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Apartment building burns, people escape

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By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comPeople in the downtown area of Portsmouth reported hearing an explosion. Minutes later an apartment building at 717 Sixth St. went up in flames.“We were having the furnace worked on and I was in the back of the building and the guy was downstairs working on the furnace and just all of a sudden there was an explosion,” Harold “Bud” Sayre said. Sayre owns the building and several people rent apartments in it.


Storytelling Festival at McConnell House

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comWURTLAND, Ky. — The historic McConnell House, 100 McConnell House Dr. in Wurtland, Ky., will reek of Halloween festivities on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with the free, family-oriented Halloween Storytelling Festival event that will be held there.According to Bud Matheny, President of the McConnell House, Tammie Womack, candidate for constable in Greenup County, Ky. will host the Halloween Stor...

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Berean Baptist to host ‘Truth and Treat’ event

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comSCIOTOVILLE — Berean Baptist Church (BBC) 5526 Winchester Avenue in Sciotoville will host the ‘Truth and Treat Night’ for the community to enjoy. The event is set for Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.Pastor of BBC Tim Goodwin, said the Truth and Treat Night event is a gift of sorts to the community.

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State funding cuts 10 percent of city budget

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comBecause of state funding cuts, the city of Portsmouth has lost nearly 10 percent of its revenue. When all cuts are added together, the total general fund revenue loss is $1,186.575 or 9.76 percent of the city’s estimated Fiscal Year 2014 $12,150,000 general fund revenues.At a recent meeting of Portsmouth City Council, First Ward Councilman Kevin W. Johnson asked City Auditor Trent Williams how much revenue the voter p...

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Pleasant Green gearing up for ‘Trunk and Treat’

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comPleasant Green Baptist Church (PGBC), located at 1421 Waller Street in Portsmouth, will host the 11th annual Trunk and Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at 5 p.m.This will be the 11th year that PGBC parking lot will be transformed into an area loaded with cars, trucks, and SUV’s whose trunks are filled will treats to pass out to local children, and adults.Julie Wood, member of PGBC, an...

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Firefighters - Portsmouth’s asset

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe city of Portsmouth has a valuable asset. It is one that demands the respect of every citizen. That asset is the Portsmouth Fire Department.Friday morning, Wayne Allen, Portia Williams, Joseph Pratt and I were sitting in the news room when the first call came in about an explosion and fire in the next block. I ran to the scene in the 700 block of Sixth Street where I saw an apartment building completely engulfed in flame...

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KDMC Ohio to host two flu clinics

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comAccording to King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio the flu vaccine is a lifesaver, especially for children, people over 65, pregnant women and those with chronic conditions. In light of this, KDMC Ohio is preparing to host two free flu clinics in Scioto County.KDMC has scheduled two free flu clinics next week to make it easier for Scioto County residents over age 18 to receive the flu vaccine. Clinics are s...

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Braun appointed to Ohio board

Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comOn Friday, October 24, Governor John R. Kasich announced two appointments to the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Board. One of the appointees was local Shawnee State University (SSU) professional Eric Braun.Braun, of Portsmouth, has been appointed to the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Board for a term beginning October 23, 2014 and ending January 30, 2018.Braun serves as executive director of development at SSU, where h...

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SSU Baseball helps with MORE

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio –The SSU Baseball team is participating in Project MORE (Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence), helping second, third, and fourth-graders at Portsmouth Elementary School improve their reading skills in preparation of the State of Ohio’s grade-level reading achievement tests.Project MORE is a volunteer mentoring program that is designed to help elementary school-level students who are considered to be at-risk for reading failure across the State of O...

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Medicare event helps area residents

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comIf you are a Medicare beneficiary and want to learn more about Medicare and how the Medicare Annual Coordinated Election Period can work for you or you just want to stay informed and healthy and save money, mark your calendars for an upcoming Medicare Check-Up that will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6 in Portsmouth. The Area Agency on Aging District 7, which covers ten counties in southern Ohio, including Scioto, is encouraging Medicare b...

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Woman air-lifted after car/pedestrian accident

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comA woman struck by a car in the early morning hours Thursday is in a Huntington hospital and the incident is still under investigation.The early morning car/pedestrian accident occurred on Thursday at about 5:30 a.m. Portsmouth Police Department Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said Natalie A. Marshall, 38, of Washington Street in Portsmouth, was walking in the area of the 2200 block of Scioto Trail and then stepped into the r...

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G. Sam PiattPDT Outdoors ColumnistMOREHEAD, Ky. — Cave Run Lake, an 8,200-acre body of water created just over 40 years ago when the Army Corps of Engineers built a dam across the Licking River 10 miles west of here, offers some good fishing for two of the most popular game fish – the black bass and the crappie.But the fish that has made the lake famous and continues to draw anglers from all over the Midwest is the mighty muskellunge.Eve...

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Adding Marshall multiplies OSU’s options

By Jim Naveaujnaveau@civitasmedia.comCOLUMBUS – Jalin Marshall was a quarterback at Middletown High School, but he did the math and decided his future in college football was as a receiver.First of all, he was 5-feet, 11-inches tall. And that doesn’t fit the profile big-time college football programs look for in quarterbacks.Secondly, he rushed for more than twice as many yards (4,759) as he passed for (2,239) at Middletown and was a car...

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Another big win looks accessible for OSU

Jim NaveauIt’s not easy to get out of Penn State with a victory. Ohio State has won five times and lost five times there since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993.It’s also not easy to get into State College, Pa., where Penn State is located.State College is an attractive small city of 41,000 with a downtown that screams college town. It is surrounded by farmland in every direction and mountains that look a lot like big hills.And it...

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Titans march on to district finals with victory over Racine Southern

Kevin Colleycolleyk@mymail.shawnee.eduIf adversity is handled correctly, it can prove as a positive learning experience for a high school team as a whole.In a Division IV District Semifinal at Jackson High School on Thursday night, the Notre Dame Titans fell behind the Racine Southern Tornadoes (12-6) by at least three or more points in each of the three sets. However, the Titans (21-3) would respond to that adversity with resolve by storming back in the latte...

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Mohawks can’t overcome early deficit in loss to Meigs

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comNorthwest dug themselves quite a hole in Thursday night’s district semifinals, one they couldn’t pull themselves out of.Though the Lady Mohawks made things interesting with a late-game win, they couldn’t overcome an early two-game deficiet in a 4-set loss to Pomeroy Meigs at Waverly High School.“It just came down to the fact that they had more heart then we did. They wanted it more than we did...

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‘Burg survives scare from Huntington

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comFourth-seeded Chillicothe Huntington gave Wheelersburg quite a scare in the District Semifinals night — and then some.The top-seeded Lady Pirates needed extra points in the fifth game to advance to the District Finals Thursday night at Waverly High School. Wheelersburg was one point away from elimination twice, down 14-15 and 15-16 before rallying to take the final game 18-16.“This was the first time we&#...

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