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Orient Lodge raises $1,500

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By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe Orient Lodge No. 337 of Portsmouth recently closed its Second Annual Back to School Fundraiser event, in which they raised money for school supplies for local children.The organization was unable to meet their goal of $5,000, but reached three times what they did last year, just at $1,500. The money will purchase supplies for first graders in six local schools. The Orient Lodge supplies include pencils, crayons, erasers, scissors, and a glue stick, all of which are sealed in a pencil pouch.“The community and Internet really came together,” Orient Lodge Secretary Greg Syroney said, when attributing success of the event.


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Thursday’s ScoresTENNISPortsmouth 4, Jackson 1Lydia Cohen (PHS) over Kelsie Henderson (JHS) 7-5, 6-1Mazie Lawson (PHS) over Gabbie Rowland (JHS) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3Sam Humphreys (JHS) over Chelsea Cartee (PHS) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2Allison Raies and Molly Kammler (PHS) over Amy Smith and Chandler Spriggs (JHS) 6-2, 6-2Emily Hicks a...

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‘Burg opens with Ironton in rivalry game

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comIt won’t take long for Wheelersburg and Ironton to renew an old rivalry as the Pirates are preparing to host the Fighting Tigers Friday night.Both storied programs have been synonymous with winning, and this type of rivalry (especially to begin a season), reinvigorates football purists’ passion for Friday night football. At least Wheelersburg coach Rob Woodward thinks so.However, Woodward also knows the ...

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Tigers, ‘Streaks renew Pike County rivalry

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comFresh off their first-ever playoff appearance, the Piketon Redstreaks came into last season’s opener with Waverly riding high. But with a new coach and three years worth of rivalry-game losses stewing in their subconscious, the Tigers had other ideas.The 14-7 road loss set the tone for a difficult 2013 season for Piketon, one that saw the Redstreaks finish with a losing record. Though one game rarely makes or breaks a sea...

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Valley looks to continue run in 2014

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comLUCASVILLE, Ohio — The Valley Indians have won three straight seasons worth of regular season games, won three straight Southern Ohio Conference titles and have appeared in two straight OHSAA regional finals in the past few years. However, in 2014, the Indians will have something they haven’t had for the past five seasons: a veteran quarterback.Bryan Rolfe returns as the Indians starter after winning 11 games as a r...

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Trojans to grow in Sparks’ second year

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comPORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The Portsmouth Trojans struggled throughout the 2013 season, finishing with a 3-7 record in Jason Sparks’ first year as head coach.The Trojans seemed to struggle to learn a new system, which forced Sparks to simplify his game plan on Friday nights to accommodate his team. However, as season two approaches, Portsmouth has a better understanding of Sparks philosophy, which has raised the bar among ...

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Jesus gives hope, suicide is not the solution

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3 officers arrested after jail incident

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThree Lawrence County correction officers have been arrested and arraigned after an investigation involving the sheriff’s office and the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office.Ronald S. Hatfield, 25; Jeremy S. Hanshaw, 36, and Jason Mays, 22, all face charges after an incident that reportedly occurred at the Lawrence County Jail.Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said his detectives met with him and in...

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SOPA working to bring economic development to area

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comThe mission of the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) is to promote economic development in Scioto County. SOPA officials say Scioto County is better positioned to compete for possible development projects than it ever has been. SOPA Executive Director Jason Kester said Scioto County has been really close in the last six months to landing some big economic development projects.

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Portman, DOE officials visit Piketon

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comPIKETON — U.S. Senator Rob Portman — along with Department of Energy Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney and Senior Advisor to DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, David Foster — spent the day in Piketon Thursday meeting with officials of Fluor B&W Portsmouth and others about the company’s need for an appropriation of $110 million to keep the Decommissioning and Decontaminating (D&D) pro...

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2014 River Days Festival is underway

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comPreparation for the annual Portsmouth River Days Festival requires much time and preparation. Some members of the festival committee, volunteers, and festival workers began setting up early Thursday morning for the festival which runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 31.Tim Angel, River Days Festival chairperson, said the committee is looking forward to this year’s event.“We are excited about...

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County looks to fix Eden Park issues

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comAn Eden Park resident went to the Scioto County Commissioners meeting on Thursday to express concerns about the damage done to their property during the installation of the Eden Park Sanitary System.Over the course of discussion about Eden Park, Commissioner Doug Coleman said the county is looking into fixing some of the issues residents have as a result of the work that was done.“Me and Joe (Delong, Scioto...

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Falcons look to contain Pointers’ speed in opener

Kevin ColleyPDT Sports ContributorIn any society, first impressions are always important when gauging a person or a group of people, no matter what the task consists of.That point is no different with football as Minford and South Point will be looking to imprint good impressions in the minds of each of their respective fan bases in the opening week of the 2014 OHSAA football season.For the Falcons, the mission that Brent Daniels has set for his tea...

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Extension Office workshop to focus on memory

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comWURTLAND, Ky. — The Greenup County Extension Service (GCEO) will host a “Oh, Where Did I Put That?” workshop Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the GCEO Wurtland. The workshop will focus on the reasons for memory loss and ways to improve one’s memory.Lora Pullin, GCEO agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, anticipates the upcoming workshop will be very interesting.“W...

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Under the lights, week one

Notre Dame at SouthernFresh off a playoff appearance last season, the Notre Dame Titans will travel east to Racine on Friday to open their 2014 season against the Southern Tornadoes.If the Titans want to begin their season with a win, they’ll need to find a way to replace two thousand-yard backs from last season: Jack Kayser and Dakota Smith. Hayden Phillips and Brandon Lansing...

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Local doctor competes in Chicago Triathlon

Dr. John DiTraglia, a local pediatrician, visited Illinois on Aug. 24 to compete in the Chicago Triathlon. DiTraglia is not new to athletic competition, as he has been a loyal participant in several local athletic events including TOSRV, Run For Your Life, and The Shawnee Bear Run. There was a new challenge for DiTraglia this year, as he would have to compete in his favorite athletic competitions with only one arm.In 2012, DiTraglia was diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma in his u...

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McGuire named softball interim head coach

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Former assistant coach Amy McGuire has been named the interim head coach of the Shawnee State softball team, athletic director Jeff Hamilton announced this week.“We are excited to bring Coach McGuire in as one the new leader of our softball program,” Hamilton said. “As a fantastic former player, Amy brings a knowledge of this program and knows what it takes to win. As a former assistant, she understands how to bring the best out of our stu...

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SSU ranked No. 7 preseason poll

Sports ReleasePORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Shawnee State men’s cross country squad is the No. 7 team in the country according to coaches across the country, as the NAIA released the 2014 Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll on Wednesday.The Bears lose a pair of NAIA qualifiers in Brad Liston and Adam Schroeder to graduation, however have three returners with experience at the NAIA National Championship, where the squad finished seventh overall.Breydon Ga...

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