Many of us have experienced this already, and others will sometime down the road. Who is responsible for the debts incurred by our loved ones- once they die?
This is a question addressed in an informative article written by Patricia Amend- a lifestyle writer and editor for 30 years. She was a staff writer at Inc. magazine; a reporter at the Fidelity Publishing Group; and a senior editor at Published Image, a financial education company that was acquired by Standard & Poor’s.
She answers the five basis questions of:
1.) Who pays the outstanding bills?
2.) Are there exceptions?
3.) Differences in estate matters- per state of residence
4.) Avoid mistakes
5.) What to do about debt collectors
We have provided a link to this article for your consideration, to try to get answers to these issues before having to deal with this difficult chapter in the life of your family.
Here is our link to the AARP article, written by Patricia Amend. CLICK HERE:
The Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence is letting the community know they are still active in helping victims of domestic abuse.
David Burchett, Executive Director of the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence joined us on the Litter Media Spotlight to talk about the revitalization of the Coalition as they work with victims in Ross County.
Burchett came on-board with the Coalition on February 15th after serving as a substance abuse addiction therapist at the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
He said he felt the services offered with the Coalition needed more attention. “I want to reiterate to the community that they (services) are still here and we are providing quality services. I am trying to broaden those services and offer some more to the community. We still have our shelter, we still have our 24/7 hotline so if anyone in the community is struggling or suffering, they can always reach out.”
The Coalition also offers case management services and will be offering counseling services soon.
Burchett says they want to become a “one stop shop” for those needing these services, where they can get as much help as possible. “We have clothing, food, shelter- all these kinds of services.”
He says there are a myriad of ways that people in need of help can get in contact with the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, whether from their home, through law enforcement or through the courts. Burchett pointed out that victims of domestic violence must “not allow” the perpetrator of their abuse to convince them (the victim) that there is “no way out.”
Burchett says their staff is adept at assisting, not only with the victims physical needs, but also their emotional needs that come with being a victim of abuse.
“Our sole purpose is to welcome these survivors of domestic violence into a caring scenario, whether that is in our office or shelter, to empower them and help them regain the life that they want.”
As expected, Burchett echoed the information heard nationwide that cases of violence in the home have gone up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Burchett encourages volunteers from the community to join them in doing what they can to help these victims, whether through monetary donations or through food and clothing assistance to the Coalition.
For more information about the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, call (740) 775-5396 or email David@rccoalition.org. Their office is located at 63 West Second Street in Chillicothe.
Dr. John Gabis, Jack Everson and Audrey Barker of the Hope Partnership Project sat down with Mike Smith and our cameras of Litter Media Spotlight for an update on how they are working with area drug addiction treatment and recovery centers to tackle the opioid crisis in the region.
Dr. John Gabis, the former coroner for Ross County and now Hope Partnership Project President, says HPP picked up where the Heroin Partnership Project started. It took the group to another level, once they realized there were more opioid addiction problems that needed to be addressed, other than just addiction to heroin.
HPP Vice President and former Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson said his “Ah’ ha moment” came while riding with Chillicothe Police Officers on 9-1-1 calls to residences where a drug overdose had occurred. That is where he said it became clear that some of the early steps- needed to be actively involving more resources in the community in the outreach of helping those in addiction, not just making it “a law enforcement issue.”
Coordinator Audrey Barker says her day-to-day duties include working with those trying to organize with the “workers in the field”, to ensure resources are used to their maximum potential.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the overall number of overdose cases, according to Dr. Gabis. However, the OD death rate increase has been lower than the overdose increase rate, thanks to the administration of Narcan for those found to be in opiod overdose.
But, Hope Partnership Project’s work doesn’t stop there, as they have coordinated efforts to make sure overdose survivors get immediate information on how they should proceed in getting help for their addiction.
The collaborative also works to bring addiction treatment/recovery groups together with their mission message of always looking for better ways on how the community can move forward in helping addicts find their way to recovery.
NOTE: Scoutmaster Jim was the oldest sibling of Litter Media’s Dan Ramey
Scouting was a lifelong passion for Jim Ramey, who many knew as “Scoutmaster Jim”. Ramey’s sudden death just before Christmas 2020 shook those who knew him. He was 68.
After 30-plus years of service with the Boy Scouts of America, Ramey joined forces with a new group called Trail Life USA.
At the time of his departure from the BSA, Ramey stated he was joining the new organization in part because “they adhere to the core values the BSA was founded upon.”
Trial Life USA’s website describes the organization as being a “Church-Based, Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused mentoring and discipleship journey that speaks to the heart of a boy.”
Seven years ago, Ramey coordinated with others to begin the Trail Life USA Ohio troops which now number more than 30 and growing. Scoutmaster Jim will be honored in a collaborative ceremony, joined by both Trail Life USA and the BSA, Saturday afternoon at Crossroads Church in Circleville, Ohio.
Ramey was a member of Tail Life Troop OH-116 (based in Ashville), the Troop’s Committee Chair, High Adventure Chairman for the North Central Region for Trail Life USA, a member and instructor of the Ohio Rappel Masters, past member of the Chief Logan Service Area Committee, Order of the Arrow and recipient of numerous scouting leadership awards.
Trail Life USA has created the Jim Ramey Adventure Training Scholarship Fund for sending area trailmen to its leadership camp.
Those wishing to make donations in Ramey’s name may do so through Trail Life USA, payable to: TLUSA-NCR, (in memo) Jim Ramey Memorial Fund, c/o C.J. Cordell, 30777 State Highway #40, New Auburn, WI 54757 or through Friends of Hocking Hills Memorial Fund, payable to: Friends of Hocking Hills, (in memo) James Ramey, friends of Hocking Hills State Park, P.O. Box #101, Logan, OH 43138.
