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DeWine tours domestic violence shelter

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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 at 2315 Grant St., in Portsmouth, on Wednesday. DeWine said his office plays a role in providing funding to the SOTFDV shelter.


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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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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County considers outside counsel

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comScioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn on Thursday publicly addressed the Scioto County Commissioners about the prospective jail issue with Lawrence County, as the county considers hiring outside legal counsel.“As we’ve discussed before. the question with House Bill (H.B.) 483 is in my mind, does that violate the state constitution. Specifically certain provisions as to the one issue rule and the uniformity clause,&...

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Warrior defense starts with Lee

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comSteve Lee is easy to overlook off of the football field. Low key, calm and humble, the defensive lineman often goes about his business quietly and undetected.But if you’re playing the Kentucky Warriors, you better not overlook Lee on the football field.In his fifth season for the Warriors, Lee has recorded 45 tackles and a team-high four sacks in 2014. A team captain and Northern Frontier Football League All-St...

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McFarland places third in Chicago tourney

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comRiding a wave of momentum, Mitchell McFarland participated in one last golf tournament before his obligations to the Wheelersburg High School golf team resume during his senior season.However, McFarland didn’t travel to Chicago to just participate in the tournament. He made the trek to the Windy City looking to make some noise.

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Centrifuge project awaits funding approval

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comIn an article published in Roll Call, Randy Leonard writes that Senate appropriators want to allocate $110 Million for the American Centrifuge Project at Piketon formerly headed by USEC, Inc. According to the report, the bill stalled last month, but it is possible that the allocation could survive in other spending legislation.The report goes on to say, with dim prospects for the passage of the Energy-Water bill, S...

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STAR volunteers ringing bells for the Army

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comAfter the very active winter we’ve recently had, not a lot of people want to think about Christmas and the season that brought so much snow last year, but volunteers with the Aktion Club and the STAR, Inc. !MPACT team started the season early when they volunteered by ringing bells for the Salvation Army during their annual Christmas in July Kettle Campaign.

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Roy Rogers Character Awards Breakfast kicks off festival

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe second annual Roy Rogers Character Awards Breakfast officially kicked-off the Roy Rogers Festival Wednesday morning at the Scioto County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Portsmouth.“Character is the cornerstone of good citizenship,” former Assistant Secretary of State Monty Lobb, one of the organizers of the event, said. “Good citizenship is the foundation of a healthy, vibrant community. That’s...

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Council rejects city manager’s additional vacation days

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comPortsmouth City Manager Derek Allen will not receive the extra week’s vacation he asked Portsmouth City Council for.When Allen took the job his contract called for him to have two week’s vacation, because he had a pre-scheduled trip to Honduras where he was doing community work. Since returning, Allen has been working long hours attempting to reach his 11 goals which deal with the city’s deficit budget, an...

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Commissioner hinting towards action over jail

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comWhile the Scioto County Commissioners are still weighing their options when it comes to reacting to the possibility of Lawrence County opening a jail in Scioto County, one commissioner thinks it would be irresponsible for the county not to take action.The Lawrence County Commissioners have been working with the state of Ohio to reopen the Liberation Unit of the Ohio River Valley Juvenile Correctional Facility in Franklin Fu...

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County Hepatitis C rates down in 2012

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comLocal officials are calling a recent drop in the Hepatitis C rate in Scioto County good news.Information released from the Ohio Department of Health shows that Scioto County’s rate has dropped, but still remains higher than the state of Ohio’s average.

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City to receive refund for property taxes

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe city of Portsmouth has received final determinations on the taxability of several city-owned properties from the Ohio Department of Taxation regarding the possibility of refunds for taxes paid on four properties that should not have been taxed.

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SSU star, former ‘Burg standout Moore excelling with Paints

Kevin ColleyPDT Sports ContributorFor many aspiring baseball players in southern Ohio, playing at the famed VA Stadium in Chillicothe just one time is an accomplishment and an experience that those aforementioned players will never forget.However, the friendly confines of the VA Stadium have become something of a second home for Shawnee State standout and former Wheelersburg star Derek Moore as his success with the Pirates allowed the 6-foot-3 inch, 242-pound ...

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