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Community Impact Award Winner Named in Pickaway County

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The United Way of Pickaway County has named the 2021 Community Impact Award winner.

Sharon Link is this year’s most outstanding community volunteer. She has been honored for her work with the Westfall Cares Foundation and the Pickaway County Emergency Homeless Shelter.

Members of the community voted for the candidate of their choice among seven nominees.

The winner will have five scholarships named in their honor which will be awarded to high school seniors of the Class of 2021 in Pickaway County in May.

Pickaway County Health Department Seeks Accreditation

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The Pickaway County Public Health Department is currently in the process of becoming an accredited health department.

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the continuous quality improvement of Tribal, state, local, and territorial public health departments.

PHAB is working to promote and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of all public health departments in the United States through national public health department accreditation. PHAB’s vision is a high-performing governmental public health system that will make the United States a healthier nation.

What does the accreditation process look like?

The accreditation process is a very thorough review of a health department’s processes and documentation. It includes 7 major steps. For information on these steps, CLICK HERE:

Please click here to view the Pickaway County Community Health Assessment

PCPH is seeking community feedback on the Health Assessment in the document above. If you are interested in providing feedback, please take this survey, CLICK HERE:

For more information, contact Maurisa DeLuca at (740) 477-9667

Central Ohio ODOT Construction To Include Fayette & Pickaway County

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(COLUMBUS) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is officially kicking off the 2021 construction season throughout the state, with more than 145 projects worth $540 million planned in the Central Ohio area this year. This includes 44 pavement improvement projects, 18 bridge projects, and 13 safety upgrades.

Safety remains a top priority in this year’s construction program and despite a 15.5 percent drop in traffic volumes last year, the increased revenue package passed in 2018 has allowed ODOT to continue funding its safety program at a pre-pandemic level and keep important maintenance projects on schedule.

“Thanks to the foresight of Gov. DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly and internal operational savings identified by our workforce, we have been able to weather this global pandemic. Without those extra funds, we would be nearly a billion dollars in the red,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. “While other states have been delaying or cancelling projects, Ohio continues moving forward.”

This year Central Ohio will continue to see major progress at the Interstate 70/71 split in downtown Columbus, with the new ramp from Fulton St. to I-70 east scheduled to open this summer. Also in Franklin County, work on the South Side Mega Fix will wrap up in June, and I-71 widening work is underway south of State Route 665 to the Pickaway County Line.

East of Columbus, drivers can expect impacts on U.S. Route 40 in Licking County and another year of work to replace the State Route 661 bridge just south of Granville. A multi-year mega reconstruction project on I-70 through Zanesville is also slated to begin this summer.

An increase in orange barrels comes with an urgent plea for drivers to ditch the distractions and follow Ohio’s Move Over law to keep roadside workers safe. Despite fewer vehicles on the road last year, work zone crashes remained high.

“The men and women working to improve our roadways put their lives in your hands every day,” said Marchbanks. “Drivers should always pay attention behind the wheel, but work zones require extra attention and workers’ lives depend on it.”

Last year, ODOT crews were struck 125 times while on the job. So far this year, ODOT crews have already been hit 52 times. Ohio’s Move Over law requires drivers to move over a lane for any roadside vehicle with flashing lights. If they cannot move over, they must slow down.

Other area projects include:

(Fayette County)

PID 110073 I-71 RESURFACING Resurface I-71 from SR 41 in Fayette County to Yankeetown-Chenoweth Rd. in Madison County. Resurface bridges on County Roads 8, 9, 25, and 26. Estimated Begin: April 2021 Estimated End: October 2021 Project Cost: $7 million Traffic Impacts: Temporary lane and ramp closures 

PID 98139 SR 41 CULVERT REPLACEMENTS Replace culverts on SR 41 near Concord Rd. and Klondike Rd. Estimated Begin: June 2021 Estimated End: December 2022 Project Cost: $946,000 Traffic Impacts: 30-day closure with detour for each culvert

(Pickaway County)

PID 106267 CITY OF CIRCLEVILLE RESURFACING Resurface SR 56, SR 188, and U.S. 22 within the city of Circleville corporation limits. Estimated Begin: April 2021 Estimated End: September 2021 Project Cost: $900,000 Traffic Impacts: Daily lane closures, no closures during Circleville Pumpkin Show or Pickaway County Fair 


ODOT District 5 Construction Guide
Projects in Licking, Fairfield, Knox, Coshocton, Muskingum, Perry, and Guernsey

ODOT District 6 Construction Guide
Projects in Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union

Finalists Announced For United Way of Pickaway County Community Impact Award

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Last month, the United Way of Pickaway County announced the names of seven finalists for the 2021 Community Impact Award.

