By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe city of Portsmouth has a valuable asset. It is one that demands the respect of every citizen. That asset is the Portsmouth Fire Department.Friday morning, Wayne Allen, Portia Williams, Joseph Pratt and I were sitting in the news room when the first call came in about an explosion and fire in the next block. I ran to the scene in the 700 block of Sixth Street where I saw an apartment building completely engulfed in flame...
Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comLast week, I attended the second show of Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association’s (SOPAA) 2014-2015 season, which was a historically relevant piece held together by music and readings by actors.I was unsure of what I was getting into as I left to see the show, but trusted Vern Riffe Center for the Arts (VRCFA) Director Joe Patti enough that it would be an entertaining feature. I definitely got more than what I was ex...
Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comI see plenty of events held by art hobbyists that aspire to create the next big local art happening. It’s gotten to the point where all of the people in the art community who would be an asset as an individual piece of a larger puzzle are trying to break away and start their own. This only makes for a weak event that holds an attention span for fifteen minutes at best. This is not the case with Bonneyfiddle’s Final Friday, w...
By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comSometimes I tell myself that I am smarter than the average sports executive and I know I’m simply deluding myself, but sometimes the answer to some monumental problem is right in front of our faces and we don’t see it.I can solve the violence, illegal drug and performance-enhancing drugs problem in sports in 30 days or less. The policy for all governing bodies in all sports would be “zero tolerance.”...
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