Category Archives: Human Interest

A Visit with “Our Town” Producer Evan Shaw

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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.


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,

Barb Jividen Talks About “MOM: In the Dictionary Between Laughter and Noise”

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Barb and Jerry Jividen are finally seeing an 18 year journey come to fruition. Last spring, “MOM” was to be released in time for Mother’s Day.

The pandemic pushed the release date back to November, 2020. If not for the pandemic, the book may never had materialized.

Jividen tells Litter Media she had written the manuscript in 2002 and when publishers were hesitant to give the book a chance, she placed the manuscript in a drawer at their home. While doing a remodeling project during the pandemic, she rediscovered the manuscript and still had the photos planned for the book. With the extra time on their hands, the Jividens brought the book back to life with a new outlook.

The book is available through and other online bookstores, as well as Chillicothe’s Wheatberry Books at 9 West Second Street and

Safely Celebrating Halloween in 2020

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The Ohio Department of Health and the CDC have prepared recommended best practices for those wishes to celebrate Halloween this month.

While some communities will host beggar’s night activities, some will host trunk-or-treating.

The ODH strongly recommends canceling hayrides, haunted houses and trunk-or-treating  events. Of course, seek guidance for your local health department. 


City of Chillicothe and Ross County villages/townships will conduct trick or treat on Thursday, October 29th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 🎃🎃🎃

Posted by Chillicothe Police Department on Friday, October 9, 2020

Camp Dream: Goodwill, Pioneer Center & Ross County Park District Team Together

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As summer plans fell apart for many this summer, Goodwill, the Pioneer Center, and the Ross County Park District came together to develop a new plan – Camp Dream.

Plans for the two-week social distancing camp began after Pioneer’s Services and Support Director Laura Martin reached out to Goodwill of South Central Ohio’s Missions Coordinator Cana Horner.

“The Pioneer Center wanted to find a way to bring summer enrichment back to children in the new normal we found ourselves in. Our community partnerships were more important than ever, and we knew this would be somewhat of a challenge, but a challenge Goodwill accepted with enthusiasm and determination,” Martin said.

Horner said her staff quickly sprang into action along with Pioneer to develop a robust itinerary for campers which included fun, exercise, and education. The Ross County Park District also jumped on board to help, providing not only the location at Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve, but providing staff to help with nature-based activities.

“Every detail was carefully thought out from establishing small enrollment numbers, the outdoor location, temperature checks and more. Camp Dream offered a wide range of activities built specifically with safety in mind and Goodwill went above and beyond to provide each camper with a sense of leadership, the joys of navigating nature, and in making new friends,” Martin said.

The camp, which began on July 27 and runs through Aug. 7, had 10 teen campers sign up and was supervised daily by staff from Goodwill’s Activities and Training Centers. Goodwill’s workforce development team also lent a hand and Horner taught a class on hygiene where campers made a dog with a bar of soap and a washcloth.

“I really enjoyed having the opportunity to interact with the kids and teach them something while also having fun,” Horner said. “If we get enough interest next year, I’m hopeful we may be able to do the camp again.”

Other presenters throughout camp included: Judi Mannion, Ross County Litter Control and Recycling director; Kathy Smith, Ross County Board of DD MUI coordinator; Kelly Stauffer, owner of Chillicothe Fine Arts; Allison Shoemaker, Ross County Board of DD disabilities advocate; Dana Letts, Chillicothe City Schools STEM coordinator; Myranda Vance and Allen Hawk, Ross County Park District; Brittany Freeman, ‘Leave No Trace’ educator; Andrea Gayheart, nail technician at The Guest House Spa in Washington C.H.; Capt. Ron Meyers, Chillicothe Police Department; Tricia Wallace, Ross County Board of DD recreation director; Heather Clark, Goodwill board member; and Roger Bellar.

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 these services in Pickaway, Ross, Hocking, Fayette, Pike, Athens, Vinton, and Jackson counties.

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

Eian Davidson concentrates during an activity at Camp Dream. Photo provided by Goodwill
Camp Dream. Photo provided by Goodwill

Majestic Theater Fundraising Campaign Continues

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The Majestic Theater has been closed for events since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March of 2020. It has been long billed as “America’s oldest operating theater”.

Earlier this year, a donor pledged $7,500 to match monies raised to help the theater during its closure. In a release by the Majestic Thursday, the board says $5,780 has been raised so far.

To make a donation by check, mail to Majestic Theater, 230 N. Plaza Blvd., Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 or online, CLICK HERE.

Learn more at the Majestic Theater’s website.

