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Optimism about OSU realistic

By Jim Naveaujnaveau@civitasmedia.comCOLUMBUS – Football coaches and optimism at the beginning of a season are constant companions, sort of like pancakes and syrup.But deep down, they know. They know if their enthusiasm is real or contrived.Ohio State will begin its season on Saturday against Navy in Baltimore and Urban Meyer says he’s excited about the season.For real, he’s excited. Even with the loss of starting quarte...

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Mango Language and TumbleBooks at Ky. libraries

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comFLATWOODS., Ky. — Flatwoods Public Library (FLP), is one of the Greenup County Public Libraries now offering Mango Languages.Mango is an online language learning system that is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere via the Internet. Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses that are taught completely in the user’s native language.Sharon H...

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River Days opens this week

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comThe annual River Days festival will take place on the banks of the Ohio River this weekend.The official opening of the festival will be Thursday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m., followed by the introduction of the Miss River Days contestants at 5:30 p.m. Activities will take place on the river from stage, just off the Court Street landing. Local recording artist Steve Free will be performing at 6 p.m. The group Teazer will be the openi...

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Area get $1.1 million in proposed rebates

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comAccording to figures released by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) this week, public employers in Scioto County would received an estimated $1,106,600 in rebates under a proposal announced earlier this month.Among the public employers set to received a refund under the proposal is the county itself, which is set to receive $454,000. The city of Portsmouth is set to received $198,000, and the village of Ne...

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The Paramount Players season begins

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe Paramount Players, a community theatre organization based out of Ashland, Ky., recently released the titles of their upcoming season. The season features eight titles, which is a growth from their regular seasons of five.

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PACT auditioning for ‘Aladdin, Jr.’

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe Portsmouth Area Children’s Theatre (PACT) recently announced audition dates for the first show of their school season, which will be the classic Disney musical, “Aladdin, Jr.”The musical is based on the “Aladdin” movie, which invites viewers into the city of Agrabah, where royalty, beggars, harem girls and more compose the cast. Follow young street rat Aladdin, as he discovers a lamp with ...

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Detroit man arrested in Ashland

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comAccording to reports Boyd County Sheriff’s Office, Tevin M. Brooks, 20, of Detroit, Mich., was arrested and is facing multiple charges including resisting arrest,evading and fleeing from police.According to reports, on Saturday, Aug. 23, a traffic stop was conducted at the Ashland Bus Station. During the course of the stop, deputies said they notice a suspicious object in Brooks’ waistband. Further i...

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Porter receives new emergency boat

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe Porter Township Fire Department recently received funding of $5,000 from the Wheelersburg Kiwanis group to purchase a new emergency rescue boat, which they say they’ve been looking at for some time.Supervisor Everett Hatfield said that the previous boat was over 30 years old and outdated. Hatfield has served the department for 37 years in various capacities and said that while the use of the boat is thankfully ra...

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Cat survives being shot with an arrow

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comOfficials from Shawnee Animal Clinic in Portsmouth said Carl the cat is anticipated to survive, after being shot in the head with an arrow last week.“He presented on emergency on the 21st (last Thursday). He came in during the night, the doctor that had seen him initially is Katy Lowe,” said Tim Wells, co-owner of Shawnee Animal Clinic.Wells said when he was brought into the clinic, the cat did not ha...

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Former sheriff, commissioner, dies

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comOne of the area’s best known public servants has died. Former Scioto County Sheriff and Commissioner John Paul Knauff, 79, of Lucasville, died Friday at his residence.“Nine years as a State Patrolman. Sixteen as a sheriff and 16 as commissioner. That’s dedication to public service,” Scioto County Commissioner Skip Riffe said. “He’s probably one of the best local public servants that we...

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Officials at odds over tax maps

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comSeveral Scioto County offices are debating the best way to have the county’s tax maps placed online. According to multiple sources the issue revolves around funding.Currently Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman has a system in which members of the public can ask for a copy of a satellite picture of a particular plot of land. Every inch of Scioto County has been plotted out for tax purposes and is available through t...

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Hobson pleads not guilty

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comKendra Hobson, a former Scioto County employee who was indicted earlier this week on three charges, entered a not guilty plea Thursday and was released on bond.Hobson was indicted on three counts: theft in office (a felony of the third degree), tampering with records (a felony of the fourth degree), and grand theft (a felony of the fourth degree).In July of 2013, it was reported that Hobson was being investigated...

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Falcons play Jackson to a 3-3 draw

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comNinety minutes of soccer was not enough to determine a winner on a hot, muggy Saturday in Minford.With eight minutes left, the Jackson’s Elijah Sauceda got behind the Minford defense and scored on keeper Kenton Gullion to tie the game at three. Though both teams would have a number of chances down the stretch, the game would end in a 3-3 draw.“We played tough,” Minford head coach Dave Gampp said. &#...

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Recalling a summer of long ago

G. Sam PiattPDT Outdoor ColumnistI crumbled crackers into the glass jug, screwed the lid back on, then waded out to my knees and immersed the jug, making certain not to leave any air bubbles inside.Then we baited up with nightcrawlers, cast out, rested the poles in forked sticks shoved into the soft earth near the water’s edge, and sat down with patience on a log.It was hardly 10 a.m. but already the sun was shimmering on the surface of the ri...

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Same goal, new plan for OSU

Jim Naveaujnaveau@civitasmedia.comCOLUMBUS - Everything changed with one throw, one scream of pain, one fall to the ground on the practice field.Ohio State was hoping for a season that would include a trip to the first College Football Playoff before Braxton Miller was lost for the season when he re-injured his right shoulder on a simple throw in practice last Monday.Now Urban Meyer and the No. 5-ranked Buckeyes have turned to another kind of hope. ...

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Congressmen send letter to DOE on behalf of Piketon

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comSixth District Congressman Dr. Brad Wenstrup spend most of Wednesday in meetings, in and around the Piketon Department of Energy (DOE) Site about the ongoing issue with funding for Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) activities.Wenstrup joins with other local, state and federal officials who are working to lobby DOE for roughly an additional $110 million to avoid layoffs from D&D contractor Fluor-B&W Portsmouth....

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Warriors ready for championship rematch

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comThe Kentucky Warriors find themselves in an all-too-familiar position.Last season, the Warriors fell to the Cincinnati Hawks 36-28 in the 2013 Northern Frontier Football League Championship Game. A year later, Kentucky has a shot at redemption.On Saturday, the Warriors (11-1) will one again travel to Woodward High School in Cincinnati to take on the Hawks (11-1) for a shot at the team’s first NFFL Championship....

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