Chillicothe Civic Theatre Presents “Clue” As Next Production

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(Chillicothe) — The comedy/mystery production “Clue” is the next stage production for Chillicothe Civic Theatre, set for October.

What does the face of a murderer look like? How about the stunningly beautiful Miss Scarlet (played by Jacqueline Pettigrew Blesedell), or the innocent looking Professor Plum (played by Matt McKee)? Do either of these two look like they’ve killed anyone in cold blood?

Chillicothe Civic Theatre

Find out for sure in Clue, presented by Chillicothe Civic Theatre, and sponsored by Kingston National Bank. 

Performances are October 7-10th & 14-17th. Get your tickets today on the CCT website: cctchillicothe.com

Governor Announces Vax-To-School Program

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(Columbus)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Thursday provided an update on the increased impact that COVID-19 hospitalizations are having on our hospitals and a new vaccine incentive effort to help keep our children in school, in-person, five days a week. 

LETTER FROM OHIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

“I received a letter from the Ohio Hospital Association outlining the dire conditions facing our hospitals who are on the front lines of treating patients with COVID. While they are doing everything they can to help these patients, they are facing a severe nursing and staffing shortage,” said Governor DeWine. “What they wrote is consistent with what we’ve been hearing from front-line health care workers.”

The letter reported that increasing cases are putting a strain on hospital resources. The data shows:

  • In mid-July, Ohio hospitals were treating 200 COVID-19 patients, today that number is 3,702. That’s a 16-fold increase in two months.
  • In mid-July, one out of 100 patients in the hospital were being treated for COVID. Today the ratio is one out of six. Today, 40% of patients on ventilators are being treated for COVID.
  • In rural Southeast Ohio half of hospitalized patients are being treated for COVID-19 and two-thirds of the patients in the intensive care unit are being treated for COVID.

The letter described a situation where strained resources impact the ability to care for all patients. Some Ohio hospitals are diverting patients away from emergency departments, cancelling certain procedures, experiencing long wait times in emergency departments, and shutting down certain units to redeploy staff to critical cases. 

Vax2School LogoOHIO VAX-2-SCHOOLGovernor DeWine emphasized that keeping kids in school, in-person, five days a week, remains a priority.  We know that the best way to do that is to get students vaccinated.  In addition to protecting kids from the severe effects of the virus, students who are vaccinated, do not have to quarantine if exposed, which means they won’t miss out on school.To encourage eligible kids to get vaccinated, Governor DeWine announced the Ohio Vax-2-School program, which will be open to Ohioans aged 12 to 25 years old, and will be similar to the scholarship portion of the successful Vax-a-Million program. Prizes will include 50 scholarships worth $10,000 each and five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education.  Prizes will be announced Monday through Friday beginning the week of October 11th.  More details will be announced, including how to register, in the coming days.

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Governor DeWine also made a public plea, after hearing from school districts across the state about the shortage of bus drivers. He asked any Ohioan with a CDL license that also has a bus driver certification, who are not employed, to contact their local school district, to help drive school busses, temporarily.

He also spoke with Attorney General Dave Yost who agreed that, moving forward, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation would prioritize recquired background checks for school bus drivers, educators, nurses, and other health care professionals.  

Beeler Headed To West Liberty University Hall of Fame

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(Above Photo and article contributions: Courtesy of West Liberty University Athletic Department website)

(West Liberty, WV) — A Ross County man is one of eight people being inducted into to the West Liberty University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 2nd.

Chillicothe High School graduate Clay Beeler (2007), is being honored for his grid-iron days at West Liberty, where he was a three-time NCAA Division II All-American and key figure on West Liberty’s first NCAA playoff team. Beeler still ranks among the Hilltoppers’ all-time leaders in several defensive categories, including tackles-for-loss, career tackles, and single game tackles and quarterback sacks.

In 2008, Beeler ranked among the Top 20 nationally in tackles and tackles-for-loss to earn All-America and Linebacker of the Year honors from Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. He was charted with a team-high 113 tackles for the 2009 WVIAC championship team that won a school-record 11 games and advanced to the NCAA D2 national quarterfinals.

