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A broadcast veteran of 40 years, including radio stints in Waverly, Circleville, West Union, Chillicothe and Columbus, Dan returned to Chillicothe as host of “Dan & Mike in the Morning” for nearly 25 years. Dan was known as “The Voice of the Chillicothe Cavaliers” for 35 seasons and in 2013 was inducted into the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

The U Crowned Boys & Girls Champs of the SVC Meet

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The Unioto Boys and Girls Track & Field teams are SVC Champs. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

The Unioto Boys and Girls swept the 2022 Scioto Valley Conference Meet held at Zane Trace Friday.

The Shermans (162) finished 34 points ahead of Adena (128) in the Girls Meet. Westfall (113) placed third ahead of Zane Trace (97), Huntington (86), Piketon (38), Paint Valley (13) and Southeastern (6).

For the Boys’, The U (149) was followed by Zane Trace (133), Southeastern (83.5), Piketon (74.5), Paint Valley (66), Westfall (59), Huntington (57) and Adena (37).

Top performances included SVC records set in the Pole Vault by Mustangs Tyler Shipley and Peyton Proffitt. Shipley’s 14’4” vault shattered the mark set by Huntington’s Logan Chaney in 2013 (13’8”). Proffitt’s 11’6” vault broke the 2015 record set by Piketon’s Maddie Reed (11’).

In the other Field Events, Adena’s Sydney Foglesong won the Shot Put and Discus with Peyton Proffitt winning the Long Jump and Makaela Lovely won the High Jump. Lucas Ray from Zane Trace won the High Jump, Paint Valley’s Cole Miller the Long Jump, Spencer Brower of Zane Trace took the Shot put and Alan Auston threw the Discus the farthest.  

Paris DeBord finished ahead of the field in the Girls 100 and 200 meter dashes. Paint Valley’s Cole Miller did the same in the Boys Meet.

Zane Trace’s Brooklyn Wade grabbed the top spot in the Girls 400 while Huntington’s Seth McCloskey won the Boys 400. The Pioneers’ Marie Southern finished ahead of the field in the 800 and 1600 Meter Runs and Gabe Lynch from Unioto placed ahead of the field in both as well.

Unioto’s Briana Nelson took the Girls 3200 and Corey Schobelock finished first.

The Shermans took first in the Girls 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays while Zane Trace finished ahead of Unioto in the 4×800. It was similar for the Boys, winning the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×800, but Huntington took the 4×400.

The Girls 100 Meter Hurdles went to Westfall’s Peyton Proffitt and Unioto’s Karlee Renner was tops in the 300 Meter Hurdles. For the Boys, Jacob Lennox of Southeastern took the 100 Hurdles and Unioto’s Maddox Fox won the 300 Hurdles.

Up next for the teams, the District Tournaments beginning Monday and Tuesday.

Chillicothe’s Branden Maughmer to Finish Career at Morehead State University

Presented by Chillicothe VA Medical Center

Chillicothe alumnus, Branden Maughmer recently committed to Morehead State University to play basketball. Following four years at Cedarville University. Maughmer was granted a fifth year of eligibility.

The three-time NCCAA Men’s Basketball All-American guided the Yellow Jackets to their first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 2021-22. Cedarville was 19-13 on the season.

Maughmer turned heads in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Semi-Finals when he stole an in bounds pass for the game-winning basket last March.

Via text with Litter Media, he explained why he’s headed to Morehead State to finish his eligibility. “They were the first school or one of the first schools to actually reach out to me when I entered the transfer portal.  They were high on me and kinda stopped reach outs for a few weeks then ended up bringing me out on a visit and offered and I just talked with my parents and prayed about it and they felt like the best fit for me, basketball wise but also just the people in the program were genuine and it was evident.”

Maughmer will report to the Eagles June 7th. Morehead State is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and is an NCAA Division I school.

Cedarville’s small-town atmosphere was the perfect fit for the Chillicothe native. “Cedarville helped me become a man and learn things. Both good and bad, on and off the court. With it being a pretty boring and small town all I did was stay in the gym and that lack of things to do close by allowed me to stay in the gym that much more.”

While at Chillicothe, Branden was teammates with his younger brother, Jayvon. The two reunited when the younger Maughmer followed his big brother to Cedarville.

Maughmer average 16.6 points per game last season with 6 rebounds per game and 3.4 assists each time he hit the floor for the Yellow Jackets. During his time at Cedarville, he tallied 1,709 points (15.4 ppg), 531 rebounds (4.8 rpg), 202 steals, 420 assists and shot ,814 percent from the charity stripe.

Another family member took advantage of an extra year of eligibility to enter the transfer portal. Before the 2021-22 season, Maughmer’s cousin, Osh Brown, who following four seasons at Ball State landed with Rutgers. Brown made news last week by signing to play professionally with the St. Louis Surge of the Global Women’s Basketball Association.

Kenny Walks Across America: Reaching Southern Ohio

Presented by Scioto Valley Dumpsters

On April 1st, Col. Kenny Mintz, U.S. Army, Retired began a mission that will take him from Washington D.C. to the Pacific Ocean, in true infantryman fashion… on foot.

He’s trekked roughly 500 miles over the past six weeks and Wednesday, he arrived in Ohio’s First Capital. His plan is to reach his hometown of Encinitas, California by mid-October. The seven month journey has Mintz walking between 15-20 miles per day.

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Litter Media’s Dan Ramey caught up with Mintz just before crossing the Pickaway-Ross County line north of Kingston.

Mintz, an Army battalion commander in Afghanistan, says this is a multi-purpose mission, raising money for charitable causes, but also a “chance to see the country for which I served for 34 years”.

One of the organizations Mintz is raising money for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. In a recent interview, Mintz said he’s honoring his mother, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer, by making this cross country trip, one the two of them made when she dropped everything and moved from the east coast to California.

The two other organizations have military ties. According to its mission statement, the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund “honors military service and sacrifice by providing scholarships to veterans and military family members, especially to children of our nation’s fallen or disabled.” Mintz carries with him the memory of fourteen fallen service members during his command.

“And I also want to honor my living, honor my comrades and the vets” said Mintz. Operation Resiliency is part of The Independence Fund. “They organize these structured reunions for units who served in combat together. Soldiers or Marines who have that combat relationship that were in a particular time and place and have that common memory, bring them back together so they can support each other.”

Mintz will be spending a few days in Chillicothe where he has family, then resume his walk this weekend. He hopes to reach into Kentucky sometime next week.

For more on the charitable organizations benefiting from Kenny’s cause, click on their names below:

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund

Operation Resiliency

Chillicothe Yellow Day, Celebrates Kindness

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Yellow Day hits downtown Chillicothe May 6th, 2022 for a day of random acts of kindness.

On a special edition of #LitterMediaLIVE with Litter Media’s Dan Ramey, Ben Trotter and Hudson Ward share details about the event. Yellow Day is the inspiration of Adam Peterson, who taught elementary classes with Trotter’s mother Honor Trotter.

Trotter says after his mother’s bout with cancer ended, Peterson took the things he learned from Honor, her random acts of kindness she shared with her students, with hopes of keeping her loving spirit alive. The end result is making other peoples day happier through kindness.

Since its inception, many other communities have adopted Yellow Day promoting kindness.

Here’s a look back at the inaugural: