Local Teen Named To Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame

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(Ross 4-H Extension)- Ross County’s Meredith Robinson is one of four teens to be inducted into the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame for 2022, which is the biggest honor in Ohio 4-H.

(Photo: Meredith Robinson/Courtesy of Ross 4-H Extension)

According to the Ross County 4-H Extension Facebook post, Meredith is a member of the Ross County Jr. Livestock Grower’s Club.

“Meredith’s passion for lifting herself and others to a better place by bringing the 4-H pledge to life makes her rise above the rest. She has put in the work and sacrifices to prioritize 4-H involvement and it shows in her achievements and personal growth. By pursuing project work, camp, and Jr. Fair Board with her whole heart, Meredith has applied her head to develop goal setting, confidence, inclusivity, organization, and leadership skills.”

Robinson continues to expand her duties while investing in service as Camp Counselor, to CARTEENS, 4-H Advisory Committee, Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, and by encouraging others to maximize opportunities within 4-H.

Finally, Meredith has championed personal wellness by promoting mental health and self-care for herself, while finding balance in her 4-H and other extracurricular activities.

Cohen Orthopedic Partners With Chillicothe City Schools Keys To Success Program

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A well-known surgeon in the region has made a significant contribution to Chillicothe City Schools Keys To Success Program, which strives to provide students with positive reinforcement to keep them substance abuse free.

(Keys To Success)

Chillicothe City Schools’ Marketing Director Debbie Bettendorf says “Cohen Orthopedic has partnered with the program to cover the cost of drug kits that are used to administer drug testing to all of the students in the program.”

“The Program, Keys to Success is and anti drug and educational program was founded by Gary VonKennel 7 years ago Herrnstein Auto Group gives a brand new car to one Junior or Senior each year”, said Bettendorf.

“The program’s biggest cost is drug kits for testing all students at the beginning of the year, random testing throughout the year and all students at the end of the year. Dr. Brian Cohen stepped up and is partnering/sponsoring the drug kits!!!! This is a huge help to the program to offset cost and help us have more funds for activities and events for education for the students.”

Litter Media’s Mike Smith spoke with Dr. Brian Cohen about how he became involved with the program.

“When Debbie Bettendorf says you need to be a part of something, you take it to heart”, said Cohen. “I have been involved here in the medical community for 20+ years and any and every thing that I can do, I’d like to be supportive of.”

Dr. Cohen says he knows all too well the impact that drug abuse has can have in our community, as well as others.

“Seeing the damage that illegal and prescription drug abuse can play in a community, reminds me of the need to do whatever I can to stem this abuse. I have children of my own and can only imagine the damage this problem creates for many families.”

Ross Commissioners Set COVID Protocol For Visitors Of Ross County Government Buildings

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(Chillicothe)- The Ross County Commissioners have established an updated protocol for visitors of all Ross County government buildings, in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak.

When possible, they ask that you conduct business over the phone or by mail. If you must come to a county office for official business, they ask you to follow these guidelines for the safety of all in the building:

  • If you are ill, please do not enter the building.
  • VISITORS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK, unless specifically exempted under ODH order dated 7/23/2020.
  • If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.                   
  • Hand sanitizer is provided at the entrances to the county offices.  Please use when entering and leaving a county facility to prevent the spread of COVID 19.
  • Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet apart).
  • Take others into consideration and cover your cough or sneeze.

    This new directive was issued by the Ross County Commissioners, via a press release on Tuesday, 1/18/22.


Health Officials Issue Safety Tips On Preventing Hypothermia & Frostbite

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With temperatures expected to drop into the teens and single digits again this week, the Ross County Health District has put out a reminder on ways we can prevent hypothermia and frostbite.

Check out their education poster below on how to protect yourself in extreme cold weather:

(Ross County Health District)