Pickaway Park District Receives Grant For Scioto River Pedestrian Bridge

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The Pickaway County Park District has been awarded a $500,000 State Capital Grant to begin the process of building a pedestrian bridge over the Scioto River.  The bridge will connect the City of Circleville to Canal Park and the Pickaway Trail, with eventual plans to stretch from New Holland into Circleville.

This bridge would be on the existing railroad corridor and on the existing railroad abutments across the river. Having this bridge would allow pedestrians and bikes to cross the river to connect to the City  as well as to approximately 14 miles of existing and proposed trails as well as an additional 14 miles of trail once the connection to New Holland is made on the Pickaway Trail.

The District will be hosting a Public Meeting on Zoom March 2nd between 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm to discuss this project in detail.

For more details, go to the Pickaway County Park District website link provided: CLICK HERE

Goodwill Opens New Adult Day Services Center

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Goodwill of South Central Ohio is opening a new adult day services center on Monday, March 1 to fulfill an immediate need for individuals with disabilities in Pickaway County.

In January, the county’s only open adult day services center, Person Centered Services (PCS), closed suddenly. As a result, Goodwill’s administrative team began putting together a plan to open an Activities and Training Center at 5075 S. Union St. in South Bloomfield, about 6 miles from the former PCS site.

“We already provide various services to individuals with disabilities in Pickaway County, so this was an easy decision to make,” said Goodwill CEO Marvin Jones. “Our center employs three former PCS employees including former director Stephanie Smith who is our center’s supervisor. We’re excited about the experience they will bring to the center. Their presence will also help make the transition smoother for the individuals who attended PCS and decide to attend our center.”

Goodwill closed its South Bloomfield store on Feb. 6 to transform the salesfloor into the day center and purchased buses and vans to provide transportation for individuals attending the center. The donation center in the back of the building remains in operation accepting donations at the south entrance between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. All store employees remain employed and have transitioned to operate the donation center or work in our Circleville store.

This isn’t the first time Goodwill has responded to fill a need for services in Pickaway County. In January, its workforce development team began a paid work experience training program, Project Connect. The program provides participants an opportunity to gain marketable skills by working with a job coach in a Goodwill store for up to six months. Upon completion of the program, participants will then work with a Goodwill employment specialist to identify and secure community employment.

In March 2020, Goodwill also launched its C.A.R.E. program in Pickaway County which provides homemaker/personal care, Ohio Shared Living, and assistive technology services.

“COVID has negatively impacted service options in the area for individuals with disabilities. While we’ve felt some of those effects at Goodwill, we’ve worked collaboratively with our boards of developmental disabilities in the eight counties we serve to find solutions,” said Missions Coordinator Cana Horner. “We have actually expanded the services we offer during the past year, and that’s partly due to the tremendous community support we get from those who donate to and shop at our thrift stores.”

There will be an open house for the new center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 1 by appointment only. Call Stephanie Smith at 740-248-9907 to schedule an appointment.

Ohio Lt. Governor Tours Hopewell Health Center Clinic In Chillicothe

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The Hopewell Health Center Mount Logan Clinic in Chillicothe was in the state spotlight Friday morning with the visit of Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, as he toured their COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

Approximately 300 people were scheduled to be vaccinated Friday with their first doses of Moderna vaccine.

After touring the site on East Main Street, the Lt. Governor, along with State Senator Bob Peterson, State Representative Mark Johnson and Hopewell Health CEO Mark Bridenbaugh answered questions from the news media.

On the issue of businesses and jobs negatively impacted by the pandemic, Husted said the state does not track how many business have been closed, but legislators are working on a relief package to keep existing businesses alive.

“The biggest impact has been on the hospitality  industry. If you are a restaurant, banquet, catering or a venue where you have weddings, celebrations and things like that. Those are the kind of business hit the hardest. We will never know, we don’t keep statistics on those that go out of business and we don’t know these kinds of things. We know no doubt, that many people have lost jobs, particularly small businesses”  

Husted continued by pointing to the Governor DeWine and the state legislature’s efforts in creating aid packages to help struggling businesses and workers who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted speaks to the media at the Hopewell Health Center Mt. Logan Clinic reception area in Chillicothe. Pictured left to right, State Senator Bob Peterson, Husted, Lisa Poling, Senior Director of Operations for Hopewell and State Representative Mark Johnson.

“The governor and I have announced a $1 billion economic package with the help of these gentlemen (state lawmakers) who are going to be working in the general assembly to help fund the relief for small businesses that have 25 employees or fewer- especially focused on restaurants, bars and the indoor entertainment facilities” 

State Senator Bob Peterson said “So in general, he (Lt. Governor) largely references the state budget and I am very appreciative as is the Lt. Governor that the budget is balanced and doesn’t tap into the rainy day fund and provides some of the growth potential for economic development, helping those people effected most by the pandemic. And even if the pandemic effected you or not, if you are dealing with the opioid crisis or other health issues, we have things in the budget to do with that”

As has been the historical case in times of national crisis, citizens step up to meet the challenge.

Hopewell Health Center CEO Mark Bridenbaugh and the Lt. Governor said they believe the pandemic will spur more people to pursue a career in the health field. Husted says Ohio “has many institutions of higher learning that can train individuals to get on that career path”

Husted also bragged on Hopewell Health Center’s work in serving underserved residents in the Chillicothe area.


Waverly Takes Marietta 61-42 in Litter Media Game of the Week

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Waverly’s Travis Robertson talks about his team winning a Sectional Championship despite having a slow start.

It was a slow start for Waverly, but they overcame a 10-2 deficit to earn a 61-42 DII Sectional Final win over Marietta Thursday.

As cold as Waverly was from the field, Marietta hopped off the bus just as hot, jumping out to to 8-point margin midway through the first period.

The home Tigers closed the gap to 14-12 to close out the first quarter, then got their first lead to start the second on a three by Gage Wheeler and didn’t look back. Waverly carried a 32-19 lead into the intermission.

“Originally we were gonna play full court and stay solid (defensively)” said Waverly’s Travis Robertson. “I felt like we let them (Marietta) off the hook. They wanted to just walk it up and kinda do their thing. We were able to run a jump the ball a bit, get it movin’ and the pace picked up.”  

Zeke Brown had 12 of his 16 points by halftime as he and Will Father combined for 12 of the Tigers’ 20 second quarter points. Wheeler nailed three triples while Trey Robertson was held to just 4 points in the first half. 

Robertson began taking advantage of driving to the basket in the third, hitting five field goals scoring 11 of Waverly’s 17 points in the quarter for a 49-31 advantage. He finished with 19 to lead all scorers.

Wheeler had 9 followed by Futhey’s 8, Mark Stulley with 7 and Hudson Kelly finished the scoring with a basket late. Brown and Robertson were selected as the McDonald’s Players of the Game.

Fourth seeded Waverly will host the fifth seed Sheridan March 4th. Sheridan defeated Fairfield Union 45-34 in Thornville Thursday night.