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McConnell campaign stops in Vanceburg

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By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comVANCEBURG, Ky. — U.S. Senate Republican Mitch McConnell and Congressman Thomas Massie, both representing the state of Kentucky, addressed an enthusiastic crowd at Trace Creek Construction in Vanceburg on Wednesday. In the race between incumbent McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan, Grimes has received national attention as both parties contend for the seat in the Senate.Chairman of the Lewis County Republican Party Ben Harrison wasted no time attacking McConnell’s opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes.


ASC saves thousands with use of propane

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comAccess Scioto County (ASC) announced Wednesday that the agency has saved $31,000 in fuel costs since the first of the year as a result of converting its fleet to propane. The idea to convert the buses came in 2012 and was advanced further with the recent conversion of its two newest buses by Arrick’s Propane of Lucasville.“The newly converted buses brings the number of ASC buses that can operate on either propan...

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Absentee voting remains high

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comMore than 2,000 people have voted absentee in Scioto County so far this election season.“We’ve had 458 voters in-office so far since absentee voting,” Scioto County Board of Elections Director Julia Gearheart said. “We have mailed out 2,880 ballots. Thirty-eight have come into our office and taken their ballots with them. And, so far, total ballots returned in-office, ready to count is 2,095.”...

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The Bengals are back

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe pod people dressed in Cincinnati Bengals uniforms have returned to K-PAX (see Kevin Spacey). Three weeks into the season, the commentators, those guys with way too much time on their hands while the game plays on, were actually saying “Cincinnati Bengals” in the same breath as “Super Bowl,” but we all knew the truth. Someone from a planet far away where superior football teams reside had inhabited those ora...

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BAC honoring dead with colorful holiday

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comMany people celebrate the current season with cobwebs, shadows and dark colors, in honor of Samhain, Halloween, Yue Lan, and other holidays that depict spirits of the dead returning to the world of the living and a plethora of other spooky supernatural happenings. The Boneyfiddle Arts Center (BAC), takes a slightly different approach, blanketing their entire gallery in an explosion of color for a month of Dia de los Muertos.

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UCAN event reaches students and families

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comDespite heavy rains, more than 400 students and family members turned out for the Scioto Foundation’s fourth UCAN Go to College Night at the Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) Friends Center last week. Students in grades seven through 12 gathered information and advice about planning, preparing and paying for higher education from approximately 40 college and university representatives, guidance counselors and financial expert...

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Pink shirts still available as activities conclude

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comBy all accounts, Wendi Waugh, director of Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) Cancer Services and Community Health and Wellnes,s is calling this year’s Paint it Pink campaign a success. Waugh said SOMC has sold roughly 8,500 Paint it Pink t-shirts, equating to about $90,000 for the SOMC Compassion Fund.She said the funds raised is only a rough estimate because of a number of ongoing events to benefit the compassion fu...

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OSU assistant at peace with return Penn State

By Jim Naveaujnaveau@civitasmedia.comCOLUMBUS – At its best, Penn State’s Beaver Stadium is one of the loudest, one of the most intimidating football venues in the Big Ten.But Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson says there is an easy way to flip the switch off on all that.“The best way to block the noise out is to score points and play great defense. If you do that, it will be pretty quiet,” he said.Johns...

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School board candidates divided on charter schools

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe two candidates for the Ohio Board of Education were on hand for Tuesday night’s Scioto County League of Women Voters’ Meet the Candidates event at the Scioto County Welcome Center and voiced contrasting ideas when the question as to school funding came up.The moderator read the question, “Why is the school board in the state supporting so many charter schools and cutting funds to public schools? The ta...

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Commissioners not invited to Solid Waste meeting

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comThe board of directors of the Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management District (LSSWMD) met in special session on Tuesday to discuss pending litigation.According to reports, once the meeting was convened the board voted to enter into executive session, which prohibits members of the public from being part of that portion of the meeting.

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Road closed after truck jackknifes

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comLEWIS COUNTY, Ky. – According to reports from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, a truck jackknifed on roadways Wednesday morning, leaving a closed a portion of KY 59 at the 10 mile marker in Lewis County.According to KYTC, at approximately 6 a.m. on Wednesday, the north and southbound lanes of KY 59 to were shut down in order to clear the scene. Officials expect to open the highway within two hours. No inju...

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Local to speak on Croatia

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comWanda Dengel will be giving a public presentation at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in Hillview’s Forest Room on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.Dengel is a native of one of the Croatian islands in the Adriatic Sea. She will be showing photographs and two brief videos highlighting the seven UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Sites of Croatia and se...

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Judge campaign heats up at LWV event

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe gloves finally came off in the campaign for Scioto County Common Pleas Judge Tuesday night at the League of Women Voters’ Meet the Candidates event at the Scioto County Welcome Center.What started out as a benign evening with non-controversial questions, turned when current judge William T. Marshall and challenger Michael Jones heated things up by showing their contrasts.

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St. Peters Over 55 Club to continue with HEAP

The St. Peters Over 55 Club of Wheelersburg met on Monday, Sept. 8 with a covered dish dinner served. John Pendkand, president opened the meeting with a blessing over the meal. He then opened the business meeting with the pledge to the flag. The secretaries report and treasurers report was given and approved.The president announced that the HEAP winter program will be continued this year and more information on location and times will be available soon. ...

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Jaycees Christmas Parade set

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comThe Portsmouth Area Jaycees are making preparations for the 76th annual Jaycees Christmas Parade, set for Thursday, Nov. 20.“The lineup (for the parade) will begin at 5 p.m. with the parade starting at 6 p.m. The route will start from Portsmouth High School and will finish at Market Street,” said Curtis DePuy, Jaycees spokesman.Santa will be on Market Street to meet with area kids. The route of the pa...

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Adena ends Lady Trojans’ season

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comWAVERLY, Ohio — The Portsmouth Lady Trojans may have won the OVC conference title with a 12-0 record in 2014, but they came into Tuesday’s district-semifinal match still looking for their first out-of-conference victory.That trend continued, as the second-seeded Adena Lady Warriors ended Portsmouth’s season with a three-game sweep. Jacqueline Meriwether led the way for Portsmouth with five kills and five digs,...

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Historic season for West ends with loss to NY

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comWAVERLY, Ohio — It’s safe to say the West Lady Senators were the underdog coming in to their district semifinal match with Nelsonville-York. Fourth-seeded West hadn’t been to the district tournament since 2000, and the top-seeded Buckeyes were looking to advance to the sectional finals for the fifth straight year.The Lady Senators didn’t play like underdogs in their three-game loss at Waverly High School...

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Rex Leist|Submitted PhotoEastern’s Evan Leist (356) takes the stand after finishing second in this weekend’s junior high cross country state championship meet this weekend. Leist finished the 2-mile course in just 10:39 to grab the silver medal

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