Area Child Advocacy Centers Receive State Funds

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(Columbus) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that grant funding has been awarded to support child advocacy centers and trauma recovery centers whose finances have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three of these are in central and southeastern Ohio. They include:
Hope’s Place, Lawrence County, $21,804.51 
Harcum House, Lancaster, $21,896.99 
Athens Co. Child Advocacy Center, Athens, $427.90

Payments totaling more than $800,000 were awarded to 17 centers to help with revenue losses and other pandemic-related costs incurred between March 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021.

“The services these centers provide are essential for helping young victims of crime process trauma and navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system,” said Governor DeWine. “The coronavirus relief funding we’re awarding will replace revenue lost due to the pandemic in an effort to help these agencies continue providing their critical services.” 

This opportunity is funded through the CARES Act, and funds are being administered by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the Ohio Office of Budget and Management.

Coaches Changes Coming At Huntington H.S.

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At least three head coaching positions have opened up at Huntington High School.

As Litter Media reported one month ago, Volleyball Coach Tina Magill has retired from coaching, and now we have learned that Football Coach Scott Keller and Softball Coach Spenser Smith also stepped down.

Football Coach Scott Keller has been coaching at Huntington since the fall of 2017.

Huntington has currently posted the opening for the Varsity Softball Coaching position, while the football and volleyball positions will be posted after the first of the year, according Huntington High School Principal Craig Kerns.

Huntington has also posted the position of Boys Junior High Track Coach.

Area Schools To Benefit From State Tree Harvest

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(Columbus)  Sixteen rural Ohio school districts, their corresponding counties, and townships will share $1,579,111 from the harvest of timber from Ohio’s state forests through the Trees to Textbooks program, which operates as part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry.

Several communities in southern Ohio will see some of these funds.
“Thanks to ODNR’s good stewardship of natural resources, the state can give back to our schools and local communities through this important program,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “The money from this program is particularly useful in helping school districts keep up with changing technology.”
Through the ODNR Division of Forestry’s Trees to Textbooks program, a percentage of the revenue generated from state forest management activity goes to the county, township, and school district in which the activity took place.
“Our Trees to Textbooks program is just one of the economic benefits our state forests bring to rural communities,” Chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry, Dan Balser, said. “Sharing these funds locally helps communities provide necessary services and can go a long way in making good schools better.”
The Ohio Division of Forestry began distributing timber revenues to counties and townships in the early 1980s. Since the Trees to Textbooks program started in 1999, more than $34 million has been shared with Ohio school districts and local governments.
The Ohio Division of Forestry is responsible for the care of more than 200,000 acres of state forests. State forestry experts manage these woodlands for overall health and diversity, soil and water conservation, improved wildlife habitat and a variety of recreational opportunities. Selected trees or areas of woodland are harvested through a competitive bid process, which includes requirements for sound management practices. All work is conducted by certified master loggers under strict monitoring.
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Chillicothe Grad Making Mark In Women’s Big 10 Basketball

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2017 Chillicothe High School graduate Osh Brown is making news as a fifth year senior on the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball team, where she is majoring in Child Development.

Brown is currently the Big 10’s fourth leading rebounder with an average of 9.1 per game, but is also leading the conference with most total rebounds at 128. Brown, who played her first four years of college basketball at Ball State University, is the leading active NCAA women’s basketball player in double-doubles with 52. Her fifth year of playing is due to NCAA COVID Eligibility Rules.

When she played at Ball State, Osh Brown was a two-time 1st Team All Mid American Conference player and set a Ball State record with 22 rebounds in the MAC Semifinal Tournament Game.

As of December 20th, Brown’s Rutgers Scarlet Knights are (0-2) in the Big 10 and (7-7) overall.

They play at Ohio State University on February 7th at 6pm, for those wanting to travel to Columbus to see the former Lady Cavs basketball star, where she scored 1,000 career points and grabbed 1,000 career rebounds.

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