The 2021 finalists for the outstanding community volunteer honor are Mike Wagner, Cindy Wagner, Mark Denniston, Sharon Link, Suzie McMullen Ebenhack, Karla Exline, and Terrell Edwards.

United Way of Pickaway County Finalists For 2021 Community Impact Award

This year’s winner will be named on Saturday, April 10th at 2pm on the United Way of Pickaway County’s Facebook page by way of a livestream event. Members of the community are encouraged to vote daily for the candidate(s) of their choice until April 4th to help decide this year’s honoree.

The winner will have five scholarships named in their honor which will be awarded to high school seniors of the Class of 2021 in Pickaway County in May.

As a part of the online livestream, hosted by Mare Wilbanks, United Way of Pickaway County will highlight and honor each candidate and their contributions to the community through volunteerism.

The event will feature an advertisement for the United Way’s online auction to be held starting Sunday, April 11th at 5pm and running through Friday, April 16th at 9pm.  Head to the link here to view items up for bid.

Donations have been made possible by Deer Creek Lodge, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Hampton Inn, Easton TownePlace Suites, and Marriott Residence Inn (Mason, OH), Brew Brothers, Mum Mums, the Pickaway County Family YMCA, and Hampton Inn (Circleville).

This virtual Community Impact Auction will be a way to help fundraise for the nonprofits this year’s finalists volunteer and work on behalf of. Prospective bidders can head to the link below to access and view items.

All five online auction packages are local in-state getaways with all proceeds going to support the six Pickaway County community agencies the United Way supports: the Pickaway County Senior Center, the Haven House, Traditional Scouting with the Boy Scouts of America (Simon Kenton Council), Pickaway County Community Action Organization (PICCA), Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Ohio, Pickaway Area Recovery Services Inc., and the Pickaway Family YMCA.  

Members of the public can get to know the 2021 finalists by reading their bios and question and answers at the link here.

Be sure to vote for your candidate of choice daily until April 4th at the link here!

17 Year Periodical Cicada Due To Emerge This Spring

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2021 is the year for the next appearance of the 17 Year Periodical Cicada.

Massive brood emergence, usually in May and early June, is believed to overwhelm predators, typically birds. This ensures that enough survivors will be left behind to reproduce. Male cicadas are capable of making a loud buzzing noise, and they squawk when disturbed. The males often synchronize their buzzing in trees. Within each brood there are four or more species. Each species has a different call. It is believed that such droning and squawking is effective in deterring predators.

Annual cicadas usually emerge from June through August. Their emergence is scattered over this time, and they rarely emerge in noticeable numbers. Annual cicada males also sing to attract females. The cicada killer wasp often captures these insects to provision its nest in the ground.

Periodical Cicada Brood Map (Courtesy of OSU.EDU)

Periodical cicadas damage trees above and below ground. The most obvious damage is that caused by egg-laying in small twigs. This damage causes twigs to split, wither and die, causing a symptom called “flagging.” Flagging is especially serious on young plants (four years or younger) because more of the branches are of the preferred size for oviposition, ¼- to ½-inch in diameter. Some of the more favored trees for oviposition include maple, oak, hickory, beech, ash, dogwood, hawthorn, magnolia, willow, apple, peach, cherry and pear. Flowers, vines and shrubs include Rose of Sharon, rose, raspberry, grape, black-eyed Susan, hollies, spirea, rhododendron, viburnum, junipers and arborvitae. More than 270 species of plants have been noted as hosts for egg-laying periodical cicadas.

For more information on this year’s cicada emergence in the region, go to our link to the Ohio State University College Of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences website. CLICK HERE…

Parkinson’s Walk For A Cure

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Circleville Middle School will serve as the site for the 10th annual Parkinson’s Walk For A Cure this year. The April 24th event gets underway at 9am and run through 11am, where participants can pick up their information, bag and T-shirt.

The Savings Bank and OhioHealth are co-sponsors for the walk and will adhere to CDC and state COVID-19 guidelines for participants. 

Proceeds will be divided between the Parkinson’s Foundation for national research and the local Parkinson’s Fund to assist in the purchase of needed equipment for local patients. While people won’t be doing an organized walk, they will be able to walk on their own, and being encouraged to post their participation on social media. You are encouraged to use the city/county walk trails or park at Circleville Middle School and use the walking path at the school.  

