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FitzGerald visits Pike County Fair

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By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comDemocratic candidate for Ohio Governor Ed FitzGerald spent Thursday afternoon at the Pike County Fair to meet and greet the public at the Democratic booth.FitzGerald has made headlines recently for standing against the recent court decision to allow Hobby Lobby the ability to opt out of providing contraceptives based off religious values, receiving endorsement by the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, accepting six debate invitations and hearing no response from current Governor Kasich when he submitted a debate request.

 

Spartans can clinch playoff spot with win

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comLast year in their inaugural season, the Southern Ohio Spartans finished 2-8, with one of those victories coming via a forfeit. Not once did they even get a whiff of the postseason.What a difference a year makes.The Spartans (5-4) have a chance to clinch their first-ever postseason berth with a win over the rival Cincinnati Xtreme (4-5) Saturday at New Boston Stadium. Earlier this season, the Spartans fell to the Xtr...

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Warriors look to fine-tune skills before playoff run

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comNo matter what happens in Saturday’s game against the 1-8 Carter County Wildcats, the Kentucky Warriors (8-1) are locked into the the third seed of the Northern Frontier Football League Playoffs. With nothing to lose and nothing to gain, it would seem that the regular season finale would be more or less a meaningless game. But Warrior head coach Jamie Rice knows that every game is an opportunity for his team to improve.&#...

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Hat-Tricks for Hodgkins slated for Aug. 16

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comCancer is never fun, in any form or fashion. The fight against this deadly disease rages on, day after day, month after month, and year after year.While there are fundraisers organized all over the country toward finding an ultimate cure, there is one charity benefit in southern Ohio that gives Scioto County residents an opportunity to have an enjoyable experience while contributing to a worthy cause.Dr. Nathan Benn...

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Kuhn to challenge state law

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comScioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn has filed a complaint in Scioto County Common Pleas Court challenging the authority that allows the Ohio prisons director to recommend to judges early release for certain offenders who have served 80 percent of their term.Kuhn says at issue is the constitutional separation of powers, that’s why he intends to challenge the law.

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Curtain Call: Take a Bow, Whisman

Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comAnyone who has made even the laziest attempt at knowing anything at all about the local music scene has heard the name Whisman. Whether by an opening act, a concert, a gig at a local bar or a random jam session on the street, Johnny, Jason and Derek have all been heavily involved in any musical outlet they can get their hands on. The three brothers and their six siblings have all been involved in music one way or another since they coul...

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Ground broken for new air medical base

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comMedFlight and HealthNet Aeromedical Services announced Friday that ground has been broken to begin construction on the new home of the HealthNet4/MedFlight 7 base at Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport in Minford.HealthNet4/MedFlight 7 base is currently located at 7106 Big Bear Creek Road in Lucasville.According to the company, “MedFlight and HealthNet Aeromedical Services has secured another three year Pre...

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Commissioners set priority of saving jobs

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comMike Crabtree, chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners, said he and the other commissioners have set a priority of working towards saving the jobs that may be in jeopardy at the Piketon Department of Energy Plant.In a recent interview with the Daily Times, about ongoing issues in the county, Crabtree said most of the issues have been put on the back-burner while they focus on working to saving the jobs.

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Wheelerburg’s Dempsey chooses SSU

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comFor nearly a decade, Taylor Dempsey has been catching for her best friend and pitcher Abbi Sparks. After Sparks graduated from Wheelersburg earlier this year, it was unsure whether the two would share the softball field again.But just days after Sparks signed to play collegiality at Shawnee State, Dempsey followed with her own commitment to the Bears on Friday. It seems the former teammates and best friends will get three more ...

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SCBDD nearing end of superintendent search

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) met last Friday and Saturday, interviewing three individuals for the position of superintendent. The role of superintendent is currently in interim status, under the direction of SCBDD employee Julie Monroe.The position was last held officially by Jim Krumer, who was terminated for having improper licensure.Julie Monroe was then interviewed, along wit...

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August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comAugust is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and Malissa Sarver MS, RD, a registered dietician at King’s Daughter’s Ohio, says King’s Daughters is looking for support from the entire community for women who breastfeed.

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Underwood’s long journey back to football

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comBryon Underwood has been a ball hawk for the Southern Ohio Spartans this season. The second-year strong safety ranks among the team leaders with four interceptions, and has scored two defensive touchdowns. With lightning quick speed and a nose for the football, Underwood has become one of the Spartans’ leaders on and off the gridiron. But Underwood is no ordinary second-year player. He’s 40 years old, and he’s preparing ...

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Sparks signs with SSU

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comAfter four successful years in high school, Wheelersburg softball player Abbi Sparks has decided to remain in the area for the next four years. After careful deliberation, Sparks has signed with Shawnee State University to continue her softball career.Sparks wanted to stay relatively close to home and wants to major in Occupational Therapy. She contacted Ohio Christian University and SSU, and once she realized only Shawnee car...

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DeWine tours domestic violence shelter

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comThe Southern Ohio Task Force on Domestic Violence shelter, which is a United Way agency, welcomed Attorney General Mike DeWine Wednesday morning. DeWine was given a tour of facility, and interacted with the shelter staff, as well as local judges and city officials who were present.DeWine, accompanied by his wife Fran DeWine, daughter, granddaughter, and two staff persons were given a tour of the shelter located ...

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Carmichael signs with Sinclair

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comWith two state championship victories and four final four appearances on his resume, Garrett Carmichael leaves a winning pedigree at Wheelersburg to start a new chapter in his life.Carmichael began writing that chapter Wednesday as he signed with Sinclair Community College to play baseball.The former Pirate will most likely play second base or shortstop at the next level, which is where he played exclusively for coa...

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Engineer receives grant for equipment

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comScioto County Engineer Craig Opperman announced on Thursday that his office has received a grant of up to $454,654 to fund the purchase of vehicles and equipment. According to Opperman’s office, they have been waiting nearly two years for a grant application submitted in March of 2012 to come to fruition.“That day has arrived with a federal authorization of funds being received by the county engineer. The grant ...

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Outreach Program closes another successful season

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comThey played. They competed. They learned. The 25th year for The Counseling Center’s Summer Outreach Program for youth concluded with the traditional closing ceremony on Wednesday. The grand finale is the field trip which was held Thursday at the 14th Street Community Center.The Summer Outreach Club Program which kicked off on June 1, 2014, is wrapping up another season of recreational, motivational, and ed...

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Harris donation largest Hunter fund has seen

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comC.B. Kelland once said, “My father didn’t tell me how to live; He lived and let me watch him do it.” For one former Portsmouth resident, this is illustrated between him and his father perfectly, which has resulted in a $5,000 donation to feed local kids.When local Ron Harris passed away in February of 2013, his son, Joe Harris, wanted to commemorate his father’s life in a productive way that his fat...

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