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Allen sends scathing letter to City Council

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By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comPortsmouth City Manager Derek Allen has taken the gloves off, saying now he realizes the things he had been warned about concerning the way the city is operated are true. And now he is laying it all out in a five-page open letter to City Council in which he says things must change immediately.“That is how it has always been.” That was a sentence he heard from many of his colleagues when they warned him not to take the job in Portsmouth because the city government was not politically stable.He says during the interview process with Novac Consulting Group they discussed the negative factors that he says has lead to political instability in the past.


Coyotes reported in New Boston

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comIn recent weeks reports of bear sightings have become frequent in Scioto County. Now there’s a chance we might have to be on the lookout for wild coyotes.Wild dogs reported to have been roaming the streets of New Boston may not be dogs at all and may be coyotes instead. The Daily Times contacted Village Administrator Steve Hamilton about reports that wild dogs may have been attacking other dogs at night, and ...

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Buffalo Wild Wings reopens after remodel

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comTo the delight of hungry local residents, Buffalo Wild Wings, winner of scores of “best wing” contests and “best sports bar” awards, will reopen its restaurant in Portsmouth Tuesday at 11 a.m., after being closed for one week for upgrades and renovations.The Portsmouth Buffalo Wild Wings will be offering customers an all-new decor and bar, new and larger TVs, and a new and much larger room that can b...

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Ironton installs artificial turf at Tanks Memorial Stadium

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comIronton High School is giving it’s 80-year-old home a face lift.The Fighting Tigers’ have outfitted Bob Lutz Field at Tanks Memorial Stadium with a new artificial turf surface.“I’m thankful to the community groups and organizations that came together and made this possible,” said Ironton school superintendent Dean Nance said. “We’re very appreciative to have it, and we’...

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Local sports briefs

To place an item in the calendar please email pdtsports@civitasmedia.com or call 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.Notre Dame Golf Coach Meet-and-GreetAll Notre Dame students (grades 7-12) are invited to meet new Titan head golf coach Donny Pollard on Tuesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at Elks Country Club in McDermott. West Portsmouth Youth Football Sign-UpsThe West Portsmouth Youth Football/Cheerleading Sign-ups will be Sat...

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Police release photo of auto theft suspect

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe Portsmouth Police Department has released a photo taken from a surveillance camera of a man they say may have stolen a car as it was parked in front of a business around noon on Wednesday.Portsmouth Police Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said Sheryl Fannin, of Minford, told police she parked her vehicle in front of a local business located in the 900 block of 11th Street to drop some items off. Fannin said when she retur...

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Pancake to host release party for latest album

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comASHLAND, Ky. — Larry Pancake, of Russell, Ky., will host a release party for his new album entitled, “Fair Weather Friend,” on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at The Sky Tower at 1212 Bath Ave., in Ashland. Pancake’s album was engineered at 9Lives Records in Ashland, Ky.With a music career that spans over a 20-year period, Pancake said he is excited about his new project and the release party, a...

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JROTC members receive leadership training

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comLeadership training has been the focus of activities this week at Camp Oyo where five Junior ROTC units gathered.“We have the Marines, the Army and the Navy groups here, all from the Kentucky area,” Camp Oyo ranger Matt Taylor said. “They are doing leadership programs, leadership development as part of their Junior ROTC course curriculum.”Taylor said the groups had been traveling a long di...

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Science is awesome at New Boston library

Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe New Boston branch of the Portsmouth Public Library (PPL) held a youth event this week, involving LEGO and balloons that was geared towards physics education in a fun and entertaining way.The library had seven kids building cars and various transportation devices from LEGO that were then connected to balloons to propel them during a race.Students were given a quick review of Newton’s Third Law of Motion, m...

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Kuhn to provide legal opinion on jail next week

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comScioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn told Scioto County Commissioners Doug Coleman and Skip Riffe Thursday morning that his office would have a preliminary legal opinion on what can be done about Lawrence County’s intention to open a jail in Scioto County.“We should have something preliminary for the commissioners next week. I do mean preliminary, I don’t know if we’ll be ready to take action next week...

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Junior Golf Clinic with Portsmouth Elks

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe Portsmouth Elks will be hosting their annual Junior Golf Clinic through the rest of July starting on the 14th, with two different age groups.The Junior Golf Clinic is an instructional program designed to teach fundamental golf skills to various age groups and to encourage all youths to be active and participate in the game of golf.“I think this is the third or fourth year that we’ve had the Junio...

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Greenup Habitat to host McCruise-In events

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comFLATWOODS, Ky. — Greenup County Habitat for Humanity will host a McCruise-In event on July 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. by the McDonald’s in Flatwoods, the sponsors of the event.For five years, GCHFH has offered the McCruise-In events to the community to raise funds for their cause, which is provide affordable housing to families in need, and will continue their efforts on July 11.

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Portman praises passage of Workforce Innovation Act

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comU.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today praised the House of Representatives passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). All four key components of bipartisan workforce development legislation authored by Portman, known as the Careers Through Responsive, Efficient, and Effective Retraining (CAREER) Act, are reflected in the final package, which now heads to the President’s desk for signature.Portma...

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Wenstrup asks for $15 million for Piketon

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comCongressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-2) introduced an amendment Wednesday to increase Decontamination and Decommission (D&D) cleanup funds for the Piketon reservation by $15 million.Joined by congressmen Bill Johnson and Steve Stivers, the southern Ohio representatives worked to keep the federal government’s commitment to cleaning up Cold War contamination. Ultimately, the amendment failed by a vote of 112-309.

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GOP picks Cleveland for 2016 convention

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comOhioans in key positions are commenting on the choice of Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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MADD endorses ‘Annie’s Law’

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will hold a press conference on Thursday to ask for support of HB 469, lifesaving ignition interlock legislation known as Annie’s Law, sponsored by Terry Johnson (R-McDermott). Annie’s Law, will require all repeat and first-time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher to use an ignition interlock on their vehicle for at least six months.

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SunCoke shares progress in proposed Ky. plant

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comSOUTH SHORE, Ky. — SunCoke Energy held a public meeting Tuesday at McKell Middle School, where more than 100 residents and community members assembled to acquire information regarding the proposed coke plant for South Shore, Ky.Dave Schwake, business development director for SunCoke Energy, said they are excited about the proposal for a coke plant in South Shore.

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Cayton to take over at Clay

Alex HiderPDT Sports WriterFormer Minford girls’ basketball coach Scott Cayton has accepted the girls’ head coach position at Clay High School according to Clay Athletic Director Mike Rose.“He brings a wealth of experience,” Rose said. ” He has experience in both leagues and he knows the coaches and knows the league, so I’m sure he’s going to continue our success in the girls’ program.”

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