The 2010 WVIAC Defensive Player of the Year, Beeler earned multiple All-America awards as a senior and closed out his career by playing in the NCAA Division 2 All-American Bowl and Dixie Gridiron Classic.

During Beeler’s high school career, he was an All-SVC selection in 2004 and 2005, including SVC Defensive Back of the Year in ’05 with 1,000 yards rushing and 227 tackles at Huntington High School. After a transferring to Chillicothe High School he was a selection for All-SEOAL, All District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio with the Cavaliers’ playoff team in 2006, recording 186 tackles.

Beeler graduated from West Liberty in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and is currently employed as a technical operator for the DuPont Corporation in Circleville, Ohio.

Clay resides in Chillicothe, Ohio with his wife, Brittany, and their daughter, Brynleigh.

Dr. John Gabis Named CARES Champion Of Recovery

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(Chillicothe) — Local physician and former Ross County Coroner Dr. John Gabis has been honored as an Ohio 2021 CARES Champion of Recovery.

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities announced that Dr. Gabis is one of eight people in the state to receive the award.

Penny Dehner, ADAMH Executive Director stated- “We are so delighted to hear Dr. John Gabis was selected for the CARES award as he is also our 2021 Addiction Advocate of the Year. We are working with Dr. Gabis to arrange a date and time for the presentation of the awards.”

Cheri Walter, CEO of the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities noted- “Through offering the CARES Awards, we hope to showcase the tremendous efforts made by frontline people and local leaders to support individuals, families and communities impacted by addiction.”

State Parks Come Alive With Fall Colors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the state explodes with the oranges, yellows, and reds of fall, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering guided tours through state parks, nature preserves, and forests.

“The Buckeye State is especially beautiful when the colors of fall are on display,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “I encourage you to gather the family, get outside, and see some of the most scenic views Ohio has to offer this season.”

The hikes vary in terrain and difficulty.  Visitors can plan ahead using ODNR’s DETOUR app.  The app allows users to search the trails listed for the fall hike series to determine if they are a good fit for their skill level.

“There’s no better way to experience the magic of fall than hiking surrounded by vibrant colors,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “There are so many state parks, forests, and nature preserves waiting to be explored, and there’s no better time to discover your family’s next adventure and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

There are events and hikes for people all across the state:

Deer Creek State Park

  • Halloween Campout – Come and enjoy costume contest, site decorating, trick or treating and fun. Sponsored by the Friends of Deer Creek.
    • Oct. 29 at 3:00 p.m.
    • Oct. 30 at 10:00 p.m.

Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve

  • Fall Color Weekend- Some of the best sights of the region can be found at the preserves located in the Hocking Hills.  Visitors to the event can explore 3.5 miles of trails, and historical lessons.
    • Oct. 23 at 9:00 a.m. (all day)
    • Oct. 24 at 9:00 a.m. (all day)

Hocking State Forest

  • Fall Color Tour – Learn about forest and wildlife management and tree identification. Demonstration areas will showcase a firewood processor, chainsaw skills, wildland fire equipment, and forestry trivia.
    • Oct. 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Hocking Hills State Park

  • Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Color Hike – Meet with the Naturalist at the Old Man’s Cave visitor center for a strenuous six-mile hike, including roughly three miles of the Grandma Gatewood (Buckeye) trail.
    • Oct. 16 at 9:00 a.m.

