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How We Work

Published On: Mon, Dec 3rd, 2012

If you enjoy reading Fayette Advocate, read this to understand how we operate to bring you free news each day.

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OHSAA Football Playoff Pairings

By Newsroom | Published September 2012

The regional final pairings below include the seeds and won-lost recordsof the qualifiers. Neutral sites were selected by the OHSAA. Home teams are listed first and appear at the top of the brackets at OHSAA.org.

Division I – Games scheduled for 7 p.m. (unless noted) on Saturday, Nov. 17

Home Team Listed First
Region 1
4 Mentor (11-1) vs. 2 Cleveland St. Ignatius (11-1) at Parma Byers Field

Region 2
1 Massillon Washington (11-1) vs. 2 Toledo Whitmer (12-0) at Mansfield Arlin Field

Region 3
4 Pickerington North (11-1) vs. 7 Hilliard Davidson (10-2) at Ohio Wesleyan University Selby Stadium

Region 4
1 Cincinnati Colerain (12-0) vs. 3 Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (9-3) at University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Division I State Semifinals, Sat., Nov. 24: Region 1 vs. Region 2 … Region 3 vs. Region 4
Division I State Championship: Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Canton Fawcett Stadium
Division II – Games scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16

Home Team Listed First
Region 5
4 Chardon (10-2) vs. 3 Aurora (11-1) at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium

Region 6
4 Avon (11-1) vs. 2 Toledo Central Catholic (11-1) at Clyde Robert Bishop Jr. Stadium

Region 7
4 New Albany (10-2) vs. 3 Columbus Marion-Franklin (11-1) at Gahanna Lincoln Stadium

Region 8
1 Cincinnati Turpin (12-0) vs. 6 Trotwood-Madison (10-2) at Kings Stadium

Division II State Semifinals, Fri., Nov. 23: Region 5 vs. Region 6 … Region 7 vs. Region 8
Division II State Championship: Friday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Division III – Games scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17

Home Team Listed First
Region 9
1 Chagrin Falls (11-1) vs. 6 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (10-2) at Solon Stewart Field

Region 10
1 Napoleon (11-0-1) vs. 2 Bellevue (11-1) at Findlay Donnell Stadium

Region 11
4 Dover (10-2) vs. 2 Millersburg West Holmes (11-1) at Canton Fawcett Stadium

Region 12
1 Dayton Thurgood Marshall (11-1) vs. 3 The Plains Athens (11-1) at Reynoldsburg Raider Stadium

Division III State Semifinals, Sat., Nov. 24: Region 9 vs. Region 11 … Region 10 vs. Region 12
Division III State Championship: Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m., Canton Fawcett Stadium
Division IV – Games scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16

Home Team Listed First
Region 13
1 Brookfield (12-0) vs. 2 Creston Norwayne (12-0) at Stow Ron Marhofer Auto Family Field

Region 14
1 Columbus Bishop Hartley (12-0) vs. 2 Ottawa-Glandorf (12-0) at Piqua Alexander Stadium-Purk Field

Region 15
1 St. Clairsville (12-0) vs. 3 Johnstown-Monroe (10-2) at Zanesville Sulsberger Stadium

Region 16
1 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (12-0) vs. 7 West Milton Milton-Union (10-2) at Centerville Stadium

Division IV State Semifinals, Fri., Nov. 23: Region 13 vs. Region 15 … Region 14 vs. Region 16
Division IV State Championship: Friday, Nov. 30, 3 p.m., Canton Fawcett Stadium

Division V – Games scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17

Home Team Listed First
Region 17
1 Kirtland (12-0) vs. 7 Youngstown Ursuline (8-4) at Aurora Veterans Stadium

Region 18
4 Findlay Liberty-Benton (11-1) vs. 7 Hamler Patrick Henry (10-2) at Lima Stadium

Region 19
1 Lucasville Valley (12-0) vs. 6 Baltimore Liberty Union (10-2) at Nelsonville Boston Field

Region 20
1 Coldwater (12-0) vs. 3 Covington (12-0) at Dayton Welcome Stadium

Division V State Semifinals, Sat., Nov. 24: Region 17 vs. Region 19 … Region 18 vs. Region 20
Division V State Championship: Saturday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m., Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Division VI – Games scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16

Home Team Listed First
Region 21
1 Mogadore (12-0) vs. 6 Youngstown Christian (9-2) at Ravenna Gilcrest Field

