Drive-Thru Produce Market January 12th in Chillicothe

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United Way of Ross County will be conducting their next Produce Market on Wednesday, January 12th at the Chillicothe-Ross Library at 140 S. Paint Street in Chillicothe. The event runs between 10am-11:30am with the line up starting at 8:30am.


For more information about United Way of Ross County Initiatives like the Ross Next Produce Market, call the United Way of Ross County Office at (740) 773-3280. Office hours are Monday-Friday. 9am-5pm.

State Controlling Board OK’S Funds For Rio Grande College & Jackson Lake State Park

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(Columbus)—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) has announced the state’s approval of a $121,723 investment for campus safety upgrades at Rio Grande Community College in Gallia County.   

This project is part of an ongoing Campus Safety Grant project at the college and will be used for the purchase of security camera equipment, cable and installation.   

The Campus Safety Grant Program is meant to improve the overall physical security and safety of the public campus.  “Ohio colleges play a significant role in the future of our workforce,” said Peterson. “It is important that students have the opportunity to learn in an updated, safe environment where they can make the most of their college education.”

In addition, controlling board approved $26,718 for the purchase of an ADA-compliant kayak launch dock for Jackson Lake State Park.  The 106-acre Jackson Lake State Park boasts some of the most scenic country in Ohio, and these upgrades will create additional resources for recreational use of the lake. The docks will be installed by Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ maintenance staff. “Pleased to see another investment like this in southeast Ohio. Well maintained and updated parks contribute to an enhanced quality of life for area residents and help spur our local tourism industry,” added Peterson. 

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Stockmanship Judging Contest

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Entry Registration is being accepted for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Stockmanship Judging Contest to be held March 22nd. It will be held in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo at the Ohio Expo Center, located at 717 East 17th Avenue in Columbus.

The Contest is open to all 8-21 year olds (as of 1/1/22).

The OCA BEST program’s Stockmanship Division provides a pathway for youth to participate in the BEST program without showing an animal. It expands BEST participants’ knowledge of cattle and provides youth with an opportunity to showcase their abilities and talents outside of the show ring. The Stockmanship division is comprised of beef industry-focused events and competitions that are in conjunction with BEST shows.

Early registration deadline is Monday, March 7th at $10 per participant. Late registration is March 8-18 at $15 per participant.

For more information, go to their website at or call (614) 873-6736.

The event is sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Safe Routes to School Funding Applications Open

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(Columbus) – Attention Ohio school districts! The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has an opportunity for you or your partners to apply for funding to develop and implement projects that enable and encourage children to safely walk or bike to school.

ODOT’s Safe Routes to School program is funded at $4 million annually for infrastructure improvements such as pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, new or improved sidewalks, and bike racks and non-infrastructure activities such as walk to school days, bike rodeos, public awareness campaigns, or educational programs.

“Keeping our children safe as they travel to and from school is important,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “This program provides adequate resources for necessary bike and pedestrian improvements, so routes between home and school are safe, convenient, and accessible.”

Eligible applicants include local governments, school districts, health districts, park districts, or key non-profit partners involved in advancing safe routes to school in your community. ODOT will make awards on a competitive basis to projects that have been identified in a plan or to applicants requesting School Travel Plan development assistance. For full guidance on eligibility, be sure to check out the 2022 SRTS Application Guidance.

Many Safe Routes to School projects have been completed throughout Ohio. One example is a project in Eaton that included multiple pedestrian related improvements associated with the Eaton Community Schools School Travel Plan including the installation of signage, high visibility crosswalk markings, and other measures to improve cross walk safety.


Several have been completed in the Milan school district, including promoting Walk to School Day where students received prizes for participating and a bike rodeo where school officials, health department officials, or even police officers come to teach kids about bicycle safety.


A project to construct new sidewalks in Richwood was complete just in time to welcome students back for the 2021-22 school year. Improvements included bridging the gap between the existing residential sidewalks and North Union Elementary School. To learn more about this project, check out it’s segment in ODOT’s video series, The Loop.


Projects will be selected based on their ability to demonstrate improved connectivity, improved safety, impact on school trips, and need. Additionally, projects will be reviewed for accurate cost estimates, program sustainability, and overall community commitment to implementing the project or program.

For more information on applying, please visit Here you will find additional application guidelines as well as your region’s Safe Routes to School contact. The application deadline is March 4, 2022.