“Holler” Screening at The Majestic in December

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CHILLICOTHE, OH – The Majestic Theatre will be hosting a fundraiser on December 19 and December 20, 2020 to assist in recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraiser will be a special two-day, limited seating preview of the film HOLLER that was filmed in Jackson, Ohio and Chillicothe, Ohio during the winter of 2019.

Recently the Majestic Theatre announced the suspension of its live programming due to the pandemic and restrictions set in place. This fundraiser will allow the Majestic to screen the film to a limited audience of 72 patrons for each of its four showings, which follows capacity restrictions put in place by the State of Ohio.

HOLLER is set in a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio, where American manufacturing and opportunity are drying up. A determined young woman finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth Avery joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the once thriving factories by night. With her goal in sight, Ruth finds that the ultimate cost of an education for a girl like her may be more than she bargained for, and she soon finds herself torn between a promising future and the family she would leave behind.

Nicole Riegel, writer and director of HOLLER states, “My film is a semi-autobiographical story about how challenging it was to transcend where I came from as a young woman, both practically and emotionally. Like Ruth, the teenage girl at the center of my story, and many young girls across America, I was vulnerable to a fractured system that felt rigged against me, particularly when it came to access to education for young people living the margins. HOLLER is not only a glimpse into that part of my life, but also a window into the lives of thousands of girls who, like Ruth, live in towns that are currently in a state of atrophy from fewer opportunities and a drinking population. They are faced with the choice of forced reinvention or abandoning their hometowns completely.”

Tickets will be priced at $20.00 and will go on sale beginning on October 19, 2020. Tickets will be available through the theatre’s website and at the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In addition to ticket sales, the Majestic Theatre is hoping to raise funds from community partners to achieve a $10,000 fundraising goal from the special showing of HOLLER. The proceeds from fundraising efforts will be used to sustain the Majestic Theatre during this period where restrictions prevent productions to take place.

For more information about HOLLER, ticket sales, and the Majestic Theatre, please visit www.MajesticChillicothe.net.

Autumn Colors are About to Pop!

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The fall colors have been popping out across Ohio and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the peak time for the picturesque views is here!

Learn more about how to enjoy the colors across the Buckeye State HERE.

CLICK HERE to see the Litter Media Fall Colors Photo Album from 2019

A look over western Pike County just north of Morgantown, Ohio, October 16, 2020. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

COVID-19 Update: Updated County Risk Levels, Increased Spread in Cases

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATED COUNTY RISK LEVELS

Governor DeWine today released Ohio’s updated Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found that 29 counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread (Level 3):

Adams, Butler, Clark, Cuyahoga, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Highland, Lawrence, Licking, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Mercer, Montgomery, Muskingum, Pike, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Stark, Summit, Scioto, Union, and Warren

“We have 70 counties that are either red or high incidence. That’s 10 million Ohioans or 85% of the population, living in an area with a high risk of community transmission,” Governor DeWine said.

Governor DeWine reviewed the seven indicators of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, which assess the degree of the virus’ spread in each county. The seven indicators are:

  1. Indicator: New cases per capita
  2. Indicator: Sustained increase in new cases
  3. Indicator: Proportion of cases not in congregate setting
  4. Indicator: Sustained increase in Emergency Department visits for COVID-like illness
  5. Indicator: Sustained increase in outpatient visits for COVID-like illness
  6. Indicator: Sustained increase in new COVID hospital admissions
  7. Indicator: Intensive Care Unit bed occupancy
Updated Advisory

A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19 in all of Ohio’s 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s website.

INCREASED SPREAD IN CASES

Governor DeWine also announced the state’s positivity rate was 5.4% and the seven-day average was 4.2%. This is up from September when the positivity rate was 2.7%. He reported that today Ohio has 1,042 COVID inpatients in hospitals, which is a significant increase from the 563 patients on September 20, 2020.

Governor DeWine spoke with Dr. Nick Dreher, medical director of the Population Health Innovation Institute at MetroHealth System, and Dr. David Margolius, division director of internal medicine at MetroHealth System about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Ohio.