Region 22
1 McComb (12-0) vs. 6 Delphos St. John’s (8-4) at Findlay Donnell Stadium

Region 23
1 Danville (11-1) vs. 2 Newark Catholic (10-2) at Westerville Central Warhawk Field

Region 24
4 St. Henry (9-3) vs. 3 Maria Stein Marion Local (10-2) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

Division VI State Semifinals, Fri., Nov. 23: Region 21 vs. Region 23 … Region 22 vs. Region 24
Division VI State Championship: Friday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m., Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium




Pony League Week 3

By Newsroom On Monday, October 1st, 2012

Buckeye Country

Evan Upthegrove dominated the first half of the opening game Sunday after as he scored 3 times (2 by rushing 75 & 45 yards) & also caught a 70 yard TD pass play that put the Razors up 18-0 at halftime.

He also had an interception then took most of the 2nd half off. He finished with 160 yards rushing on only 5 carries & now has scored 8 times this season.

Upthegrove has also thrown for a TD earlier in the season. The Razors who didn’t win a game 2 years ago & last year was 2-3 & was the #4 seed in the playoffs has finished the first half;f of the current PFL season at 3-0.

Gabe Arazo caught the final Razors score which also covered 70 yards early in the 4th quarter.

The Colts only score came with 24 seconds left as Tyler Taylor scored from 19 yards out.

He finished with 64 yards rushing in the contest.

On defense the Colts did recover 2 Razors fumbles. Jacob Morris & Andrew Batson were credited with the recoveries.

The three time defending champions Vipers picked up their 1st win of the season as they saw their game with the Longhorns have a total of five lead changes.

Vipers got a three TD performance by Jamie McCann who’s 7 yard TD run in the 2nd OT tied the game at 26 each. Austin Matthews added the game winning PAT run. That was his 2nd PAT run of the game.

McCann finished with 18 carries for 100 yards.

Kyler Matthews added a TD run that put the Vipers up 14-8 with 4:32 left in regulation. McCann added a PAT run.

Longhorns also got a 3 TD game performance. Caleb Hamrick had 10 carries in the game for 101 yards & added three TD runs. He also caught a 2 point conversion in the 1st half that at the time put the Longhorns up 8-7 a lead that held until back to back scores by the teams within 15 second time period in the 4th quarter.

Eli Shaw added a 1 yard TD in the 2nd OT, but the team failed to convert on the PAT.

After three weeks of action:
Razors                               3-0
Colts                                  1-2
Longhorns                         1-2
Vipers                                1-2

The 2nd half of the 2012 Pony Football League resume this Sunday starting at 1pm at the Practice Football Facility by Washington Senior High School.




October National High School Activities Month

Published On: Tue, Sep 25th, 2012


Started in 1980 as National High School Activities Week, the NFHS expanded the celebration to a month last year to provide additional time for the 19,000-plus high schools to hold special activities at the local level.

“National High School Activities Month is an opportunity to remind the public that already in place in every community is a comprehensive program addressing society’s most current concerns,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and educational services.

Hopkins noted that high school activities help meet these issues by:

  • Finding and nurturing the best effort of each young participant;
  • Encouraging students to stay in school, perform better academically and become better citizens;
  • Demanding respect for fair play and appreciation for the equitable application of procedures, rules and regulations;
  • Providing healthy lifestyle instruction; and
  • Challenging racism, sexism and classism through the active pursuit of teamwork and school spirit.

Four specific-emphasis weeks are planned within the month-long celebration: National Sportsmanship and Fan Appreciation Week (October 1-6), National Performing Arts Activities Week (October 8-13), National Coaches/Sponsors/Advisors/Officials Week (October 15-20) and National Community Service/Youth Awareness Week (October 22-27).

“High school sports and activity programs provide one of the best bargains in our community and nation and will continue to do so as long as our nation supports them as an integral part of the education of our young people,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “Not only do these programs teach the more than 11 million young people who participate in them valuable life skills lessons, such as ethics, integrity and healthy lifestyles, they also provide the best entertainment value in our nation.”

The NFHS has provided suggested activities for schools during each of the week-long events. All materials for National High School Activities Month, including The Case for High School Activities, are available on the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org



Huffman Arraigned On Charges

By Newsroom On Monday, October 15th, 2012

A 20-year-old Washington Court House woman was arraigned and out on bond Monday morning for her role in the death of an 18-year-old Washington Court House man in February. Shyanne K. Huffman, of 703 Pearl Street, pleaded not guilty to three fourth degree felonies after deputies and prosecutors said she lied to them regarding her involvement in the February More...