Latham, Ohio native Tim Scowden has made a career producing television shows. From Los Angeles to New York, Scowden’s made his mark with ABC, CBS and FOX and infotainment magazine show “Hard Copy”.
He was also the Senior Producer of CNN’s “Larry King Live” for five years. King, the long-time radio and TV talk show host, passed away January 23rd. READ LARRY KNIG’S OBITUARY HERE
Litter Media’s Dan and Mike interviewed Scowden about ten years ago on their long running radio show. With the passing of King, the two reached out to him to recount his time working for the broadcast legend.
Scowden shared stories that related to the humorous, professional and personal side of the former late night talk show giant. “He was just a good guy” Scowden recalled “and the stories he had were pretty phenomenal. And they weren’t like meeting the Queen or King or something like that. It was the simple stuff, stories from his past.”
Scowden described King as a very generous person with both his time and resources and was good to share both with his colleagues on the show.
“During the Obama Inauguration, at the last minute, the show decided to send a production assistant with Larry” said Scowden. The assistant quickly through a bag together to join King on his private jet to head to Washington DC. Once they landed, King noticed the assistant was ill prepared without a coat to fend off the mid-January weather. “At the end of the day, Brad went back to his hotel room and at the front desk they handed him a package” said Scowden. “It was from a local high-end department store. And it was this expensive winter down jacket, from Larry to Brad.”
King was known worldwide, something Scowden discovered when traveling outside of the U.S. “For the five years I worked for Larry King, any vacation I took, anywhere in the world, they knew Larry King. In every hotel lobby, you would see CNN International on. He was a global celebrity.”
King’s interviewing style appealed to many celebrities. Scowden said when the newsmakers of the day wanted to take their stories to the world, they always came to Larry King who conducted interviews with an estimated 50,000 guests during his career.
‘Tis the season for giving and a local server was the benefactor of a sizable tip just in time for the holidays.
Saturday, Tracy Collins took members of Western’s Tribe Class to Rooster’s in Waverly for the culmination of a December project, “Tip A Server for the Holidays”.
In a social media post, Collins praised the efforts of her students. “The kids who raised this money are kind and beautiful souls” wrote Collins. “They decided to give this Christmas instead of receive. They did this because they wanted to and expected nothing in return. They have learned a lifelong lesson and will never forget this moment in their lives.”
Landon Marhoover, an 8th grade student in the class said he and classmates sold hot chocolate over a seven-day period at Western Middle/High School with the intent to donate the money collected to a server at a local restaurant.
“Our class went around selling hot chocolate for a dollar during one class period each day” said Marhoover. “We made over $700 in just those seven days.”
To make things more interesting, upon hearing about the project, a Rooster’s patron donated another $300 bringing the total to $1,030.
“It was exciting” said Marhoover “because it was good to help out somebody that needed help.”
In her post, Collins stated “Every person deserves an act of kindness even if it’s simply a kind word. We all have been so preoccupied lately with our own struggles that we have often overlooked or dismissed those around us.”
Collins (a server herself at Rooster’s) reminds us to not forget those waiting tables as we enjoy a night of dining during the holidays.
“We sit down to eat and some of us don’t look at our server as an actual human who rushes around to several tables trying to make everyone’s experience a pleasant one” wrote Collins. “Some don’t realize that they paste a smile on their face, take your order while in the back of their minds they’re wondering if they will make enough money to buy Christmas or groceries or pay rent. Sometimes, after they get your drinks and put your order in, they run out back and sit down and cry because the table before yours was rude and treated them like a servant instead of a person.”
“Sometimes, managers and other servers rush out after them and wrap their arms around him or her and tell them everything will be okay” explained Collins. “Some of them have warm, loving families to spend Christmas with and some do not. Some will work on Christmas Eve and will go home to an empty house while everyone else is enjoying the holiday with family.”
The recipient, Kristina Hall, was just about to finish her shift when her manager suggested she needed to work one more table. Waiting, to her surprise, were the students of The Tribe Class.
Marhoover said the experience was “very joyful because she (Hall) needed the money to help out. She was thankful, but she couldn’t really say a whole lot because she was very happy about it.”
Tribe Class is in its first year at Western, created with the intent of teaching students to be civic minded and helping others in their community.
Collins said the Rooster’s management team of Shaleah Prater, Kennedy Elkins, and Brooklie Staley paid the entire bill at Roosters for the kids and their parents.
Evan Shaw has 14 Emmy Awards to his credit for producing documentaries for Ohio University’s WOUB. His team is working on its next feature, Our Town: Chillicothe.
WATCH OUR VISIT WITH EVAN SHAW BELOW
Shaw, a native of Meigs County, has embraced his Appalachian roots and has been telling the stories of its communities including Athens, Jackson, Morgan County and most recently Gallipolis.
The Chillicothe feature is set for release in the fall of 2021.
Shaw says the features stretch from 300,000 years ago up to today. He jokingly notes Chillicothe is so rich with history, it’ll be tough to fit it all into an hour-long film.
“When the Adena were building their mounds, Alexander the Great was getting ready to conquer Egypt” said Shaw. “It’s that long ago. It’s hard to put that into perspective of American History… because we’re so tuned into European or Eastern History. But this has been a special place for literally thousands of years, and it’s absolutely fascinating.”
Shaw is in search of old photos and home movies for the production. You can reach the production team through Facebook, search Our Town WOUB or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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: https://youtu.be/yeeuE1ktADU
#LitterMediaGOTW SEPTEMBER 4th: Our Litter Media cameras will be at Huntington as the Huntsmen host the Southeastern Panthers.