2021 Holiday Lights Competition Winners Announced

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Entries in the Chillicothe Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Holiday Lights Contest were judged Thursday evening and here are your division winners.

Norman Rockwell Division (Traditional Display):

1st Place: Cathy and John Zangri, 330 Piatt Avenue.

2nd Place: Leonard and Trish Steyer, 629 Arch Street

3rd Place (TIE): Wahneda Dalton and Anthony Clark, 90 Sharon Road; James Glandon and Shannon Berry, 132 Grand Avenue

Clark Griswold Division (Wild Lights Display):

1st Place: Jason Adkins, Sr., 341 Clay Street

2nd Place: Randy Kelley, 694 Orange Street

3rd Place (TIE): Emily and Zachery Leasure, 637 Linn Street / John and Carol Welch, 132 Yaples Orchard

The winners of each division receive a free shelter house rental and five day passes to the Chillicothe Swimming Pool. Second place finishers receive a free shelter house rental and third place finishers will take home five day passes to the pool.

Part of the 2020 display by Cathy and John Zangri, winners of the Norman Rockwell Division. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Thursday Brought Three More Local Winners in Ohio Vax-2-School Lottery

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Three more local students were announced as winners of $10,000 scholarships in the Ohio Vax-2-School lottery drawing Thursday.

Brogan Combs of Chillicothe, Abigail Mosley of Lancaster and Alexys Dray of Baltimore were among the 30 names released Thursday.

Tuesday’s announcements, made on the State’s promotional Twitter site #OhioVax2School, had some hits in South Central Ohio. Among them, Chillicothe’s Erin Kulhanek, Colsen Oyer of Jackson and Bryce Bennett from Washington Court House.

Friday’s final drawing will bring the total to one hundred fifty $10,000 scholarship winners. At 7:30pm Friday, five $100,000 scholarships will be drawn as grand prize winners.

Football Coaching Landscape Changing in the FAC

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The Frontier Athletic Conference coaching ranks will look different next football season.

Hillsboro’s Jack O’Rourke reportedly has resigned according to the Highland County Press, Chillicothe’s Doug Pryor has posted on Facebook he’s been non-renewed for the next season and McClain’s Jake Orr-Zody will not return under a separation agreement with Greenfield Exempted Village Schools effective December 1st.

O’Rourke compiled a 30-31 mark at with the Indians from 2016-2021, a stint which saw Hillsboro go 16-5 during the ’17 and ’18 seasons. He was named Ohio’s Division VI Coach of the Year in 2018.

Pryor stated in his post he’d been given the opportunity to reapply for the position and that he has.

Cavalier Football Head Coach Doug Pryor’s post on his Facebook Page, stating he’d been non-renewed.

It’s not uncommon for school districts to hire coaches on a year by year basis.

Pryor is 14-12 in three seasons with the Cavaliers after succeeding Ron Hinton who stepped down after the 2018 season. Pryor’s Cavs won the FAC Championship during the shortened season in 2020. Chillicothe just missed the playoffs this season going 5-4.

Chillicothe Head Coach Doug Pryor delivers his first pregame pep talk to the Cavaliers before facing Teays Valley to kick-off the 2019 football season. SEE THE PHOTO ALBUM HERE: http://bit.ly/2rKIeJa WATCH THE GAME HIGHLIGHT VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/1oLfgI51IBU

Last October, Orr-Zody was placed on administrative leave from the school district before the Tigers’ game with Miami Trace. He did not return to the sideline the remainder of the season.

Great Ohio Lodges Await Visitors for the Holidays

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Thanksgiving leftovers are gone and it’s time to shift into holiday mode with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).  Great Ohio Lodges at Ohio’s state parks will be decked out with holiday cheer to help you celebrate family gatherings, business meetings, or festive getaways.

Salt Fork State Park Lodge

“There is a special kind of beauty at our Ohio State Park lodges during the holiday season,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “The lights, the snow, the overall warmth of a fire burning in the hearth, they can all inspire fond holiday memories of years past and encourage families to make new ones that will last a lifetime.”

From Burr Oak to Maumee Bay, the halls of the lodges will be decked with holiday décor, ready to welcome visitors who want to get away this season.  More than 50,000 lights and 44 fully decorated trees will be on display at the Shawnee State Park lodge.  A full-size nativity scene and an all-natural Noah’s Ark will add to the holiday décor at the lodge. Want to see which tree is the finest? Shawnee also features a best in show tree selected by the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs.

Shawnee State Park Lodge

The festive fun continues with nearly two dozen trees decked out with all the holiday trimmings at Deer Creek State Park Lodge. And if the winter weather strikes visitors can seek refuge at one of two cozy fireplaces decorated by the area’s local garden clubs.


Deer Creek State Park Lodge

Seventy trees will light up the scene at the Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center.  The bow on top? The beautiful ribbon tree that stands over the lodge’s main dining room for all to enjoy.

Hueston Woods Lodge

New to the holiday offerings at our lodges this year is a chance to view more than 100 nutcrackers at Punderson Manor.  This impressive display is featured along with stunning trees and décor. If you don’t have your Christmas card photo yet, stop by and take one today!

Punderson Manor Lodge As you make your holiday plans, consider visiting one of our lodges for an overnight stay or for one of our special events.  There will be festive family programming every week through December concluding with New Year’s Eve parties and specials to ring in the New Year which can be found here. Activities include:

Maumee Bay Lodge
Winter Carnival
Dec. 27 – 30
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Mohican Lodge
Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 4, 18, 19, and 23
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Punderson Manor
Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 5, 12, and 19
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Storytime with Ms. Claus
Dec. 11, 18
 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Open House Buffet
Dec. 19
 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Shawnee Lodge
Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 11  
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Open House Buffet
Dec. 5
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Events will be added as the holiday seasons gets into full swing.  Keep up to date with everything happening here.  The lodges will also offer holiday add-on packages.  These will differ from lodge to lodge, but could include hot cocoa, campfire mugs, and other holiday-themed keepsakes.  To include an add-on or to plan your seasonal trip at one of the Great Ohio Lodges, visit the Ohio lodges website.

People looking for another way to celebrate Ohio State Parks this holiday season can shop ODNR’s online store.  You can give the gift of the great outdoors with the 2021 state parks ornament, park posters, gift cards, or an Ohio State Parks passport.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website ohiodnr.gov