Multi-Agency Enforcement Initiative Completed In Ross County

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(Chillicothe) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ross County Sheriff’s Office, US-23 Major Crimes Task Force, Chillicothe Police Department, Chillicothe Drug Task Force, and PORT (Post Overdose Response Team) partnered on May 6 and 7 to remove drugs, weapons, and impaired drivers from Ross County. Partnering agencies focused on narcotics interdiction through aggressive traffic enforcement to stem the tide of overdose deaths in the county.

“The use of narcotics and other harmful illicit substances continues to devastate our community,” said Lieutenant Melanie L. Provenzano, Chillicothe Post commander. “Our mission during this initiative was to intercept these harmful substances and impaired drivers before they reached our community and caused any further tragedies.”

During the initiative, partnering agencies made over 260 traffic stops, resulting in seven drug cases and one weapon case. The Patrol’s Aviation section also provided overhead surveillance and assistance to all agencies during the initiative.

“The Ross County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to providing a safe environment for residents and visitors of our county,” said Ross County Sheriff George W. Lavender, Jr. “Working in a coordinated effort with our law enforcement partners to stop senseless deaths associated with narcotics abuse and impaired driving continues to be a main focus for our deputies.”

Awareness and education to citizens about the dangers of drug abuse and impaired driving was a main focus of the two-day initiative, resulting in 12 impaired driving arrests. In addition, five treatment referrals were made for addiction treatment and counseling.

“Officers are committed to keeping our residents and the motoring public safe in Chillicothe,” said Chillicothe Police Chief Ron Meyers. “We are proud of the work which was accomplished with the Patrol and Ross County Sheriff’s Office to remove drugs from our roadways, while also providing education and resources for treatment to those who need it most.”

OU-Chillicothe Graduates 168 for Class of 2022

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(Chillicothe) – Ohio University Chillicothe recently honored 168 graduates at a Graduation Recognition Ceremony. The Class of 2022 received 45 associates degree, 118 bachelor’s degrees and 5 master’s degrees.

The Distinguished Alumni award was given to Susan Knisley of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education in 2013. The Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership award went to Patricia Medert who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1969.  These awards recognized former students who exemplify service to the university, philanthropic support, recognition in their professional field and service to the community. Deb Nickles, associate professor of English, was recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Instruction award for her community engagement and cultural outreach in Chillicothe and beyond.

In addition, 19 students were named Outstanding Graduates. Outstanding Graduates are nominated by faculty members and must demonstrate academic accomplishments and participation in university activities and community service. This year’s Outstanding Graduates are:

Associate Degrees
Alanee Fannin – Associate in Business Management Technology

Stephanie Merritt – Associate in Child Development

Andrew Carroll – Associate in Computer Science Technology

Danielle Sheets – Associate in Human Services Technology

Hailey Daniels – Associate in Law Enforcement Technology

Lindsey Young – Associate in Medical Assisting Technology           

Bachelor Degrees
Cadee Causey – Bachelor of Science in Applied Management

Heidi Rolfe – Bachelor of Science in Applied Management

Lauren Baker – Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies

David Penrod – Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Sara Hertenstein – Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Education

Montana Legg – Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Education

Payton Smith – Bachelor of Science in Education, Middle Childhood Education

Tyson Vickers – Bachelor of Science in Education, Middle Childhood Education

Carly Carroll – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Joseph LeBlanc – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jason Rhodes – Bachelor of Social Work

Lesley Scaggs – Bachelor of Social Work

Erin Conley – Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies

Pike County 4-H Promotes “Farm To Fork” Contest

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(OSU Extension) – Market Hog Farm to Fork carcass contest entries are being accepted now through June 1st or until all slots are filled.

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There are a limited number of slots and they will be filled in the order the entries come in to the OSU Extension Office in Pike County, so be sure to get your entry in as soon as possible.

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