ODNR To Host Information Sessions For Paint Creek Scenic River Designation Proposal

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(COLUMBUS) – It’s a safe haven for aquatic species, a nesting place for bald eagles, and one of the best views of fall colors that Ohio has to offer, which is why Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz announced the state’s intent to designate portions of Paint Creek and its tributaries as Ohio’s 16th state scenic river.

“We are proud that Ohio has the first and oldest Scenic Rivers Program in the nation and the addition of the Paint Creek and some of its tributaries as the state’s 16th scenic river system only strengthens our commitment to that program,” Governor Mike DeWine said.  “The Paint Creek system will provide excellent opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy one of Ohio’s most natural river corridors.”

“Ohio’s wild and scenic rivers provide people a chance to paddle through some of the state’s most beautiful landscapes,” Director Mertz said.  “Paint Creek is not only a hotspot for kayakers and a place for families to enjoy a natural getaway, this designation also means protecting clean water for communities and wildlife habitat.”

The Paint Creek system qualifies for the Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Program because of its outstanding water quality, natural river corridor, unique geological features, and rich cultural history. The system supports approximately 118 fish species and at least 11 rare and endangered species of plants and animals including two federally endangered species of freshwater mussels: the snuffbox and rayed bean.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency classifies Paint Creek and many of its tributaries as Exceptional Warmwater Habitat (EWH) streams, which is the highest aquatic life use designation that can be assigned to a river or stream. The Paint Creek State Scenic River Designation Study was completed as part of the process.

The draw of the Paint Creek system spreads beyond the gorges and rapids boating enthusiasts encounter.  The final miles of the main stem reveal the iconic Copperas Mountain cliff behind Paint Valley High School.  The designation of this waterway will ensure more people can catch a glimpse of this immense shale exposure.

The river system also rolls through the city of Bainbridge which has been called “Leaf Country, U.S.A!” because of the vibrant color that emerges in the fall months.  Paddlers can stop off in the third week of October for the three day Fall Festival of Leaves held every year to highlight the fall foliage.

ODNR will hold two public information sessions/open houses to receive public input regarding the proposed designations.  The sessions will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Carlisle Community Building
9 South Paint Street
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Rocky Fork State Park East End Overlook
6451 Lucas Lane
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
If approved, 81.7 miles of Paint Creek and its tributaries the North Fork, Rocky Fork, and Rattlesnake Creek would be designated as state scenic rivers in Highland and Ross counties.  This would bring the total area designated to more than 911 miles of river in Ohio.

The mission of the Ohio Scenic Rivers Program is to work cooperatively with local communities and other partners to facilitate the protection of Ohio’s remaining highest quality waterways.


Solich Steps Down As Ohio University Football Coach

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(ATHENS) — Ohio University Head Football Coach Frank Solich announced today that he is stepping down from his position to focus on his health, after an unprecedented successful 16 seasons leading the Bobcats, which included 11 bowl appearances, four Mid-American Conference East titles and a Top 25 ranking.

Following Solich’s announcement, Director of Athletics Julie Cromer announced that Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Tim Albin has agreed to become the new head football coach, agreeing to a four-year contract.

“After 55 years in coaching, including 16 at Ohio University, it is time for me to step away to focus on a cardiovascular health issue,” said Solich, a former Home Depot National Coach of the Year (1999) and MAC Coach of the Year (2016). “I’ve appreciated the support of Bobcat fans over the years, and I know they will continue to support Coach Albin. After working directly with Tim for 21 consecutive years, including six at the University of Nebraska, it’s clear to me he is prepared to continue our work and move the program forward. I am happy for Tim and his family.”

Solich owns a career coaching record of 173-101. His 173 overall wins rank as the fourth most among active NCAA FBS head coaches. He is the winningest head coach in Mid-American Conference history with 115 overall victories while his 77 conference-only wins rank second to former Central Michigan head coach Herb Deromedi’s 90. His 16 years of service match Deromedi’s (1978-93) for the most in MAC history. Ohio is 115-82 during the Solich era. His 115 victories are the second-most in program history behind Don Peden (121; 1924-46). Ohio has gone 77-46 in conference play since Solich’s arrival in Athens in 2005. 

“We are so grateful for all that Coach Solich has given to Ohio University and, especially, to our football program,” Cromer said. “He has elevated our program to incredible heights and his legacy rests not only in the on-the-field accomplishments, but also in the lives of hundreds of Bobcats who learned about football — and life — from Coach. I am excited that he has agreed to serve as a close advisor to me and as a resource to our students, coaches and staff. We look forward to opportunities in the coming year to show our appreciation for Coach Solich and to celebrate his legacy.”  

OHIO has had a run of 12-straight non-losing seasons that has included 11 winning campaigns and six years with at least nine victories, including a 10-win campaign in 2011. The 2012 season began with the Bobcats earning a signature win at Penn State, upsetting the Nittany Lions by a score of 24-14. Ohio captured division titles in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2016. Solich led the Bobcats to 11 of their 13 bowl appearances and the first five bowl victories in program history, with back-to-back wins in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and ’12 Independence Bowl and back-to-back-to-back victories in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl, ’18 DXL Frisco Bowl and ’20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (2019 season).

