Circleville Athletic Hall of Fame To Induct Two State Runner-Up Squads

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Circleville Athletic Hall of Fame will hold their ceremony during the Bloom Carroll-Circleville Basketball game on Saturday, January 15th. The 1963 State Runner-Up Golf Team and 1980 State Runner-Up Volleyball Team will be inducted.

The 1963 Boys Golf Team was coached by Robert Ransom, who led the Tigers to the SCOL title and State Runner-Up finish, 8 strokes behind Champion Kettering Fairmont. Senior Tom Bivens fired rounds of 83 & 77. Other Tigers on the team included: Bob Fuhrman, Tim Dickenson and Bruce Helwagen. 

The 1980 Girls Volleyball team was coached by Joyce O’Brien, the first Circleville High School Girls sports team to advance to the State Final Four. They finished as State Runner-Up behind Akron Hoban and had a record of (27-3), winning the SCOL title. Their state semifinal win came over Cincinnati Saint Ursula. Team members were: Shawn Kuhn, Lori Archer, Leslie Jones, Karen Lewis, DeAnna Geis, Tina Haist, Denise Murray, and Nanette Martin. Mary Burke was assistant coach.

State Fire Marshal Offers Tips For Home Heating Safety

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(Columbus) –Winter weather has finally arrived and with it comes the dangers of safely heating the home. Since more than half of all home heating fires occur in these winter months, state officials urge Ohioans to keep loved ones safe this winter with these helpful tips from the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal and Manufactured Home Program.

State Fire Marshal Kevin S. Reardon is asking all residents to make sure their homes are fire safe. Many fire incidents during this time of the year are preventable as long as Ohioans take the right precautions. 

“It may be tempting to use alternative heating right now, but it is also important to do so safely,” said Reardon. “The use of alternative heating sources can greatly increase the chance of a fire occurring. By following some basic safety tips, you can keep yourself and your family safe during this winter weather.”

In addition to suggestions for alternative heating safety, the State Fire Marshal’s office offers these tips:

Heating Safety

  • Use kerosene heaters and space heaters according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Alternative heat sources need their space. Keep anything combustible at least three feet away.
  • Make sure your alternative heat sources have ‘tip switches’ These are designed to automatically turn off the heater in the event they tip over.
  • Do not use your kitchen’s oven or range to heat your home. In addition to being a fire hazard, it can be a source of toxic fumes.
  • Never refill a space heater while it is operating or still hot.
  • Refuel heaters outdoors.
  • Make sure wood stoves are properly installed, and at least three feet away from anything that could burn. Ensure they have the proper floor support and adequate ventilation.
  • Be careful when using candles. Keep the flame away from combustible objects and out of the reach of children.
  • Make certain that your home’s smoke alarms are in proper working order. 
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • All smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and batteries replaced at least twice a year.
  • If you have elderly or disable neighbors, check on them regularly. Offer to test their smoke alarms and inspect their homes for fire hazards.
  • Have a fire escape plan that includes two ways out and a designated meeting place for family members once they are outside the home.
  • If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of snow, ice and debris for easy access by the fire department.

Manufactured homeowners have some additional preparations for winter weather to maintain a safe place for their loved ones during the colder months. 

“Because a majority of manufactured homes use vinyl skirting, it is very important that the skirting is always maintained and in good working order. Missing or damaged skirting can cause many problems and cost the homeowner hundreds of dollars in heating or plumbing bills,” said Gary Whitaker, investigator for the Division of Industrial Compliance.

