Local Legislators Get Bills Signed By Governor

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(COLUMBUS)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed several bills into law this week that had legislative sponsorship from our area lawmakers.

Among them are:

H.B. 222, introduced by Representative Shane Wilkin (Hillsboro) and Representative Terrence Upchurch (Cleveland), specifies that a nonprofit formed or acquired by a county hospital or joint township district hospital is a separate entity from the hospital.

S.B. 80, introduced by Senator Theresa Gavarone (Bowling Green) and Senator Jerry C. Cirino (Kirtland), requires political party affiliation to be listed on general election ballots in judicial elections increasing transparency. Representative D.J. Swearingen (Huron) and Representative Brian Stewart (Ashville) introduced companion legislation in the Ohio House.

S.B. 40, introduced by Senator Tim Schaffer (Lancaster), revises the way cigarettes’ wholesale minimum sale price is calculated by referring to the manufacturer’s gross invoice cost as the basis of a wholesaler’s cost.

Huffer Steps Down As Chillicothe Boys Basketball Coach

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Chillicothe boys basketball coach Eric Huffer has confirmed he is resigning as the Cavaliers head coach. The confirmation came in a communication with Litter Media’s Dan Ramey on Thursday.

Huffer spent 8 seasons as the Cavaliers varsity coach and gained his 100th career win, while at CHS. He led the Cavs to 3 Frontier Athletic Conference titles and four sectional tournament championships, one in Division 2 and three in Division 1.

In his 8 seasons, Huffer coached several talented players that have gone on to notable college basketball opportunities.

Among Huffer’s stand out Cavaliers are Tommy Bolte who was one of the nation’s leading scorers while at Concord University and plays professionally in Europe, Brandon Noel plays for D-1 Wright State University, Branden & Jayvon Maughmer are playing at Cedarville University and Tre Beard is a member of Shawnee State’s NAIA National Championship team in 2021.

Eric Huffer in a postgame interview. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Civil War Statue Returns To Yoctangee Park Entrance

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The statue at the head of Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park, which was damaged by a traffic crash in December 2019, has been repaired and returned to its pedestal.

The Capital City Crane workers prepare to place the statue Wednesday afternoon. Photo courtesy Ivy’s Home & Garden on Facebook

Although Richard Enderlin’s name appears on the pedestal, the soldier on the monument is actually not an image of Congressional Medal of Honoree Richard Enderlin, but represents the men who served with him.

The statue in winter 2018 a year before being toppled in a car crash. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

It’s return on June 30th comes just in time to commemorate to that July 1st date that marks 158 years since Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Richard Enderlin “voluntarily took a rifle and served as a soldier in the ranks during the first and second days of the battle (Gettysburg). Voluntarily and at his own imminent peril went into the enemy’s lines at night and, under a sharp fire, rescued a wounded comrade.”

Clint Boggs of the Chillicothe Parks and Recreation said- “We’re glad to have Mr. Enderlin back home at the head of Yoctangee Park. The Parks Dept. would like to thank the City Engineering Dept., Safety Service Dept. for their assistance and Edgewater StoneWorks for their efforts in repairing and returning Sergeant Enderlin.”

The statue in place Wednesday afternoon. Photo courtesy Ivy’s Home & Garden on Facebook

Ohio University Ranks High With Programs For Military Vets

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(ATHENS) – Ohio University has been ranked 50th in the nation on Military Times’ 2021 Best for Vets: Colleges list of schools for veterans and current military service members nationally. 

According to the Military Times website, the list is the largest list of schools for veterans and current military service members in the country. The list helps veterans to make important academic decisions. Military Times is an independent news source with news and information about issues affecting service members and their families. 

“Ohio University is dedicated to ensuring those who serve our nation are able to get a high-quality education, and this recognition of our efforts is much appreciated,” Ohio University President Hugh Sherman said. “Our military members have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy, and supporting them during and after their service is the least we can do to recognize their commitment.”

Ohio University has several thousand military-affiliated students currently enrolled. The Veterans and Military Student Services Center helps with filing educational benefits requests, exploring academic interests, finding opportunities on campus and finding post education employment. Veteran students and service members at OHIO receive benefits such as scholarships to specific programs, priority class registration, military transfer credit and experience evaluation, waiver of two-year residency requirements, authorized absences for drill attendance and counseling/psychological services. There is also a Veteran Transition Seminar designed specifically to meet veteran student needs and build a support network for future continued success.

“At OHIO we try to provide any assistance we can to our military-affiliated students,” said Terry St. Peter, Director, Veterans & Military Student Services Center, LTC (Ret) US Army. “Our mission is to assist veterans and military students in determining their academic interests, exploring their opportunities at OHIO and ultimately identifying employment after they graduate, and we work hard to accomplish that goal with each student.”

OHIO has a long history of serving military-affiliated students. Several programs across campus are also recognized nationally and by the state, including best colleges for veterans, best college in the state for journalism for veterans, best medical admin program for veterans, best digital communication programs for veterans and best online graduate engineering program for veterans. Additionally, the online MBA was ranked the second best for veterans in Ohio (57th nationally). OHIO was also recently named one of the nation’s most military-friendly schools for the 10th year in a row.