By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


The Portsmouth Unity Art Project will honor the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, which was the date in 1862 that President Abraham Lincoln declared slaves would be free beginning in 1863.


Unity Project’s “Stand Together, here.” campaign will occur at Tracy Park in Portsmouth at 5:30 p.m.


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By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


With the crumbling of leaves, cooler weather, and the addition of pumpkin spice everything, fall seems to be missing one significant event that travelers near and far look forward to every year: The Pumpkin Show.


Although Circleville made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show because of COVID-19, festival participants can look forward to attending a new event, all from the comfort and safety of their vehicles.


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By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


In an uncertain year that has brought anxiety and uncertainty to many, local churches have come together to remind everyone that faith plays a role in the fight against the pandemic.


Tonight from 7-9 p.m. in Yoctangee Park in Chillicothe, the National Day of Prayer, Ross County group will welcome visitors to “Rejoice Ross County.” 


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By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


Health professionals know other routine health precautions can help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.


Among those are vaccinations for the flu. 


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By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


     In Chillicothe, Dress, Right, Dress, Inc. assists service members and veterans during tough times to find hope amid transitional hardships.


     With veteran suicides and mental health issues on the rise, Dress, Right, Dress aims to raise awareness with information about service member and veteran suicides.


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Southern Ohio Today


     In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes personal health can be difficult to maintain.


     The Health and Wellness Bootcamp of Piketon works to help participants feel their best by learning individualized body, movement, and lifestyle changes. 


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Microsoft buys video game maker ZeniMax

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REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout.


The software giant said Monday that it is paying $7.5 billion for ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks.


Microsoft said it is buying Bethesda in part to beef up its Xbox Game Pass game subscription service, which it says has over 15 million subscribers.


Bethesda games, such as Starfield, which is currently in development, will launch on Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or computers, Microsoft said.


Microsoft has new consoles debuting on Nov. 10, the Xbox Series X and stripped down Series S version. It will be competing against Sony's new PlayStation 5 console.


R.W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said the deal is part of a wider industry trend of consolidation. 


Microsoft already owns studios that make popular games including Minecraft and the Halo franchise.


“We believe the deal checks a lot of boxes for Microsoft, such as strengthening the Xbox/Games division product portfolio as competition increases, boosting the profile of Xbox subscription services, and providing more content for the company’s cloud gaming initiatives," he wrote in an investor note.


Microsoft Corp., which is based in Redmond, Washington, expects the deal to close in the second half of fiscal 2021.