Chillicothe Civic Theatre Presents “Clue” As Next Production

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(Chillicothe) — The comedy/mystery production “Clue” is the next stage production for Chillicothe Civic Theatre, set for October.

What does the face of a murderer look like? How about the stunningly beautiful Miss Scarlet (played by Jacqueline Pettigrew Blesedell), or the innocent looking Professor Plum (played by Matt McKee)? Do either of these two look like they’ve killed anyone in cold blood?

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Find out for sure in Clue, presented by Chillicothe Civic Theatre, and sponsored by Kingston National Bank. 

Performances are October 7-10th & 14-17th. Get your tickets today on the CCT website:

Governor Announces Vax-To-School Program

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(Columbus)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Thursday provided an update on the increased impact that COVID-19 hospitalizations are having on our hospitals and a new vaccine incentive effort to help keep our children in school, in-person, five days a week. 


“I received a letter from the Ohio Hospital Association outlining the dire conditions facing our hospitals who are on the front lines of treating patients with COVID. While they are doing everything they can to help these patients, they are facing a severe nursing and staffing shortage,” said Governor DeWine. “What they wrote is consistent with what we’ve been hearing from front-line health care workers.”

The letter reported that increasing cases are putting a strain on hospital resources. The data shows:

  • In mid-July, Ohio hospitals were treating 200 COVID-19 patients, today that number is 3,702. That’s a 16-fold increase in two months.
  • In mid-July, one out of 100 patients in the hospital were being treated for COVID. Today the ratio is one out of six. Today, 40% of patients on ventilators are being treated for COVID.
  • In rural Southeast Ohio half of hospitalized patients are being treated for COVID-19 and two-thirds of the patients in the intensive care unit are being treated for COVID.

The letter described a situation where strained resources impact the ability to care for all patients. Some Ohio hospitals are diverting patients away from emergency departments, cancelling certain procedures, experiencing long wait times in emergency departments, and shutting down certain units to redeploy staff to critical cases. 

Vax2School LogoOHIO VAX-2-SCHOOLGovernor DeWine emphasized that keeping kids in school, in-person, five days a week, remains a priority.  We know that the best way to do that is to get students vaccinated.  In addition to protecting kids from the severe effects of the virus, students who are vaccinated, do not have to quarantine if exposed, which means they won’t miss out on school.To encourage eligible kids to get vaccinated, Governor DeWine announced the Ohio Vax-2-School program, which will be open to Ohioans aged 12 to 25 years old, and will be similar to the scholarship portion of the successful Vax-a-Million program. Prizes will include 50 scholarships worth $10,000 each and five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education.  Prizes will be announced Monday through Friday beginning the week of October 11th.  More details will be announced, including how to register, in the coming days.


Governor DeWine also made a public plea, after hearing from school districts across the state about the shortage of bus drivers. He asked any Ohioan with a CDL license that also has a bus driver certification, who are not employed, to contact their local school district, to help drive school busses, temporarily.

He also spoke with Attorney General Dave Yost who agreed that, moving forward, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation would prioritize recquired background checks for school bus drivers, educators, nurses, and other health care professionals.  

Beeler Headed To West Liberty University Hall of Fame

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(Above Photo and article contributions: Courtesy of West Liberty University Athletic Department website)

(West Liberty, WV) — A Ross County man is one of eight people being inducted into to the West Liberty University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 2nd.

Chillicothe High School graduate Clay Beeler (2007), is being honored for his grid-iron days at West Liberty, where he was a three-time NCAA Division II All-American and key figure on West Liberty’s first NCAA playoff team. Beeler still ranks among the Hilltoppers’ all-time leaders in several defensive categories, including tackles-for-loss, career tackles, and single game tackles and quarterback sacks.

In 2008, Beeler ranked among the Top 20 nationally in tackles and tackles-for-loss to earn All-America and Linebacker of the Year honors from Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. He was charted with a team-high 113 tackles for the 2009 WVIAC championship team that won a school-record 11 games and advanced to the NCAA D2 national quarterfinals.

The 2010 WVIAC Defensive Player of the Year, Beeler earned multiple All-America awards as a senior and closed out his career by playing in the NCAA Division 2 All-American Bowl and Dixie Gridiron Classic.

During Beeler’s high school career, he was an All-SVC selection in 2004 and 2005, including SVC Defensive Back of the Year in ’05 with 1,000 yards rushing and 227 tackles at Huntington High School. After a transferring to Chillicothe High School he was a selection for All-SEOAL, All District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio with the Cavaliers’ playoff team in 2006, recording 186 tackles.

Beeler graduated from West Liberty in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and is currently employed as a technical operator for the DuPont Corporation in Circleville, Ohio.

Clay resides in Chillicothe, Ohio with his wife, Brittany, and their daughter, Brynleigh.

Dr. John Gabis Named CARES Champion Of Recovery

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(Chillicothe) — Local physician and former Ross County Coroner Dr. John Gabis has been honored as an Ohio 2021 CARES Champion of Recovery.

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities announced that Dr. Gabis is one of eight people in the state to receive the award.

Penny Dehner, ADAMH Executive Director stated- “We are so delighted to hear Dr. John Gabis was selected for the CARES award as he is also our 2021 Addiction Advocate of the Year. We are working with Dr. Gabis to arrange a date and time for the presentation of the awards.”

Cheri Walter, CEO of the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities noted- “Through offering the CARES Awards, we hope to showcase the tremendous efforts made by frontline people and local leaders to support individuals, families and communities impacted by addiction.”