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Signs identify local ‘hotspots’

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By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comWhile driving in town the next few days you might notice “Hotspot” signs around the areas of the Roy Rogers Esplanade, Fourth and Seventh street municipal parking lots, the city building, Market Street, Front Street, and Alexandria Point Park. Sue Burke, Main Street Portsmouth Design Committee chairperson and 2014 River Day’s Grand Marshall, purchased 20 “Hotspot” signs to identify the beautification work areas.


Compass working towards status

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comThe Scioto County Commissioners last week signed a letter of support for Compass Community Health and their pursuit toward a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status.Compass currently has an application to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a FQHC-Look Alike designation. While their application is under review, new access point funding opportunity became available. Compass is in the process o...

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DiTraglia places lone bid on Babcock Building

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comPortsmouth pediatrician Dr. John DiTraglia has placed the only bid for the former Babcock property at 720-722 Sixth Street in Portsmouth, currently owned by the city of Portsmouth.On Sept. 10, DiTraglia sent a one-sentence letter that read - “I bid $50,000 for the Babcock property contingent on testing for asbestos and abatement of any found.” City Council was to consider selling the property to DiTraglia, shoul...

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Purple Purse campaign for domestic violence

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comPIKETON — The Pike County Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PCPADV) was nominated as a Community Partner in the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Campaign which began Sept. 2 and will continue through Oct. 3. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness and funding for domestic violence.The Partnership applied to become a Community Partner of the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Ca...

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Final Fridays to feature artistry of Ruby Queen

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comGRAYSON, Ky. — The Grayson Gallery and Art Center will host ‘An Artist’s Retrospective’ for the monthly Final Fridays Art Walk, featuring the artwork of Ruby Queen Friday, Sept. 26, from 6-9 p.m.Coordinator of the Grayson Gallery, Dan Click said they are proud to have the work of artist Ruby Queen.“We are very proud to have such a wonderful body of work from a local favor...

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Task Force seizes drugs and guns in arrest

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comNarcotics officers say they have confiscated heroin, cocaine, handguns, digital scales and more after making an arrest on Friday.Jason A. Craft, 33, of 15256 Ohio 104 in Lucasville, is charged with trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin, both felonies of the second degree, possession of cocaine, a third degree felony, and having a weapon while under disability, also a felony of the third degree.

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Red Cross encourages preparedness

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comSeptember is recognized throughout the United States as National Preparedness Month. The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is encouraging families to create or update their disaster plan and fire escape plans.“Having an emergency plan is an important step so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something happens,” said Debbie Smith, executive director of the Ohio River Valley ...

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Wheelersburg Cinema to present ‘Rocky Horror’

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comWheelersburg Cinema is doing the time warp again this Halloween, by bringing back DownHome Decadence for a shadow cast performance of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”The thespian company has performed many times at Wheelersburg Cinema’s with great success. Each show has grown in numbers and returning patrons always express excitement when they hear the company is reviving the cinema for another night of drag,...

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Panthers edge Titans in barnburner, 30-27

Kevin Colleycolleyk@mymail.shawnee.eduPORTSMOUTH, Ohio — In any contest, fumbles and penalties at inopportune times can mean the difference between winning and losing.The Notre Dame Titans experienced the words of that motto tonight as fumbles and penalties arguably changed the ever-crucial field position game and gave the Chesapeake Panthers the momentum to come back from a 15-point deficit and score a 30-27 victory at Spartan Stadium Saturday evening i...

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Fighting Irish race past Bobcats

Kevin Colleycolleyk@mymail.shawnee.eduThe Green Bobcats fell to the St. John Central Fighting Irish in a nonconference affair by a score of 39-8 Saturday afternoon in Bellaire. Wyatt Blevins led the Bobcats with 83 yards rushing and a touchdown on the afternoon and also accounted for the lone two-point conversion scored by the Bobcats on the evening. For next week, St. John Central will face off against Clay-Battelle while Green will have an off week before facing Symmes...

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OSU focusing on pass defense during bye week

By Jim Naveaujnaveau@civitasmedia.comCOLUMBUS – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was asked Wednesday afternoon if he was concerned Cincinnati might throw the ball 75 times against the Buckeyes when they take on the Bearcats on Sept. 27 after a bye week this week.“I’m worried they will catch it 75 times,” Meyer said.Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel, playing his first college game, threw six touchdown passes to six different rece...

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Greenup wins in overtime

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comThe Greenup County (Ky.) Musketeers picked up a big road victory over a previously undefeated Carter County (Ky.) Comets (3-1) team with a 32-26 overtime victory Friday night at Carter County High School.The Musketeers (3-3) did the bulk of their scoring in the third quarter, when they scored three touchdowns, the biggest coming on a 28-yard defensive touchdown by Greg Potter. Jake Wright scored three rushing touchdowns on the ...

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Valley survives in Kentucky

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comThe Valley Indians survived a scare Friday night, but were able to extend their regular-season winning streak to 34 games with a 21-18 win over the Flemming County (Ky.) Panthers (3-1).The difference in the game came on special teams, where two-sport star Bryce Romanello booted all three Valley extra points with no issues. The Panthers missed all three of their point-after attempts.

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Local sports briefs

To place an item in the calendar, email PDTSports@civitasmedia.com or call 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.Southe...

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Fighting Tigers christen new turf with 41-13 victory over Tomcats

Kevin Colleycolleyk@mymail.shawnee.eduIRONTON, Ohio – Before Friday night’s game against the Ashland Tomcats, Mark Vass said that limiting the running threat of Ashland’s Quentin Baker would be vital for the Ironton Fighting Tigers in their quest to open up their renovated home with a victory on Friday night.The Fighting Tigers can now mark down both of those goals as accomplished ones as Ironton continues to show that it has flipped the scri...

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A raft trip down the Ohio

G. Sam PiattPDT Outdoor 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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International Festival brings community together

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comSt. Mary of the Annunciation Church is hosting its annual International Festival this weekend. All events, kid’s games, international food, live entertainment and more have occurred on parish grounds down in the historic Boneyfiddle District. Two days are down and Sunday remains to be enjoyed.The International Festival began around 20 years ago when the church was going through a changing point in direction with thei...

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‘Burg dominates Fairland

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comThe Wheelersburg Pirates continued their dominance Friday night with a 51-6 drubbing of the Fairland Dragons.Wheelersburg (4-0) gained 388 yards while only surrendering 152 in the contest. Pirates’ quarterback Austin May had a stellar night throwing the ball, going 7-for-9 for 136 yards and three touchdowns.May spread the wealth around as his three scoring tosses went to three different receivers. Andrew Conn,...

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