May 19, 2024


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Payne’s track record prepared for Pump Household Middle for the Arts directorship

CHILLICOTHE – He’s been a schoolteacher and principal, owned and operated a reward store, been a image framer, and ran a residence renovation company.

“It’s this background that tends to make me uniquely suited to provide as the director,” explained John Payne, director of the Pump Property Center for the Arts. “Each experience has well prepared me for the subsequent. Hopefully, I’ve realized and proceed to mature.”

John Payne is the director of the Pump House Center for the Arts located in Yoctangee Park in Chillicothe.

Payne, now 68, grew up on a “small farm of about 100 acres” on Dry Run Highway in Chillicothe, the fifth of 8 children. “I experienced an idyllic childhood,” he remembered, “growing up with horses to journey, hay to bale, and chickens to feed.” 

His mom was a stay-at-household mother. His father was a trainer and entrepreneur. He was a husband or wife, for case in point, in Brake Payne Lincoln Mercury on Western Avenue. He also crafted, owned, and operated a number of location generate-in theaters.