Best Selling Author Writes About Ross County Secrets In “Edgewater Road”

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New York Times best seller Shelley Shepard Gray has a new book in what is expected to be a series on “The Rumors in Ross County”- titled: Edgewater Road. The book story line follows this theme:

When Jennifer Smiley’s grandmother, Ginny, leaves her an old farmhouse on Edgewater Road in seemingly quiet Ross County, Ohio, Jennifer can’t pass up the opportunity for a new beginning. Almost immediately she meets a group of men who generously help her move in. When she realizes that they work for Lincoln Bennett, her next-door neighbor, she’s intrigued. Lincoln is gorgeous and has dark, lapis-blue eyes she could get lost in . . . but he doesn’t seem all that friendly. She’s torn between getting to know him and sticking with the solitude she knows so well. Maybe she could let down some of those walls she’s built around her emotions?

Lincoln Bennett likes to keep his head down and get his work done. He’s been to prison and he knows that a lot of folks don’t take kindly to a man with that kind of history. Plus, he’s busy helping other ex-cons get back on their feet. But when he meets Jennifer, he can’t help but feel an instant attraction. Will she be able to look past his unsavory history? Will she be able to accept the men he’s working so hard to help?

While Jennifer gets to know Lincoln and his friends, she also begins to unravel her grandmother’s story, putting together the pieces from scraps of memories and things she finds in her new home. She soon discovers that Ginny Smiley harbored some dark secrets on Edgewater Road—and that those secrets include both Lincoln and her own absent father. Is learning the truth worth the heartache it could bring?

As the weeks pass and she and Lincoln become closer, Jennifer learns there is a lot to uncover in Ross County—wonderful friendships, darling towns … and more than one secret that might be better left buried.

McFadden Named NAIA Baseball All American

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(Kansas City) – The NAIA has named their Baseball All American Team, which includes a Ross County native.

Right-handed pitcher, Cruz McFadden of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cougars, earned his first career All-American Honorable Mention honor after he put together a very impressive sophomore campaign in 2022.  He’s also a member of the 2022 Chillicothe Paints.

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In just two seasons of work on the mound for the Cougars, McFadden holds the program record for all-time career saves with 26. McFadden’s 15 saves for MVNU this past season led the entire NAIA.

McFadden, who is a graduate of Paint Valley High School, finished the season with a (3-0) record. The righty had an E.R.A. of just 2.81 and had 37 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched. He averaged an exceptional 10.41 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, and opposing hitters batted just .231 when facing McFadden on the mound.

Deadline June 17th For First Responder Recruitment Grant

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The deadline for a nearly $70 million grant for the recruitment and wellness needs of Ohio’s first responders, is June 17th. 

The $70 million in grants is part of the $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding that Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly dedicated to first responders to help counter various pressing issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including increased stress and decreased staffing levels. 

Law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services agencies are among the first responder entities eligible for funding. Grants may be directed toward priorities such as wellness programs addressing mental, physical, and emotional health issues unique to first responders; recruitment and retention efforts to restore workforce levels; onboarding and training costs; and explorer programs to engage young adults about first responder careers.  

The application for the Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention, and Resilience Grant Program is available on the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s website. The deadline to submit a grant application isJune 17, 2022, at 5 p.m.

Entities can apply for up to two years of funding. For technical assistance, contact that Ohio Emergency Management Agency at (614) 306-8461 and ask to speak to the grants coordinator. 

Auto Cross Coming To Pike County Fair

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(Piketon) – Organizers of Auto Cross for the Pike County Fair are gearing up for their August 5th event. The event is called the American Super Sports Off-Road Auto Cross. 

R.J. Perkins says- “We are super excited to team up with the Pike County Fair and bring in Auto Cross. We are looking to become a new fan favorite event here at the Pike County Fair. An event that has really started to take off and really be a fan favorite is the Auto Cross Event. Watching your typical cars that just come off the streets hitting jumps and running into each other around a track just brings excitement to everybody.”

Perkins says they have elevated the event another notch. “We took it one step further and wanted to involve our SXS into the event. We are keeping the “bumping” to a limit on the SXS class. We don’t want it to be a derby out on the track. We are offering an awesome pay out for this event with over $5,000 guaranteed. Bringing in over 30 loads of dirt and an experienced track builder we are excited to hopefully pack the stands and pit area to provide a show the Pike County Fair won’t forget.” 

Pre-Sign Ups started June 1st and end August 1st  with $25 entry fee. If you sign up in advance, you are entered into a drawing for a free Auto Cross Car for the event (Drawing takes place July 1st).  Entry fee is $35 for drivers after August 1st and at the event. 

Classes Include the following: 
UTV Class, Front Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive, 4×4 

Rules are listed on their Facebook page- American Super Sports Off-Road (click the event) 

Payouts are over $5,000 guaranteed.
UTV Class- 1st = $1,000 2nd= $200 3rd= $100

Front Wheel Drive- 1st=$1,000 2nd=$500 3rd=$200

4×4 & Rear Wheel- 1st=$800 2nd=$400 3rd=$100 

$300 Best Jump/Fan Favorite