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Food Giveaway May 21st at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in Chillicothe

Presented By Classic Brands

To help Ross County residents in need of food, the  St. Vincent de Paul Society, assisted by the Knights of Columbus, will host a Food Distribution on Saturday, May 21, 10 am to 12 noon, in the parking lot behind St. Peter Catholic Church at the corner of West Water and Church streets.

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Drivers should enter from the alley on Church Street and exit onto Water Street. Bikers and walkers are welcome. Photo ID required. 

Ross Health District Child School Immunizations Available Now

Presented By Advanced Heating & Cooling

(Chillicothe) – The Ross County Health District says it’s time to start thinking about back-to-school immunizations. If your child is an incoming Kindergartner, 7th grader, or 12th grader, check to see if they are due for immunizations.

Courtesy of Ross County Health District

Beat the back to school rush and get your children’s vaccines early and there is no appointment needed. Immunization clinics hours are Monday-Wednesday, 8:00am-3:30pm. 

See Ohio’s Immunization Summary for School Attendance here by CLICKING HERE:

First Capital Cornerstone of Change Makes A Difference For The Communities Downcast

Presented By Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

The hundreds of people that walk and live on the streets of Chillicothe/Ross County each day are not going unnoticed by First Capital Cornerstone of Change, a non-profit organization that provides resources for food, clothing, employment training opportunities and more.

The year-and-a-half old organization is the brain child of Tracey Kemper and Christine Arredondo, who lost loved ones from substance abuse. The actual genesis of First Capital Cornerstone of Change came about during the COVID-19 pandemic, when The Ross County Recovery & Outreach Center, (located behind Crispie Creme Donuts), was serving over 100 meals per day for those in need, without much funding. That’s when Dr. Stacey Saunders-Adams, an assistant professor of social work at Ohio University-Chillicothe, got on board helping to prepare food for many of those people in need.

As a result of discussions between the three women, First Capital Cornerstone of Change was born.

Since then, the group has grown into an organization that not only tries to help with daily needs of food and clothing, but also substance abuse treatment and recovery.

Outreach days are Monday through Friday with hot meals offered six days each week.

Like any such group, volunteers and donations are needed.

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Fluor BWXT Awards Scholarships to Ross & Jackson County Students

Presented By McDonald’s

Three Ross County and three Jackson County students were the recipients of the 2022 Fluor-BWXT (FBP) STEAM Scholarship, a one-time, $2,000 award. Each year, Fluor-BWXT awards 12 college scholarships to area high school students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). More than 100 applications for the scholarships were received for this year’s scholarships.

In Ross County:
Harmony Henneberger, a Huntington High School student and athlete, frequently volunteers at food giveaways, participates in community toy drives and delivers care pages and medical supplies during church mission trips overseas. She plans to pursue a degree in radiology with a focus on sonography.

Evan Friend, of Chillicothe High School, earned his Eagle Scout award before the age of 16. It is the highest rank achievable in scouting. While working part-time, he served as captain of the swim and cross country teams, worked on several Eagle Scout projects and completed more than 60 hours of community service. He plans to major in biology.

Alexis Bailes of Southeastern High School, is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Key Club and is an athlete. She is also a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. While working part-time, she has organized both school and community activities and plans to pursue degrees in biology and pre-medicine.

Three Jackson High School seniors received a $2,000 scholarship from Fluor-BWXT (FBP) for their pursuit of a career in science, technology, engineering, arts or math (STEAM). FBP presents 12 college scholarships to area students each year. 

Lauren Clagg plans to attend college and major in psychology. She is active in band, choir and student government.

Grant Mastin, a 4.0 student, plans to attend college in the fall and major in finance. Due to his participation in and his love of football, he founded “Tackles for Tots,” pledging to donate shoes to children in need for every tackle he made during the season. Since then, he has donated nearly 600 pairs of shoes.

Kaleigh Davis is a member of National Honor Society and 4-H and participates in soccer and cheerleading. She will attend college in the fall and major in nursing.

In addition to earning impressive grades, each candidate submitted an original essay.

“While forging their paths and immersing themselves into their communities, our scholarship winners are working to enhance the quality of life for themselves and others,” Portsmouth Site Project Director JD Dowell said. “We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to seeing them continue to succeed.”

During the next two weeks, FBP scholarship committee members will present the Pike and Scioto County winners with their scholarships. Since 2011, FBP has awarded $264,000 to graduating seniors pursuing careers in the STEAM field.