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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.


The Burning Question: What to do with Gordon?

PDT Sports ColumnPDTSports@civitasmedia.comCleveland Browns second-year wide receiver Josh Gordon left his mark on the NFL in 2014, racking up a league-best 1,646 receiving yards in just 12 games. But once his magical year ended, the problems of his past reared their ugly head.On July 5, Gordon was arrested and charged for driving while intoxicated in Raleigh, North Carolina. The arrest comes a few months after ESPN reported that he faces a season-long suspens...

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Gerald included on ESPN, Scout, 24/7 Sports Top 300 lists

Kevin ColleyPDT Sports ContributorFor young sports enthusiasts who grow up loving watching and playing sports, getting national notoriety on media publications such as ESPN and Scout.com are one of the many dreams that a young athlete can only hope to accomplish.However, that dream that’s held by so many individuals across our country has become a reality for one young football star in Southeastern Ohio.Tyler Gerald, who committed to Ohio Stat...

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Shockers break out bats in win over Athens

PDT Sports ReportAfter falling behind early, the Waverly Post 142 Shockers saw their bats come alive as they defeated the Athens Post 21 Gunners 9-4 in the final game of the regular season.“I was very pleased with our effort tonight,” Shockers coach Jonathon Teeters said.The Gunners were able to get two runs in the first inning off of Shocker ace Pierce Knisley, but Waverly would respond in the third and fourth innings. The Shockers would score sev...

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Warriors gear up for road game with Dukes

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comLooking to lock down one of the top two seeds in the NFFL playoffs, the Kentucky Warriors (5-1, ranked 16th nationally in both AA and AFPR semi-pro polls) will travel to Cincinnati for a critical road game with the Northwest Dukes (1-5).After committing eight turnovers over the course of two games, Warrior head coach Jamie Rice knows his team will need to take care of the football if they want to come away with a victory....

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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. 294.West Portsmouth Youth Football Sign-UpsThe West Portsmouth Youth Football/Cheerleading Sign-ups will be Saturday, July12th from 9-11am at The Complex. The league is open to K-6th Grades and parents need to bring a birth certificate with them to sign-ups. Follow The Complex on Facebook for future Sign-Up Dates.Western Sun Masonic Lodge...

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Faith community gathers in support of ‘Invasion’

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comIn anticipation of City Invasion taking place at Spartan Municipal Stadium on Saturday, members of the local faith community gathered Thursday night at Christ Community Church for worship and support of the activities of the event.Invasion founder Amy Lambert has been working for months in anticipation of the event. She addressed those in attendance.

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Regional Economic Development Marketing program launched

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comOn Thursday, economic development officials gathered at the OSU Endeavor Center to learn about a new marketing program being launched in Scioto, Jackson, Pike and Ross Counties.To develop the program, the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) hired consultants Ady Voltedge. Since beginning their work in January, a number of key economic assets were identified. A number of target industries were als...

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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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