Pickaway Correctional Institution Infrastructure Improvement Included in New Capital Budget Bill

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(Columbus)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced several historic investments contained in House Bill 687, the capital budget bill.

“This budget is about creating jobs, and growing the economy for Ohioans,” said Governor DeWine. “I greatly appreciate the members of the General Assembly for their partnership on this budget, which makes important investments in many state and local infrastructure projects that will benefit Ohioans for years to come.”

“The Capital Budget invests in the infrastructure that will advance the Intel project and fund educational infrastructure that will help build the workforce we need to compete and win a brighter economic future for Ohio,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “Our state’s best days are ahead of us, and we are grateful to the legislature for their collaboration to make Ohio the go-to state in the Midwest.”

House Bill 687 allocates $403 million to projects for Ohio’s jails and prisons:

  • $50 million in grants to Ohio’s jails to address the most pressing safety and security needs. This money is in addition to the $50 million in grant money awarded to six jails last year for much needed construction and renovation projects.
  • $20 million for the construction of a new school building for the Ohio Reformatory for Women, replacing two older buildings, including a 92-year-old structure.
  • $54 million to replace two 102-year-old housing units at the Pickaway Correctional Institution.
  • $35 million to complete the replacement of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s current “man down” system – the communications system that notifies staff when there are employees in need of assistance.
  • $222 million for ongoing projects to maintain prison infrastructure.

Chillicothe Alumnus Paul Francis Returns Home to Play The Majestic July 9

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After nearly three years of trying, Paul Francis will finally get to play in his hometown.

Following graduation from Chillicothe High School, Francis attended The Ohio State University and then found his way to New York City where he now resides.

Francis and three of his friends make up The Paul Francis Quartet who will be featured at The Majestic Theatre July 9th at 7:30pm. The show was originally booked prior to the pandemic in 2019, then was scratched as Ohio shut down its theatres.

Needless to say, for Francis, this is a long time coming.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing a lot of people” Francis told Litter Media. “My parents will be there, hopefully some high school buddies are going to be there, people I grew up with. I’m excited to say the least.”

Other members who make up the ensemble include Andrew Hartman, a guitarist Francis met at Ohio State 25 years ago, Chris Bacas who’s been playing with the band for about 10 years and Michael O’Brien who’s unable to make the trip. Steve Wood will be playing bass in O’Brien’s place.

Francis has made a living playing drums, and doing so for some big names… Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Jose Feliciano, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra to name a few. That’s had Francis pinching himself many times over with such memorable moments.

“I’ve been very fortunate, it’s been a lot of hard work… it’s been a blessing.”

Primarily a jazz quartet, Francis says they’ll play their interpretations of The Beatles from the quartet’s new album “All Your Life”Among the songs, “All My Loving”, “Let ‘Em In”, The Long and Winding Road”, “Something”, “Revolution” and songs that didn’t make the album.

Playing the Majestic has been a dream for Francis since his days at CHS. “I remember seeing The Count Bassie Band there around 1996 and thought, wouldn’t this be cool if I could do it with my own group.”

Floor seats for the concert are $12 and balcony $5.

Pickaway County Fair Opens Saturday

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Fair season has arrived and the first in our region is the Pickaway County Fair.

Litter Media’s Dan Ramey visited with Fair Board President Von Cremeans for a preview of the 2022 edition of the Pickaway County Fair, opening June 18 and running through June 25 in Circleville.

This Saturday and Sunday, fair admission is free as most of the livestock move in. Hogs will move in on Sunday.

The Fair King and Queen Contest is Sunday evening at the Amphitheater following the opening ceremony at 6:30pm.

Rides begin operating on Monday evening at 5pm and the first of the Grandstand entertainment for the week begins at 7pm featuring Junior Fair Night and the Ag Olympics.

Additional Grandstand Entertainment includes Motorcross Tuesday, Autocross Wednesday, OSTPA Tractor Pulls Thursday, COTPC Truck Pull Friday and a Demolition Derby Saturday to cap the week of Fair activities, each beginning at 7pm nightly.

Cremeans says the Livestock Sale is a one day event again this year, beginning at 10am Saturday June 25th inside Heritage Hall. The order of the sale features hogs, beef, sheep, goats, rabbits and then poultry.

For more details, visit www.pickawaycountyfair.org.