Logan Elm To Host Groundbreaking Ceremony For New Campus

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Earthmovers and bulldozers have already started moving dirt, but an official groundbreaking for Logan Elm School District’s new K-12 campus is scheduled for May 10th.

The ceremony will be at 4:30pm that day on their current Band and Athletic Practice Field. The school is located at 9575 Tarlton Road, just southeast of Circleville.

Voters approved levies to construct the new campus, after several previous tries failed at the ballot box.

The current Logan Elm School District campus has been at the Tarlton Road site since the early 1960’s. The new campus will be constructed just west of the current buildings.

Ross County Heritage Center Museum To Reopen May 4th

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(Chillicothe) — The Ross County Heritage Center Museum, at 45 West 5th Street, Chillicothe, will reopen on a regular weekly schedule, Tuesday through Saturday, 1pm-5pm beginning May 4, 2021.

In the interest of COVID safety, group tours will be limited to no more than eight (8) people all of whom must either be members of the same family or household, or arrive in the same vehicle. (Individuals will be given individual tours.)

Face masks are required. (Disposable masks will be provided at no charge to anyone arriving without their own.)

The Ross County Historical Society’s McKell Library will remain closed until further notice, but research requests may still be made by phone by calling (740) 773-1896, 1pm-5pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; and anytime by email at info@rosscountyhistorical.org.

Please visit the Ross County Historical Society’s website at www.rosscountyhistorical.org for more information and updates.

REAL ID Deadline Extended- Again

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There has been another extension approved by the US Department of Homeland Security the for enforcement of REAL ID requirements. 

The latest extension for updating your drivers license to REAL ID, which will enable you to fly on commercial domestic airlines, has been moved from October 1st, 2021 to May 3rd, 2023. 

The REAL ID is aimed at establishing a consistent security standard for issuing driver’s licenses and other identification.

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Congress passed the post 9/11 anti terrorist measure in 2005, and originally gave states until October 1st, 2020 to get the changes in place. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which backed that deadline to October 1st, 2021, and now again to May 3rd, 2023.

Once enforcement is in effect, travelers age 18-years-old and older will need to have the REAL I.D.-compliant driver’s license or other state photo identity card, which should be marked by a star on the top of the card. Passports and other forms of approved identification will still be accepted.

The Department Of Homeland Security blamed the latest extension on limited operating capacity at state driver’s licensing agencies during the pandemic, which has delayed renewals of expiring licenses.

All 50 US states, Washington, DC, and several US territories are compliant with REAL ID security standards, but only 43% of US IDs are currently compliant, as a result of pandemic-era limitations, according to DHS.

More Area City Council Meetings Going To In-Person Sessions

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With the announcement from the Centers For Disease Control relaxing some COVID-19 mandates Tuesday, look for more government and civic groups to return to in-person public meetings.

In a survey of city councils in our region, most have returned to some form of public gathering, while maintaining social distance requirements.

Chillicothe City Council President Bruce Arnold has announced they will return to in-person sessions on May 10th, after meeting by Zoom over the past year.

City councils in Washington Court House, Circleville, Hillsboro, Jackson, Portsmouth, Lancaster and Logan have already returned or kept in-person sessions.

Each of the above mentioned are meeting with some type of mask wearing/social distance limitations for spectators in attendance as well as among council members.

The Village of Waverly is still meeting by Zoom, with Council Clerk Shelly Anderson saying she was not sure when they would return to in-person sessions.

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