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Local Veteran Receives 2020 Mental Health BH Hero Award

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Matt Cox from the Litter Media video “VA Tour of Heroes: Riding with a Purpose”

Last fall, we introduced you to Matt Cox, a vocational rehabilitation specialist at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center when he and fellow veteran Joe Lawhorn were promoting The Ross County Tour of Heroes.

In a small ceremony Tuesday, the Paint Valley ADAMH Board presented Cox with the 2020 Mental Health BH Hero Award.

Cox, an army veteran, has worked with fellow veterans who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and PTSD. He’s also volunteered with the Ross County Suicide Prevention Coalition and has been instrumental in creating a Bike Shop at the VA and organized a cycling group for veterans.

Cox and Lawhorn gave a presentation to the VA in Washington in 2019 which netted aid to purchase specialty bikes for veterans with disabilities.

Congratulations Matt and thank you for your continued service! 

Additional photos courtesy of Joe Lawhorn

Cox poses with local professional cyclist and US Army/Marine Corps veteran Joe Lawhorn
Cox gives a tour of the Bike Shop inside the Chillicothe VA Medical Center

It was a bit Awkward, But It Was Good to be Back on Field Friday Night

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Logan Elm Interim Athletic Boosters President, Dan Bise welcomes Teays Valley cheerleaders during the weather delay.

It was good to get back to on the gridiron Friday night for the Litter Media Game of the Week… however, it was admittedly different.

Among the observations:

GUIDELINES: Despite the downsizing of fan attendance, it was good to see activity and be back on the sidelines. Everyone in attendance adhered to the guidelines of social distancing and facial coverings. Rows were marked to make separation easy for fans.

The Logan Elm sideline had strategically space folding chairs for players to use along the track instead of a typical bench. Teays Valley plotted markers along their sideline between the 10 yard lines for players to maintain distancing.

WEATHER: En route to Pickaway County, it was hard to discern if small hail or just hard raindrops were hitting the van on the stretch between Adena Medical Center and Route 207. More storms hit later impacting several games across the state. In our case, thunder was detected 1:53 after the opening kick, resulting in a two hour delay. Play resumed at 9:05pm.

THANK YOU to Dan Bise, interim Logan Elm Athletic Boosters president, who invited our cameras to shelter-in-place with the concession crew while the storms rolled through.


The coin toss… no more than one team representative instead of a host of captains to meet at midfield to determine who gained the opening possession.

Teams breaking from their offensive huddles, the center with ball in hand, ready to place it on the marker laid at the line of scrimmage by the officials. It just looks… weird.

Halftime shortened was shortened to 10 minutes from the normal 20-plus minutes.

No bands for the visiting team. There’s something about hearing the fight song played after a team scores a touchdown. It was missing. Teays Valley’s cheerleaders had the fight song on a boom box, but only played it for their routines. Perhaps other visiting teams will bring along a recorded version to fill that void.

Post game handshakes were eliminated. The teams lined up on the hash marks, tipped their caps, waved as the went their respective ways

It was indeed different, but was also good to be back!

NEW VIDEO – LOGAN ELM MARCHING BAND OF PRIDE: The Litter Media cameras fought through the rain to capture the shortened version of the Logan Elm Marching Band’s halftime performance Friday night, August 28th. WATCH HERE:

#LitterMediaGOTW SEPTEMBER 4th: Our Litter Media cameras will be at Huntington as the Huntsmen host the Southeastern Panthers. 

Special Report: Red Cross Needs Disaster Relief Volunteers

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The Central and Southern Ohio Region of the American Red Cross is looking for volunteers for Disaster Relief.

Marita Salkowski, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Region notes, even though America is in a pandemic, disasters aren’t taking time off.

Such disasters locally include flooding, home fires and tornados, while Red Cross Disaster Relief Volunteers respond to such tragedies locally, they’re also sent to other parts of the country to assist relief with other events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and wildfires.

Salkowski says the pandemic has added extra stress on the need for volunteers because of expanding shelter space for social distancing. There’s a special need for licensed volunteers in the medical field, doctors, nurses and EMTs. Volunteers are asked for a two week long commitment.

Any one can volunteer by visiting and clicking the Volunteer tab.

(Photos submitted by the American Red Cross)

Volunteers Needed for American Red Cross Disaster Services

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The need for volunteers for American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts. The Red Cross says its experiencing increased needs due to predictions of a more active than normal hurricane season and the complexities of COVID-19.  

Becky Dungee, a Volunteer Recruitment Specialist with the ARC serving South Central Ohio, says “Ohio is a support region for large-scale disasters like hurricanes and wildfires – support because we do not experience these disasters in our area but we are great at helping across the country when they do happen.”  

