Valley High School Wins Big at Regional Science Bowl, Moves on to Nationals

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(Lucasville) Valley High School has captured first place in this year’s South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl. The regional competition, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), drew 18 schools and 30 teams from Scioto, Pike, Ross and Jackson counties. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, teams competed at their individual schools instead of gathering at one venue.

“We are very proud of all of the students. They worked hard to prepare for this year’s competition and have done an outstanding job representing our communities,” Acting Portsmouth Site Lead Jeremy Davis, DOE, said. “A very special congratulations to Valley High School for winning the regional Science Bowl competition! We wish them well as they move forward to Nationals.”

Schools have the option of entering two teams into the Science Bowl and this year Valley’s second team secured 3rd place. The remainder of the top four teams were Zane Trace (2nd) and Pike Christian Academy (4th) high schools.

“We are very excited about winning this year’s competition,” Valley Coach Justin Howard said. “We had a lot of fun competing even though we didn’t get to go to Shawnee this year. We are so proud of our teams for their hard work and we are looking forward to doing our best in the next round as we represent our region.”

This is DOE’s 10th year to host the regional competition. With the win, the Valley Indians will represent their region in the National Semi-Finals Virtual Tournament on Saturday, May 21. The top eight teams will then compete for the National Championship July 8 – 12, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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Area 5 Soil & Water Conservation District To Conduct Annual Envirothon

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Participating area schools that are represented in Area 5 Soil & Water Conservation Districts, will conduct their Annual Envirothon, April 26th at Tar Hollow State Park. Area 5 covers 17 counties in the region.

Representatives representing SWCD’s in Ross, Pike and Brown counties were guests with Mike Smith on Litter Media LIVE- Special Edition Friday afternoon.

Guests were Bob Neal of Ross SWCD, Lydia Dresbach of Pike County SWCD and Danielle Thompson of Brown County SWCD. Thompson is also on the Ohio Envirothon Committee.

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Habitat for Humanity Home #35 To Be Built With Help From Ross Land Reutilization Corp.

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(Chillicothe) – This April, the Scioto Valley Habitat for Humanity will build home #35 using volunteers and community support. The Ross County Land Reutilization Corporation donated the vacant property, 376 Clay Street, to Habitat for the build.

“We are thrilled to be able to take formerly blighted property and partner with Habitat for Humanity to provide a route to homeownership for a family and revitalization to the neighborhood,” said Mayor Luke Feeney, Chair of the Ross County Land Reutilization.

The property was first acquired by the Land Bank in 2018. The Land Bank demolished the structure and greened the lot. The transfer of the property will take place in the coming weeks, with Habitat beginning the build mid-April.

“We are excited about this partnership and hope to continue to work together to serve area families in need of housing with a hands-up opportunity through our affiliate and the volunteers who give their time and service. The City of Chillicothe and Ross County officials have made this year’s build possible,” said Roger Crago, Board of Directors President for Habitat for Humanity.

The Scioto Valley Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers who share their vision of eliminating poverty housing by building simple, decent and affordable homes for low-income families in our area. They are in need of seasoned carpenters and novices who are interested in learning carpentry and how to use the tools of the trade. If you are interested in volunteering, call the Habitat office at 740-779-9734.

Don’t Skip the Home Inspection

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(Columbus) – It’s no secret Ohio’s housing market is extremely competitive. Average sales prices are going up, while inventory, especially in certain areas, is at a record low.

Across the nation, 23% of home buyers waived an inspection contract contingency in February, a slight increase from the previous month, according to survey data from the National Association of Realtors.

The Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing encourages home buyers to think twice before skipping this step and making arguably the biggest purchase of their life.

“We understand it’s hard to find your dream home, but I strongly encourage you to not skip the home inspection,” said REPL Superintendent Anne Petit. “You never know what issues the inspection may reveal. Some problems could cause a buyer to spend thousands of dollars more after they purchase the home when they hadn’t budgeted for that in the home-buying process.”

Ohio became the 34th state to regulate home inspectors in January 2019 after Gov. Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 255, creating the Home Inspector Program.

The Ohio Home Inspector Board adopted rules including Canons of ethics and standards of practice and determined the qualifying and continuing education needed to be licensed, all of which help guide the home inspector’s delivery of services.

There are now more than 1,300 licensed home inspectors as of the first quarter of 2022. Whole house inspections help to identify certain things including:

  • Roofs in need of repair
  • Signs of animal or insect infestation
  • An inadequately attached deck
  • Readily accessible foundation or visible ceiling damage
  • Potential plumbing and electrical concerns

“It is important Ohioans make the right choice when purchasing a home – know what you’re giving up before waiving inspections,” Petit said.

Additionally, SB 255 requires real estate agents, who choose to supply names of home inspectors, to provide at least three actively licensed inspectors to home buyers and sellers.

Ohioans can determine if a home inspector is licensed by looking online. They can also contact the Division directly to see if a complaint has been filed and/or disciplinary action has been taken against the home inspector they’re considering. Additionally, the American Society of Home Inspectors offers tips on what to look for in a home inspector.