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Power Siting Board Hearing For Highland Solar Panel Project

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(Columbus) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a local public hearing regarding Palomino Solar, LLC’s proposal to construct a 200 megawatt solar‑powered electric generation facility in Union and Dodson townships in Highland County.

The hearing is scheduled for:
June 29, 2022, at 5pm 
Wharton Building, Highland County Fairgrounds
604 John Street #1030
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

The purpose of the local public hearing is to allow individuals to provide sworn testimony regarding the proposed facility. Testimony will be limited to five minutes per witness, and the hearing transcript will become part of the case record considered by the OPSB.

Witnesses will register when they arrive at the hearing and will testify in the order in which they register. If a witness wishes to supplement their testimony with an exhibit, a copy of the document should be provided to the administrative law judge during the hearing.

The proposed Palomino Solar Energy Project would consist of solar panel arrays and associated facilities located within a 2,668-acre project area. The project would include electrical collection lines, inverters, access roads, perimeter fencing, and a substation.

Additional information regarding the proposed solar facility is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case number 21-0041-EL-BGN.

Government Offices/Schools & Business Close As Winter Storm Moves Into Ohio

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Schools, local government offices, services and many businesses closed as a winter storm entered the region Thursday.

Every school in Ross, Pickaway, Fayette, Pike, Highland, Fairfield had closed for the day, while Jackson County schools started in session Thursday, but are dismissed early.

All area sports activities for Thursday cancelled.

The National Weather Service added an Ice Storm Warning for the region at 11:23am, going through 7am Friday going along with the Winter Storm Warning for the entire state. Many of the TV meteorologists are saying they “can’t remember this happening in decades, possible as far back as the 1978 Blizzard.”

The Ice Storm Warning covered a line with Ross, Fairfield and Highland Counties to the north, going south to the Ohio River and into Kentucky.

Most area counties went to snow emergency status, including Level 3 for Ross, Pike, Fayette, Pickaway, Highland, Jackson, Hocking and Fairfield counties.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10am FRIDAY MORNING. ICE STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED. Light snow continuing. Additional snow accumulations of up to one inch. Portions of Central, South Central and Southwest Ohio and Northeast and Northern Kentucky.

Friday A chance of snow, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 21. North wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Wind chill values as low as -12. West wind 3 to 6 mph.

Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 21. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 6.

Sunday Sunny, with a high near 34.

Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Youth Mental Health & Addiction Care Grants Awarded To Area Counties

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(Columbus)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that $14.9 million in American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Supplemental Block Grants funds will be used to help strengthen Ohio’s statewide mental health and addiction care services system, specifically in the areas of youth prevention and early intervention services.

“We know that 75% of substance use disorders and mental illness begin before the age of 25, and prevention and early intervention strategies are vital to building resilience and opportunities for long-term health,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “These dollars will make key investments in substance use disorder and mental health prevention programs and treatment services to help Ohioans live their best and healthiest lives.”

“Through close partnerships and collaborations with our community partners, these investments will be targeted in ways that facilitate more responsive, agile, and effective interventions supporting lifelong health and recovery for all Ohioans,” said Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Director Lori Criss.

The funds will be distributed over the next four years and are broken down as follows:

Primary Prevention

  • $5M ($1.25M per year) for community coalitions and youth-led programs to address marijuana and alcohol prevention. These funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with a goal of reaching up to 250,000 individuals over the next four years.
  • $5.4M to support public health campaigns designed to enhance the perception of harm of alcohol and marijuana use.

Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis

  • $2.3M to fund two pilot First Episode Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care Virtual Teams in year two and six additional teams in years three and four. Using telehealth to expand services, specialists at the Ohio State University Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER) will provide medication management, psychotherapy, and family support and education. Individuals with first episode psychosis will access specific coordinated specialty care services through their local community mental health center (i.e., case management, education and vocational support and on-site nursing and medication management). EPICENTER will provide training and ongoing consultation.
  • $1.8M to mitigate losses for uncompensated care at 17 existing First Episode Psychosis/Early Serious Mental Illness teams in the following counties: Allen, Athens, Auglaize, Butler, Clermont, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Hardin, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Meigs, Montgomery, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Portage, Ross, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Vinton, Washington, Wood.
  • $307,926 for the purposes of adopting Healthcare, Outcomes, Network, Education (HONE) developed by Yale University to better collect outcomes on Ohio’s First Episode Psychosis clients.

As part of the ARPA block grant funding, OhioMHAS is also this month releasing $2.98 million in COVID mitigation funds to Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Boards (ADAMH) to be used by boards and community behavioral health providers for COVID testing, PPE purchases, contact tracing, healthy environment maintenance, and other efforts to prevent spread of COVID-19, as well as for behavioral health services for individuals in short-term housing who are at elevated risk of contracting COVID. These are one-time allocations to Ohio’s ADAMH boards for local distribution.

“We know our front-line providers continue to struggle with the effects of the variants of COVID-19, and these funds will help them continue to provide critically needed services safely,” added Criss.

Deceased State Park Ranger Honored

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(Columbus) – Natural Resource Officer Jason Lagore, who died in the line of duty earlier this year, was posthumously honored by Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz.  The Director’s Award of Valor was presented to Officer Lagore’s wife in a small ceremony last week.

“Back in February we lost not only a dedicated officer, but a loving husband and devoted father,” Director Mertz said.  “Because of his courage and bravery in the face of danger, there is no one more deserving of this honor.  I am proud of the work he did and the legacy he leaves behind.”

Officer Lagore responded to a call on Feb. 23 that two children had fallen through the ice at Rocky Fork State Park in Highland County.  A 13-year-old boy was rescued, a 15-year-old girl died.  During the search, Officer Lagore suffered a medical emergency and was taken to Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro, Ohio, where he was pronounced deceased.
Officer Lagore served 15 years with ODNR. He was an innovative member of the team, responsible for the first ODNR K-9 academy and leading the Division of Parks and Watercraft K-9 training program.  He was well respected across the state for his expertise working with K-9s.

“For us, this isn’t a job. It’s a mission, a calling. It’s a way to get some grieving family an answer to a mystery and tragedy more quickly.”
-Officer Jason Lagore

When he wasn’t proudly serving ODNR, Officer Lagore enjoyed deer and turkey hunting, loved history, and enjoyed vacations with his family. He is survived by his wife Michelle, his two young sons, and his K-9 partner, Sarge who was officially retired from service last week.

Earlier this year ODNR honored three other officers with the Director’s Award of Valor. Officers Jason Keller, Eric Lamb, and Matt Roberts  were recognized for their lifesaving actions after Ohio Wildlife Investigator Kevin Behr was shot while on assignment in December 2020.