Chillicothe Noon Rotary Club To Assist July 4th Fireworks Fund Drive

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The Chillicothe Noon Rotary Club has approached the City of Chillicothe, as they did in 1976 for the nation’s bi-centennial, offering to raise funds for the July 4th Fireworks Show.

Charles “Buzz” Knoles chaired that 1976 effort, and now his son Charles “Bill” Knoles is taking on the same position to help with fund raising effort, which was announced at Monday’s Noon Rotary Meeting.

“In recent years, city funding has been reduced and the displays, although good, are not on par with comparable sized communities and Ohio’s first capital deserves better”, according to Rotary Club press release.

In recent years, budget constraints for Chillicothe’s show has been down around $15,000. “We are doing $25,000 shows in backyards now, just to give you a reference of what we need”, according to Brian Knoles, who assists the July 4th Fireworks pyro tech team.

Brian Knoles added- “Another big advantage, we have is the group putting on the display is made up of local professional volunteers. We want this to become the biggest fireworks show in southern Ohio.”

The club receives a small fee for insurance and other expenses for future events, but the members receive no compensation. More information will be forthcoming about the fundraising effort.

If you have questions on how to get involved, contact Bill Knoles at (740) 637-3549 or any member of the Noon Rotary Club.

Body Camera Grants Awarded To 100+ Communities

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(Chillicothe)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today awarded more than $4.7 million in grant funding to 109 local law enforcement agencies for expenses associated with launching or maintaining body-worn camera programs. 

“Body cameras have quickly become a necessary tool for modern policing,” said Governor DeWine. “With these grants, more than four dozen law enforcement agencies that have never had body cameras before will be able to invest in this technology to help protect their officers and offer transparency to the public.”     

Of the 109 local law enforcement agencies receiving grants, 49 will use funding to create new body-worn camera programs. The other 60 agencies will dedicate funding toward expanding or upgrading existing technology. In total, this funding will help agencies purchase around 1,700 new body cameras, as well as computer equipment, software, video storage, and more.  

Governor DeWine prioritized the creation of the new Ohio Body-Worn Camera Grant Program in the state’s 2022-2023 operating budget, which was passed by the Ohio General Assembly last year. The grant program totals $10 million over the biennium, with the remaining grants to be offered in fiscal year 2023. Additional body-worn camera funding will also be offered as part of the $250 million that Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly dedicated to law enforcement in December.

“This is just the start of many new ways we’ll be helping law enforcement with state-of-the-art tools and innovative programs to fight crime and protect the public,” said Governor DeWine

Area communities on this list include:
Jackson County Sheriff
Portsmouth City Police
Scioto County Sheriff

The Ohio Body-Worn Camera Grant Program is part of Governor DeWine’s ongoing efforts to ensure that most, if not all, of Ohio’s law enforcement agencies have body cameras. In response to a directive from the Governor, the Ohio State Highway Patrol began outfitting troopers across the state with body-worn cameras last year.

The use of body cameras is not mandated in Ohio, and it is estimated that up to two-thirds of all law enforcement agencies in the state have not provided their officers with cameras due to equipment and video storage costs. Ohio’s Office of Criminal Justice Services, which is administering the grant program, received $16 million worth of grant requests for this round of funding. All qualifying agencies that applied for grants to establish new body-worn camera programs received funding in this round and the remaining funds went to existing programs to upgrade aging cameras, add storage capacity, or hire record-retention personnel. Qualifying agencies that applied but did not receive a grant are expected to be funded through future grant awards.

Today’s announcement builds on several initiatives already underway as part of Governor DeWine’s commitment to the safety of Ohio’s communities. Since taking office in 2019, Governor DeWine has launched several initiatives to help law enforcement in their work to protect the public and solve crimes. New statewide offices include the Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center, Ohio School Safety Center, Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment, and the Ohio Office of First Responder Wellness. Governor DeWine, in partnership with the Ohio General Assembly, also secured funding to help local law enforcement agencies combat violent crime, extradite wanted offenders, enter warrants into state and federal databases, pay for critical training, and more.

2022 Buzz Knoles Junior Achievement Scholarship Applications Now Available

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(Chillicothe)- 2022 applications are now available for The Buzz Knoles Junior Achievement Scholarships. 2022. Applications can be obtained through school guidance offices in Ross County. The scholarship is run through Ross County Junior Achievement.

All college scholarship applicants should have participated in a Junior Achievement program. Applications require a completed form with a high school transcript and a recommendation.

Scholarships must be used in an educational endeavor.  An award may be used for studies at any college, university, vocational or trade school.  Every student who applies must complete the application and provide an official high school transcript and recommendation from a teacher.  If the Junior Achievement class was taken during the elementary grades or middle grades, any High School teacher may provide the recommendation.  A teacher recommendation form comes with the application.

Applications for the Buzz Knoles Ross County Junior Achievement Scholarship are obtained in February of each year and submitted to Junior Achievement, P.O. Box 359, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601, by March 1st.

For questions, please call or text Ty Park at (740) 253-1245 or go to their website by CLICKING HERE:

Chamber Of Commerce To Host Virtual 2022 Community Outlook

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(Chillicothe)- The Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce will host their “2022 Community Outlook” event, featuring four speakers to give perspective on local, state, and national influences on businesses: 

  • Keynote speaker Ryan Kane of John Hancock Investment Management will discuss the economic outlook for the country and how it will impact local business. 
  • Kevin Shimp will discuss the approach of the Ohio Chamber to promote and protect business interests at the state level. 
  • Tammy Eallonardo leads Greater Chillicothe & Ross County Development to promote the region as the perfect mix of work, life, and legacy. 
  • Tiffany Baldwin, program manager for Downtown Chillicothe Inc., will explain working with existing city groups to help revitalize historic downtown Chillicothe.

To register go to the Chamber’s website to get a virtual link to the free event, 8am to 9am on January 28th.