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Part of U.S. 23 named for Branch Rickey

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By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comScioto County native Branch Rickey is credited with literally changing the face of sports, and arguably the attitudes of the world, by signing the first black player, Jackie Robinson, to a Major League contract. Now his name will forever be immortalized in signage along a stretch of U.S. 23 in Scioto County.State Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), who sponsored the bill making the naming the law, hosted an event unveiling the new “Branch Rickey Memorial Highway” signs Monday at the state garage on U.S. 23 in Lucasvile.


West takes SOC II match

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comThe West Senators shot a combined score of 177 to take an SOC II match Monday afternoon. West was led by sophomore and former Tri-State Junior Golf Tour Player of the Year Jordan Tieman, who shot a low score of 37.Waverly and Northwest also had strong team scores, with both teams shooting below 200. They were led by Isaiah Clifford and Colten Hamblin, respectively.Wheelersburg’s Mitchell McFarland was the medal...

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Local official inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comAfter over four decades of officiating basketball games, John Tipton has been selected for induction into the Ohio High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Tipton was chosen by his fellow officials and will be honored on May 2 in Columbus at the 2015 induction ceremony.“It’s quite an honor,” Tipton said.The former Portsmouth City Schools teacher developed a passion for officiating as a young boy, when f...

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Weekend’s results from Atomic Speedway

Scott WolfeAtomic Speedway Press ReleaseCHILLICOTHE, Ohio- In the 410 sprint main Lockbourne, Ohio driver Cole Duncan brought home the $2,000 to win, while in the AMRA Late Models Chris Garne claimed the win. J.P. Roberts posted the AMRA Modified win, Bob Crace, Jr., the Sport Mods, Brandon Gardner the Hobby Stocks, and Steven Partin scored the Legends win.

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OSU Grade Card: Week 3

By Jim Naveaujnaveau@civitasmedia.comA Monday morning grade card on Ohio State in its game against Kent State on Saturday. The Buckeyes didn’t get a perfect score but they got a lot closer than some other Big Ten teams did.OFFENSE On the surface, everything was wonderful in Ohio State’s 66-0 win over Kent State. But the Buckeyes’ grade on offense needs to be weighted.OSU rolled up 628 yards of total offense. Quarterback J.T. Barret...

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New Workforce Training money available

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comOhio employers are learning that $29.4 million is available in Fiscal Year 2015 to enhance the skills of their employees. More than 80,000 Ohio employees have already been trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program and now the state is making a third round of funding available to businesses.Businesses can now begin the application process. The amount of paperwork required up-front has been reduced...

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South Webster plays Jackson to 3-3 tie

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comAt halftime in Saturday afternoon’s game against the Jackson Ironmen, the South Webster Jeeps seemed poised for victory. They held a 3-1 lead at intermission on the back of two Shane Zimmerman goals.However, Jackson Bryon Lord would score two of his own in the second half, including the equalizer with less than a minute remaining. The game would end in a 3-3 tie.“This is always a good non-conference game ...

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Local sports calendar

To place an item in the calendar, emai PDTSports@civitasmedia.com or call (740) 353-3101, ext 1931.Wheelersburg Little LeagueThe Wheelersburg Little League will hold elections for the 2015 season Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. in the middle school tiered room. Elections are open to the public, and anyone interested in running for a position or voting for positions on the board is welcome. Contact Matt Collier with any questions at (740) 574-0825.S...

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ODE report cards released

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released its annual school district report cards Friday morning, revealing drops across the board for most schools. Due to heavy traffic on the ODE website last week, the results were not accessible until Monday showing a drop in scores almost across the board.There are many ways the state measures success in a district, but three major components of the report include indicators met,...

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Johnson received ODA Presidential Citation

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe Ohio Dental Association has awarded State Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) the ODA Presidential Citation. ODA President Dr. Paul Casamassimo said Johnson was awarded the citation on Sept. 11 for his efforts in helping to improve access to quality dental care to all Ohioans.“Representative Johnson has been instrumental in helping the ODA to take action that will help remove barriers to care and provide resources to...

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Schwamberger is Portsmouth’s first female firefighter

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comAshley Schwamberger is the first female firefighter to join the Portsmouth Fire Department.“She is at the fire academy right now,” Portsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison said. “She went to the academy right as we were finishing up the interview process. She was already setting it up on her own. She had wanted a career in the fire service, and like a lot of people who want a career in the fire service they go an...

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Cirque continues momentum

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comCirque d’Art Theatre recently registered its first wave of new students in preparation of their 14th season. This season starts after a year laced with growth, success, new partnerships, and even some loss.

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City Manager shows discrepancies in plan

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe city of Portsmouth apparently attempted to show the Auditor of State’s office that the city payroll was reduced by three people, when, in reality, they were simply moved to other departments in 2013, according to a letter to an explanation to that office from Portsmouth City Manager Derek Allen.Allen’s response was prompted by an inquiry by the state as to why the city failed to follow a recovery plan adopte...

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Campbell’s hat trick lifts Bears to MSC victory

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Jenny Campbell scored three times and Maddie Woodard added a pair, as the Shawnee State women’s soccer team boasted six goals en route to a 6-4 victory over the University of the Cumberlands to open Mid-South Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Shawnee Turf.The Patriots (0-5) took almost no time getting on the scoreboard, as Hannah Starner found a well-placed ball right at her feet inside the box and buried it in the back of the net to give UC a ...

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Marshall’s plan: Do much more

Jim Naveau columnCOLUMBUS – Jalin Marshall didn’t make a big deal out of it, but a 3-yard shovel pass from J.T. Barrett for his first career touchdown during Ohio State’s 66-0 win over Kent State on Saturday was a very big moment for him.Marshall arrived at Ohio State last year rated as a 5-star recruit and the No. 1 prospect in Ohio in the 2013 recruiting class after a record-setting career as a dual threat quarterback at Middletown High School....

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Buckeyes blowout Golden Flashes

By Jim Naveaujnaveau@civitasmedia.comCOLUMBUS – It was exactly what Ohio State was looking for. But it also was a little like a slam dunk contest on 8-foot baskets.The Buckeyes (2-1) bounced back from a surprising loss to Virginia Tech last Saturday night by dominating hopelessly out-manned Kent State 66-0 on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.OSU scored seven of the eight times it had the ball in the first half to go up 45-0, added on three more touchd...

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Friday night scores

Alex HiderChris SlonePDT Sports ReportNote: Box scores will be added when they become available.Minford 42, Paint Valley 35After falling behind early at home, the Minford Falcons rallied for a 42-35 victory over Paint Valley Friday night at Minford High School.The Falcons were led by quarterback Matt Joyce, who was extremely efficient on the night, going six-for-seven for 67 yar...

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Wenstrup “cautiously optimistic” about D&D funding in CR

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comEmployees of Fluor-B&W Portsmouth working on the Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D project at Piketon are holding their collective breaths in anticipation of a vote this week on the House Continuing Resolution (CR) which reportedly contains the funds to keep the D&D project going through the end of the year.

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