Lake Hope State Park

  • Tree I.D. Hike – Our naturalist will guide you on half-mile hike to discover hints to help identify trees year-round.  Meet at the nature center.
    • Oct. 9 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Fall hike – Follow our naturalist for a 3.2-mile hike along the edge of Lake Hope surrounded by autumns golden hues.  The hike starts at the Shelter House and ends at the historic Iron Furnace. 
    • Oct. 16 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Scat, Skulls, and Tracks – A free hike to help you identify animals based on what they leave behind.  Meet at the nature center.
    • Oct. 31 at 2:00 p.m.
    • Nov 13 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Tunnel Vision – Caravan in your own vehicle from the Hope School House to the Moonville railroad tunnel on a one-mile hike to hear about the history of the rail line, the latest projects, and plans for its future.
    • Nov. 6 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tunnel Vision – Caravan in your own vehicle from the Hope School House to the Kings Hollow railroad tunnel on a one-mile hike to hear about the history of the rail line, the latest projects, and plans for its future.
    • Nov. 13 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Built by Beaver – Take a mile walk along Racoon Creek on the Moonville Rail Trail to look for signs of beaver activity. Meet at the Hope School House.
    • Nov. 21 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Peninsula Trail Hike – Meet the naturalist at the Hope Furnace to complete this popular three-mile hike along the lake.
    • Nov. 24 at 10:00 a.m.
    • Old’s Hollow Trail Hike – See a pioneer cemetery and a recess cave while burning some calories from Thanksgiving Day.  Meet at Hope Furnace.Nov. 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Shawnee State Park

  • Annual Fall Hike Weekend – Lace up your boots and gather at the nature center around the campfire to visit with park staff. This moderate five-mile hike through the park is sure to please the entire family.
    • Oct. 23 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Fall Hike (Raven Rock) – Hike to view the fall colors 500 feet above the Ohio River. Enjoy the new improved trail with a gradual climb to the top. Meet at the amphitheater to caravan to the preserve.
    • Oct. 23 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Trail Trek – Explore a new trail with a naturalist each week. Length of hike depends on the size and skill level of the group. Meet at the lodge lobby.
    • Nov. 6 at 1:00 p.m.
    • Nov. 13 at 1:00 p.m.
    • Nov. 20 at 1:00 p.m.
    • Nov. 27 at 1:00 p.m.

Visitors can find more information all of these events by searching the ODNR events calendar.  If you can’t make it to the trails, you can get an update on fall color every Thursday at ohiodnr.gov.

Chillicothe To Conduct Annual Bow Hunting Qualifications

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(Chillicothe) — Bow Hunting Qualifications for the City of Chillicothe will begin September 27th.

The qualifications will be conducted Monday, September 27th and Saturday, October 2nd. The qualifications are open to those age 18 and over.

Monday’s qualifications will be held from 5pm to 9pm at the Ross County Bow Hunter Club, located on Moss Hollow Road., the club itself sits about a quarter mile off of three locks road.

Bow Hunting Qualifications on October 2nd will take place from 9am to noon at Adena Mansion and Gardens.

During the Bow Qualifications, prospective hunters will need to bring a photo ID, a bow or crossbow, and arrows.

For questions, please contact State Wildlife Officer, Bob Nelson, at (614) 565-9754.

Ross NAACP Meet The Candidates Night

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(Chillicothe) — The Ross County NAACP’s Meet the Candidates Night will be held Tuesday, October 26th at 7pm. The forum will be inside the Carver Community Center, located at 165 West 4th Street in Chillicothe.

This event will be closed to the public due to the Coronavirus & social distancing guidelines; however the public will be able to watch it live from the Carver Community Center & The Ross County Unit NAACP Facebook pages that evening. 

For any questions or concerns please contact Political Action Chair, Wayne McLaughlin at (740) 649-4401.

Ohio University Continues Funding “Kids On Campus” Program

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(Athens) – OHIO’s Kids on Campus program will continue to offer its services to school districts across Southeast Ohio for the foreseeable future thanks to Nina M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center grants administered by the Ohio Department of Education.

This federally funded grant program supports high-quality, out-of-school learning opportunities and related activities for students who attend eligible schools.

“We are very grateful to have worked with our local schools to write competitive grant applications for after-school programming. We are very pleased to announce that this effort resulted in one new award and seven continuing awards from the Ohio Department of Education,” said Jo Ellen Sherow, program manager of Kids on Campus. “These grants will serve children in five local school districts (Alexander Local, Athens City, Belpre City, Federal Hocking Local, and Southern Local Perry County) in the coming years. We are extremely excited about our new partnership with Belpre City Schools in Washington County. We will be able to offer our program to 7th through 12th grade students in this district. This marks the first time in our 25-year history that Kids on Campus will operate in Washington County.”

