Zane Trace FFA Brings Home Awards From State Convention

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(ZT FFA) – Members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter, a satellite of PRCTC, traveled to Columbus for the 94th on May 5th and 6th. During the two day event several members were recognized for their achievements throughout the year.

Chapter Secretary Braylee Burkitt, Treasurer Lily Rose and Reporter Austin McNichols were presented pins for earning Gold ratings on their officer books. Sophomores Kailee Adkins and Kendra Detillion placed first in the Food Science and Technology division of the FFA Agriscience Fair with their research project involving nut free fillings for buckeye candies. Fellow sophomores Ellie Doles and Sadie Swepston also placed first in the Animal Sciences division with their 6 month research study over the impact of meteorological events on egg production. Senior Morgan Congrove placed first in the Equine Entrepreneurship Proficiency award competition with her SAE project that involved training and marketing six barrel racing horses over three years. Six members: Alayna Butler, Braylee Burkitt, Morgan Congrove, Carmen Corcoran, Colt Clyne and Zach Naumovski received their State FFA Degrees as well.

The members who won their respective competitions will now advance to National FFA Competition. Finalists for the National FFA Convention will be announced in early August with judging to follow in the fall.

During their trip to the Convention the members toured the Ohio State Waterman Dairy Farm and Horticultural plots as well as the Stratford Ecological Center and Farm in Delaware. They were inspired by speakers and by the accomplishments of fellow FFA members from around Ohio. The chapter members returned with new excitement and enthusiasm for the future of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter.

Governor Visits Deer Creek Lake

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(Deer Creek Lake)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz celebrated Ohio’s abundant inland fishing resources at the third annual Inland Fish Ohio Day at Deer Creek Lake in Fayette and Pickaway counties.

Governor Mike DeWine fishing at Deer Creek Lake

The event was co-sponsored by the Ohio Conservation Federation, Friends of Deer Creek, Great Ohio Lodges, and the ODNR Divisions of Wildlife and Parks and Watercraft.

“Fishing is one of my favorite outdoor activities,” said Governor DeWine. “Ohio offers many exceptional inland fishing locations, including Deer Creek Lake, which is close to some of our largest cities and is a popular fishing destination. I encourage Ohioans to get outside, cast a line, and enjoy the many outstanding fishing destinations our state has to offer.”

Deer Creek Lake” has more than 1,300 acres of water to explore and is well known for its saugeye, crappie, sunfish, and white bass fishing. Guests at the Inland Fish Ohio Day event participated in shoreline and small boat fishing.Deer Creek Lake sits between Deer Creek Wildlife Area and Deer Creek State Park. The lake and surrounding 8,662 acres of wildlife area provide public access to fish, hunt, bird, hike, and kayak.

The state park has more than 200 campsites, along with lodge and cabin rentals. Deer Creek Fishing Access provides boaters with free and easy access to the lake.Ohio offers extraordinary fishing opportunities in its lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and streams.

The Division of Wildlife’s six state fish hatcheries stocked more than 40 million sport fish throughout the state in 2021, including walleye, saugeye, yellow perch, rainbow trout, brown trout, muskellunge, channel catfish, blue catfish, and hybrid-striped bass. An estimated 1.3 million Ohioans fish in the Buckeye State every year. Visit for more information.

Ohio State Fair Scholarship Applications Due May 15th

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(Columbus) – The Ohio Expositions Commission is offering $23,500 in scholarships to outstanding Ohio youth in an effort to recognize their accomplishments within the junior fair and provide assistance in furthering their education at an accredited institution in any undergraduate field of study. 

Photo courtesy of The Ohio Expositions Commission

High school juniors, seniors or graduates who have served as an active participant in both the Ohio State Fair Junior Division and their local county fair are encouraged to apply. Students must submit their application and supplemental paperwork (including SAT/ACT results and transcripts) on or before May 15, 2022. 2022 Scholarship ApplicationScholarship Details 

Scholarship recipients are selected based on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, and county fair participation. Scholarships will be awarded during the Sale of Champions at the Ohio State Fair, Sunday, August 7, 2022, with the exception of the Junior Fair Hall of Fame Non-Livestock Exhibits and Activities Scholarship, which will be awarded prior to the Sale of Champions at the Ohio State Hall of Fame Luncheon on Thursday, August 4. 

The Ohio Expo Center hosts the Ohio State Fair the 2022 Ohio State Fair will run July 27 – Aug. 7. For more information, visit, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. 

ADAMH Announces 14 Officers Completed CIT Training

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(Chillicothe) – The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board is pleased to announce that 14 law enforcement officers and first responders, who serve in the Paint Valley ADAMH Board region, completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training on Friday, May 6, 2022. The weeklong (40 hour) training is designed to train law enforcement officers and first responders to react appropriately to situations involving someone with a mental illness or a developmental disability.

Since the first Paint Valley ADAMH CIT Training in 2013, a total of 159 officers or first responders have completed CIT Training. Fayette county has four CIT officers, Highland county has 38 CIT officers, Pickaway county has 34 CIT officers, Pike county has eleven CIT officers and Ross county has 72 CIT officers.

Penny Dehner, Executive Director of the Paint Valley ADAMH Board, stated, “It is very important to assure that we have trained officers in our Board region, not only for the safety of our officers, but also for our communities. We are really excited to host this annual training.”

The CIT Planning Committee is comprised of mental health providers from Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center (SPVMHC), law enforcement officers and Veterans Administration professionals that worked together to develop a local CIT training. This training is funded by The Paint Valley ADAMH Board. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Ohio provides additional funding for presenters to assure the best training in the state is available for our law enforcement officers. Thank you to the staff of Pickaway and Ross County Board of DD, SPVMHC, VA Medical Center and NAMI for their contributions to our training.

The Paint Valley ADAMH Board would like to thank the following businesses for discounted meals they provided for our officers this week: West Side Meats and Eats, Casa Del Taco, Giovanni’s Pizza, and Crazy Dog Hot Dogs. We also want to extend our appreciation to the following businesses for their donation of lunch for our officers: Buffalo Wild Wings, and 7Miles Smokehouse.