Zane Trace Teacher Honored By Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation

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(Chillicothe) – Zane Trace 6th grade science teacher Melissa Payton is the latest local educator to be recognized as an Outstanding Educator in Ross County by the Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation.

“With 20 years of service to Zane Trace Local School District Melissa brings academic excellence to her classroom. She works tirelessly to help her students understand science by providing them hands-on experiences. After school hours and at her own expense she works diligently with students in grades 5 through 8 on Science Fair Projects”, according to Scott Graham of the Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation.

As a result of her hard work, Zane Trace had 17 Middle School students participate in the District Science Fair. This represented approximately 25% of all students in an 8-county region. Of those students, 12 made it to the state level. Zane Trace was also recognized as the winner of the District Science Fair for our region.

Melissa is married to her husband Steve and has 2 children (Andrew and Allison twins in 8th Grade). She is also a Junior High Girls Track Coach.

“Through the generosity of the Foundation’s donors, The Ross County Outstanding Educator Award provides a grant to one of Ross County’s school districts for classroom supplies and/or continuing education,” Scott Graham, the Foundation’s Executive Director, said.

Pictured from left to right are Zane Trace Middle School Principal John Berry, Melissa Payton, Community Foundation Executive Director Scott Graham, and Zane Trace Local Schools Superintendent Jerry Mowery.

Teays Valley Grad Signs With Chillicothe Paints

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(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe Paints, presented by Adena Health System, announce the signing of outfielder Brett Carson for the upcoming 2022 season, which begins on the road at Champion City on Wednesday, June 1st.

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Carson is currently a senior (due to COVID-19 canceling the 2020 season, he is considered a junior athletically) at the top-ranked team in the nation in Division 3, Marietta College, contributing as both a pitcher and an outfielder.

So far this season (as of April 20) on the mound, Carson is 4-1 with a 3.47 ERA over nine appearances, including eight starts, allowing just 14 runs over 36 1/3 innings, while striking out 40 and allowing opponents to hit just .261 against him. 

At the plate, Carson owns a .394 batting average, collecting 37 hits in 94 at bats, including 12 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 23 RBIs. He has also stolen six bases on seven attempts and owns a perfect fielding percentage on the defensive side.

Carson spent the first three years of his collegiate career at Muskingum University, where he played in 79 games, hitting .371 with 26 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 28 RBIs for the Muskies. During the 2021 season, Carson started all 31 games, primarily in centerfield, leading the Muskies in home runs (4), runs batted in (28), runs scored (26) and stolen bases (7), while ranking fourth in the Ohio Althletic Conference with a .405 batting average. For his efforts, Carson was named first-team All-OAC.

An Ashville, Ohio, native, Carson is a graduate of Teays Valley High School, where he played soccer, football and basketball, in addition to baseball. On the diamond, he was named first-team All-Mid State League three times and helped the Vikings to the 2017 MSL Buckeye Division Championship.

The Chillicothe Paints open the home portion of their season Thursday, June 2 at VA Memorial Stadium against the Champion City Kings at 7:05 p.m. Draft beer will be just $2 for Thirsty Thursday, thanks to Budweiser, and a Fireworks Extravaganza will follow, sponsored by 94 Country. Information regarding ticketsgroup outings, sponsorship opportunities and more is available by calling (740) 773-TEAM or by emailing the team at

A.G. Warns of Newer Killer Opioid Now in Ohio

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(Columbus) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is warning Ohioans of the increased prevalence of nitazenes, a group of dangerous synthetic opioids that can be up to 40 times more potent than fentanyl.

“Frankenstein opioids are even more lethal than the drugs already responsible for so many overdose deaths,” Yost said. “Law enforcement and the public need to pay attention to these emerging hazards.” 

A bulletin recently issued by the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) says that nitazene compounds – from a drug class known as benzimidazole-opioids – were originally synthesized in the 1950s to research their analgesic effects. They are not approved for medical use anywhere in the world but are currently being made in clandestine labs.

In the first quarter of 2022, BCI reported 143 nitazene cases in Ohio, up from 27 cases in the same quarter of 2021.

In some instances, nitazenes are being found in combination with other drugs, primarily fentanyl and fentanyl pharmacophores but also tramadol, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and PCP analogs.

Recent studies show that nitazine compounds can be anywhere from 1.5 to 40 times more potent than fentanyl.

Additional doses of naloxone may be required to reverse overdoses involving nitazene. Officers and first responders, BCI cautions in its bulletin, should handle all items suspected of containing nitazenes or fentanyl-related substances with caution and proper personal protective equipment.

Renaissance Singers Performs CABARET

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After a COVID break, the Renaissance Singers are once again presenting CABARET 2022.

Audiences will be treated to a wide range of musical numbers and skits by the Rennies. 

This year’s production will be at the Chillicothe Civic Theatre, located at 83 South Walnut Street on Saturday, April 23rd at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 24th at 2pm.

Tickets are $20 and include reserved table seating and lots of snacks and drinks provided by BFI Catering.  Call (740)703-6863 or see any Rennie for tickets. Some tickets may be available at the door.