Kids on Campus is based in Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions and is a rural community-university partnership serving the underserved in Southeast Ohio, including at-risk children. Programming for Kids on Campus is completely funded by donations and grants. Through the new and continuing grants, Kids on Campus will receive $1.5 million this year alone.

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All grants are each worth $850,000 over a five-year period. The following programs benefit from the fund:

  • Alexander Junior High and Alexander High School (applied for in partnership with Alexander Local Schools) — Will serve approximately 70 students in grades 6-12 during after-school and summer programs.
  • The Plains Intermediate School (applied for in partnership with Athens City Schools) — Will serve approximately 70 fourth and fifth grade students during after-school and summer programs.
  • Belpre High School (applied for in partnership with Belpre City Schools) – Will serve approximately 60 students in grades 7-12 during after-school and summer programs.
  • Amesville and Coolville Elementary Schools (applied for in partnership with Federal Hocking Local Schools) — Will serve approximately 100 students in grades K-6 before school, after-school and summer programs.
  • Federal Hocking Secondary School (applied for in partnership with Federal Hocking Local Schools) — Will serve approximately 50 students in grades 7-12 during after-school and summer programs.
  • Millcreek Elementary School (applied for in partnership with Southern Local Schools) — Will serve approximately 80 students in grades K-6 during before school, after-school and summer programs.
  • Miller High School (applied for in partnership with Southern Local Schools) – Will serve approximately 80 students in grades 7 – 12 during after-school and summer programs.
  • Nelsonville-York Elementary School (applied for in partnership with Nelsonville-York City Schools) – Will serve approximately 75 students in grades K – 5 during before, after-school and summer programs.

Kids on Campus employs approximately 200 people each year from Ohio University and its surrounding communities, including high school and college students, teachers, bus drivers and community members. Kids on Campus also partners with more than 100 area agencies and university departments.

ODOT Public Info Meetings Planned For State Route 41 and 72 Projects

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As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation—District 9’s Planning Department, the district’s Environmental Office is seeking public input for projects in Ross and Highland counties.

In Ross County, ODOT is proposing a landslide remediation project on State Route 41 at the 5.50 mile mark. The project includes the construction of a drilled shaft retaining wall, pavement repair and installation of guardrail. The project is located in a residential area of Paxton Township.

No rivers, streams, wetlands or other water bodies will be impacted by the project. The project will not require new right-of-way. No homes or businesses will be removed by the project.

The roadway will be closed for the duration of the project, with a detour being State Route 41 to U.S. 50 to State Route 28 to State Route 41. The state detour is approximately 32 miles. The local detour will be S.R. 41 to U.S. 50 to Rapid Forge Road to Paugh Road to SR 41. The local detour is approximately 9.5 miles.

The funding for the project is 80% Federal and 20% State. The environmental commitment date is 10/4/2021. The project is currently expected to be awarded 1/24/2022.

In Highland County, it is proposed to replace the structure on State Route 72 at the 5.85 mile mark. The project is located in a rural area of Fairfield Township with the existing structure being a three span continuous reinforced concrete slab with capped pile piers and abutments. The structure was built in 1956. The new structure will be a single span composite prestressed concrete I beam with integral abutments on piles.

The project will not require new right-of-way, no homes or businesses will be removed by the project. The roadway will be closed for the duration of the project. The state detour will be S.R. 72 to S.R. 28 to S.R. 73 to S.R. 729 to S.R. 72. The state detour is approximately 22.3 miles. The local detour will be S.R. 72 to S.R. 28 to C.R. 82 (Larrick Rd.) to C.R. 152 (Stowe Rd.) to S.R. 72. The local detour is approximately 5.6 miles.

The funding for the project is 80% Federal and 20% Local. The environmental commitment date is 2/1/2022. The project is currently expected to be awarded 1/1/2023.

Written comments should be submitted by October 21, 2021, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to: Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 Environmental Supervisor P.O. Box 467; 650 Eastern Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 E-Mail: greg.manson@dot.ohio.gov