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Southern Ohio Opry going strong with Haggard

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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 Haggard. Others from the Opry will also be performing.


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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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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Council to look again at fire truck decision

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comWill Portsmouth City Council scrap an old fire truck or donate it? Following backlash from Portsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison, that Council chose not to follow his request to donate the truck to Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, but instead to get a scrap price, then auction it off, Council members discussed changing their minds at the last meeting.

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Carnival marks end of summer reading program

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comReading is something children should do year round, but sometimes there is a tendency to slack off that practice in the summertime, which is why the Portsmouth Public Library offers the Summer Reading Program. Saturday, the reward for those who participated took place on the grounds of the main library on Gallia Street in Portsmouth.

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ATV crash kills Portsmouth man

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comInformation is sketchy surrounding the death of a young Portsmouth man in an apparent four-wheeler crash. Only a minimum amount of information was available from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, who investigated the accident. That information was that the Sheriff’s Office was currently investigating a crash that occurred Friday at 8:25 p.m.The Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Tony Whitt, Jr., 1...

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STEM’s first open house a success

By Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comPortsmouth STEM Academy held its first open house Wednesday and Thursday of this week, drawing in well over 100 people — which was more than they were expecting.Board members were present, along with Headteacher Diana Marsh, the teaching staff and the arts educators from the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center.

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City Manager says he needs a vacation

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comPortsmouth City Manager Derek Allen has worked nearly non-stop since arriving in town to attempt to solve the city’s financial woes and now is asking for a break.Allen is expected to tell Portsmouth City Council Monday night he wants to get away from the long days and sometimes nights and take advantage of an offer made by a member of Council.Allen said he met with Fourth Ward Councilman Kevin W. Johnson on...

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Museum students get wild at SmArt Camp

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comIt isn’t every day when kids can have fun and learn something at the same time, but that is exactly what the order of the day was during the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center’s (SOMACC) annual art camp, aptly titled SmArt Camp the week of July 21-25. Artistic Director Charlotte Gordon said students took various art classes including both performing and visual arts.The camp was taught by Emily Uldrich, mus...

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Lampkin charged with aggravated robbery

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comPortsmouth Police detectives are seeking information from the public concerning a robbery that occurred earlier in the year. A man who is alleged to have stabbed a woman and held a man at gunpoint while he robbed him has been arrested. Christopher Lampkin, 35, of Portsmouth is facing a charge of aggravated robbery, a first degree felony and authorities are asking for information from anyone who has knowledge of the incident....

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Spartans look to rebound at struggling Carter County

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comIn the weeks leading up to last Saturday’s game with the Kentucky Warriors, the Southern Ohio Spartans seemed to be on a roll. They were riding a small winning streak, and coming off a big 22-20 victory against the River City Bulldogs. Now, they’re smarting after a 34-9 beat down at the hands of their cross-town rivals.“One week we look good, the next week we’re a totally different team and we look terri...

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Warriors have tough task ahead in Xtreme

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comAfter the Kentucky Warriors rolled their in-town rivals last weekend, head coach Jamie Rice stressed the need to move on quickly and begin focusing on the next opponent.“That’s a good team we’re playing next week,” Rice said after Saturday’s game with the Southern Ohio Spartans.Still fighting for a home game in the first round of the Northern Frontier Football League, the Warriors (7-1) ...

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