State Patrol Releases Memorial Day Weekend Statistics

Presented By McDonald’s

(Columbus) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 17 deaths on Ohio’s roadways during the 2022 Memorial Day weekend according to provisional statistics. This Memorial Day saw more fatalities than last year, when there were 15 traffic deaths during the weekend. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 27 and ran through Monday, May 30.

State troopers made 26,150 traffic enforcement contacts; including 490 OVI arrests, 299 drug arrests and 3,992 safety belt citations. In addition, the Patrol made 13,249 non-enforcement contacts including 2,706 motorist assists.

Troopers remind motorists that roadway safety is a shared responsibility. Everyone can contribute to making our roadways safer by following traffic laws, wearing safety belts and driving sober.

Incidents per the worst impacted counties can be seen in the graph below:

You can help contribute to a safer Ohio by calling #677 to report drug activity and dangerous or impaired driving.

Chillicothe Paints Set To Open 2022 Season

Presented By Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

The Chillicothe Paints open their 2022 Prospect League baseball season June 1st on the road at Champion City in Springfield, Ohio.

Chillicothe is being led this season by first year skipper Jackson White, who served as the Paints pitching coach last season.

VA Memorial Stadium, Home of the Chillicothe Paints at the VA Medical Center, Chillicothe, Ohio. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Among this year’s Paints roster is Paint Valley High School graduate Cruz McFadden, who has become Mount Vernon Nazarene’s all-time saves leader in just his first two seasons.

Teays Valley High School graduate Brett Carson, who plays college baseball for Marietta, is also on the Paints roster.

Manager Jackson White talks to Litter Media’s Mike Smith about having McFadden and Carson on the roster:

The Paints have their home opening game Thursday, June 2nd in a return match with Champion City. The Paints follow that up at home with West Virginia on Friday, before traveling to West Virginia on Saturday.

Grant Proposals Open For Transforming Abandoned Mine Lands

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(Columbus) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering up to $17 million in grants for projects that will encourage economic and community development across Ohio. The Division of Mineral Resources Management (DMRM) is accepting applications for projects that will eliminate hazards left behind by mining activity and/or improve areas with abandoned mine lands. 
 
“Communities will now have the resources they need to transform potential hazards into beautiful, useful spaces,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “Transforming these areas will provide an economic boost through industrial and commercial development, and will give people more safe places to walk, bike, and enjoy.”

Abandoned mine lands (AML) are sites that were mined for coal prior to 1977.  Project sites eligible include unreclaimed, previously reclaimed, or lands adjacent to abandoned coal mine lands or polluted waters or communities impacted by historic coal production.  The new program will sub-grant AMLER funds received from the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). Projects must follow the guidelines set forth in in OSMRE’s AMLER Guidance Document.      

Those interested in the grant program must submit their application along with a letter of intent which includes a brief project summary, abandoned coal mining nexus, anticipated grant amount to be requested, other potential funding, and location map.  Letters of intent must be sent to AMLER@dnr.ohio.gov by June 30, 2022.  A completed application must be emailed by August 31, 2022 and include the following attachments:

  • Site photos
  • Map showing project location and conceptual project work limits
  • Letters of support from partners, community members and local leaders
  • Preliminary project designs/plans (if available)

You can read more about the grant program here.  A copy of the application is attached below.

ODNR’s Division of Mineral Resources Management (MRM) has been investing and working diligently to transform AML sites into safe and enjoyable land for Ohioans to enjoy.  In Jefferson County, the Friendship Park Highwall Reclamation created more park acres, more hiking trails, and wetland area where wildlife can thrive.  In Harrison County, The Sally Buffalo Park projects eliminated more than 2,200 feet of dangerous highwall, clearing the way for expanded campground facilities. Current projects and program information can be found here.

ODNR administers both a state and federal AML program. Prior to 1972, Ohio statute did not require restoration of desirable environmental conditions to surface mined areas.

The Division of Mineral Resources Management oversees the safe and environmentally sound development and restoration of mineral and fossil fuel extraction sites. The division also restores abandoned mine land, enforces mining safety laws, and ensures the protection of citizens, land, and water resources.

South Central Power Awards Scholarships to 100 Area Grads

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(Lancaster) – 100 HS seniors who received scholarships from the South Central Power Company Foundation. These scholarships are funded thanks to members’ generous donations to Operation Round Up.

Check out recipients from Adena, Chillicothe, Paint Valley, Piketon, Unioto, Vinton County, Waverly, Western Pike and Zane Trace high schools.

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