Batman On A Public Spaces Mission

By Newsroom On Monday, October 15th, 2012

The busiest location at the late summer harvest festival was the Batman auction booth, where they were giving away Classic Fit T shirts, Batmobile Hoodies, and Arkham Knight sweatshirts in a sweepstakes drawing. But the big event was the actual auction where the fundraising gets done. MoonAtMidnight added a large number of Batman T shirts to their line of Batman apparel to be auctioned. While Batman t shirts were the main advertised attraction, they accidentally shipped way more of the other offerings. Fortunately the day was chillier than usual which got the bids up for the all the hoodies and sweatshirts. Batman sold big! By the afternoon, almost everyone was wearing some kind of Batman apparel, and because of the funds raised, we all should be able to soon enjoy the upgrades to the parks, playgrounds and other public areas that we can now afford. More...



753 Project Progressing

By Newsroom On Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The Fayette County Commissioners signed a contract last week that allows for the progression of the 753 project to continue. The red line outlines the project The project consists of adding approximately 1.66 miles More...



Early Morning Manhunt In Ross County

By Newsroom On Monday, October 15th, 2012

An early morning manhunt was underway in Ross County after a pursuit through two counties Monday morning. Dispatchers with the Jackson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed to Fayette Advocate that a More...




U.S. 35 Reduced To One Lane

By Newsroom On Monday, October 15th, 2012

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials announced that a local highway in Fayette County will be reduced to one lane until November. According to ODOT, U.S. 35 will be reduced to one lane in each direction for long delayed repairs and resufacing. Drivers are advised to avoid the area during rush hours  More...



Republicans Host Fall Dinner

By Newsroom On Monday, October 15th, 2012

The Fayette County Republican Party hosted their annual Fall dinner Saturday at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Fayette County Sheriff Vernon P. Stanforth emceed the event on Saturday. A chance for the stiff upper lips to relax and enjoy the festivities. Fayette County Sheriff Vernon More...



Pill Mill Owner Sentenced

By Newsroom On Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn, Ohio Board of Pharmacy Director Kyle Parker, Director of Emissions Marco Polo Alowanski, Lions Deacon Chancellor Jarles Hootiama, and Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini announced that the 69-year-old owner and operator of an 




Millwood District On Boil Alert

By Newsroom On Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Three streets in the Millwood district of Washington Court House are under a boil alert. Due to zero pressure on the water main, the city’s water department has placed Bramble, Jupiter, and Cloverleaf Streets on a boil alert.
The alert was effective Thursday morning and is expected to last for 72 hours.
Only water that will be ingested is required to be boiled, according to officials. Officials warn boilers that boiling water can burn you.



Oct. Is Cyber Security Awareness Month

By Newsroom On Saturday, October 13th, 2012

As National Cyber Security Awareness Month continues, Attorney General Mike DeWine urges Ohioans to be proactive in protecting themselves and their families. “As Ohioans continue the use of cell phones, tablets, ...more.



Old School House Burgurlized

By Newsroom On Friday, October 12th, 2012

A local organization has fallen victim to burglary, theft, and criminal damaging after they say someone broke into their venue that’s used as an annual fund-raiser in Jeffersonville.

According to a report obtained from the Fayette County Sheriff’s office, the Jeffersonville Festival Association reported late Tuesday evening that unknown inpiduals entered the old Jeffersonville School house, 5 West High Street,  and removed a boarded up window, stealing electrical wiring used to run an annual haunted house fund-raiser.

Deputies said in the report that the unknown burglars had cut copper wire from a black junction box and from lighting fixtures.

It’s unknown who made entry into the building.

Deputies said that before fleeing the school house, the burglars had left some of their loot near the broken window.

The festival association said that the equipment will cost over $500 to replace.

There was no evidence at the scene to process, according to deputies.



Deputies Train For New Radios

By Newsroom On Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Advocate Staff Reports Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies met with officials Wednesday to train them for their new radio system. Sheriff Vernon P. Stanforth said that his office has undergone recent changes to their radio system by upgrading to MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communication System).

Most state agencies use this system to some extent, with agencies like the Highway Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, Emergency Management, and other emergency services.

“MARCS will allow our deputies to communicate with every other sheriff’s office in the state,” said Stanforth. “We will now have the capability to also talk with state-wide law enforcement such as the Ohio State Highway Patrol, The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).”

