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Great American Smokeout is Thursday

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The 45th Great American Smokeout, promoted by the American Cancer Society for 45 years is Thursday, November 19th.

According to a release by Adena Health System, in both their 2016 and 2019 community health needs assessments conducted by Partners for a Healthier Ross County, smoking was linked to three of the top five leading causes of death in the community, including heart disease, lung cancer and other respiratory issues like COPD.

“Not only is smoking and other tobacco use contributing to early death of Ross County citizens, but it also is occurring at higher rates than in other parts of the state and country,” said Kim Jones of Adena Health System and co-chair of Partners for a Healthier Ross County. The 2019 assessment survey determined that more than 25% of Ross County citizens use tobacco, which is almost 10% higher than the rest of the nation.

These statistics enabled the Ross County Health District to obtain a grant from the Ohio Department of Health in 2018, and coordinate BreatheWell Ross, a sub-committee of Partners for a Healthier Ross County that educates the community on the dangers of smoking and vaping, as well as promotes the options smokers have locally to help them quit.

The VA Medical Center is encouraging veterans to take the first step to stop smoking as well.

In addition to counseling, VA provides other services designed to help Veterans stop smoking, including prescription medications, nicotine-replacement products like gum and patches and resources such as Quit VET and SmokefreeVET.

For more information on smoking and vaping cessation, contact Kim Hardesty at the Ross County Health District, at 740-779-9652 or and for more information about tobacco cessation at the VAMC, contact Dr. Kamara McGill at 740-773-1141, extension 6941, or visit Veterans not enrolled in the VA healthcare system are encouraged to visit to register or call 740-772-7170 with questions.

“Silent Watch” Focuses on Veterans Suicide Awareness

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A Battlefield Cross is placed before a casket on the steps of the Ross County Courthouse in memory of soldiers who have taken their own lives.

Silent Watch, a movement to bring awareness to Veterans Suicides, is on display in front of the Ross County Courthouse till 5pm September 22, 2020.

The local event, hosted by the Ross County Veterans Office, is a product of a campaign to involve all 88 counties in Ohio.

According to a letter to volunteers by Tim Chandler, organizer and retired Master Sergeant, USAF and Ohio Air National Guard, the idea began from his deployment in 2007.

“They explained that they wanted to have two people stand guard at the main flag pole on Veterans Day from Reveille until Retreat” said Chandler. “This was to honor those who had served and those serving at the installation.”

After returning home, Chandler was introduced to the number of Veterans taking their own lives. At the time, it was 18 a day. Now, depending upon the varying statistics available, between 20-25 daily. 

Chandler, who said he had his own battles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) issues, said “this opened my eyes to the lack of help and support for those who needed it and the apparent lack of help that was available.”

Chandler has personally suffered the loss of friends and loved ones to suicide, as has fellow organizers Michelle and Rob Hawks. Michelle’s brother Seth took his life just a few months after returning home from duty.

With September now recognized as Suicide Awareness/Prevention Month, Chandler and the Hawks joined efforts to hold Silent Watch in late September. Some of the events have displayed boots representing the number of soldiers lost to suicide daily and some even with photos of those who have made their final rest.

“The response of people was unbelievable” Chandler wrote “and questions were asked all day.”

Chandler explains the mission is to “hopefully bring about more help, more hope, and more Veterans who don’t take their lives.”

Learn more by visiting the Silent Watch Facebook Page

The Battlefield Cross rests before the casket on the steps of the Ross County Courthouse during the “Silent Watch” bringing awareness to Veterans Suicide.
The Silent Watch display on the steps of the Ross County Courthouse from 7am-5pm (reveille to retreat) on September 22, 2020.

Roundabout at 159/180 Opens Friday

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The Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 9 is constructing two roundabouts north of Chillicothe along Ohio 159, where the new Ohio 207 connector intersects and at Ohio 180.

The first roundabout will be open to motorists Friday August 21, 2020.

Litter Media’s Dan Ramey spoke with ODOT Public Information Officer Matt McGuire about the project.

McGuire says the entire $6.6-million project should be complete in late September/early October.

Second DeWine Test: Negative

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—In a second test administered today in Columbus, Governor Mike DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19. First Lady Fran DeWine and staff members have also all tested negative for COVID-19.