“Coach Solich has been a deeply valued part of the Ohio University family not only for his record on the field but also for his support of student athletes and their success at OHIO and after graduation,” said Ohio University President Hugh Sherman. “I’m thankful for his leadership and for the continuity that Tim Albin will bring as he steps into the role of head football coach. He knows our program and our players and has been a significant part of the team’s success.”

Albin joined the Ohio Football coaching staff as offensive coordinator in 2005, reuniting with Solich after four seasons together at Nebraska. The 2021 season will mark Albin’s 17th year in Athens. Since his arrival in Athens, Albin has produced offensive units that have consistently ranked among the top of the Mid-American Conference. He also has directed an offensive attack that has practically rewritten all of Ohio’s rushing, passing records, and scoring records. In the past 10 seasons, Albin’s offensive units rank No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the Ohio all-time Top 10 single season scoring list. The Bobcats 368 points in 2018 rank fourth on the all-time list. 

“We are so fortunate to have someone with Tim’s experience, character and vision already within our program,” Cromer said. “There are few situations where a transition can be as seamless as this one. Tim has been an integral part of the sustained success of OHIO football and with his leadership we expect to maintain our competitive pursuit of MAC Championships, even as he establishes his own imprint on the program. We are excited for Tim to lead our football program.”

Albin spent the 2004 season as offensive coordinator and running backs coach at North Dakota State, helping the Bison to an 8-3 record and No. 25 national ranking in their first season at the Division I-AA level. NDSU finished the season averaging 378.5 yards of total offense, including 192.4 on the ground, and had four offensive players named first-team All-Great West Football Conference. Albin served with Solich at Nebraska from 2000 to 2003. He started with the Cornhusker program as a graduate assistant, a position he held for three seasons before being promoted to running backs coach and passing game coordinator for the 2003 season. Prior to his stint at Nebraska, Albin was the head coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State for three seasons, winning the NAIA national championship in 1999 with a 13-0 record. He was named NAIA Football Coach of the Year by Rawlings and American Football Coach Magazine as the Rangers recorded their first undefeated season in history. 

“It is truly an honor to lead the Ohio University football program and I want to express my gratitude to President Sherman and Director of Athletics Julie Cromer for their belief in me,” Albin said. “I am forever indebted to Coach Solich for all that he has offered me and taught me through the years, and I know he will always be part of our program. Our team will provide an unmatched student-athlete experience both on and off the field and we will graduate young men prepared to succeed in life. With the help of our incredible staff I know great things lie ahead, and our work continues.”

Chillicothe/Ross Chamber Celebrates Return To Business

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The Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce celebrated the community’s and local businesses’ resilience to not only survive, but also grow in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The chamber highlighted these success stories during Tuesday’s annual meeting held at “Bell Manor” off of Musgrove Road.

Tara Gillum, owner of Steiner’s Speakeasy and ALPHA Femme Boutique took home the top honor as “Entrepreneur of the Year Award”.

(Watch our interview ABOVE with Tara Gillum concerning her secret to success and plans for business growth)

The “Young Professional of the Year” is Mary Montgomery, food services director for Chillicothe City Schools. Mary led the effort to feed children during the COVID-19 pandemic, overseeing the feeding of 170,000 children from “Babe- The Big Blue Bus”

Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce “Young Professional of the Year”

The “Corporate Citizen of the Year” went to Herlihy Moving & Storage, accepted by company owner Joe Herlihy.

Joe Herlihy- Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce “Corporate Citizen Award”

Petland Corporation owner Ed Kunzelman was presented with a “Special Recognition Award”, for his years working to develop Chillicothe’s downtown. He promised the crowd that within the next year-and-a-half, the city’s downtown will have several more new businesses added to the successful boom already being seen.

Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce “Special Recognition for work to develop downtown Chillicothe

Tomlinson Insurance was presented with the “Legacy Award”, for their work in taking existing properties and improving their appearance with renovation, which has led to new business and a museum coming to the downtown.

Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce “Legacy Award” goes to Andy Tomlinson

Mike Thorne, CEO of the Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce, gave the State of the Chamber Address, highlighting great strides the business community made, despite the emergency of a worldwide pandemic.

In 2020, the chamber saw an increase with 78 new members, saw 13 new business openings, saved local business over $259,000 in Workers Compensation costs, posted 615 jobs that had more than 175,000 website views, held seven events for Greater Chillicothe Women in Business with 244 attendees and conducted 55 events- including 12 virtual events with 1,253 attendees.

Watch our interview ABOVE with Mike Throne, as he reviews his State of the Chamber Address and talks about how he’s seen the city change in his 24 years here…

Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce 2021 Annual Dinner