According to a state website, MARCS is an 800 MHz radio and data network that utilizes state-of-the-art trunked technology to provide statewide interoperability in digital clarity to its subscribers throughout Ohio and a 10 mile radius outside of Ohio.

Representatives of MARCS visited Fayette County Wednesday for a training session that allowed deputies to get acquainted with the system.

The City of Washington Court House has applied for a homeland security grant in an attempt to gain funding so their police department can make the transition into the MARCS system as well.

Stay with Fayette Advocate for the latest



DeWine Fighting Synthetic Drugs

Published On: Thu, Nov 15th, 2012

hio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced this week that he is intensifying his efforts to fight the abuse and sale of synthetic drugs such as bath salts and herbal incense.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine

“Today I’m announcing that we’re making a top priority of going after the sale, use, and distribution of these drugs with all the force of the Attorney General’s Office,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Synthetic drugs, sold under names like “OMG”, “Bizarro”, “Ivory Wave”, and “Vanilla Sky” are often abused by people 25 and younger. The drugs are very addictive, and the high can induce violence and extreme paranoia. They are sold in stores and on the internet, which makes people think they are safe, when in fact, they can be deadly.

Attorney General DeWine is asking retailers for help making sure illegal drugs are not sold in our state.

“Some store owners and employees continue to sell these drugs under the table, despite knowing how dangerous they are,” said DeWine. “Anyone who sells or distributes these drugs should be prepared for both criminal charges and a civil lawsuit.”

The Attorney General also announced new efforts to train law enforcement officers on how to investigate synthetic drug cases and how to build cases against synthetic drug distributors in Ohio. The courses will be available in a few months through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA).

Today Attorney General DeWine will also testify in front of the Ohio Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee to show his support for Substitute House Bill 334. The legislation includes a provision that would strengthen current laws banning synthetic drugs and prevent chemists from altering a drug’s components in an effort to bypass the law.

“The day Governor Kasich signs this bill into law, my agents, local law enforcement and the Ohio Pharmacy Board will be in the field to enforce it,” said DeWine. “To those who sell or distribute synthetic drugs, we will come after you. And if you’re a clandestine chemist, you will not dodge this law, and you will go to jail.”

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office currently has 10 special prosecutors available to assist and/or prosecute synthetic drug cases. Those with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) are also available to assist local law enforcement with investigations and forensic analysis.


SOS: Business Profile Released

Published On: Tue, Nov 13th, 2012

Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that as part of an ongoing effort to recognize the impact of Ohio businesses, November’s Ohio Business Profile will honor veterans across the state while supporting their companies that contribute to Ohio’s economy with the “Veteran-Owned Business” theme.

“All of the businesses we are profiling this month are owned by proud veterans,” Secretary Husted said. “These businesses not only help stimulate Ohio’s economy but show the strength that is exemplified by our veterans and the entrepreneurial spirit they portray across Ohio.”

Companies profiled this month include:

  • ViaQuest Inc. – Dublin, Ohio – Their passion and dedication for serving adults with developmental disabilities is a true inspiration.
  • Blue Matrix Design – Conneaut, Ohio – A web printing company specializing in helping inpiduals and companies with unique marketing needs.
  • Holden Family Chiropractic Clinic – St. Clairsville, Ohio –A chiropractic clinic with the goal of keeping patients strong and healthy.
  • CLA Medical – Milford, Ohio –An independent surgical distribution organization that represents other small business medical manufacturers.
  • Linux Communications – Columbus, Ohio –A network infrastructure installation company that provides high service with the small business feel.
  • Motts Military Museum  Groveport, Ohio  This museum begins with the Indian War and covers all of the wars America has been involved in all the way up to the current war in Afghanistan.
  • Signal Office Supple, Inc.  Cincinnati, Ohio  This office supply business started in a basement and has grown into a 16,000 square foot warehouse today.
  • TTL Associates, Inc.  Toledo, Ohio  Since 1927 when the company was started they have earned the reputation of being a premier environmental consulting and engineering firm.

Launched in June 2011, Ohio Business Profile has helped raise awareness about companies registered and doing business in Ohio that are creating interesting products, offering outstanding service, contributing to their local communities and employing Ohioans in the process. Each month, a handful of perse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website atOhioBusinessProfile.com, where Ohioans are encouraged to go to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.

Secretary Husted’s office also releases a monthly report of new business filings in Ohio. Recent data has shown that the number of newly-registered businesses in Ohio is up for the year as compared to the same timeframe last year.