Deer Gun Bonus Weekend Is December 18-19

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As deer hunters head back to the woods for the state’s Bonus Weekend for deer gun hunting, the Ohio Division of Wildlife wants to remind everyone about harvest limits for deer.

Ohio’s statewide harvest limit is 6 deer, and only 1 may be antlered. Hunters cannot exceed an individual county bag limit; always make sure to review the Hunting Regulations before heading out to enjoy your hunt.

See the bag limit map below for the county you will be hunting in:

Chillicothe VAMC Gets High Marks For Community Living Centers

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(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe VA Medical Center Director, Dr. Kathy Berger, announced that the Chillicothe VA underwent a Long-Term Care Institute (LTCI) Survey during the week of November 15–19, 2021.  

The LTCI reviewed processes, policies, and staffing, as well as the overall care provided to the Veterans who reside in our Community Living Centers (CLC).  This is a rigorous review which involves document evaluation, as well as visual inspection and observation of actual care rendered to Veterans.  This survey resulted in the recognition of high-quality care being provided, with only some minor recommendations.  The LTCI is recommending the Chillicothe CLC Covid safety plan as a VA nationwide best practice.  The CLC staff and those staff that provide ancillary support to the CLCs have worked extraordinarily hard to make this our best survey in the past 5 years.

Dr. Kathy Berger expressed gratitude for the staff’s commitment and hard work to achieve these survey results.  “On behalf of the Veterans we serve at VA Chillicothe, we offer our most sincere thanks to our staff,” said Dr. Berger.

Veterans not enrolled in the VA healthcare system are encouraged to visit to register or call 740-772-7170 with questions.

Visit the Chillicothe VA webpage ( and follow us on facebook ( and twitter (@chillicothevamc).

Local Church Steps Up For Kentucky Tornado Relief

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Chillicothe area residents are being thanked for their support in helping The Church In Chillicothe to gather relief supplies to send to tornado survivors in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which was also hit by a massive tornado that leveled communities throughout the Blue Grass State.

Minister Dan DeGarmo, who is also the owner operator of Double “D” Auction House located next to the church, was joined by several other individuals Wednesday morning as they were leaving on their journey to transport relief supplies.

(Dan DeGarmo details what they accomplished with local help, prior to transporting relief supplies to tornado victims)

“We have a 26-foot U-Haul truck and we are headed to the Hillview Heights Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The truck is 3/4 full of supplies, but with the room left over, before leaving Chillicothe we are getting totes to fill the rest of the U-Haul. Many people there have need of totes to carryout items from their storm damages homes.”

DeGarmo said the local giving was not just material items. “The financial donations has been $12,000 raised in Chillicothe.”

(The Church In Chillicothe sends cases of water for Kentucky Tornado Relief

DeGarmo said they hopes to arrive at the Kentucky church by 3:30pm, and have it unloaded by 5pm Wednesday.

In Pike County, Bode Lawn & Landscape at 876 Howard Road, Waverly is encouraging individuals to donate supplies that they can transport to Mayfield, Kentucky.

Owner Scott Michael Bode says- “I have been in business for 15 years, and I believe this is an opportunity for me to give back to a community that has a great need.” Bode is seeking non-perishable food items, laundrey and dish washing cleaning supplies along with toilet paper and paper towels.

Scott Michael Bode can be contacted at (740) 656-7747.

OU-Chillicothe Middle Childhood Ed Grads Get Interview Experience

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(Athens) – OHIO Chillicothe middle childhood education graduates recently participated in mock interviews with local educators and administrators to help hone their interview skills and prepare them for the job hunt, while learning what their local school districts are searching for in new teacher candidates.

Karen Corcoran, associate professor of instruction in the middle childhood education program and regional coordinator of professional internships in teaching, said many local school partners expressed interest in coming to campus to meet the teacher candidates. 

“This has become a two-way street in terms of benefits,” Corcoran said. “Not only do the graduating teacher candidates get an opportunity to practice this important job search skill, but the local administrators get to practice interviewing and meet viable candidates for teaching positions in their school district. It is also one more opportunity for us as program coordinators in the education department to continue to cultivate the great relationships we have with our education partners who host our teacher candidates in clinical field opportunities, including the capstone internship.”

Corcoran also said the mock interview process has resulted in many job opportunities and hires over the years. 

Patti Stiltner, a teacher at Zane Trace Elementary School, participated in the mock interview day and said her school was able to secure a candidate for an upcoming position. 

“I felt the candidates did a good job of presenting themselves during the interviews,” Stiltner said. “Of course, they were nervous, but this experience helps them tremendously in getting prepared for a real interview. I am very happy to be part of yet another educational opportunity for these teacher candidates.”

Recent OHIO graduates and teacher candidates Chantel Landrum and Earl Johnson both participated in the mock interviews and said the experience was beneficial and worthwhile.

“It was helpful to ask them questions at the end of the interview to gain more knowledge about them and I also asked for feedback of how I did in the interview,” Landrum said. “Since these were mock interviews, I was able to reflect on the feedback for when I go into a real interview.”

Landrum is planning to substitute teach in her community until she secures a full-time teaching position.

“I spoke with multiple administrators and curriculum directors from many different districts,” Johnson, who is also seeking full-time employment, said. “Many were willing to not only give advice on the interviewing process but career advice as well.”

Following the mock interviews, students and visiting administrators had a catered lunch and a Q&A session.

For more information on OHIO Chillicothe’s education programs, visit