Southeast District Athletic Board Girls Basketball Tourney Brackets

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Many area schools play others from the Central District. The brackets for the Central District teams can be found below the Southeast District brackets.

Girls basketball teams in the Southeast District are learning of their tournament seeds and bracket assignments Sunday, January 31st.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the limited seating requirements at each game site, the Southeast District Athletic Board will be going with a format that has the higher seeded teams hosting games for the sectionals and district semis. The district finals will see neutral sites to host the games.

The same format will also apply to the boys tournaments with their brackets being released February 7th.

No local teams were voted top seeds. Vinton County and Circleville were the highest seeded teams in our immediate area at #2 and #3 respectively. SVC champion Adena was seeded 7th.

Here is a link to the Southeast District Athletic Board website, which allows you to go to the division you want to see. The brackets are scheduled to be uploaded by the district at 3:30pm, January 31st.





Pike County Native Recounts His Days with Broadcast Legend Larry King

Presented by McDonald’s, I’m Lovin’ It!

Latham, Ohio native Tim Scowden has made a career producing television shows. From Los Angeles to New York, Scowden’s made his mark with ABC, CBS and FOX and infotainment magazine show “Hard Copy”.

He was also the Senior Producer of CNN’s “Larry King Live” for five years. King, the long-time radio and TV talk show host, passed away January 23rd. READ LARRY KNIG’S OBITUARY HERE

Litter Media’s Dan and Mike interviewed Scowden about ten years ago on their long running radio show. With the passing of King, the two reached out to him to recount his time working for the broadcast legend.

Scowden shared stories that related to the humorous, professional and personal side of the former late night talk show giant. “He was just a good guy” Scowden recalled “and the stories he had were pretty phenomenal. And they weren’t like meeting the Queen or King or something like that. It was the simple stuff, stories from his past.”

Scowden described King as a very generous person with both his time and resources and was good to share both with his colleagues on the show.

“During the Obama Inauguration, at the last minute, the show decided to send a production assistant with Larry” said Scowden. The assistant quickly through a bag together to join King on his private jet to head to Washington DC. Once they landed, King noticed the assistant was ill prepared without a coat to fend off the mid-January weather. “At the end of the day, Brad went back to his hotel room and at the front desk they handed him a package” said Scowden. “It was from a local high-end department store. And it was this expensive winter down jacket, from Larry to Brad.”

King was known worldwide, something Scowden discovered when traveling outside of the U.S. “For the five years I worked for Larry King, any vacation I took, anywhere in the world, they knew Larry King. In every hotel lobby, you would see CNN International on. He was a global celebrity.”

King’s interviewing style appealed to many celebrities. Scowden said when the newsmakers of the day wanted to take their stories to the world, they always came to Larry King who conducted interviews with an estimated 50,000 guests during his career.

Watch Dan & Mike’s interview with Pike County native Tim Scowden.
An autographed photo Larry King signed for Dan & Mike when they had interviewed Tim Scowden on their radio show in 2004. Photo by Gregory Heisler for CNN

FFA Sausage Breakfast is February 5th at Zane Trace HS

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See the Litter Media report on the 40th annual Zane Trace FFA Breakfast from February of 2018.
Zane Trace FFA Advisor Jennifer Johnston during a 2018 interview with Litter Media.

The Zane Trace Chapter of the Future Farmers of America will conduct their annual Sausage Breakfast on Friday February 5th. The event will run from 5am to 9am in the Zane Trace High School Cafeteria.

The Litter Media Cameras were at the 40th annual breakfast in February of 2018. “This involves every single class that we teach” Jennifer Johnston, Advisor for the FFA Chapter told Litter Media.

Johnston says the students go through the elementary elements of communication and teaching about being advocates for agriculture . In addition they’re taught about public relations and communication with the students about spreading the word about the breakfast.

Then there’s making the of the product.

“When it comes to actually making the sausage, that’s incorporating a lot of our animal science” said Johnston. “We talk about nutrition. We talk about the fact that pigs need to be a certain weight before the process. We go through the whole entire steps of processing the pig from carcass to plate basically. And the students participate in that through the guidance of some adults in the community that have a lot of experience in this area.”

The serving staff is made of Junior Class members while the kitchen staff is primarily members of the Senior Class.

Robert Riley, a Senior at the time of our interview explained the week of preparation for the breakfast. “Tuesday evening from 2:30pm to nine, we took twenty half-pigs, so ten pigs total, and basically from scratch cut them up, grinded them, put them into the sausage links” said Riley. “We were here Tuesday, Wednesday and this morning. We put in a lot of man hours, but it’s really been a cool experience for everybody.”

As for the 2021 breakfast on February 5th, due to the restrictions created by the pandemic, limited dine-in service will be offered. However, carry-out and drive-thru service will be available.

Suggested donation for the sausage and pancake breakfast is $5, with proceeds being donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Members of the Junior Class prepare carry out containers from the buffet during the 2018 ZT FFA Breakfast.
Members of the ZT FFA Senior Class preparing pancakes during the 2018 Sausage Breakfast.

Governor DeWine Expands Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today signed Executive Order
2021-02D to enhance Ohio’s work to respond to and prevent human trafficking.

The order expands the Ohio Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force to include five additional state agencies that will assist the task force in pursuing new, strategic, and comprehensive strategies to combat human trafficking. 

The new task force agencies include: 

  • Ohio Department of Commerce­­­
  • Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • State Medical Board of Ohio

“Ohio’s Human Trafficking Task Force has worked aggressively to implement lasting and effective strategies to identify and serve victims through our state systems,” said Governor DeWine. “The expansion of the task force will strengthen Ohio’s coordinated state-level response to human trafficking to ensure that survivors have access to services and that traffickers are brought to justice.”

The new order also directs the task force to collaborate with the administration’s Children’s Initiative and RecoveryOhio Initiative and instructs the task force to establish updated priorities and to evaluate current policies to identify gaps and solutions.

In carrying out these activities, the task force will continue to focus on identifying sex and labor trafficking and on building capacity of state systems to serve survivors inclusive of men, women, and children, both foreign and domestic.

The task force, established in 2012, is a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services.

“I appreciate Governor DeWine’s strong commitment to the fight against human trafficking,” said Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Sophia Papadimos. “While commendable progress has been made since 2012, gaps in our systems still exist and the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force will remain vigilant to advance the work of justice for survivors of human trafficking.”

Other state agencies represented on the task force include the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Medicaid, Ohio Department of Youth Services, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Department of Health, and Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board.

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, help is available by calling 888-373-7888 or by texting INFO or HELP to 233733.