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:

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

Digital Junction Earthworks on Your Smartphone

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(Submitted photo)

The Junction Earthworks (off Belleview Avenue at Plyley’s Lane) are now featured in a new, free smartphone app. Visitors to this 2,000-year-old American Indian sacred site can read new trail signs, and use their smartphones to explore virtual reconstructions of the earthworks, watch videos and interviews, open up 360-degree panoramas, and compare different maps of the site. They can even fill the earthworks’ ditches with water.

The app features “Augmented Reality” (AR), meaning you will see live virtual 3d objects – reconstructed earthworks in this case – superimposed in the real environment through the “window” of your phone or tablet, and you can move around and change your view on them. Created in computer modeling software, the reconstructions are based on the recent, highly-detailed archaeological surveys of the earthworks.

The app’s creators would like your help in evaluating the new signage and app at Junction. Here’s how to participate:

1 – Download the “Junction Earthworks” App from the App Store or Google Play. The minimum system requirements are provided there.

2 – Visit the earthwork site and explore the app, along with the trail signage, before July 29.

3 – Send an e-mail (before July 29) to with “Junction App” in the subject line. You will receive a link to the survey.

4 – Fill out the short online survey.

The survey results will help us plan future heritage- tourism projects using these new media tools, including the “Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks” World Heritage property (which includes five Ross County sites).

WHAT: “Junction Earthworks” App paired with new trail signs at the site.

WHO: The App was commissioned by the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy, and produced by Virtual Grounds Interactive LLC of West Chester, Ohio.

WHERE: The app is available free from the App Store and Google Play.

HOW: Follow these four steps: download the app, visit the site, email John, take the survey.

WHY: To help plan future projects about Ohio’s amazing earthworks, including World Heritage.

Scioto Society’s “Bundle of Twigs” Campaign Continues

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In April, The Scioto Society, producer of Tecumseh!, announced due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cancelling the 2020 production of the popular outdoor drama as well as the spring production of “The Sound of Music”. READ MORE HERE

June 10th, President/CEO Brandon Smith told viewers on the production’s Facebook Page the plan for raising funds to keep the local non-profit operating through a campaign called “Bundle of Twigs”. Using the premise of the Shawnee Chief’s analogy of “a single twig is easily broken, but a bundle of twigs is strong.” Hence the name of the fundraising campaign.

The Bundle of Twigs Campaign is a way for the community served by the outdoor drama and its many other productions, can help keep the story of Tecumseh alive. Smith says The Scioto Society has teamed with the Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation with the hope of raising $100,000 by Christmas of 2020. Because The Scioto Society is a 501c3 organization, donations are tax deductible.

In the interview below, Smith visited with Litter Media while breaking the news of the cancellation of what would have been Tecumseh’s 48th season.

CPD Chief Keith Washburn Set To Retire Friday

After 25 years of service in the Chillicothe Police Department, Chief Keith Washburn retires May 22nd, 2020.

Washburn joined the CPD in May of 1995. He became interim Chief in 2014 and sworn in to the position the following spring.

The Chief sat down with Litter Media (see the interview below) to discuss his time as an officer and to look back at his time in office, from the department drawing national attention investigating Chillicothe’s missing women, drug addiction and to the creation of the K-9 Unit. 

In 2018, Washburn earned his law degree and beginning May 26th, he’ll be starting a new position, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County.

Washburn says he’s witnessed many changes over during his career. “When I first joined in ’95, the drug of choice was crack cocaine. With crack cocaine, you had some higher levels of violent crime, but the key to a road officer that I look at, if I stopped a guy and I’m looking for crack and I missed it, I’m going to get him later. With this heroine and fentanyl, if I stop a guy and I miss that, there’s a good possibility that he could die from the drugs that are in his pocket. That’s one of the big differences.” 

Another was in the 90s, there were a lot of bar fights, almost like in the movies, but he said those have fortunately run their course over the years.

He also noted the the criminal justice sentence reform across the United States is still evolving.

“In 1995 for example, a second offense theft was a felony and the person went to prison. Now there’s no second offense theft and the threshold wen from $500 to $1,000 to make it a felony. What we’re not seeing is rehabilitation. It’s more punishment and retribution when it comes to the criminal justice system. If you have a person whose stealing, there’s an underlying reason he’s out there committing that theft crime. If you can fix that problem, then you’re gonna stop a theft. I think that’s where we’re lacking in the criminal justice system is looking at that underlying problem and treating that whether it’s mental health, addiction, whatever that reason is. I think we’re lacking that.”

Washburn said Captain Larry Bamfield will be acting-Chief until a successor is named.

Huntington Local Schools Salute

Since Ohio’s schools have been closed, Litter Media has been following to Huntington Local Schools’ messages to their students. Each week a different inspirational message in cups along the fence facing the Rozelle Creek Road/Ohio 772 intersection.

As the pandemic has forced school districts to modify their graduation ceremonies, Huntington took the opportunity with their fence message to dedicate the last two weeks to The Class of 2020.