Six Compete For Miss Ashville 4th of July

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Six contestants will take the stage with hopes of being crowned 2022 Miss Ashville 4th of July, Friday July 1st. Photos submitted by Ashville 4th of July Celebration

Six Teays Valley High School students will contend for the 2022 Miss Ashville 4th of July crown this Friday in Pickaway County.

The contestants will visit with the judges for private interviews prior to taking the stage in Ashville Community Park at 7:00pm Friday.

Contestants must attend or be a resident of the Teays Valley School District.

Events begin Thursday, June 30th at 5pm including the Opening Night Parade at 7:00pm followed by the Little Mr./Miss Contest at 7:30pm.

Friday, the Ashville Women’s Civic Club will conduct a purse auction prior to the Miss Ashville 4th of July Contest followed by live music with Travis Brown at 8:30pm.

Saturday, the Baby Contest gets the day started with more live music with Jerry Felty (1:00pm), Blake Bissell (3:00pm) and Poor Til Payday (7:00pm).

Sunday begins with the annual Community Church Service at 9:30am and more live music by Hollyview (4:00pm) followed by Take 23 (8:00pm).

Monday, the Grand parade steps off at 11am and live music with Kickin’ Brass (1:00pm), Thrailkill (3:00pm), Julia Neville (6:00pm) and Lee Gantt (8:00pm) with the annual fireworks display concluding the day.

The Ashville Community Men’s Club will be serving fish dinners throughout the festival and amusement rides will operate each day.


Summer Turkey & Grouse Surveys Conducted By ODNR

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(ODNR) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is asking citizen scientists to report wild turkey and ruffed grouse sightings in July and August for the summer brood survey.

Caption: Ohioans can report wild turkey and ruffed grouse sightings in
July and August for the summer brood survey.

Turkey and grouse brood surveys are used by wildlife biologists to estimate population status. Brood surveys rely on the public to report observations of all turkeys and grouse seen in July and August, when female birds and their young are active. Citizen scientists are encouraged to submit observations on the Wildlife Reporting System webpage at or on the HuntFish OH mobile app.
Observers of wild turkeys are asked to report the number of gobblers, hens, and young turkeys (poults) seen. Information collected for ruffed grouse include the number of adults and young viewed. Be sure to record the date and county where the observation occurred. Biologists have annually tracked summer observations of turkeys since 1962. Grouse were added to the survey in 1999.
State wildlife agencies across the wild turkey’s range conduct similar surveys. Information submitted to Ohio’s brood survey help to predict population changes and guide turkey management.
Valid reports submitted by the public in 2021 show a statewide average of 3.1 poults per hen (from 1,143 reports). The 10-year average is 2.6 poults per hen. Results from the 2020 brood survey showed a return to the long-term average after a depression in turkey nest success, and the 2021 brood data was above average. The 2021 improvements in poult numbers were uniform across the state, although because of habitat availability turkey populations are stronger in the eastern and southern portions of the state.
Turkeys had disappeared from Ohio by 1904, and their return marks a conservation success story. Reintroductions began in 1956, and today turkeys are common throughout much of Ohio. Turkeys can often be seen in fields along woods, especially early in the morning.
Grouse inhabit Ohio’s heavily forested regions. Grouse occur in the greatest numbers in young, regenerating forests, especially those less than 20 years old. Habitat loss has driven population declines since the 1980s. In addition, susceptibility to West Nile Virus has likely caused further population decline since the early-2000s.
For more information about grouse and turkey, visit the Wildlife Species Guide page at

First Responder Wellness Gets Boost From State

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(Columbus) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced enhanced support for the wellness needs of first responders in Ohio. 

As part of the new Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention, and Resilience Program, Governor DeWine is awarding approximately $1.3 million to three statewide programs that focus specifically on the unique wellness concerns of law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers, and others who routinely respond to traumatic incidents.

“It’s the job of our first responders to care for others, but they must also care for themselves, and having easy access to confidential support is important,” said Governor DeWine. “From crime scenes to house fires to medical emergencies, our first responders face tragic circumstances on a regular basis, and the programs we’re funding today will help these brave men and women with the trauma they experience as a result.”

Entities receiving grants in the first round of the Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention, and Resilience Program include: 

  • Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation will receive a grant of $593,950 to train first responder personnel in the evidence-based Question, Persuade, Refer suicide prevention curriculum to help them become aware of the warning signs, risk factors, and situations that may cause someone to have suicidal thoughts. The foundation will offer train-the-trainer instructor courses so that first responders can educate their peers. 
  • First Responders’ Bridge will receive a grant of $455,000 to offer free, confidential retreats for Ohio first responders and their significant others who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and/or post-traumatic stress from tragedies and other stressors experienced on the job. Retreats will include support from clinicians who focus on serving first responders, peers who have experienced traumatic events firsthand, chaplains, and other volunteers.
  • Ohio ASSIST will receive a grant of $363,010 to conduct post-critical-incident seminars that address the mental wellness of Ohio’s first responder community. The programming will focus on mindfulness and resilience, and it will also help first responders understand how on-the-job stress impacts them and their personal relationships. 

The Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention, and Resilience Program is administered by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and will offer a total of approximately $75 million in funding for initiatives that support 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.  

Applications for future grant awards are currently under review and will be announced in the coming months. The program is funded as part of the $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding that Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly dedicated to first responders last year to help counter various pressing issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including increased stress and decreased staffing levels. 

Governor DeWine has also placed enhanced focus on the wellness of first responders through the creation of the Ohio Office of First Responder Wellness within the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The new statewide office focuses exclusively on the well-being of first responders and provides specialized support and training to help emergency-response agencies proactively address post-traumatic stress and other traumas caused by factors that are unique to first-responder careers.

Ohio A.G. Cracks Down On Illegal Robocalls

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(Columbus) — Attorney General Dave Yost’s Robocall Enforcement Unit has issued warning letters to 10 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers who are providing support for customers that may be engaging in illegal conduct.

“When it comes to disconnecting robocallers, we are in this battle for the long haul,” Yost said. “There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work to get to the place where my robocall unit is ready to take action. And it starts with Ohio consumers reporting the nuisance calls.”

The letters serve to put these VoIP providers on notice, informing them of the relevant laws prohibiting their actions – and those of their customers – at both the federal and state level.

With information obtained through the Industry Traceback Group, the Attorney General’s Office has detected activity that potentially violates the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act, the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Ohio’s Telephone Solicitation Sales Act, and recent amendments to Ohio Revised Code 109.87.

If the Robocall Enforcement Unit finds that the companies continue to provide support to telemarketers’ by transmitting illegal robocalls over their VoIP networks, the Attorney General’s Office will pursue enforcement actions.

As an additional step in combatting the scourge of robocalls, AG Yost and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will co-host the National Association of Attorneys General 2022 Robocall Summit in Detroit.

The July 12-13 Summit includes attorneys general and their representatives from across the country. The first day is limited to government agencies; the second is open to the public.

To date, the Robocall Enforcement Unit has fielded more than 69,000 complaints about unwanted calls, including 7,405 in 2022.

Ohioans can report unwanted robocalls to the Robocall Enforcement Unit by visiting or calling 1-800-282-0515.