Dungee explains the urgent need is for several reasons: 
It appears that Florida is in the path of Isaias. Current models show it will strike Florida late Saturday night or early Sunday morning and remain over the State for a day or two.  
Responses are already underway in Texas as a result of Hurricane Hanna and we also had sheltering in Hawaii due to Douglas with smaller responses in other places 
Covid-19 has stopped many of our regular volunteers who respond from participating due to their age or other health conditions  
Because of Covid-19 and safety guidelines shelter capacities have been decreased so we have to open more shelters to accommodate clients – opening more shelters means we need more volunteers. 

A Red Cross Disaster Relief Volunteer organizes packets of items for distributing to those in need. Photo provided by the American Red Cross

Dungee adds the current urgent needs are for Shelter Associates – volunteers to help set up and run shelters and Health Services Associates – medical volunteers to help clients and monitor conditions. “These volunteers (Health Services) must have a current license, for example Registered Nurse, Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedics, etc.” 
American Red Cross deployments last for two weeks and volunteers are asked to commit to at least one deployment between now and the end of 2020. 

For more information, contact Dungee at

(Photos provided by the American Red Cross) 

Red Cross Disaster Relief Volunteers measure for social distancing in a relief shelter. Photo provided by the American Red Cross

COVID-19 Cases Total 798 Over 14 Day Period in Ten County Region

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Litter Media looked back over the daily reports to the COVID-19 Ohio Dashboard from the county health departments for a 14 day period, July 16 through July 29.

The counties tracked (alphabetically) included, Fairfield, Fayette, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.

The total cases reported by the ten counties are 798 with 431 presumed recoveries. There have been 69 hospitalizations and 8 deaths across the counties during the 14 day period.

The larger populated areas are higher in number, with Fairfield County ranked first in the four categories. Ross County has the second most cases, hospitalizations and deaths while Pickaway County ranks third in total cases during the period. Scioto and Highland Counties are fourth and fifth among the total cases and presumed recoveries.

Below are the totals for each county and their respected totals in the four categories mentioned.

By the numbers: 10 County Region Reported July 16th through 29th, 2020.

Total COVID-19 Cases: 798

  • Fairfield, 354
  • Ross, 166
  • Pickaway, 83
  • Scioto, 65
  • Highland, 45
  • Jackson, 28
  • Pike, 22
  • Fayette, 18
  • Hocking, 13
  • Vinton, 4

COVID-19 Presumed Recoveries: 431

  • Fairfield, 236
  • Pickaway, 60
  • Ross, 46
  • Scioto, 31
  • Highland, 17
  • Jackson, 12
  • Fayette & Pike, 10
  • Hocking, 7
  • Vinton, 2

COVID-19 Related Hospitalizations: 69

  • Fairfield, 33
  • Ross, 15
  • Highland, 6
  • Pickaway, 4
  • Hocking, Jackson & Scioto, 3
  • Fayette & Vinton, 1
  • Pike, 0

COVID-19 Related Deaths: 8

  • Fairfield, 4
  • Ross, 2
  • Hocking & Scioto, 1
  • Fayette, Highland, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, Vinton, 0

As of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System map posted July 23, 2020, three counties are Level 3 Public Emergency (RED): Fairfield, Pickaway and Scioto. Highland and Jackson Counties are Level 2 Public Emergency (ORANGE) while Fayette, Hocking, Pike, Ross and Vinton were listed Level 1 Public Emergency (YELLOW). (See the indicators) The OPHAS map will be updated July 30, 2020.

According to, there’s nearly 542,000 people in the ten county region. Fairfield (157,574) is the Ohio’s 20th most populated county followed by Ross (76,666) ranked 32nd. Scioto County is 34th (75,314) and Pickaway County is 45th (58,518). Highland County (43,161) rounds out the top five in population count among the ten counties while the other five are in the state’s bottom 20 in population size: Jackson (32,413), Hocking (28,264),  Fayette (28,525), Pike (27,777) and Vinton (13,085).

The objective of the review is to show the impact the coronavirus has been having in South Central Ohio. .0015-percent of the region’s population has been directly affected by the virus during the 14 day period, July 16-29, 2020. 

Numbers used are from the daily Ohio Coronavirus Dashboard managed by the Ohio Department of Health

Goodwill Handy Helpers Introduced

Handy Helpers, Wade Warner, left, and David Horsley spread mulch after pulling weeds during the inaugural Handy Helpers appointment on Friday, June 26, 2020. (Photo submitted by Goodwill of South Central Ohio)

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Goodwill of South Central Ohio is piloting Goodwill Handy Helpers, a new program the employs those with disabilities and provide handyman like services for Ross County communities.

In a news release Friday, Goodwill Handy Helpers can be called on by any Chillicothe and Ross County resident to complete small-to-medium sized home projects such as planting flowers, mulching, raking leaves and even holiday decorating.

Donations will be accepted by recipients of services to fo toward the program.

“On the surface, Goodwill Handy Helpers is a limited handyman service for those in need, but it’s aim is to foster feelings of independence and self-worth” said Goodwill of South Central Ohio CEO Marvin Jones. “The program provides those with disabilities employment in the community where they can make connections with others, learn skills and showcase their abilities through personal interactions.”