Dr. Margolius told Ohioans that if they are planning to spend time with family and friends, they need to do it safely, by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.  Dr. Dreher reminded Ohioans that they know how to fight the spread of COVID-19 and need to continue following the proper prevention methods to avoid stress on Ohio’s hospital systems.

“The only way, the only way we can beat this virus back is to follow the prevention methods we have been talking about since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Governor DeWine. “Stay home when you are sick. Social distance. Wear a mask. Always.”

CENSUS REMINDER

 Lt. Governor Husted also reminded Ohioans that today is the last day to respond to the 2020 Census. The Census determines the spending of $675 Billion in federal funds and what portion of that funding comes back to Ohio for schools, hospitals, public safety, roads, and bridges.

 Individuals can respond online at 2020Census.gov or by phone: In English – 844-330-2020or in Spanish – 844-468-2020.

CURRENT COVID-19 DATA

There are 175,843 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 5,038 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 16,824 people have been hospitalized, including 3,507 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Watch Governor Mike DeWine’s October 15, 2020 COVID-19 News Conference

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. 

SEE THE ODH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HALLOWEEN

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

DeWine: Praises Ohioans’ Efforts As COVID-19 Continues to Spread

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

INCREASING CASES

Governor DeWine today cautioned that the continuing increase in COVID-19 cases indicates that significant numbers of infections are likely this winter unless citizens take steps to mitigate and control the spread of the virus. 

“Although a vaccine is on the way in the future, we can’t control the timetable of the development of a vaccine – but we can control how much this flares up until then,” said Governor DeWine. “We have avoided the large outbreaks that other countries and other states have seen, and so far, the combined efforts of Ohioans have kept the virus in check. We can’t let our guards down now. We need to continue taking basic safety measures of wearing masks, keeping distance, and avoiding large gatherings.”

In the last seven days, Ohio COVID-19 cases have averaged 1,475 cases per day by report date as compared to an average of approximately 1,000 cases per day only two weeks ago. Ohio’s current positivity rate is 4.1 percent as compared to 2.7 percent on September 23 and 24. A total of 51 counties are considered high incidence and/or Alert Level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System. 

A new public service announcement featuring former Ohio State coaches Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer encourages everyone to stay in the game and to stick to the game plan. 

OSU PSA

CHILDHOOD VACCINES

In Ohio and across the country, there has been a decrease in vaccinations administered to protect against diseases like measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, and polio, and today Governor DeWine today encouraged parents not to delay their children’s well-visit vaccinations. 

“While we do not have a vaccine yet for COVID-19, we can prevent more than a dozen other diseases from harming our children and our communities,” said Governor DeWine. “It is critical that Ohioans and providers remain vigilant about keeping children up to date on these vaccines.”

In the coming days, the Ohio Department of Medicaid will launch several initiatives to encourage childhood immunizations among its members.  These efforts will be aimed at increasing safe, convenient access to vaccinations by providing mobile vaccination clinics and reducing administrative barriers for providers.

Governor DeWine also unveiled a new public service announcement that stresses the importance of childhood vaccines.

Childhood Vaccinations

LAB CAPACITY DASHBOARD

Governor DeWine today announced the creation of a new Lab Capacity Dashboard to help pharmacists, nursing homes, colleges and universities, employers, and others administering COVID-19 tests find a lab to run their samples. This new resource will help connect groups that are testing with available labs in order to ease turnaround times and inform Ohioans of their COVID-19 status.

The new dashboard provides self-reported information about labs that can run tests, including hours of operation, types of tests they accept, estimated turn-around time, and locations. Labs with available capacity can sign up on the website to be included in this dashboard.

BINAX-NOW TESTING PLAN

Governor DeWine today discussed plans for Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 antigen screening tests that the federal government is providing to Ohio.

This week, Ohio is deploying thousands of these screening tests to colleges and universities to help them implement proactive screening plans. Next week, Ohio will begin sending tens of thousands of screening tests to nursing homes for both routine and outbreak testing requirements. 

Governor DeWine emphasized that lab-based PCR tests are still considered the “gold standard” test that provides the most accurate results, and antigen tests can have false positives and false negatives.

