State Forestry Open Houses Planned for Late August

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(Columbus) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry invites the public to attend in-person open house events to learn more about management plans for Ohio’s state forests. Held annually, this year’s open house events are scheduled for August 23, 24, and 25.
“Ohio’s state forests offer many benefits and opportunities to all Ohioans,” said Dan Balser, chief of the Division of Forestry. “The annual open house events are opportunities for the public to learn about our plans to sustainably manage Ohio’s public forest resources and provide us with feedback and comments.”
The Division of Forestry’s forest managers and foresters develop an annual work plan to guide specific management activities for 24 state forests in Ohio. This covers more than 200,000 acres combined. The open house events provide opportunities for the public to better understand, ask questions, and comment on Ohio’s plans for sustainable forestry, which include recreation, treating invasive species, prescribed burning, and timber cruising and harvesting.
The public is welcome to attend, ask questions, and submit written comments on the state forest management plan at these in-person open house events:

  • Southeastern District, Athens Headquarters
    • Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    • 360 E. State St., Athens 45701
    • For more information, call 740-272-8519.
  • Southern District, Chillicothe Headquarters
    • Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    • 345 Allen Ave., Chillicothe 45601
    • For more information, call 740-774-1596.
  • Northern District, Loudonville Library
    • Thursday, August 25, 2022, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    • 122 E Main St, Loudonville, OH 44842
    • For more information, call 419-424-5004.

Open house information and the draft annual work plan are posted on the Division of Forestry’s State Forest Work Plan webpage. If you would like to submit written comments, please send an email with your name to:
Comments will be accepted for up to 30 days after the open house events, at which time they will be considered as the plans are finalized.

Ross Land Bank To Sell Several Properties

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(Chillicothe) – The Ross County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank) has announced the availability of several properties for sale. In 2016, the Land Bank was established and received a Neighborhood Initiative Program grant to acquire and demolish vacant and blighted properties.

The properties for sale are all vacant and greened lots. As part of its primary mission, the Ross County Land Reutilization Corporation (“Land Bank”) will dispose of properties in a manner which will improve the quality of neighborhoods, increase land values, create diverse housing opportunities, and return properties to the tax rolls.

Anyone wishing to purchase property from the Land Bank must submit a completed and signed Purchaser Qualification Form, Property Request Form, and written purchase proposal.

These forms can be found by visiting the Land Bank page at Forms and proposals can then be emailed to or dropped off at 35 S. Paint Street, 3rd Floor.

The Land Bank Board reserves the right to consider the highest AND best offer based on the proposed use that best fit the goals of the Land Bank. All properties will be listed for a minimum of 21 days:

Address Parcel Number List Price
439 E. Second Street305423019000$4,410
517-519 E. Main Street305429019000$11,100
700 Washington Avenue305631048000$8,990
52 Western Avenue305132002000, 305132003000, 305132004000$11,500
751 Madison Avenue305636023$11,360
101 Prospect Street3054455003$3,870
299 E. Fourth Street305610033$10,270
369 Neal Avenue305614087$6,330
388 E. Second Street305419053$6,840
623 Glencroft Avenue305633017$7,700
342 E. Main Street305610013$14,130

OU-Lancaster Restores Club Sports

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(Lancaster) – Ohio University- Lancaster will offer club sports as an option for students interested in pursuing athletics for the 2022-23 academic year. Although the campus has hosted a sports program since 1968, earning numerous awards and titles over years, this is the first time they have been offered since the beginning of the pandemic. 

“OHIO Lancaster is excited to provide this opportunity for students to continue their athletic careers,” Jarrod Tudor, dean of campus and community relations, said. “This is just one more way for students to develop lifelong skills and friendships at a regional campus.”

Ohio University-Chillicothe dropped their club sports programs as the pandemic started, but has yet to return them.

A wide variety of options will be offered in this special one-year return to sports offerings, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, softball, and women’s volleyball. The campus will play teams from Ohio and surrounding states. Participation in club sports is open to students who are enrolled in at least seven hours of credit and meet academic eligibility criteria. 

The 2022-2023 pilot sports program was made possible through the generous donations of area business and private donors, including Mid West Fabricating Co., the U.S. Army, Fairfield Federal Bank and Park National Bank.  Over $65,000 was raised to ensure that students would have the opportunity to pursue their athletic goals. While this is an important step in the right direction, the sports program will require sufficient fundraising efforts to remain active in future seasons.

Other teams interested in competing against OHIO Lancaster sports teams, or organizations and individuals interested in sponsoring club sports or donating should contact Jarrod Tudor at For student inquiries about sports programs or admission to OHIO Lancaster, contact Shari Ayers, director of student services, at For more information, please visit

Kenworth Roadforce Companies Among Southern Ohio Industry Receiving State Tax Credit for Growth

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(Columbus)—Chillicothe Kenworth LLC and Roadforce Companies LLC. in Chillicothe and Evans Food Group of Portsmouth are among seven projects in Ohio set to create 660 new jobs and retain 3,333 jobs statewide. During its monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in more than $39 million in new payroll and spur more than $51.8 million in investments across Ohio. Projects approved by the TCA include:

Chillicothe Kenworth LLC and Roadforce Companies LLC (Chillicothe Kenworth), Green Township (Ross County), expects to create 119 full-time positions, generating $7.5 million in new annual payroll and retaining $4.8 million in existing payroll, as a result of the company’s expansion project in Green Township. Chillicothe Kenworth LLC provides installation of value-added parts and accessories to Kenworth and other heavy-duty trucks before delivery to the customer, offering customization options for end users. Roadforce Companies LLC manufactures dump truck bodies for customers. The TCA approved a 1.481%, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

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Evans Food Group Ltd., Portsmouth (Scioto County), expects to create 40 full-time positions, generating $1.5 million in new annual payroll and retaining $4.3 million in existing payroll, as a result of the company’s new location project in Portsmouth. Evans Food Group is a manufacturer of snack foods. The Ohio operation focuses on manufacturing of pork rinds. The TCA approved a 1.097%, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.