The Goodwill Handy Helpers program is being piloted with a $25,000 grant from the Landrum Endowment Fund through the Pioneer Center/Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Foundation of Appalachia Ohio. If successful, GWSCO will look to expand the program into other parts of its eight county service area.

Appointments with Handy Helpers can be made by calling the Chillicothe Goodwill Activities and Training Center at 740-702-4009.

At right, Issac Robinson, a Goodwill Activities and Training Center activities specialist, helps Handy Helper David Horsley spread mulch during the inaugural Handy Helpers appointment on Friday, June 26, 2020. (Photo submitted by Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio)

Vinton County Ag Society Cancels 2020 Fair, Others Adjusting Amid Pandemic

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Following Thursday’s announcement by the Ohio Expositions Commission cancelling the 2020 Ohio State Fair, the Vinton County Agricultural Society voted to cancel the 2020 Vinton County Junior Fair. The release via Facebook states, “Due to the increased cost of operations and new mandates it was not financially feasible to operate the fair.” Addressed to 4-H and FFA members and advisors, the release states a plan is being in put into place to contact buyers to offer participants that complete their market projects (which includes a two minute video of their project) and an to be included in a species specific pool to be divided evenly among project participants.

Governor Mike DeWine has said direction from his office would be forthcoming, but has avoided making an official statement on fairs. Many are hopeful the Governor will address fairs directly before June 1st.

Meanwhile, the Pickaway County Fair is scheduled for June 20-27, 2020 and after the announcement of the cancellation of the State Fair for later this summer, the Senior Fair Board is preparing to make final decisions regarding their fair plans at its June 8th meeting.

We are really saddened to learn this news, as we heard it the same time as all of you just as it has developed and was…

Posted by Pickaway County Fair on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Last week, the Pike County Fair announced its Fair Board Directors opted for a virtual spring tag-in in preparation for their 2020 Fair, scheduled for July 31-August 8. The virtual tag-in deadline is June 1st.

At the May meeting of the Pike County Fair Board Directors the decision to go virtual for the 2020 Fair season’s spring…

Posted by Pike County Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 14, 2020

Earlier this month, the Ross County Fair Board stated on its Facebook Page “the Fair Board feels that we are still not at a place where we can make a firm decision regarding the fair” scheduled August 8-15.

Fair update from the Ross County Agricultural Society

Posted by The Ross County Fairgrounds and events on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Jackson County Fair announced last week they would move forward with the Junior Fair, July 16-25 but would be foregoing the midway and grandstand activities or commercial vendors. The statement noted “a more definite decision will be made by the board on or before June 20th as to what the Jr. fair shows will look like.”

The Fayette County Agricultural Society stated on its website May 7th they weren’t certain what their fair will look like. The Fayette County Fair is scheduled for July 20-25. READ THE STATEMENT


Salute Ohio Fly Over For Health Care Workers

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It was quick, routine, but also held a special purpose.

The Toledo based 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard made a fly over in honor of health care workers in South Central and Southeast Ohio Tuesday afternoon.

The scheduled fly over was part of the Fighter Wing’s maneuvers. The flight plan brought two F-16s over Adena Regional’s Chillicothe and Pike County campuses at 5:15pm. The flight continued over Portsmouth and Ironton, back over Gallipolis, Athens and on to Zanesville.

Local photographer Tim Brooks captured the two fighters.

180th Fighter wing fly Over at Adena Hospital May 12 2020

Posted by Tim Brooks on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

If you’re in Columbus Wednesday between 1pm and 1:07pm, look to the sky, they’ll fly over Central Ohio medical centers and be joined by the Ohio ANG’s 121st Refueling Wing out of Rickenbacker with the KC-135 Stratotankers.

STINGER NATION!We are excited to be partnering with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, as 2 of our F-16s fly in formation…

Posted by 180th Fighter Wing on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

What Is Yellow Day?

What began as a simple act of dedication to a mentor, Kindergarten educator Adam Peterson explains the six principles for Be The Yellow and the effect random acts of kindness have on others.

Peterson tells Litter Media the story of honoring his mentor, Honor Trotter, and how the message has spread like wildfire across America and into other countries worldwide, including Chillicothe.

Honor’s son is Dr. Ben Trotter, a Chillicothe transplant.

Watch Litter Media’s interview with Peterson below.

Photographers Turned Author with “MOM”


Chillicothe based photographers Barb and Jerry Jividen have added “author” among their titles.

Barb says “MOM, in the dictionary between Laughter and Noise” was scripted nearly 20 years ago as observations she made while watching her family.

The manuscript was tucked away in a drawer and she’d forgotten about the project. But during the pandemic, she came across the manuscript and decided to give it new life.

She says the 62-page book is somewhat of a devotional for mothers. The book is slated for a wide release in early June.

Photos by Jerry Jividen

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