedic and Robotic Surgery Center.

Construction began on the $70-million, five-story facility in November of 2019 with expected completion in summer 2021.

The center will house the region’s largest robot-assisted surgery program and Adena’s nationally accredited orthopedics program. Additionally, the facility will be home to specialized care for spine, sports medicine, neurology, general surgery, podiatry and other specialties.

The ceremony will be closed to the public, but those wishing to can watch via a live video presentation on the Adena Health System Facebook Page.

Majestic Theater Surveying Patrons

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Chillicothe’s Majestic Theater sent out an email Tuesday, surveying patrons as they move closer to reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown for theaters.

The survey, consisting of four simple questions, three of which gauge when patrons would feel comfortable about returning to the theater and the use of face coverings. There’s also a section to share a comment.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Like many others across the country, “America’s oldest continuously operating theater”, was forced to cancel shows in March.

The Majestic’s events calendar has The Motown Sounds of TOUCH as its first returning stage performance, scheduled for Saturday September 5th, 2020 followed by the Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival the following Friday and Saturday, September 11th and 12th.

Learn more about the Majestic and its current fundraising campaign at www.majesticchillicothe.net   

WCHI To Return To Full Power Soon

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For the last two weeks, listeners to WCHI (1350-AM) have had better reception on iHeartRadio to hear classic hits than their actual radio.

The reason, the station had to remove its tower and is operating at low power.

The station reported its tower’s foundation had weakened. Workers began dismantling the tower at its Eastern Avenue transmitter site June 16th.

Meanwhile, a remote broadcast van with a small mast is a temporary solution until the tower returns.

According to the WCHI’s website, it could be a couple of more weeks before the tower can be erected and have the music pumping at full power again.

Crews dismantle the WCHI broadcast tower at the station’s transmitter site on Eastern Avenue June 16, 2020.
Crews dismantle the WCHI broadcast tower at the station’s transmitter site on Eastern Avenue June 16, 2020.
A remote mast truck is being used to transmit a reduced signal for WCHI until its tower can be erected. Photo taken June 16, 2020.

Wet Your Appetite: Restaurants Are Opening Back up

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May 15th Ohio’s restaurants can begin outdoor service as the state continues its Responsible RestartOhio phase for the food sector.

Since closing due the state’s Stay-At-Home Order, customers have been supporting local eateries through carry out orders or through online purchases such as the restaurant’s gift cards. But beginning Friday, there’ll be more face-to-face contact, albeit six feet apart, adhering to the state guidelines.

Here’s what to expect from some local restaurants, many of which have been providing carry out service, but some are re-opening for the first time since mid-March.

In many cases, restaurants are taking reservations due to limited outdoor seating. So, plan on calling ahead or check the establishment social media or websites before venturing out.

If we missed your restaurant, drop us an email: littermedia@littercorp.com and we’ll get you added to our list. 

Carl’s Townhouse: Carry out orders, 740-773-1660
Chillicothe Antique Emporium: Soda fountain orders are to go only, 10a-5p, 740-773-5427
Chillicothe Country Club: May 15th, Patio seating, carry out orders continue. www.chillicothecountryclub.com, 740-775-0150
Cozy Inn: May 21st, 11am  740-775-9195
Fire and Stone PizzeriaCarryout and curbside, 4p-8p Tue-Fri, www.fireandstonepizza.com, 740-771-4592
Hardtail Cafe & Saloon: Carry out orders, 740-253-5167
Highland’s Ice Creamery: Carryout Closed Monday; 2p-8p Tue, Wed, Thu & Sun; 2p-9p Fri & Sat; 740-779-1515 
High Five Cakes: Lobby opening TBA; taking orders online www.highfivecakes.com, 740-775-2253
Hometown HabachiContinuing carry out orders; May 21st, indoor dining. www.hometownhabachi.com 740-771-4705
Jerry’s Pizza on Paint: May 15th, Patio seating and carry out only, 11a to close. www.jerryschillicothe.com 740-773-2100 
Jerry Pizza West: Carry out only, 740-773-9378
Jimmy John’s: Curbside pickup, 10:30a-9p Mon-Sat and 10:30a-8p on Sunday  
Old Canal Smokehouse: Continuing carryout, May 21st, indoor dining, no bar seating. www.oldcanalsmokehouse.com 740-7793278
Paint Grill: May 15th, Open patio seating, 740-773-1580
Paper City Coffee: May 21st, carryout and outdoor service. R Kitchen on Paint: Beginning May 15th, only three tables outdoors. Reservations, 1 hour for lunch, 2 hours for dinner. If rain, the order will be “to go”. May 21st, indoor dining with limited reserved seating. 740-775-4555
Rost Coffee: Carry out, www.rostcoffee.com
Seven Miles Smokehouse: Carry out orders, www.7milesmokehouse.com, 740-851-4015
Steiner’s Speakeasy: May 15th, Patio seating, 25 person limit, opening at 3pm. www.steinersspeakeasy.com, 740-773-0010
Sumburger: Full curb service, www.sumburger.com, 740-772-1055
The Crosskeys Tavern: May 15th, Fish Fry, perch dinner carry out orders. Pickup and pay from alley entrance door to O’Malley’s in the rear of The Crosskeys. 740-774-4157
The Dock at Water: May 15th, Patio dining 11a-10p Seating is first come, first serve, no large groups or special table requests. www.dockatwaterst.com, 740-779-3625
The Pour House at Machinery Hall: May 15th, curbside pickup and delivery continues May 21st indoor dining, no bar seating. Menu at www.pouronchillicothe.com, 740-771-4770