Additional tips for manufactured homeowners during the winter include:

  • Check the underbelly/bottom board of the home for rips or tears. If there are rips or tears and there is a loss of insulation, repair using products approved for use with manufactured homes either in the product’s information or in the manufacturer’s installation instructions for the home.
  • Check the skirting around the home to make sure it is intact and undamaged. Various events can cause damage to the skirting of the home (e.g., animals, yard work, weather), which can allow cold air to reach the underbelly/bottom board of the home and increase the risk of a home’s pipes freezing during cold temperatures.
  • Check water pipes for adequate electrical heat tape, which helps prevent your pipes from freezing in cold temperatures.
  • Make sure nothing (e.g., furniture, paper, etc.) is covering/blocking your heating vents.
  • Use draft stoppers to keep gusts of cold air from slipping in beneath your doors. You can buy them at a hardware store or create your own by filling a fabric tube with newspaper or simply using a rolled-up towel or blanket.
  • Consider adding curtains/blinds in front of doors or windows.
  • Check electrical outlets that can let heat escape your home, especially if cracked. To prevent warm air from leaking through your electrical outlets, turn off the electricity to the outlet, remove the electrical plates, and reseal the insides with caulk to keep warm air indoors.

You can call the Manufactured Homes Program at 1-800-686-1526 or visit  if you have questions and concerns. Additional safety tips are available from the State Fire Marshal’s Office at

Internet Safety Expert Discusses How Parents Can Protect Their Children From Predators On The Internet

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An expert on internet safety for children sat down with Litter Media Special Edition in December to discuss this danger and its all too easy access on any smart phone and computer.

Jesse Weinberger is a nationally known author, speaker and podcaster that travels the world lecturing on the dangers children face as they are being exposed to pornography, sex trafficking and other dangers immediately through their own smartphones and computers.

Weinberger spoke to Paint Valley School students on December 6th and will return for a January 12th community event at Paint Valley High School Gymnasium, between 6pm-8pm. The January 12th free event is open to the community, regardless of what school district you live in. Due to content being discussed and shown, the presentation will be open to adults only.

Presentation highlights that Jesse Weinberger will share with the January 12th audience include:
*Value vs risk of tech use
*Parental complicity
*Mental health impact
*Cyberbullying, sexting, sexual predation
*Popular apps explained
*Extreme content & gaming
*How to monitor, supervise & consequence

To see Mike Smith’s Litter Media Special Edition interview with Jesse Weinberger, CLICK HERE OR THE IMAGE BELOW)

(Jesse Weinberger appearance on Litter Media Special Edition)

Weinberger has over 15 years of speaking experience at school districts all over the United States, with a particular skill of reaching audiences with the combination of humor and deep expertise in technology and digital content.

Jessie Weinberger is the host of the podcast Big Mama’s House and is the author of The Boogeyman Exists: And He’s in Your Child’s Back Pocket.

Ross County Fair Queen Places 4th In Ohio State Fair Queen Pageant

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(Photo Courtesy of Ohio Fair Managers Association/2022 Miss Ohio State Fair Maya Kidd

(UPDATE)- Butler County’s Maya Kidd is the Miss Ohio State Fair Queen for 2022, after being crowned at the Ohio Fair Managers Association Annual Meeting Saturday.

Gretchen Search, Ross County’s 2021 Junior Fair Queen is 4th Runner-Up.

Search was selected as a top five finalist earlier this week, representing the Ross County Fair and Bubble Gum Gang 4-H Club.

(Photo courtesy of Ohio Fair Managers Association: R-L Gallia County Erin Pope- Butler County Maya Kidd- Stark County Annabelle Ehmer – Ross County Gretchen Search – Mercer County Nicole Fennig- 2021 Miss Ohio State Fair)
(Photo Courtesy of Kelley Dunkle-Detillion: Miss Ohio State Fair Queen Finalists/Gretchen Search 2nd from right)

After Grechen’s being named a Top 5 Finalist, her former 4-H Advisor Kelley Dunkle-Detillion had this to say on her Facebook page; “(I am) beyond honored to have been one of her Advisors over the past several years. Gretchen has always been a leader, she does the right things when nobody is watching, she is always willing to help a fellow member & has achieved numerous awards through 4-H. Gretchen has devoted hundreds of hours as a camp counselor at 4-H camp, as a Jr. Leader & serving as a Jr. Fairboard Member.  She has worked extremely hard and her hard work has paid off. It is time to own it!”