Fluor BWXT Awards Scholarships to Ross & Jackson County Students

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Three Ross County and three Jackson County students were the recipients of the 2022 Fluor-BWXT (FBP) STEAM Scholarship, a one-time, $2,000 award. Each year, Fluor-BWXT awards 12 college scholarships to area high school students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). More than 100 applications for the scholarships were received for this year’s scholarships.

In Ross County:
Harmony Henneberger, a Huntington High School student and athlete, frequently volunteers at food giveaways, participates in community toy drives and delivers care pages and medical supplies during church mission trips overseas. She plans to pursue a degree in radiology with a focus on sonography.

Evan Friend, of Chillicothe High School, earned his Eagle Scout award before the age of 16. It is the highest rank achievable in scouting. While working part-time, he served as captain of the swim and cross country teams, worked on several Eagle Scout projects and completed more than 60 hours of community service. He plans to major in biology.

Alexis Bailes of Southeastern High School, is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Key Club and is an athlete. She is also a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. While working part-time, she has organized both school and community activities and plans to pursue degrees in biology and pre-medicine.

Three Jackson High School seniors received a $2,000 scholarship from Fluor-BWXT (FBP) for their pursuit of a career in science, technology, engineering, arts or math (STEAM). FBP presents 12 college scholarships to area students each year. 

Lauren Clagg plans to attend college and major in psychology. She is active in band, choir and student government.

Grant Mastin, a 4.0 student, plans to attend college in the fall and major in finance. Due to his participation in and his love of football, he founded “Tackles for Tots,” pledging to donate shoes to children in need for every tackle he made during the season. Since then, he has donated nearly 600 pairs of shoes.

Kaleigh Davis is a member of National Honor Society and 4-H and participates in soccer and cheerleading. She will attend college in the fall and major in nursing.

In addition to earning impressive grades, each candidate submitted an original essay.

“While forging their paths and immersing themselves into their communities, our scholarship winners are working to enhance the quality of life for themselves and others,” Portsmouth Site Project Director JD Dowell said. “We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to seeing them continue to succeed.”

During the next two weeks, FBP scholarship committee members will present the Pike and Scioto County winners with their scholarships. Since 2011, FBP has awarded $264,000 to graduating seniors pursuing careers in the STEAM field.

ODVS Workforce Teams Help Business Employ Veterans

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(Columbus) – The pandemic has had a profound impact on the economy, and Ohio veterans bring unique talents and experience to the workplace. One of Ohio Department of Veterans Services’s most important endeavors is to connect businesses across the state with veterans by training them on military culture, the value of hiring veterans, and ways to identify, incentivize, and retain them through the guidance of the ODVS Veterans Workforce Team. 

This highly important aspect of the department was created in October 2016.

The ODVS Veterans Workforce Team uses workforce consultants to engage and provide guidance to many of Ohio’s more than 7,000 veteran-friendly employers. The team covers all 88 Ohio counties and provides direct services to employers seeking assistance in connecting with the veteran workforce system through OhioMeansJobs.com and in developing culturally competent veteran recruiting and retention strategies.


Since its inception, the team has contacted more than 17,000 employers and conducted 300 separate training sessions with more than 2,400 employers in attendance. Nine different training sessions – which are all accredited by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – were conducted virtually in FY2021, but the Workforce Team still improved on its reach and continued to join forces with partners such as OhioMeansJobs, the Ohio National Guard, JobsOhio, Hiring Our Heroes, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, and Chambers of Commerce from across the state.

Officials Remind Hosts About Alcohol Laws Ahead of Graduation Parties

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(Columbus) – Agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) and the Ohio Division of Liquor Control are reminding high school students not to use drugs or alcohol during graduation celebrations. Agents are also encouraging parents to refrain from furnishing alcohol or a place to consume alcohol.

“Hosting a graduation party with alcohol is not giving your children and their friends a safe place to gather,” said Senior Enforcement Commander Erik Lockhart. “Adults who choose to host a party with drugs and alcohol are not only opening themselves up for jail time, fines, and civil suits; but could ultimately be responsible for the loss of life.”

To help foster good choices, parents and teens need to understand Ohio’s underage drinking laws.

  • It is illegal to provide a place for your child and his/her friends to drink in a “safe” environment. In fact, parents may not provide alcohol to children who are under 21, who are not their own, even in their own home with the other parents’ permission. Those convicted of providing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
  • It is illegal to purchase alcohol for anyone under 21. Anyone who purchases, sells or gives alcoholic beverages to underage individuals faces a $1,000 fine and/or up to six months in jail.
  • If you are under 21 and are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or higher, a level that can be reached after just one or two drinks, you can be arrested. Punishment is suspension of your driver license for at least 90 days up to a maximum of two years, plus four points added to your driving record. Having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle is also illegal.

Carry-outs and drive-through establishments should be on alert for underage individuals attempting to purchase alcohol. The DOLC reminds permit holders and liquor agency stores of their responsibility to ensure they are not selling to or serving those under the age of 21.

“These celebrations can turn into tragedies when they’re combined with alcoholic beverages and can result in lifelong effects on teens, their families, and their communities,” said DOLC Superintendent Jim Canepa. “Taking steps to stop the sale of alcoholic beverages to underage consumers can help keep teens and communities safe, sound, and secure.”

The best way to prevent underage sales is for liquor permit holders and agency stores and their staff to thoroughly check the identification of all young people attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages. Always ask for a photo ID and carefully compare it to the person seeking to make a purchase. If photo/ID can’t be provided, or if it’s not clear that the ID belongs to the person who presented it, it’s critical to refuse the sale.

“Together, we must commit to making a safer Ohio, by stopping senseless tragedies associated with irresponsible and illegal underage alcohol consumption,” Commander Lockhart said.

If you have information about a bar, store or carryout selling beer and/or liquor to persons under the age of 21, or you have information of an underage house party, please notify the Ohio Investigative Unit by calling the #677 on your cell phone and your complaint will be investigated.

DAR To Conduct Vietnam Remembrance Ceremony

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The Ross County Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution will be conducting a Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Ceremony for those natives of Ross County who died serving in Vietnam.

The May 28th event will begin at 2pm at the Vietnam Veterans Monument off Yoctangee Boulevard.

Mary Mace-Miller and Connie Meyer joined Mike Smith on Litter Media LIVE- Special Edition to discuss the outreach effort to contact family and friends of the 23 Ross County Vietnam Veterans who did not make it home alive.

To watch our full interview, click the interview photo below:

Photo: DAR’s Mary Miller-Mace, Connie Meyer and Mike Smith of Litter Media