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First Baptist Church dedicated multi-million dollar facility

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By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comRUSSELL, Ky. - First Baptist Church recently dedicated a four million dollar facility. The three-story addition of FBC houses a center for children and youth. With a congregation of more than 1,400 members, Ken Gowin has served as Pastor of First Baptist Church for more than 15 years, and attributes the church’s growth and development during his tenure to God.“Ultimately, it is a God-thing. You can’t explain this in any other way. We are a bible-believing church. It has been a supernatural work of Christ, and it has been exciting. I don’t know why God has allowed me to be a part of it,” Pastor Gowin said.

 

U.S. Dept of Commerce questions county’s revolving loan fund

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comIn a letter dated April 21, the U.S. Department of Commerce is calling into question some apparent discrepancies in Scioto County’s Revolving Loan Fund (RLF).According to the letter, from Jeannette P. Tamayo, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, it states, “We (U.S. Department of Commerce) have noted a significant discrepancy in the value of the RLF.”Tamayo stated the...

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Portsmouth man arrested for theft and forgery

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comA Portsmouth man faces felony charges in the alleged theft of a credit card from an elderly woman. Arrested was Arthur L Personett, 41, of Portsmouth. Personett was charged with one count of felony theft and one count of forgery, both felonies of the fifth degree. He was held on a $5,000 bond.Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office received a call from an elderly victim stating that somebody had stolen her credit card and m...

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Sheba Chapter No. 14 helping with pill bottle collection

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comSheba Chapter No. 14 Order of Eastern Stars recently launched a local pill bottle collection in conjunction with Matthew 25: Ministries from Cincinnati, which sponsors a Pill Bottle Ministry.Worthy Matron Cassandra Block, who heads up the Sheba Chapter No. 14, and the other members of the Chapter wanted to assist Matthew 25: Ministries with the pill bottle collection.Jeanette Langford, secretary/treas...

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Dogwood Festival Queen crowning April 24

Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThis year welcomes the 44th Annual Pike County Dogwood Festival April 24-27. As a part of the traditional programming of the event, the crowning of the Dogwood Festival Queen will kick off the celebrations at 6 p.m. on the 24. The judging panel will also announce the winners of the junior versions, Little Miss and Little Master, following the crowning of the Queen.Applicants for the festival must be between the ages of 15-19....

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State legislators push for minimum wage increase

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comAccording to Media Trackers, if several members of the state legislature have their way the minimum wage in Ohio will go from $7.95 to $10.10 per hour.Northeastern Ohio legislators Rep. Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) and Rep. Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) have introduced legislation to increase the state minimum wage to $10.10, which they say will help poor Ohioans and punish unfair employers. House Bill 502 would amend sections 4111....

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Branch Rickey impersonator appearing at Dogwood Festival

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comMike Davis of the Pike County Dogwood Festival says everything is taking shape for this year’s event.“We are ready to go,” Davis said. The festival gets underway officially at 6 p.m. Thursday with the opening ceremonies.“We will present the Citizen of the Year,” Davis said. “We have our Grand Marshal. They’ll do some general ceremonial stuff - talk about the schedule; tal...

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Top 40 Christian Rock band to perform at Dogwood Festival

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comA great lineup of live entertainment is scheduled to perform at the 44th Annual Pike County Dogwood Festival. The festival kick off will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, and the Opening Ceremony will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on the Village Green in Piketon.Dennis Foreman, president of the Dogwood Festival Committee, said they are anticipating the event will be bigger and better than ever. Foreman said this ye...

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Pike Visitors Bureau says festival is good for community

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comThe final preparations are being made for the 44th annual Pike County Dogwood Festival April 24-27. Officials with the Pike County Convention and Visitors Bureau say the festival has become a great tradition for the community and caused many tourists to come for a visit.

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Portsmouth man faces drug-related charges

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comA Portsmouth man is accused of stealing a prescription pad from a doctor’s office and forging a prescription at a pharmacy. Arrested was Brian K. Carver, 35, of Summit Street in Portsmouth. Carver has been charged with deception to obtain dangerous drugs a felony of the third degree and forgery a felony of the fifth degree.Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office received a call from a doctor’s offi...

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Three plead not guilty to reckless homicide charges

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comVANCEBURG, Ky. — According to reports from the Lewis County Circuit Court, Jesse Logan Betram, 25, John C. Glispie, 36, and Brian Clark, 23, all residents of Garrison, Ky., have entered not guilty pleas of Reckless Homicide on Friday in Lewis Circuit Court.According to Lewis County Sheriff reports, deputies were called to Kentucky 1306, where a disturbance was taking place. Officers discovered Heather Ston...

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SOPAA announces its 2014-15 lineup

Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association (SOPAA) just closed its 2013-2014 season with their final production in the Broadway package, which was “West Side Story.” During his curtain speech, Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Executive Director Joe Patti gave the details of the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

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Arbor Day celebrated in Portsmouth

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comSeveral people gathered for the reading of a proclamation honoring Arbor Day by Portsmouth Mayor Steve Sturgill on the Roy Rogers Esplanade in downtown Portsmouth Tuesday.Sturgill said that in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees, which eventually led to the establishment of Arbor Day.

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Pet vaccinations clinics offered to community

Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmail.comThe Animal Welfare League of Scioto County is holding its 27th annual pet vaccination clinic on Saturday, May 3, and Saturday, June 7.The May 3 clinics will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Minford Fire Station, Sierra’s Haven Animal Clinic and the Washington Township Fire Station. The June 7 clinics will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Nile Township Fire Station, Porter Township Fire Station and Valley Township Fire Station

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Curtain Call: When you’re a jet …

By Joseph PrattLike the classic Broadway favorite states, “When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way. From your first cigarette to your last dyin’ day,” the show stays true to itself 57 years after it opened on Broadway and various revivals and tours later.In a recent preview I wrote for “West Side Story,” I mentioned how this particular production was made slightly darker, to make it more realistically about gang violence. Ano...

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Volunteers needed for city flea market

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comMembers of the city of Portsmouth’s Parks, Recreation, Service, Buildings and Cultural Committee continue to not let grass grow under their feet. Chairman, Second Ward Councilman Rich Saddler, said the committee is in the process of putting the finishing touches on the city’s first flea market which will be on May 3 in the Spartan Municipal Stadium area.“It’s pretty much ready to go,” Saddler t...

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Ky. man charged with attempted murder

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comA domestic violence related shooting has resulted in the arrest of Robert A. Tackett, 47, Olive Hill, Ky., on Saturday, April 19, according to reports from the Kentucky State Police Post 14.The Olive Hill Police Department responded to a domestic dispute at 1165 Eastland Drive in Olive Hill. Officers determined Lisa Tackett, 49, of Olive Hill, had received a single gunshot wound to the neck. KSP Post 14 was then...

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Boyd EMA to conduct tornado siren warning Tuesday

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comBOYD CO., Ky. — On Tuesday at 11 a.m., in preparation for the 2014 tornado season, the Boyd County Emergency Management Agency will be conducting a county-wide tornado warning siren test. Brent Webster, director of Boyd County EMA, said they are requesting that all local residents, schools, and businesses utilize the time to practice their tornado emergency plans during the test which will last for 10 minutes.

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