Category Archives: Pike County News

12th Annual Grrreat Yard Sale

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Photo Courtesy of Pike Pet Pals

Pike County’s Dog Pound will be the beneficiary of the 12th Annual Grrrreat Yard Sale planned for Saturday, April 10th.

The yard sale runs from 8am-noon at the Pike County Fairgrounds and is sponsored by Pike Pet Pals, Inc.

There will be a giant yard sale, bake sale, Pike County Dog Tag Sale, Chinese Auction and 50/50 Raffle.

U.S. D.O.E. Extends Contract With Fluor-BWXT

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(Portsmouth) — The Fluor Corporation has announced a contract extension with the U.S. Department of Energy for its current decontamination and decommissioning work at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) in Piketon.

According to a press release, the reimbursable contract is executed by Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC, a Fluor-led partnership, together with BWX Technologies, Inc., and Jacobs.

The extension includes an additional 12 months with two additional 6-month options and is valued at up to $690 million including options.

The scope of the project includes the continued deactivation, demolition and disposal of selected site facilities, process equipment, related process buildings, and other ancillary facilities as well as continuing environmental remediation, uranium stewardship and community outreach programs.

“In partnership with the DOE, the Fluor team has done a tremendous job at delivering on the important decontamination and decommissioning work that is well under way at Portsmouth,” said Tom D’Agostino, president of Fluor’s Mission Solutions business. “We have been working at Portsmouth for 10 years and this extension provides a continuity of service crucial for the site and the DOE as the project moves into the next phase of demolition and waste placement. We look forward to maintaining our momentum and working collaboratively with the DOE and the community.”

The DOE Portsmouth site is a 3,700-acre federal reservation located in southern Ohio. It was built in the early 1950s by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission as part of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex producing enriched uranium from 1954 until 2001.

New ODNR APV Sites Include Pike County

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(COLUMBUS) – Outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoy the spring weather at one of the Ohio’s designated All-Purpose Vehicle (APV) areas, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The APV areas are located on four state forest properties: Maumee in northwest Ohio, Pike and Richland Furnace in southern Ohio, and Perry in east-central Ohio.
Pike, Richland Furnace, and Perry state forests open on April 1 for APV trail use. They will close in the fall after the last day of regular deer-gun season. The APV area at Maumee State Forest is open year-round, and snowmobile use is allowed when conditions permit. The APV areas are maintained by the ODNR Division of Forestry.
The Pike State Forest APV area will close from April 5 to noon on April 11 to allow for the Thunder in the Hills Turkey Hunt, a special event designed for disabled hunters.
Funds from each APV registration are deposited into the State Recreational Vehicle Fund and are used by the ODNR Division of Forestry for projects that directly support the state’s APV areas.
Trail users must have a valid APV registration from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Riders must wear the required safety gear, which includes helmets and eye protection. APVs, including utility vehicles (UTVs), may be up to 62 inches in width. Out-of-state registration is required for visitors from states without similar registration laws. Additionally, spark arrestors and mufflers must be compliant with industry-standard sound limitations.
Safety is key when riding an APV. For tips on how to have fun and stay safe, click here.

County Wide Clean-Up Events Planned in Pike County

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Photo Courtesy of Pike County Solid Waste Management District

The Pike County Solid Waste Management District has scheduled a series of county wide collection events that will receive old appliances, electronics, hazardous materials and tires for disposal.

The first event will run between April 5th-16th and will have district crews coming to you- if you have an appointment.

The second event is a household hazardous waste and small appliance collection at the Pike Government Center in Waverly on April 24th.

The third event is a Spring Cleaning Event, which will focus on scrap tires over a four week period to include each of the townships of Pike County.

For more information, call Kelsey Chapman at (740) 947-4104.

Information on each of the event posters can be found below:

New Pike County Judge Appointed By Gov. DeWine

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced Friday afternoon the appointment of Anthony Moraleja to the Pike County Court.

Moraleja, of Waverly, will assume office on March 22, 2021, and will be replacing Judge Paul Price, who has been elected to a different bench. Moraleja will need to run for election in November 2022 in order to complete the unexpired term ending December 31, 2024.  

Moraleja served as Pike County Assistant Prosecutor since 2007. Previously, Moraleja served as Magistrate at the Waverly Mayor’s Court for seven years.  Moraleja’s experience includes additional legal work at the Ohio Public Defender’s Office in Pike County, as well as 27 years of legal work in the private sector. Moraleja also served in the United State Marine Corps and Corps Reserve.

Moraleja holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Ohio State University.