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Cirque continues momentum

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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.


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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Piketon woman injured in crash

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comA Piketon woman was injured in a Friday morning crash. Around 8:24 a.m. Courtney R. Crabtree was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer southbound on Ohio 124 in Pike County when her vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and over corrected.Troopers from the Highway Patrol Post in Chillicothe, said Crabtree’s vehicle then re-entered the roadway crossing both lanes of travel and went off the left side of the roadway. ...

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9/11 Day of Service at SSU

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comA large number of Shawnee State University students turned out to volunteer their time Saturday for the 9/11 Day of Service. Blankets for the Homeless Shelter, dog toys for the animal shelter, bingo at retirement homes and assisting Operation Christmas Child, were just a few of the services the students volunteered to perform.

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A raft trip down the Ohio

G. Sam PiattPDT Outdoors ColumnistIt was 1951, the summer before they would begin their freshman year at Portsmouth High School, when three boys decided to take off on their Great Adventure – a float trip on a raft down the Ohio River from Portsmouth to where the river empties into the mighty Mississippi.Blaine Bierley, Johnny Cook and Luther Irwin – all First Class Scouts in Troop 22 – built their 12-foot by 7-foot raft from trees growing on...

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Minford students receive new tech

Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comFourth grade students at Minford Middle School celebrated Christmas in September this year, as they unboxed and opened new Google Chromebooks, which they will keep for their next four years as Falcons.The Chromebooks are the first step the school is taking at giving students one-on-one technology. No plans on expansion have been officially laid out, but the school says they are looking into it. The recent purchase of 102 devi...

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Run/walk benefits Courtney Clifford fund

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comWith the threat of a possible rain shower and 66 degree temperatures, no one seemed to be concerned about the weather as they either walked or ran in the Courtney Clifford Scholarship Fund 5K walk and run held at the Portsmouth Coliseum complex Saturday morning.“The weather is turning out fantastic,” Rick Estep, one of the organizers, said. “The sponsors this year have just been unbelievable. Lots of gift ...

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Tartans overwhelm Rockets, 50-13

Kevin ColleyPDT Sports ContributorSCIOTOVILLE, Ohio – In order to win any football contest, a team must showcase its physicality early and often in all phases of the game.True to form, the East Tartans left no doubt as to what the outcome would be from the very first play of Friday night’s contest against Bowerston Conotton Valley (0-3). A big hit by Richard Barkley forced a fumble that was subsequently returned for a score by senior defensive line...

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No. 7 Bears win 16th Annual Shawnee State Invitational

WEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Joe Stewart, Cody Redman, Parker Blain and Nick McAfee each finished in the top four, as the No. 7 Shawnee State men’s cross country team opened the season with a win at its namesake race, the 16th Annual Shawnee State Invitational at Earl Thomas Conley Riverside Park on Friday evening.Stewart finished first with a time of 26:43 in the 8k race on a cool night in West Portsmouth. Redman and Blain came in side-by-side three seconds later at times o...

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No. 6 SSU places seven of top eight to win Shawnee State Invitational

WEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Emily Richmond crossed the finish line in 18:43 and six straight Shawnee State women followed, as the Bears earned a victory in the 16th Annual Shawnee State Invitational to open the season at Earl Thomas Conley Riverside Park on Friday evening.Tayler Godar of Georgetown College was the top finisher, completing the course in 18:37. But it would then be a sea of Navy over the next minute and a half.Following Richmond in second, Ashlyn Howis (...

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Valley outlasts Piketon in shootout

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comPIKETON, Ohio — There was no defense to be found in the Village of Piketon Friday night.The Valley Indians (3-0) and the Piketon Redstreaks (1-2) combined for 960 yards of total offense, 46 first downs and 103 total points in their non-conference matchup. But when the dust settled, it was Valley’s offense that was just a little bit better in a 63-40 victory.“We were able to do lot of different thing...

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‘Burg dominates Portsmouth 45-13

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comWHEELERSBURG, Ohio — The Wheelersburg Pirates continued their dominance Friday with a 45-13 victory over the Portsmouth Trojans.Wheelersburg (3-0) was led by senior quarterback Austin May, who turned in another solid performance, completing 15 out of 19 pass attempts for 229 yards and two touchdowns. May also added another score on the ground while gaining 157 yards on 14 attempts.The Pirates’ head coach...

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ODOT Employees Held at Gunpoint

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comA couple of Ohio Department of Transportation employees had a few anxious moments Friday when they reportedly found themselves confronted by a man with a gun. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a Minford man is in custody after an incident involving a gun and the threatening of two Ohio Department of Transportation employees.James E. Slone, 45, of Ohio 139 in Minford faces charges of abduction, which is a felony of...

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