A PCR test was administered to the Governor and members of his staff this afternoon.  The PCR test looks for the specific RNA for the SARS CoV-2 — in other words, the genetic material specific for the virus that causes COVID-19.  This test is known to be extremely sensitive, as well as specific, for the virus.  The PCR tests for the Governor, First Lady, and staff were run two times.  They came back negative the first time and came back negative when they were run on a second diagnostic platform.  

We feel confident in the results from Wexner Medical Center.  This is the same PCR test that has been used over 1.6 million times in Ohio by hospitals and labs all over the state.

The test administered this morning to the Governor in Cleveland, as part of the protocol required to meet the President, was an antigen test.  These tests represent an exciting new technology to reduce the cost and improve the turnaround time for COVID-19 testing, but they are quite new, and we do not have much experience with them here in Ohio.  We will be working with the manufacturer to have a better understanding of how the discrepancy between these two tests could have occurred. 

Out of an abundance of caution, and at the direction of medical professionals, the Governor and First Lady plan on having another PCR test on Saturday.  Results of these tests will also be released.

Adena CCO Encourages the Public: “Don’t Stop Now”

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In a Tuesday news release from Adena Health System, Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) Kirk Tucker, MD is encouraging the public to continue the efforts to practice the recommended guidelines to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As noted in the release, Dr. Tucker has been on the frontlines of the system’s Coronavirus efforts from Day One, helping to safely build and sustain a COVID-19 care delivery model across south central and southern Ohio. Four months after the region’s first cases, the numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 is trending up both nationally and locally, and Dr. Tucker advises everyone to keep working to protect themselves and others in our communities. 

“This has been a very long haul,” Tucker said. “It is understandable that people are wearing down from the stress, fatigue and challenges this pandemic has caused in our daily lives. If there is anything I can stress to my patients and people in our communities, it is ‘don’t stop now.’ We need to continue to safely protect ourselves and those around us just as hard, and with the same commitment that we did four months ago.”   

With a close eye on federal, state and local health data, Tucker believes the current increase in positives cases may be the last. Following a 60-day course of events, trends on positive cases should begin to decline. 


Adena Chief Clinical Officer, Kirk Tucker, MD during a Litter Media Special Report March 27, 2020 with Dan Ramey discussing ARMC’s preparedness for a potential COVID-19 surge. Click the photo to see the interview which also includes Adena’s CEO Jeff Graham.

2020 Chillicothe Halloween Festival Cancelled

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Add the Chillicothe Halloween to the list of cancellation of events in 2020. The event was scheduled for October 9-11.

In a news release, the festival board announced “for the safety of families and the community along with the vendors and volunteers, it would be best to cancel the 2020 festival. This decision was not taken lightly, and many factors came in to play.”

Citing the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic along with restrictions mandated by the Ohio Department of Health, the board decided it was best to cancel.“

It was unknown what the situation would be in a couple of months to be able to provide a safe and quality festival.”

The board optimistically proposes a great festival in 2021 with new additions to the lineup and even more festivities.

Longtime Pickaway County Sheriff, Dwight Radcliff Laid To Rest

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Photo credit: Jeremy Newman, Scioto Post for Litter Media

A large showing of law enforcement and citizens lined the funeral procession to pay their respects to retired Pickaway County Sheriff, Dwight E. Radcliff Wednesday afternoon.

Radcliff, 87, was laid to rest in Circleville’s Forest Cemetery, near his father Charles, who also served as Sheriff from 1931-1960.

Radcliff, who passed away on May 6th, spent 48 years as Pickaway County’s Sheriff, spanning 48 years. His son Robert succeeded his father Dwight in 2013.

A private family ceremony was held at Ohio Christian University for Radcliff. The Pickaway Sheriff’s Office reported once statewide restrictions are lifted, the family will be hosting a celebration of life for Sheriff Dwight E. Radcliff.

Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff would like to thank the following Sheriffs who provided deputies to handle calls…

Posted by Pickaway County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Photos of the precession were shared by Jeremy Newman of The Scioto Post.

Photo credit: Jeremy Newman, Scioto Post for Litter Media
Photo credit: Jeremy Newman, Scioto Post for Litter Media
Photo credit: Jeremy Newman, Scioto Post for Litter Media