The Restart Is Underway

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Many area businesses are open across Ohio, as the next phase of Stay Safe Ohio rolls out.

Retail shops closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic were permitted to reopen May 12th providing proper state guidelines were met.

SEE THE RETAIL GUIDELINES FOR RESPONSIBLE RESTART OHIO

Because some businesses have elected to delay their restart, it’s suggested to call ahead or check the business’ social media pages or website.

Tuesday during Governor DeWine’s daily news conference, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Cosmetic Therapy business are permitted to restart May 15th. Those sectors had been delayed due to the State Medical Board decisions.

SEE THE GUIDELINES FOR SECTORS LICENSED BY THE STATE MEDICAL BOARD OF OHIO

While permitted to reopen, not all businesses will be. 

The Green Tree Restaurant announced on their Facebook Page they will not be reopening. The post Sunday reads “It’s with great sadness that we are announcing the closing of Greentree. We would like to Thank the community for their support over the last few years.”

This will be our last and final post. It's with great sadness that we are announcing the closing of Greentree. We would…

Posted by The Green Tree Restaurant on Sunday, May 10, 2020

Another business restart will only temporary. Tecumseh Trading Company, operated by The Scioto Society as a downtown venue for the outdoor drama Tecumseh, will open in early June fo a clearance sale, but will then close thereafter. In the announcement on Facebook, Brandon Smith stated the closing was emotional, but necessary “as we concentrate all of our resources and efforts on getting Tecumseh back on the stage in 2021.”

We will be re-opening the shop the first week of June, for short period of time for a clearance sale. We’re sad to…

Posted by Tecumseh Trading Co. on Monday, May 11, 2020

In early April, The Scioto Society was forced to cancel its 2020 season of Tecumseh (see the interview with Brandon Smith below)

Meanwhile, many businesses have opened requiring customers to maintain social distancing, limiting the number of those permitted in their stores at a time and the wearing of face coverings.

Social distancing remains an important part of restarting Ohio. This sign is posted on the door of The Rost Coffee in Downtown Chillicothe
Social distancing remains an important part of restarting Ohio. This sign is posted on the door of High Five Cakes in Downtown Chillicothe
Wheatberry Books reopened May 12th, while neighboring Totem Supply Co. announced on Facebook they’re looking at the first week of June to reopen.
Highland’s Ice Creamery was among those businesses who reopened May 1st and have posted these guidelines for customers.
Ivy’s announced restarting in a Facebook Live posting Tuesday afternoon.
Most restaurants like Hometown Habachi have been offering take out service during the pandemic.
Restaurants like The Pour House at Machinery Hall will be permitted to serve outdoor dining beginning May 15th. They and many restaurants have been offering carry out service since May 1st.
Beginning May 15th, restaurants like R Kitchen on Paint will be permitted to serve outdoors. They’ve been offering carry out service since May 1st.