“The opportunity to test more broadly and more often make this an important step forward in our fight against COVID-19 spread, even with the lower sensitivity and specificity of these tests,” said Governor DeWine. “We do have protocols to follow up on results that are most likely to be false, but we need to be aware that this is part of testing at this scale.”  

Governor DeWine also cautioned that testing should not be considered a substitute for precautions such as wearing masks, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings.  

CURRENT COVID-19 DATA

There are 161,678 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 5,017 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 16,565 people have been hospitalized, including 3,447 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Adena Now Offering Flu Shot Clinics

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (Oct. 13, 2020) – Avoiding the flu this season takes one simple step, getting an influenza vaccine. Adena Health System offers many flu shot clinics, making it easy for you and your family to get vaccinated.

Adena is offering flu shots at all of its Urgent Care and Walk-In locations across its nine county service region. Flu vaccinations are also offered by appointment at any of Adena’s Family Medicine, Primary Care and Pediatric locations.

“This year, due to the impact of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for the public to get their flu shot,” said Kirk Tucker, MD, Adena Chief Clinical Officer. “We recommend getting your flu shot as soon as possible in order to prevent strains of the flu which could leave people more susceptible to additional Coronavirus infection and serious illness. A flu shot not only protects the individual, but it protects others by limiting the chances of flu virus contraction and spread. Especially in light of the pandemic if a person were to get the flu and then contract Coronavirus, the combination could be potentially fatal. By pulling together, we can beat this cold and flu season.”

For children over six months and adults, the flu shot can prevent them from getting sick, prevent flu-related hospitalizations and potentially lessen symptoms or length of illness should they get a strain of the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older, including the elderly and pregnant women, receive an annual flu shot. Flu shots taken by pregnant women can protect their babies from the flu after birth. Most insurance companies cover the cost of a flu shot, but patients may want to check with their insurance provider if they are unsure.

Together, we can protect ourselves and each other against the flu by getting a flu shot today. To schedule a flu shot with Adena, call (740) 779-7500, or skip the wait and reserve your appointment time online at one of Adena’s Urgent Care or Walk-In Clinics. To learn more, visit Adena.org/FluShots.

OHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Round 2

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With the first round behind them, the OHSAA Football Playoffs continue this weekend.

Below are games involving area teams, including those who either opted out of the playoffs or have scheduled regular season games for the weekend. Kick-off is 7pm for the games.

TheLitter Media Cameras will be at Paint Valley as the Bearcats host the Greeneview Rams with the Litter Media Game of the Week.

PLAYOFFS – Friday, October 16:

II – Region 8

Teays Valley at Anderson (Winner plays Piqua/Harrison)

III – Region 11

Miami Trace at London (Winner plays Jonathan Alder/Zanesville)

Tri-Valley at Jackson (Winner plays Hartley/Western Brown)

VII – Region 27

Berne Union at Eastern Pike (Winner plays Trimble/Monroe Central)

REGULAR SEASON – Friday:

Huntington at River Valley

East Clinton at Hillsboro

South Point at Zane Trace

Alexander at Southeastern

PLAYOFFS – Saturday, October 17:

IV – Region 15

Indian Valley at Bloom-Carroll (Winner plays Marion-Franklin/Carrollton)

Vinton County at Gallia Academy (Winner plays Meadowbrook/Philo)

Logan Elm at Licking Valley (Winner plays Heath/Cambridge)

IV – Region 16

Norwood at Waverly (Winner plays Unioto/Anderson)

Unioto at McNicholas (Winner plays Norwood/Waverly)

V – Region 19

Portsmouth West at Wheelersburg (Winner plays Northwest/Ready)

Northwest at Ready (Winner plays Portsmouth West/Wheelersburg)

Wellston at Johnstown Monroe (Winner plays Ironton/New Lexington)

Oak Hill at Ridgewood (Winner plays Amanda Clearcreek/Liberty Union)

Amanda Clearcreek at Liberty Union (Winner plays Oak Hill/Ridgewood)

