American Red Cross Blood Drives for August in Ross County

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There are eight opportunities to donate blood through the American Red Cross.

Below are the blood drives open to the public in Ross County during the month of August.

Wednesday, August 4th 2:00pm-7:00pm – Heritage Nazarene Church. *Drive includes a free admission ticket for the Ross County Fair for all donors. Sponsor Code: HNC

Friday, August 6th 10:00am-4:00pm – South Central Chapter House. *Drive includes a free Cedar Fair ticket for all donors. Sponsor Code: SCOC

Thursday, August 12th 9:00am-3:00pm – Adena Regional Medical Center PACCAR Medical Education Building. Sponsor Code: AdenaRegionalMCSouth

Thursday, August 12th 12:00pm-5:00pm – St. Mary’s Catholic Church at the South Central Chapter House. Sponsor Code: StMarysFLC

Friday, August 13th 2:00pm-7:00pm – Bainbridge Community at the American Legion Hall. Sponsor Code: Bainbridge

Thursday, August 26th 12:30am-5:30pm – Tabernacle Baptist Church. Sponsor Code: TBC

Friday, August 27th 11:00am-5:00pm – Scout Central Ohio Chapter House. Sponsor Code: SCOC

Monday, August 30th 1:00pm-6:00pm – Christian Life Tabernacle. Sponsor Code: CLTabernacle

ODNR Holds Topping Out Ceremony at New Hocking Hills State Park Lodge

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LOGAN, Ohio – The new, state-of-the-art Hocking Hills State Park Lodge is one step closer to welcoming guests.  Today, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz joined construction crews, park staff, and others for installation of a ceremonial final exterior beam during an event known in the building industry as a “topping out.”

“Hocking Hills is one of the crown jewels of our state park system, and we want visitors to have a top-notch lodging experience as they explore this breathtaking region,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “Every day brings us closer to the opening of this state-of-the-art facility, and I can’t wait for the public to see the finished product.”

Director Mertz and others involved in the project signed their names to the beam marking an important milestone in the lodge’s construction that began July 1, 2020.  In addition to offering full-service dining and conference space, the lodge features a hotel wing with 81 guest rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, and scenic outdoor spaces for friends and family to gather.

ODNR anticipates opening the nearly 74,000 square-foot lodge to the public in October of 2022. The anticipated cost of the project upon completion is $40 million. A time-lapse video documenting the progress of the project can be viewed here. To read more about the project and see other updates, visit

The new Hocking Hills State Park Lodge is being constructed on the same footprint as the state park’s former lodge restaurant and conference center, which was destroyed by a fire in December of 2016.

Eight Teams to Decide American Legion Championship in Lancaster

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The 2021 American Legion Baseball State Tournament begins Monday at Lancaster’s Beavers Field.

Regional winners include Cincinnati’s Yeager-Benson Post 199, which won the Region 5 Championship over Waverly last Wednesday at VA Memorial Stadium, Utica Post 92, Conneaut Post 151, Napoleon Post 300, Jefferson County Post 33, Sidney Post 217 and the winner from Region 8 which will be decided Friday evening between Cambridge Post 84 and St. Clairsville Post 159.


Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Celebrates 200 years

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Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church preparing to celebrate 200 years. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

2021 marks the bicentennial year for Chillicothe’s Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church.

Founded in 1821, the congregation became known as the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.). It’s the first A.M.E. Church in Ohio and is the first to be organized west of the Allegheny Mountains.

The existing church on West Main Street was constructed in 1910 and is still in use today.

The congregation has planned several events to celebrate the Church’s 200 years of service to the community, beginning Saturday, July 24th. A free Community Musical Program will be held at 4pm Saturday at First Presbyterian Church at 13 Mead Drive in Chillicothe.

The Urban Jazz Coalition will perform in Chillicothe High School auditorium August 28th as part of the Quinn Chapel 200th Anniversary Celebration. Photo Courtesy Urban Jazz Coalition Facebook Page

August 28th, from 4:00pm-6:30pm, the Urban Jazz Coalition will perform in the Chillicothe High School Auditorium on Yoctangee Boulevard. Tickets are $15 and are on sale Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the back entrance of Quinn Chapel. You can also leave a message at the church number 740-775-3529 or contact Rachel Foster 740-775-2166 or 740-649-9429.

September 12th, the public is invited again to CHS for Quinn Chapel’s 200th Anniversary Celebration and September 26th, the Schmidt Sausage Truck will park in the Quinn Chapel parking lot from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.