COVID-19 NUMBERS

JACKSON COUNTY
(LEVEL 2 - ORANGE)


Cases: 441

Hospitalizations: 41

Deaths: 7

PIKE COUNTY
(LEVEL 3 - RED)


Cases: 288

Hospitalizations: 30

Deaths: 0

ROSS COUNTY
(LEVEL 3 - RED)


Cases: 1,338

Hospitalizations: 165

Deaths: 33

SCIOTO COUNTY
(LEVEL 3 - RED)


Cases: 805

Hospitalizations: 85

Deaths: 9

SOURCE: Ohio Department of Health

By RICK GREENE

Southern Ohio Today


U.S. Department of Energy contractor Fluor-BWXT has announced a voluntary layoff for its workers at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant through Nov. 30, but a company spokesman says no plans are in place for an involuntary layoff.


The move is being challenged by the local United Steel Workers union. USW Local-689 President John Knauff says the move violates the existing collective bargaining agreement and that his group will file a formal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.


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By BRET BEVENS

Southern Ohio Today


WAVERLY – Waverly Village Council established a tax credit for Rural King and purchased a new truck for the Water Department in business at Tuesday’s Waverly Council meeting.


The JCTC is an incentive to expand operations in Waverly, thereby bringing jobs and additional commerce to the village.


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By DEL DUDUIT

Southern Ohio Today


Saturday’s Division V Region 19 high school football playoff game might come down to special teams.


Wheelersburg, the No. 3-seed, and Columbus Bishop Ready, the No. 6-seed, have outstanding kickers.


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By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


A five-year-old Jackson County boy has been diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer of connective tissue that typically impacts children during their first few years of life.


On Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. at Lake Alma State Park in Wellston, Andrea Martin, the boy's aunt who has been raising him and his sister, hopes to help the family with his much-needed expenses with a motorcycle run.


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By RICK GREENE

Southern Ohio Today


WAVERLY – Southern Ohio Communications Services Chief Executive Officer Gary Cooper announced the company is investing $3.8 million for the first phase of a project to provide high-speed internet services to parts of Pike, Adams and Scioto counties over the next three years.


SOCS is hoping to recoup the investment via an Ohio grant that reimburses companies for making such investments to grow the state’s broadband capabilities.


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By BRET BEVENS

Southern Ohio Today


PIKETON – Piketon Village Council passed a resolution Monday that declared remaining dollars from CARES Act funding will be transferred to the village’s first responders to be used for salaries.


Council also passed a resolution that appropriated funds in the amount $124,141.40 from the Coronavirus Relief Fund.


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By DEL DUDUIT

Southern Ohio Today


Last week, Waverly’s defense took care of Norwood’s passing attack in dominating fashion in a 62-14 victory. This week, they will see a team that puts the emphasis on running the football.


Archbishop McNicholas (5-2) will bring a ground game into Waverly, the No. 4-seed, on Saturday to face the Tigers (7-0) in the quarterfinals of the Division IV, Region 16 Ohio high school playoffs.


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By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


Josh and Taylor Ayers now laugh at how a kayaking trip turned date completely changed the lives of the Russellville farmers.


As a third-generation cattle farmer who thought he wanted little to do with the farm life, Josh Ayers left for the University of Cincinnati. After five years in the city and earning his engineering degree, however, a farm back home came up for sale, and he knew that was his chance to get back to those long-missed family roots.


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By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


Nestled behind the beautiful sugarloaf mountains, Naz Vineyard and Winery in Kingston is preparing for this year’s Halloween event.


Na zdravie, (naz dra’-vee-ah), which means cheers in Slovak, is owned and operated by Jack and Cindy Mergo. With 10 acres of grapevines, their family business functions as a family-friendly winery rooted in Slovakian style.


Commonly known as the “Naz Winery,” Mergo’s mission is to provide great wine, delicious woodfired pizza, and good conversations among friends and family while enjoying the views.


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Southern Ohio Today

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