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STAR volunteers ringing bells for the Army

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By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comAfter the very active winter we’ve recently had, not a lot of people want to think about Christmas and the season that brought so much snow last year, but volunteers with the Aktion Club and the STAR, Inc. !MPACT team started the season early when they volunteered by ringing bells for the Salvation Army during their annual Christmas in July Kettle Campaign.

 

Warrior defense starts with Lee

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comSteve Lee is easy to overlook off of the football field. Low key, calm and humble, the defensive lineman often goes about his business quietly and undetected.But if you’re playing the Kentucky Warriors, you better not overlook Lee on the football field.In his fifth season for the Warriors, Lee has recorded 45 tackles and a team-high four sacks in 2014. A team captain and Northern Frontier Football League All-St...

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McFarland places third in Chicago tourney

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comRiding a wave of momentum, Mitchell McFarland participated in one last golf tournament before his obligations to the Wheelersburg High School golf team resume during his senior season.However, McFarland didn’t travel to Chicago to just participate in the tournament. He made the trek to the Windy City looking to make some noise.

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Centrifuge project awaits funding approval

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comIn an article published in Roll Call, Randy Leonard writes that Senate appropriators want to allocate $110 Million for the American Centrifuge Project at Piketon formerly headed by USEC, Inc. According to the report, the bill stalled last month, but it is possible that the allocation could survive in other spending legislation.The report goes on to say, with dim prospects for the passage of the Energy-Water bill, S...

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Roy Rogers Character Awards Breakfast kicks off festival

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe second annual Roy Rogers Character Awards Breakfast officially kicked-off the Roy Rogers Festival Wednesday morning at the Scioto County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Portsmouth.“Character is the cornerstone of good citizenship,” former Assistant Secretary of State Monty Lobb, one of the organizers of the event, said. “Good citizenship is the foundation of a healthy, vibrant community. That’s...

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Council rejects city manager’s additional vacation days

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comPortsmouth City Manager Derek Allen will not receive the extra week’s vacation he asked Portsmouth City Council for.When Allen took the job his contract called for him to have two week’s vacation, because he had a pre-scheduled trip to Honduras where he was doing community work. Since returning, Allen has been working long hours attempting to reach his 11 goals which deal with the city’s deficit budget, an...

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Commissioner hinting towards action over jail

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comWhile the Scioto County Commissioners are still weighing their options when it comes to reacting to the possibility of Lawrence County opening a jail in Scioto County, one commissioner thinks it would be irresponsible for the county not to take action.The Lawrence County Commissioners have been working with the state of Ohio to reopen the Liberation Unit of the Ohio River Valley Juvenile Correctional Facility in Franklin Fu...

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County Hepatitis C rates down in 2012

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comLocal officials are calling a recent drop in the Hepatitis C rate in Scioto County good news.Information released from the Ohio Department of Health shows that Scioto County’s rate has dropped, but still remains higher than the state of Ohio’s average.

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City to receive refund for property taxes

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe city of Portsmouth has received final determinations on the taxability of several city-owned properties from the Ohio Department of Taxation regarding the possibility of refunds for taxes paid on four properties that should not have been taxed.

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SSU star, former ‘Burg standout Moore excelling with Paints

Kevin ColleyPDT Sports ContributorFor many aspiring baseball players in southern Ohio, playing at the famed VA Stadium in Chillicothe just one time is an accomplishment and an experience that those aforementioned players will never forget.However, the friendly confines of the VA Stadium have become something of a second home for Shawnee State standout and former Wheelersburg star Derek Moore as his success with the Pirates allowed the 6-foot-3 inch, 242-pound ...

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Former West slugger chooses Rio Grande

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comWest High School’s best hitter of the past two decades has finally chosen a new home.Earlier this week, Austin Howard, the Senators’ hard-hitting first baseman, signed to play baseball for Rio Grande University this upcoming season.“I loved everything about it,” Howard said. “I loved how close it was. I love how down to home it felt. I loved the atmosphere.”“Rio Gr...

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Adkins dominates at PRP

Sports Press ReleasePortsmouth Raceway Park resumed its 2014 season on Saturday. Consequently Ben Adkins, Jackie Boggs, and Mike Meyers resumed their winning ways.After a 22-day layoff, PRP opened its gates to feature a full card of racing with The Giovanni’s Pizza Late Models, RW Rental and Supplies Modifieds, The O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Lates, as well as Modified Lites.Adkins entered the evening in search of his third PRP win of the season, a...

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How to become a runner

By Mark AltstaetterCivitas News MediaVAN WERT, Ohio — No one can really explain why Van Wert has produced so many good distance runners.The city is just a blip on the map in northwest Ohio, tucked in between rows of corn fields near the Indiana border. The land is so flat here that the farmers like to joke that once you harvest the corn in autumn, you can roll a bowling ball some 100 miles to Lake Erie.People work hard here, they play hard and...

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Shawnee State sports bulletins

Shawnee State Athletics Press ReleaseCross Country releases 2014 scheduleThe 2014 men’s and women’s cross country schedules have been set, head coach Eric Putnam released Monday.The two squads will race identical schedules, participating in seven events during the fall.The Bears will open the schedule on Sept. 16 in West Portsmouth as the host squads of the 16th annual Shawnee State Invitational at Earl Thomas Conley Riv...

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County awards road and bridges contracts

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comThe Scioto County Commissioners awarded several contracts Tuesday for work to be done on various roadways and bridges throughout the county. During the same meeting, the commissioners also took action that will lead to the replacement of two county bridges.

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Porter paving underway

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe Porter Township Trustees awarded a pavement contract of $167,000 to Allard Paving, of South Webster, last month during their regularly scheduled meeting. Allard Paving has begun their work and is planning on a wrap-up in about a week.The roads scheduled for pavement include North Mill Road and South Mill Road, Short Street, Vernon Street from Clay to Ash, Pinehurst Avenue, Edmund Drive, Trouville, Milling and the Porte...

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Council reconsidering tax credit reduction

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comDespite heavy opposition from most of Portsmouth City Council, Third Ward Councilman Kevin E. Johnson continues to oppose efforts to reduce the city income tax credit given to people who live in Portsmouth and work in other jurisdictions where taxes are collected, by 50 percent.After the Auditor of State’s Office apparently looked unfavorably upon the city when it failed to pass the credit reduction, Council chose to ...

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City taking steps to avoid lawsuit

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comPortsmouth City Solicitor John Haas has taken steps to attempt to stave off the shadow of a lawsuit filed against the city, the City Health Department, its director Chris Smith, and Director of Environmental Services Andy Gedeon, on behalf of several citizens who own multiple properties, charging the city’s rental housing mandatory inspection fee is unconstitutional.Haas presented legislation to Portsmouth City Counci...

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