Piketon at Harvest Prep (Winner plays Columbus Academy/Coshocton)

VI – Region 23

Lucasville Valley at Worthington Christian (Winner plays Barnesville/Marion Elgin)

VI – Region 24

Parkway at Adena (Winner plays Harrod Allen East/Minster winner)

Greeneview at Paint Valley (Winner plays Mechanicsburg/Deer Park winner)

SEE THE STATEWIDE BRACKETS HERE

Panthers Advance With 27-14 Playoff Win Over Chillicothe

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Two weeks ago, Chillicothe dominated Miami Trace 44-3. Last week, the Cavaliers were celebrating a Frontier Athletic Conference Championship in a double overtime victory over Jackson.

But the Regional Playoff game on October 9th at The O belonged to the Panthers, rallying from a halftime deficit of 14-13 to win 27-14. The win advances Miami Trace to face London next Friday night.

Chillicothe was playing shorthanded after a Junior Varsity player tested positive for COVID-19 mid-week. That placed 39 players into quarantine protocol, leaving the Cavs with just 19 players to dress for the game.

In the previous meeting, Miami Trace was hampered without starters Jayden LeBeau (RB) and Josh Gilmore (WR). Both were injured the week before against Jackson, but they were instrumental with a second opportunity to face Chillicothe.

Despite being short on players, Chillicothe got off to a good start and took a 14-6 lead. Jaiden Cain, playing quarterback for the first time since the 2019 opener at Teays Valley, was pressed into action after QBs Kamron Smith and Mason Doughty were both quarantined, leaving Cain to get caught up in a hurry.

Maxwell Lee plunged into the end zone with 5:23 left in the 1st quarter to get the scoring started. Without place-kickers, the Cavs went for two-point conversions when they had the opportunity. The first attempt failed and Chillicothe led 6-0.

Miami Trace tied the score on a pass by Weston Melvin, the first of his four scoring passes on the night. Three of those went to Gilmore, including the game tying touchdown from five yards out. The Panthers PAT failed to knot the score at 6 through the first quarter.

Scales had a 37-yard run inside the Miami Trace five. Cain crossed the goal line on a keeper to put Chillicothe and Scales followed with the 2-point PAT ahead 14-6.

Miami Trace pinned the Cavaliers back to their 1 yard line forcing a punt from their end zone. Gilmore return the kick to the Chillicothe 27. Melvin connected with Gilmore again just before the half. Zach Warnock’s PAT pulled the Panthers to within 14-13.

Late in the third period, Melvin scrambled left and found Hunter McBee on the sideline for a 28-yard touchdown pass and with 2:38 remaining Miami Trace led for the first time, 20-14.

The Panthers dashed any possibility of a Cavaliers come back bid with a 67-yard strike from Melvin to Gilmore for a 27-14 lead with just 6:54 left in the game.

Melvin completed 11-of-20 passes for 201 yards and four TD passes. Gilmore (151 yards receiving) and LeBeau (154 yards rushing) were the workhorses for Miami Trace. Cain was 11-of-19 for 106 yards and Scales rolled to 158 yards on 19 carries.

The Panthers (4-3) will travel to London next Friday in the next round of the Regional Playoffs. The Cavaliers (5-2) may have more football to play. Coach Doug Pryor confirmed Chillicothe is negotiating for some regular season action. The OHSAA modifications for football (due to the pandemic) gives schools a chance for more games after the playoffs, until the week of November 15th.

For the second time in two weeks, Chillicothe hosted Miami Trace, only this meeting was in the first round of the…

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DeWine COVID-19 Update: Fayette & Ross Among Counties Raised to Red Level Health Status

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s press conference was held in Marion, Ohio at the home of President Warren G. Harding.

UPDATED COUNTY RISK LEVELS

Governor DeWine today released Ohio’s updated Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found that 18 counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread (Level 3): Ashland, Butler, Fayette, Hamilton, Lawrence, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Mercer, Montgomery, Muskingum, Pike, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Scioto,  and Trumbull.