For those unable to attend the drive-thru, contributions can be mailed to PCCF located at 770 North Court Street in Circleville. Note “Parkinson’s Fund” on the check memo line in order for proper credit.

Pre-registration can be done at Eventbrite on the following link: CLICK HERE…

Circleville City Schools Hire New Superintendent

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On Wednesday, March 17th, Circleville City School District leadership named Dr. Kimberly Halley the next Superintendent of Schools by board action at their regular meeting of the Board of Education.

Dr. Halley comes to Circleville City by way of Buckeye Valley Local School District where she currently serves as Assistant Superintendent.

“I am excited to be joining the Tiger Family back home in Pickaway County and to be contributing to its efforts to address the needs of the whole student-academic, social, and emotional,” said Dr. Kimberly Halley. “Together we will provide an excellent education for all students at Circleville City Schools and I am humbled and honored by the Board of Education’s vote of confidence in me to lead Circleville City in the years to come. As I transition into the role, I intend to build upon the strong foundation currently in place and celebrate the accomplishments our students and staff have achieved under Superintendent Jonathan Davis as we move the District forward on behalf of all learners.”  

Dr. Halley brings a wealth of transformational leadership and curricular experience to Circleville City. Prior to Buckeye Valley, she was the assistant superintendent at Reynoldsburg City Schools, worked as a Senior Consultant for School Improvement for the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio in Columbus, and oversaw K-5 learning as the Director of Elementary Education and then K-12 learning as the Chief Academic Officer at Hilliard City Schools. Dr. Halley began her career in education working as a teacher for 11 years for the Teays Valley Local School District.

“We were incredibly blessed to see such highly skilled and immensely passionate educators apply to become our new superintendent,” said board president Tony Reeser. “After interviewing candidates, it was clear to us as a board that Dr. Halley had separated herself based on her vast experience, innovative vision, and sincere passion for education and learning. From the beginning, we had hoped to find a candidate that embodied these values and qualities. Dr. Halley emerged as that candidate and we are confident all Tigers will benefit from her leadership.”

Dr. Halley and her husband Robin (CHS Class of 1974) met on the first day of new teacher orientation at Teays Valley Local. The two reside in Orient on the family farm and raised four daughters (Lisa, Heather, Angela, Tabitha – all CHS graduates). She enjoys spending time with their 12 grandchildren, ages 8-20 years, who all live locally.

While Dr. Halley will not formally assume the role until July 1st, she will spend the next several months working with current Superintendent Jonathan Davis on a transition plan as to hit the ground running for the 2021-2022 school year.

Pickaway Agriculture & Event Center To Host Two Ag. Education Events In Early May

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Two events are slated between May 1st-3rd that will benefit those raising championship livestock and those who want to know about composting. Both are being held at the Pickaway County Fairgrounds Agriculture & Event Center in Circleville.

Two Champions Choice Camps will be conducted May 1st and 2nd where Tracy Dendinger, a licensed agricultural educator, will show campers what they need to know about all aspects of your sheep, goat and pig projects. This includes showing, growing, managing, fitting and marketing.

Register online now as there are limited spots available. For more information, call (740) 505-6505 or email There website is also

Another event planned for May 3rd is a Beginners Workshop for Backyard Composting. It will be held that date between 6pm-8pm.

This workshop will be for all ages and experience levels, however, the focus will be for the beginner level. There will be a special activity and lessons for children under age 12- during the adult session.

Registration is required by April 29th. Registration fees are $5 per adult and children 12 and under get in free. There will be no refunds.

Contact Arista Hartzler at (740) 420-5451 or email

Pickaway Park District Receives Grant For Scioto River Pedestrian Bridge

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The Pickaway County Park District has been awarded a $500,000 State Capital Grant to begin the process of building a pedestrian bridge over the Scioto River.  The bridge will connect the City of Circleville to Canal Park and the Pickaway Trail, with eventual plans to stretch from New Holland into Circleville.

This bridge would be on the existing railroad corridor and on the existing railroad abutments across the river. Having this bridge would allow pedestrians and bikes to cross the river to connect to the City  as well as to approximately 14 miles of existing and proposed trails as well as an additional 14 miles of trail once the connection to New Holland is made on the Pickaway Trail.

The District will be hosting a Public Meeting on Zoom March 2nd between 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm to discuss this project in detail.

For more details, go to the Pickaway County Park District website link provided: CLICK HERE