Mt. Logan Community Garden Now Open

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(Chillicothe) – The Mt. Logan Community Garden is now open. The community garden space will serve as one of the healthful eating strategies for the Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) program to reduce and prevent chronic disease in the county.

Mt. Logan Community Garden is located at 841 East Main Street in Chillicothe, and the Creating Healthy Communities Program is funded through the Ross County Health District. 

The garden includes nine raised beds, produce and pollinator plants, one greenhouse, one storage shed, two compost bins, and gardening tools. Plants and seeds were donated by Integrated Services and the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library. All other materials were purchased through the CHC grant. Adena Health System provided implementation day lunch and beverages.

Photos courtesy of Ciara Martin

Students will be receiving nutrition and gardening education from both the library and OSU Extension Office throughout the year. Mount Logan Learning Center Pre-School will be adding worms to the beds that they have been growing as part of a STEM learning project with funding secured through the Chillicothe Rotary.

Thank you to the following agencies for participating in the garden’s implementation:

Adena Health System
Chillicothe City Schools Mount Logan Learning Center Staff and Principal Chillicothe City School Board President
Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library
Greenies

If you would like to be involved with the garden or help maintain this community space please contact Sarah Hawthorne, Mount Logan Learning Center Principal, at sarah.hawthorne@ccsd.us.

Area Schools To Benefit From OU Math & Literacy Grant

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(Athens) – Ohio University’s Patton College of Education was recently awarded a $592,994 Statewide Mathematics and Literacy Tutoring Grant for programs in southeast Ohio for the next two academic years starting this fall.

Given by the Ohio Department of Education in partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the grant will be used for six new or expanded professional development school partnerships to support high dosage, standards-aligned, elementary and/or middle-level literacy and mathematics tutoring programs.

Approximately 120 Patton College teacher candidates from the Athens, Eastern, Chillicothe and Lancaster campuses will tutor 2,000 students with the grant’s help. Benefiting schools are: 

  • Eastern Local, K-5 literacy and mathematics
  • Bridgeport Elementary, K-4 literacy and mathematics
  • Union Local Elementary, K-5 literacy and mathematics
  • Zane Trace Elementary, K-4 literacy and mathematics
  • Amanda Clearcreek Primary, K-2 literacy
  • General Sherman Middle, 6-8 literacy

“This synergistic effort shows the Department of Teacher Education’s strong commitment to positively impacting student learning across Ohio University’s sphere of influence and in collaboration with our school district partners,” said Danielle Dani, professor and chair of Patton’s Department of Teacher Education. “The literacy and mathematics tutoring work will help address the learning gap imposed by the pandemic and provide future teachers authentic and meaningful opportunities for clinical practice.”  

Students receiving literacy tutoring will receive at least 65 hours over 30 weeks in Ohio standards-focused sessions that utilize evidence-based strategies. Similarly, students will receive at least 50 hours of tutoring in standards-focused mathematics, depending on the agreement with the partnering schools.

“The pandemic hit the rural schools in our area hard with issues dealing with technology and virtual teaching,” said Debra Dunning, associate professor of instruction and program coordinator for the Early Childhood Elementary Education and Child Development Programs at Ohio University Lancaster, adding that it changed the field of education and the process of teaching forever. “This grant gives us an opportunity to reach students personally and work with them to not only build their skills, but also their confidence and self-esteem in the areas of math and reading.”

The tutoring programs will be evaluated periodically for impact and effectiveness; if they are found to be an effective model to advance the goals of all stakeholders, Patton and school administration partners will investigate establishing earmarked and additional funds to continue the effort.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Precedent Setting Case From Chillicothe

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(Columbus) — The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost in overturning lower court decisions compelling the warden of Chillicothe Correctional Institution to take a death-row inmate to a Columbus hospital for a brain scan.

The ruling in Shoop v. Twyford will help Ohio and other states in their efforts to promote public safety and swiftly impose justice.

“We were confident that the Supreme Court would see Raymond Twyford’s request for what it was – a needless ‘field trip’ and a stall tactic,” AG Yost said. “The decision limits opportunities for prisoner escape and mayhem, and expedites the administration of justice.”

The case originated almost 30 years ago when Raymond Twyford brutally murdered a man in Jefferson County. Twyford confessed to the crime and was sentenced to death. 

In the decades since, he has tried to avoid that sentence. He asked the federal court reviewing his state conviction to order that Warden Tim Shoop transport him to Ohio State University Medical Center for a brain scan, but he did not explain how the testing could help his case or how the scan results could legally be considered. 

The court issued the transportation order anyway, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed that decision.

Yost succeeded in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision, with the high court ruling in his favor today.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts explained that the lower courts erred in ordering Twyford’s transportation without first determining “that the evidence he hoped to find would be useful” to his case. 

The Supreme Court’s ruling means that criminals challenging a state conviction in federal court will have to prove that they can use the evidence being sought before they are permitted to gather it. 

“Doctors and nurses have hard jobs already,” Yost said. “Federal courts should not make it harder by giving violent criminals a trip to a public hospital based on a speculative hope that the trip might turn up useful evidence. I am grateful that the Supreme Court agreed.”