“We have 18 Red counties, which is more than we’ve seen since the week of July 23,” said Governor DeWine. “Additionally, there are 58 Orange counties this week, the highest ever. 96% of Ohioans are living in a Red or Orange county. The virus continues to spread quickly throughout the state, and we need to continue staying at home when sick, wearing a mask when out, and keeping at least six feet between you and those outside of your household.”

Map

A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19 in all of Ohio’s 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s website.

NURSING HOME VISITATION ORDER

Governor DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes has signed the order that allows nursing facilities to permit indoor visitation beginning Monday, October 12th. In order to permit indoor visitation, facilities are required to meet certain health and safety requirements.

The visits will be limited to two visitors and will be a maximum of 30 minutes. Visitors will have to be socially distanced and wear a face covering. Visits are to occur in areas that are separate from a resident’s room.

Facilities are required to report visitation information, including visitation status, hours, maximum visitation time, and number of visitors via an online dashboard at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Facilities must register with the state by October 19th.

In addition, this order also details compassionate care visits, which are separate and distinct from normal visitation. These visits are not exclusively for end-of-life situations, but can also include situations where a resident was recently admitted to the home and are struggling with the change in environment and lack of family support.

Other situations can include when a resident is grieving someone who recently passed away, a resident that may need encouragement to eat or drink that was previously provided by a family member or caregiver and is experiencing weight loss or dehydration, or when a resident is experiencing emotional distress.

Facilities should work with residents, families, caregivers, resident representatives, clinicians, and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program to identify the need, length, and frequency of these visits.

The order is available on coronavirus.ohio.gov.

H2OHIO UPDATE

Prior to today’s press conference, Governor DeWine visited the site of a future H2Ohio wetland complex in Wyandot County. The new wetland complex, with several new and restored wetlands, will be developed at the headwaters of the Blanchard River, which flows into Lake Erie. 

H2Ohio is a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination. An important part of this plan includes expanding and protecting wetlands throughout the state.

OHIO TASK FORCE ONE

Governor DeWine acknowledged Ohio’s Task Force One as they were activated and deployed yesterday to assist those impacted by Hurricane Delta in Louisiana. Ohio’s Task Force One is headquartered near Dayton, Ohio, and serves as one of the top Urban Search and Rescue teams.

WOMEN’S ENTERPRISE CERTIFICATION

Beginning tomorrow, the Ohio Department Administrative Services (DAS) will launch the Ohio Women’s Enterprise Certification (WBE). This first-of-its-kind certification will allow women-owned businesses to seek certification from the Equal Employment Opportunity office at DAS.

CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

Governor DeWine today acknowledged Kimberly Hall, Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge for being named the 2020 Center for Community Solutions Public Service award winners.

The Center for Community Solutions awarded both Director Hall and Congresswoman Fudge for their commitment to ensuring Ohioans have access to food and nutrition services through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as well as for their efforts to create the Pandemic-EBT program, which provides critical assistance to hundreds of thousands of Ohio school-aged children.

DONATE LIFE

Donate Life Ohio will be holding Ohio’s first-ever online donor registration drive today.  Donate Life’s “Don’t Wait, Save 8” campaign encourages Ohioans to register online to become a donor, rather than waiting until a visit to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). In Ohio, more than 3,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

FIRST LADIES FOR HEALTH- FAMILY HEALTH DAY

The Ohio National Guard will be assisting with free COVID-19 testing in the Cincinnati-area on Sunday, October 11. Testing will be available in nine Cincinnati locations from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Several of these locations also offer flu shots.

Information on testing in Cincinnati is available at FamilyHealthDay.org.

Additional information about COVID-19 testing throughout the state is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov under the Testing and Community Health Centers tab.

CURRENT COVID-19 DATA

There are 164,262 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 4,983 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 16,200 people have been hospitalized, including 3,395 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

The Connector is Complete and Open for Business

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The Ohio Department of Transportation recently held a virtual ribbon cutting for the Ohio 207 Connector between US 23 and Ohio 159.

On the video below, representatives and business leaders talk about what the connector means to the economic future for the region and the safety for travelers on Ohio 159 through the area’s first two roundabouts.