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Landau opening SOPAA season

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By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comLandau Eugene Murphy Jr., “America’s Got Talent” sixth season winner, will be kicking off the 2014-15 season at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts next Tuesday, with his soulful voice, often compared to classic vocalist Frank Sinatra.Murphy, who comes from Logan, W.Va., has fulfilled his lifelong dream, as he performs across the country and internationally, having toured China and performed for U.S. troops stationed in Europe.West Portsmouth’s own Mark Smith leads Murphy’s band and most of the 15 musicians who back him are from the tri-state area.


Cross country squads remain in top 10 nationally

Sports ReleasePORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Both the Shawnee State men’s and women’s cross country teams remained in the NAIA Top 10 this week, as each earned team victories in the 16th Annual Shawnee State Invitational.The men’s squad held firm at No. 7, the same spot the team occupied in the season-opening poll. The Bears ran away with the team victory at their home event, placing all four runners in the top four slots. Senior Joe Stewart was named Mid-Sou...

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‘Hawks-Falcons prepared for physical tilt

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comThe Minford Falcons and the Northwest Mohawks are preparing for an old fashioned, physical, smash-mouth affair.Minford (2-1) and Northwest (1-2) are very similar in stature. Both teams focus on establishing the running game — the Falcons feature the Wing-T and the Mohawks run a double wing formation — and both teams try to employ aggressive defenses.Northwest coach Brooks Fry noted the similarities, whil...

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West looks to get on track on homecoming night

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comThe West Senators could only muster one touchdown in their 13-7 loss last week to Liberty Union, not that they didn’t have ample opportunities to score. The Senators (1-2) found themselves inside the Lions’ ten-yard line twice last week, but they could not put the ball in the end zone. Their first drive was stunted by a sack and a penalty, the second drive was stopped on a fourth-and-one.In addition, West had Libert...

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Trojans-Tigers split double header

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comThe Portsmouth Trojans and the Waverly Tigers split a double-header held at Portsmouth High School Wednesday.The first match was originally scheduled on August 12 in Waverly but was postponed due to rain. The Tigers won the road makeup 3-2 over the Trojans.Waverly won all three singles contests with Portsmouth taking both doubles matches.In the second match, the Trojans returned the favor by beating the T...

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Falcons victorious in tennis

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comThe Minford Falcon tennis squad is in the midst of a three-match, three-day span. The first two matches went to the Falcons.Minford (8-5, 5-3) beat Valley 4-1 Tuesday and Notre Dame 4-1 Wednesday.The No. 1 player for the Falcons, Emma Shepherd lost a total of one game during her two matches. Shepherd beat the Indians’ Brown 6-1, 6-0, before defeating the Titans’ Cameron Noel 6-0, 6-0.With the ...

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West beats Oak Hill in four sets

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comThe West Senators beat the Oak Hill Oaks in four sets Tuesday evening. West (6-5, 4-3) had big games from a number of Senators.Ali Tackett led a strong offensive assault with 22 points, two aces and 10 kills. Madisyn Dillow also had a strong offensive performance for the Senators with seven kills.Terra Butcher and Megan Shupert had well-rounded performances. Butcher finished the game with six kills and six blocks, w...

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Eden Park project damages church drains

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comSince the installation of the Eden Park Sanitary Sewer System began, it has seen many setbacks. On Thursday, Kenneth Estep, pastor of Shawnee Hills Baptist Church, came to the Scioto County Commissioners meeting, detailing an issue his church is having with the installation of the system.Estep explained the church owns and operates a building in Eden Park formally occupied by Community Action. The drains in the building are...

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Clay beats Peebles in Volleyball

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comThe Clay Panthers beat Peebles in straight sets Wednesday to claim their second victory in as many days.Clay (7-4, 5-2) had strong contributions from Lynlee Wells, Lexie Gilliland, Gabby Hickman and Alisha Shepherd.Wells had a well-rounded performance with 18 points, two aces and 10 kills, while Gilliland led the Panthers offensively with 19 kills.Hickman set up her teammates throughout the contest, as sh...

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ASB refurbishes Esplanade billboard

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comWhen American Savings Bank (ASB) President and CEO Jack Kuntz was interviewing for the position in 2013, two things became apparent to him — the pride residents have for Portsmouth, and the once billboard that was in disrepair over the esplanade.Kuntz said from the time he was hired he set out to refurbish the billboard and make it and intern the Roy Rogers Esplanade in downtown Portsmouth look better.̶...

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Senate considers Continuing Resolution

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comIt looks like the Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) project at Piketon is at least going to be funded through the first part of December. The Senate was expected to quickly pass a Continuing Resolution Thursday afternoon, and that CR reportedly contains funds for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) “to prevent layoffs.”On Wednesday, the House passed (319-108) a FY2015 Continuing Resolution (CR), H.J. Res...

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Grace Chiropractics to celebrate anniversary

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comSOUTH SHORE, Ky. — Grace Chiropractic and Wellness Center, located at 39 Mildred Ave., in South Shore, Ky., is approaching one year of offering the community choices of laser therapy and nutritional programs. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, Grace Chiropractics will be celebrating their anniversary with an Open House and Patient Appreciation Day.Since 1999, Dr. Jason Lyles, has working in the profession of chiropr...

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Health official explains enterovirus D68

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comOver the past couple of weeks the Portsmouth City Health Department has received phone calls from parents inquiring about the enterovirus that is being discussed in the national news. Cindy Morrow, director of Nursing for the Portsmouth City Health Department says the most important thing parents can do right now, since the virus in question, known as D68, hasn’t hit Ohio, is to not panic.“There are no cases in ...

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Portman introduces bill to fight heroin

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comU.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says there is a heroin crisis in Ohio, and the need for a comprehensive plan to prevent drug abuse and curb drug addiction. Portman, along with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), on Wednesday, introduced legislation he says could help turn the tide in the struggle against the heroin epidemic by providing a series of incentives and resources designed to encourage states and local communities to pursue ...

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Wellston graduate killed in Afghanistan

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comA 1993 Wellston High School graduate has been killed while serving as a civilian with the Department of Defense in Afghanistan.Stephen Byus, 39, a member of the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio, was one of two people killed this week. Byus, a civilian, was working in Afghanistan as a supply specialist assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.Byus, whose address ...

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Ky. special election on Sept. 23

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comRUSSELL, Ky. — Greenup County Clerk Pat Hieneman is forecasting that alcohol sales will be increased to wet/dry status. A special election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in which voters in Russell will have the opportunity to cast their votes when polls open at 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.Based upon the wet/dry election that was held for the entire county of Greenup, Ky., on Jan. 22, 2013, Hieneman, said she...

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Centrus Energy to emerge from USEC bankruptcy

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comUSEC Inc. has announced that it expects to complete the final steps necessary to emerge from its Chapter 11 restructuring on Sept. 30, 2014, under the name Centrus Energy Corp.The Company’s Plan of Reorganization was confirmed on Sept. 5, which was the last major court action in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process that USEC began on March 5, 2014. It was on that date that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of De...

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