Brian Bigam Recommended As New Circleville Girls Basketball Coach

Presented By McDonald’s

(Circleville) – Pending Board of Education Approval, the Circleville Athletic Department is announcing via social media that Coach Brian Bigam as New Varsity Head Girls Basketball Coach.

Bigam is the current Circleville baseball coach, having led them to a State Final Four appearance in 2018. He previously served as the Lady Tigers basketball coach for a fews years, replacing Steve Kalinoski, who later returned to fill the vacancy when Bigam stepped aside to become the baseball coach.

The musical chairs continued this Spring with Kalinoski retiring and Bigam coming back to girls basketball. Bigam was named 2015-16 Southeast District Coach of the Year in his previous stint as girls hoops coach.

Bigam also is the former coach of the Chillicothe Paints, leading them to the 2019 Prospect League Championship.

Brian is expected to continue coaching baseball for the Tigers, as well.

Bigam is a graduate of Circleville High School from 1998.

Chillicothe Woman Spearheads Local Fundraiser For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

Jamie Elliott’s daughter Samantha was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2005, which led to her life saving treatment at St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Jamie has been giving back to St. Jude’s ever since. Her daughter Samantha is now 24-years-old and doing well as an adult.

When actor Danny Thomas started the mission for St. Jude’s in 1962, the treatment survival rate for children with cancer was only 20%. Now it’s 80%.

The Fight Like A Kid 5K Run fundraiser is May 7th, with registration starting at 8am at the Pump House Center for the Arts in Yoctangee Park. To register, CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK AND GO TO “FIGHT LIKE A KID:

To watch Mike Smith’s interview with Jamie Elliott on Litter Media LIVE- Special Edition, go to our interview linked in the photo below:

Jamie Elliott talks Litter Media’a Mike Smith about the Petland Fight Like A Kid 5K Run for St.Jude’s.

Ernie Blankenship Memorial Radio Telethon Rakes In Over $114,000

Presented By Accurate Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

The Highland County Society for Children and Adults went well above the century mark in their 50th Annual Ernie Blankenship Memorial Radio-Telethon held in Hillsboro and Greenfield March 30th to raise funds for the operation of the Society.

When the radio-telethon went off the air Thursday, the total of donations raised was at $114, 561. Officials say they expect even more donations to come in the next couple of days.

Photo courtesy of www.hicoso.org

The event, named for the Hall of Fame Radio Broadcaster Ernie Blankenship, who worked for WSRW and WCHO Radio over a span of half-a century. Blankenship organized the annual fundraiser and hosted it for more than 40 years, until he passed away.

The live Radio-Telethon was held at the Hillsboro Orpheum at 35 North High Street, is sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Hillsboro and Greenfield and will be broadcast over WSRW Radio in Hillsboro, WVNU in Greenfield, along with Spectrum Cable in Highland County.

If you would like to make a late pledge, checks can be mailed to HCSCA P.O. Box 972 Hillsboro, Ohio 45133 or online at www.HiCoSo.org

ODOT Looking for Feedback On Draft Updated Freight Plan

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Transport Ohio

(Columbus) — As the last two years have borne out, the only constant is change. One of the biggest industries to change during that time is freight, along with its role in the state’s, nation’s and global economies. While millions stayed at home to curb the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic, shopping patterns changed at warp speed from bricks and mortar to online ordering with home delivery.

The State of Ohio is in the center of freight’s changing role. The state’s freight network includes 1,330 miles of interstate, 5,000-plus miles of active freight rail lines, 736 maritime system miles, eight airports with regular cargo service and more than 110,000 miles of pipeline. This network moved over 1 billion tons of goods worth over $1.2 trillion in 2018.

In response to these changes and as part of a federally-mandated process, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has spent the last two years updating its state freight plan called Transport Ohio. The updated plan looks at the state of the freight industry in Ohio today and for the next five years.

“Freight plays a vital role in Ohio’s economy, contributing to nearly 40% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks, PhD. “While our freight system has served the state well, it must continue to adapt to evolving demands and pressures, structural trends, unmet needs and emerging opportunities. The system also must accommodate and prepare for continued growth with more capacity in the right places.”

The plan analyzes the needs of the state’s roadway, rail, air cargo, maritime and pipeline networks. It includes freight system strategies focusing on coordination, partnerships, innovation and technology for ODOT to implement over the next five years and recommends freight system investments to maintain Ohio’s leadership position in moving freight on land, air and water.

ODOT is now seeking the public’s review and comments on the draft plan. The public comment period is open until Sunday, April 10. The draft can be downloaded at the Transport Ohio website. Once reviewed, feedback can be shared by taking a brief survey at PublicInput.com/TransportOhio.

To request printed copies of the plan and/or the survey, or for specialized communication needs such as translation services, please email statewide.planning@dot.ohio.gov or call (614) 752-5711 and provide your name, phone number and mailing address. Comments also can be mailed to:

Transport Ohio
ODOT MS 3280
1980 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43223