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Bridges program graduates 10 students

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By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comThe Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) Bridges program held a graduation ceremony for 10 participants of the six-week program on July 25 at the Vocation Station.Bridges assists under-served areas of the state in developing employment services for youth with developmental disabilities as they transition from school to employment. The students participate in job shadowing, job coaching and a variety of educational opportunities to help them achieve their employment goals.


Ky. health department to host back to school clinics

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comGREENUP, Ky. — In an effort to ensure student enrollment requirements are fulfilled, the Greenup County Health Department is reporting an upcoming clinic for back to school vaccination and physical examinations t beginning Aug. 6, 2014.Connie Wilburn, the Nurse Administrator and Nurse Practitioner for the Greenup County Health Department, said vaccinations are important to counteract potentially fatal dise...

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KDMC corrects problem with insurance network

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comKing’s Daughters Ohio says a technicality that inconvenienced some people including some retired teachers has been solved. Kerry Tague of KDMC said it is important that people know KDMC Ashland and Ohio have always been in the Aetna Commercial network and the Aetna Medicare network since July 15, 2013.Recently, several people were suddenly told their doctor, affiliated with KDMC, was out of network, despite the fact t...

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Jobs and Family Services to offer clothing program

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comProviding clothing for families with multiple children can be a challenge. In light of this fact, the Scioto County Department of Jobs and Family Services will offer the 2014 Back to School Clothing Program. The program will serve Scioto County residents with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) eligibility with school aged children.Director of SCDJFS, Paige Robbins, said the Back to School Clothin...

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22 indicted on pattern of corrupt activity charges

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comMembers of the Scioto County Drug Task Force believe they have “put a significant dent” in a major drug ring, as well as a Columbus gang known as the Columbus 22nd Street or “Deuce Deuce” Bloods, in the indictment of 22 people and the arrest of 19 of them over the weekend.After an approximately 18-month investigation from February of 2013 through this weekend, the Task Force, with the assistance of t...

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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.Clay Golf ScrambleClay High School’s Golf team will be holding a scramble at Shawnee Golf Course on Saturday, August 2. The cost is $240 per team. Registration for will take place at 7:30 on Saturday, and the event will begin shortly after. Contact Jason Van Deusen with any questions at (740) 285-5004.Circleville Dog Days 5K Ro...

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Upcoming grant workshop is a collaborative effort

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comGRAYSON, Ky. — According to reports from the Grayson Gallery and Art Center, Jenrose Fitzgerald, Grant Program Manager for the Kentucky Foundation for Women (www.kfw.org) will be hosting a “Participatory Artist Enrichment Grant Workshop” on Aug. 2, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grayson Branch of the Carter County Public Library at 116 West Main Street in Grayson, Ky.The Grayson Gallery an...

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New Boston man indicted on sex charge

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comA federal grand jury sitting in East St. Louis, Illinois, has indicted Nathan D. Maphis, 36, of New Boston — charging him with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.The offense charged in the indictment alleges that on June 24 and 25, 2014, Maphis travelled from the State of Ohio to Effingham County, Illin...

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DeWine to vist Southern Ohio Task Force on Domestic Violence

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comOhio Attorney General Mike DeWine will visit the Southern Ohio Task Force on Domestic Violence, located at 2315 Grant St. in Portsmouth, on Wednesday. Yvonne Lyon, co-director of SOTFDV said they are looking forward to the visit with great anticipation.Yvonne Lyon, has worked with the shelter for more than 20 years and currently works as a co-director at the shelter. She said having DeWine visit is an honor. Lyo...

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Talking about the way we were

Over the Memorial Day holiday we all remembered the Veterans of wars gone by. We think particularly of those who lost their lives to make ours better. For me it was a very busy weekend, with family and friends. Amy, Jon and Benji were all here and so were Carrie and Ashlee. It was unique to have all three grandchildren (Connor, Ellee, and Rex) here at the same time. That was pretty special.

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Southern Ohio Opry going strong with Haggard

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comWhile the harsh winter months left the Southern Ohio Opry closed during much of their normal operating times, the Opry assures they aren’t closed for good.Many of the venue’s supporters have expressed worry recently about the lack of performing acts due to winter cancellations, but Whisman says they are far from closing and are planning on continuing strong. They are proving this with the upcoming act by Scott ...

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Dr. Murray schedules free day of dentistry Aug. 9

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comFor many people in this area, professional dental care is not in their budget. So a day that sends them on their way with a new smile can be a life changing experience. Dr. Tracy Murray of 1010 Gallia St. in Portsmouth says he is out to change lives again this year as he hosts the latest Free Day of Dentistry, Aug. 9.“Over the past six years we have seen over 835 patients,” Rhonda Murray of Dr. Tracy Murray̵...

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Roy Rogers book ready for festival

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comMany books have been written about the King of the Cowboys, former Duck Run and Scioto County resident Roy Rogers, known in these parts as Leonard Slye. But none may be as personal as the book begun by his own sister, Cleda Slye Willoughby, and finished her long-time friend and educator John Simon who formerly taught at Shawnee State University, Rio Grande University and Ohio University.Different than other histories on the...

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Duncan dominates at Atomic Speedway

Sports ReleaseCHILLICOTHE, Ohio-Cole Duncan took the lead from Jimmy Stinson on the 11th lap and picked up the victory, while picking up the $3,000 victory and earning a spot in the Sprint Car Open Wheel Championships in October. Duncan lapped all but the first eight cars in the process to kick off the Atomic Blast weekend Friday night at Atomic Speedway.Claiming the win in the AMRA Octane Modified division with a lap 17 pass of Tanner Wilson was Greggie Oliver. Dean Boy...

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Does the record swim in Greenbo?

G. Sam PiattPDT Outdoors ColumnistOn a warm summer night on Greenbo Lake, 48 years ago, Delbert Grizzle and T.L. “Lardy” Groves moved their boat slowly along, casting plastic worms to the shoreline. Suddenly the bass of all bases sucked Grizzle’s bait in and the fight was on.I’ve told the story of the battle for the then-state record largemouth bass before, but it’s always fun to hear it again.It was late evening Aug. 3...

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Sheriff warns of phone scam

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office says it has been made aware of a telephone scam in which the caller claims to be with a local law enforcement agency and tries to scare people into paying money under the threat of going to jail.Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said the scammers are able to get the local law enforcement agencies phone number to show up on their caller ID and then they claim to be with that agen...

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Bike Ride raises funds for SOMC Hospice

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comIt was a bright sunny day. A slight breeze was blowing, Harley-Davidson vests were the uniform of the day, and helping SOMC Hospice families was the purpose.A larger than normal turnout brought smiles to the faces of the volunteers at the 2014 Hospice Memorial Bike Ride Saturday at the parking lot at SOMC Hospice on the Southern Ohio Medical Center East Campus.“It’s very weather dependent and this is ...

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Portman and Brown send letter in support of Piketon

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe town hall meeting held Thursday night in Waverly to discuss what to do to try to prevent layoffs at the D&D project in Piketon, came on the heels of the announcement that U.S. Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined members of the Ohio Congressional delegation calling on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to take steps to prevent the possible layoffs of nearly 700 workers employed on the cleanup of the Portsmouth...

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