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Hope Fund vying for Walmart grant

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By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund competed for a $20,000 Walmart grant last year, finishing top of the list thanks to major community support. The organization recently alerted media that they have the chance to compete again, this time for $15,000. They are hoping to see the community rise to the occasion once again, which could feed 133 kids for an entire year.The money would go towards the Steven’s Power Packs program, which feeds hungry children over the weekends. It costs the organization around $75,000 a year to afford the meals.


‘Burg remains perfect with thrilling win over Waverly

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comTuesday night’s volleyball matchup in Wheelersburg featured the reigning three-time SOC II champions against the league’s undefeated first-place team. The match lived up to the hype.The Lady Pirates (7-0, 7-0 SOC) used two furious comebacks in the third and fourth games to defeat Waverly (8-5, 5-2 SOC) 20-25, 25-22, 27-24, 25-22. Wheelersburg trailed 19-11 in game three and 22-19 in game four, but big runs from thei...

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‘Love Your Neighbor’ 5k and BBQ

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comSOUTH SHORE, Ky. — First United Methodist Church (FUMC) reports they will host a ‘Love Your Neighbor’ 5k run and block party. The event will kick off with a health fair on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m., followed by the 5k and community block party to begin at 6 p.m.According to reports, the health fair will be equipped with informational booths as well as simple free testing (Blood pressure, cho...

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‘Burg ranked third in State

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comThe Wheelersburg Pirates have been deemed has one of the best football teams in the state of Ohio.According to the first Associated Press (AP) poll released this week, Wheelersburg (3-0) is ranked third in Division V, while receiving one first-place vote.Wheelersburg coach Rob Woodward is pleased with his team’s recognition but didn’t want to dwell on the early poll rankings.

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St. Mary International Festival this weekend

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comSt. Mary of the Annunciation Church is gearing up to host the 2014 International Festival, Friday, Sept. 19-21, on the parish grounds on the corner of Fifth and Market streets in the historic Boneyfiddle District of downtown Portsmouth.Rick Estep, chairperson of the St. Mary International Festival, said they are anticipating a bigger and better festival event this year.

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Tipton becomes coalition coordinator

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comIt was announced on Friday at a meeting of the Scioto County Health Coalition that Regina Tipton has become the coalition coordinator. Tipton is employed by The Center For Appalachian Philanthropy and will spend some of her time coordinating coalition activities.“One of things that has been great about the partnership between the Scioto County Health Coalition and The Center For Appalachian Philanthropy is that we get...

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Man indicted in rape of 12-year-old

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comA Portsmouth man has been indicted in the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl.Thomas Alonzo Slade, 27, who is listed as homeless, is facing three counts of rape and nine counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor after being indicted by a Scioto County grand jury.Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office received a call in late August requesting a deputy to respond to a Seventh Street Portsmouth lo...

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Company relocates jobs to Portsmouth

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comMako Finished Products has relocated between 10 and 15 jobs from China to a facility in Portsmouth, where they have began machining and finishing castings produced by OSCO Industries.“It’s very exciting that we are ‘reshoring’ jobs from overseas,” said Jason Kester, Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) director.Kester said a grand opening for the facility has been schedule for Oct. 2....

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Clay finishes third in Ironton

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comThe Clay Panthers golf team finished third in a five-team match Monday evening at Ironton Country club with a team score of 186. The Panthers were led Taylor Swayne, who shot a nine-hole score of 44. Conner and Aaron Phipps followed close behind with a 45 and a 47, respectively.The Coal Grove Hornets took the match with a team score of 171. The Hornet’s Brent Morgan was the match medalist with a nine-hole score of 36....

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County BOE sets absentee voting hours

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comIndividual counties are now allowed to extend voting hours which has drawn an appeal from Secretary of State Jon Husted. U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals Judge Peter C. Economus restored “Golden Week,” a week-long window when Ohioans could register to vote and cast a ballot, but at the same time, his order also prohibits Husted from preventing local boards from setting hours in addition to the statewide schedule....

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Residential phone books available upon request

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comAccording to the Frontier website, in June 2012 Frontier began removing the Residential White Page listings in some selected FrontierPages telephone directories. So if you picked up your new Frontier telephone directory and noticed there were no White Page Residential listings, there’s a reason. Frontier no longer routinely sends out residential listings.

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Change order adds cost to phone system

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comIn June, the Scioto County Commissioners approved a contract with Frontier Communications of America for $58,000 to install a new phone system for courthouse offices. On Tuesday, the commissioners approved a change order to the contract that added nearly $10,000 to the cost.The commissioners allocated funds in this years budget for a new phone system. The funding was allocated to the prosecutors office.

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Northwest to play at Trojan Coliseum

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comFor the third consecutive home game, the Northwest Mohawks will play at Trojan Coliseum.Northwest (1-2) played the first two weeks of the season at Portsmouth High School before traveling to Chillicothe Huntington last week.Northwest officials decided to upgrade the field conditions over the summer. However, due to a broken water system, the Mohawks’ field hasn’t been suitable to play on this season....

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SSU Men’s basketball releases 2014-15 schedule

Sports ReleasePORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Shawnee State men’s basketball team has released its slate of games for the 2014-15 season which features 14 home contests, head coach Jeff Hamilton announced Monday.The Bears will open the season on Nov. 1 with a matchup against Kent State University at Tuscarawas at the Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium. SSU will remain at home on Nov. 4 versus Mount Vernon Nazarene.In the middle of November, Hamilton and company...

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Nickel releases 2014-15 SSU women’s basketball schedule

Sports ReleasePORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State women’s basketball coach Jeff Nickel has released the squad’s 2014-15 schedule, which features 12 home matchups and five tournaments or classics throughout the course of the season.The Bears open the season on Nov. 1 versus Kent State University at Tuscarawas at the Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium. SSU will remain at home for a Nov. 4 bout with Mount Vernon Nazarene.On Nov. 7-8, SSU plays in the G...

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Burglary arrest leads to meth charges

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comLEWIS COUNTY, Ky. — According to reports from Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Biven’s Office, Jeanette Hampton, 30, of Tollesboro, Ky., and Jay Thompson, 24, of Alexandria, Ind., were arrested on Sept. 12, 2014, on burglary and drug-related charges.

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Letters to the editor

I am writing this letter concerning the restoration of the Otway covered bridge.The Scioto County Engineer, Craig Opperman, The Scioto County Commissioners, The Ohio Department of Transportation, The Righter Company Contractors, The Otway Historical Society, The Portsmouth Daily Times and the Community Common (for keeping us informed) all deserve a standing ovation for the completion of the restoration of the Otway Covered Bridge.Scioto County residents and all who made ...

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West takes SOC II match

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comThe West Senators shot a combined score of 177 to take an SOC II match Monday afternoon. West was led by sophomore and former Tri-State Junior Golf Tour Player of the Year Jordan Tieman, who shot a low score of 37.Waverly and Northwest also had strong team scores, with both teams shooting below 200. They were led by Isaiah Clifford and Colten Hamblin, respectively.Wheelersburg’s Mitchell McFarland was the medal...

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