(Indianapolis) – Pickaway County native Sarah Fisher is getting a promotion for this month’s Indianapolis 500.
Race organizers have announced they selected the IndyCar veteran and local fan favorite to be the celebrity pace car driver for the May 29th race.
Fisher has been the regular pace-car driver for series events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for years.
Fisher started nine Indianapolis 500s, the most by any woman, and was the first female to win an IndyCar pole. The Commercial Point native also remains the fastest female qualifier for the 500 with a four-lap average of 229.439 mph in 2002.
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz announced today that $3 million in H2Ohio grant funding will be directed to nine wetland projects to help improve water quality in the Ohio River Basin.
Awards will go to projects in Athens, Butler, Clark, Delaware, Franklin, Mahoning, Montgomery, Pickaway, and Wayne counties to create wetlands, restore wetlands on hydric soils, and/or enhance water quality at existing wetlands and floodplains.
The Pickaway County project is for $490,000 to the Cooks Creek Floodplain and Wetland Restoration.
“By expanding the reach of H2Ohio, we are working not only toward water quality, but also to a better quality of life for all Ohioans,” said Governor DeWine. “Water issues exist everywhere, and these new projects will ensure more communities get the opportunity to experience the benefits these wetlands provide for water quality, wildlife, and recreational purposes.”
This is the second round of H2Ohio grants focused exclusively on the Ohio River Basin. In round one, ten wetland projects were awarded a total of $4.3 million to address nutrient loading and contribute to water quality improvement in the Ohio River and its tributaries.
“It’s exciting to share the nature-based approach to water quality we have been implementing in the northern part of the state with even more communities,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “It has always been our goal to extend the H2Ohio initiative across the entire state, and we are glad to be able to support these new projects in the Ohio River Basin.”
Wetlands help improve water quality by trapping, filtering, and removing excess pollutants and nutrients, like phosphorus, from the water before they flow into waterways and contribute to harmful algal blooms. Right now, there are more than 80 H2Ohio wetland projects underway.
The Ohio River Basin H2Ohio Wetland Grant Program is funded as part of Ohio’s 2022-2023 operating budget which was passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor DeWine.
Big plans are on the drawing board for several DHL supply chain buildings to locate in the Pickaway County Village of Ashville. That was confirmed to Litter Media’s Mike Smith by Ashville Mayor Chuck Wise during a phone conversation Monday morning.
A proposal for seven buildings that total approximately 5.9 million square feet under roof has already received a first reading before Ashville Council, according to Wise. The buildings and property acquisition, which are still in the planning phase, would be located in the Ashville Enterprise Zone on the village’s west side. The zone has been in Ashville since the mid 1980’s.
Once completed, the DHL buildings would employ approximately 2,500 people, supplying warehoused materials to industry and other business in the region. Ashville’s village income tax would collect from each person that works at the site.
Mayor Wise says “This will be a big boom for our town and will allow us to get caught up on our road maintenance.” Wise added that it will also enable the creation of a connector road between State Routes 316 and 752.
No abatement has been offered to DHL by the village, not that it couldn’t be offered in years to come, according to Wise.
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.