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Apartment building burns, people escape

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By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comPortsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison says a young woman injured in a morning fire Friday has been transported to OSU Medical Center in Columbus. Lisa Nouanesengsy of Huber Height, Ohio, reportedly suffered extensive burns to her hands and legs.“I’m not sure what her condition is at this point,” Raison said.People in the downtown area of Portsmouth reported hearing an explosion. Minutes later an apartment building at 717 Sixth St. went up in flames.


Mohawks can’t overcome early deficit in loss to Meigs

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comNorthwest dug themselves quite a hole in Thursday night’s district semifinals, one they couldn’t pull themselves out of.Though the Lady Mohawks made things interesting with a late-game win, they couldn’t overcome an early two-game deficiet in a 4-set loss to Pomeroy Meigs at Waverly High School.“It just came down to the fact that they had more heart then we did. They wanted it more than we did...

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What’s on tap

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comSaturday will feature four area teams competing in district-finals contests. At Jackson, the top-seeded Wheelersburg’s boys soccer team in Division IV will face No. 2 Bishop Rosecrans. The matchup will begin at 1 p.m., which will be followed at 4 p.m. by another Division IV district-final game between Chillicothe Zane Trace, a No. 1 seed, and the second-seed South Webster Jeeps.Later in the evening at Jackson, the Notre ...

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‘Burg survives scare from Huntington

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comFourth-seeded Chillicothe Huntington gave Wheelersburg quite a scare in the District Semifinals night — and then some.The top-seeded Lady Pirates needed extra points in the fifth game to advance to the District Finals Thursday night at Waverly High School. Wheelersburg was one point away from elimination twice, down 14-15 and 15-16 before rallying to take the final game 18-16.“This was the first time we&#...

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Titans look for win on senior night

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comWith Notre Dame’s (2-6, 1-2) playoff hopes fading fast, the Titans will look to play spoiler in Saturday’s home game against Symmes Valley (5-3, 3-1).The Vikings, who shook up the SOC I standings last weekend with an overtime win over Oak Hill, still cling to the seventh spot in the Region 25 computer rankings. Symmes Valley can also clinch a share of the SOC I title with a win and a win by Oak Hill over Northwest o...

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Early finish date possible in New Boston

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comNew Boston Village Administrator Steve Hamilton says the plans of the company performing the sewer project there are to be done by Thanksgiving. He said if the weather maintains the way it is now, that could make that date for completion of the work on Rhodes Ave. a reality.“The way they’re going right now I’m looking for them to be done with it by the second week of November,” Hamilton said. “...

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Storytelling Festival at McConnell House

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comWURTLAND, Ky. — The historic McConnell House, 100 McConnell House Dr. in Wurtland, Ky., will reek of Halloween festivities on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with the free, family-oriented Halloween Storytelling Festival event that will be held there.According to Bud Matheny, President of the McConnell House, Tammie Womack, candidate for constable in Greenup County, Ky. will host the Halloween Stor...

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Berean Baptist to host ‘Truth and Treat’ event

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comSCIOTOVILLE — Berean Baptist Church (BBC) 5526 Winchester Avenue in Sciotoville will host the ‘Truth and Treat Night’ for the community to enjoy. The event is set for Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.Pastor of BBC Tim Goodwin, said the Truth and Treat Night event is a gift of sorts to the community.

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State funding cuts 10 percent of city budget

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comBecause of state funding cuts, the city of Portsmouth has lost nearly 10 percent of its revenue. When all cuts are added together, the total general fund revenue loss is $1,186.575 or 9.76 percent of the city’s estimated Fiscal Year 2014 $12,150,000 general fund revenues.At a recent meeting of Portsmouth City Council, First Ward Councilman Kevin W. Johnson asked City Auditor Trent Williams how much revenue the voter p...

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Pleasant Green gearing up for ‘Trunk and Treat’

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comPleasant Green Baptist Church (PGBC), located at 1421 Waller Street in Portsmouth, will host the 11th annual Trunk and Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at 5 p.m.This will be the 11th year that PGBC parking lot will be transformed into an area loaded with cars, trucks, and SUV’s whose trunks are filled will treats to pass out to local children, and adults.Julie Wood, member of PGBC, an...

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Firefighters - Portsmouth’s asset

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comThe city of Portsmouth has a valuable asset. It is one that demands the respect of every citizen. That asset is the Portsmouth Fire Department.Friday morning, Wayne Allen, Portia Williams, Joseph Pratt and I were sitting in the news room when the first call came in about an explosion and fire in the next block. I ran to the scene in the 700 block of Sixth Street where I saw an apartment building completely engulfed in flame...

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KDMC Ohio to host two flu clinics

By Portia Williamsportiawilliams@civitasmedia.comAccording to King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio the flu vaccine is a lifesaver, especially for children, people over 65, pregnant women and those with chronic conditions. In light of this, KDMC Ohio is preparing to host two free flu clinics in Scioto County.KDMC has scheduled two free flu clinics next week to make it easier for Scioto County residents over age 18 to receive the flu vaccine. Clinics are s...

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Braun appointed to Ohio board

Joseph Prattrpratt@civitasmedia.comOn Friday, October 24, Governor John R. Kasich announced two appointments to the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Board. One of the appointees was local Shawnee State University (SSU) professional Eric Braun.Braun, of Portsmouth, has been appointed to the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Board for a term beginning October 23, 2014 and ending January 30, 2018.Braun serves as executive director of development at SSU, where h...

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SSU Baseball helps with MORE

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio –The SSU Baseball team is participating in Project MORE (Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence), helping second, third, and fourth-graders at Portsmouth Elementary School improve their reading skills in preparation of the State of Ohio’s grade-level reading achievement tests.Project MORE is a volunteer mentoring program that is designed to help elementary school-level students who are considered to be at-risk for reading failure across the State of O...

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Medicare event helps area residents

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comIf you are a Medicare beneficiary and want to learn more about Medicare and how the Medicare Annual Coordinated Election Period can work for you or you just want to stay informed and healthy and save money, mark your calendars for an upcoming Medicare Check-Up that will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6 in Portsmouth. The Area Agency on Aging District 7, which covers ten counties in southern Ohio, including Scioto, is encouraging Medicare b...

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Woman air-lifted after car/pedestrian accident

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comA woman struck by a car in the early morning hours Thursday is in a Huntington hospital and the incident is still under investigation.The early morning car/pedestrian accident occurred on Thursday at about 5:30 a.m. Portsmouth Police Department Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said Natalie A. Marshall, 38, of Washington Street in Portsmouth, was walking in the area of the 2200 block of Scioto Trail and then stepped into the r...

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G. Sam PiattPDT Outdoors ColumnistMOREHEAD, Ky. — Cave Run Lake, an 8,200-acre body of water created just over 40 years ago when the Army Corps of Engineers built a dam across the Licking River 10 miles west of here, offers some good fishing for two of the most popular game fish – the black bass and the crappie.But the fish that has made the lake famous and continues to draw anglers from all over the Midwest is the mighty muskellunge.Eve...

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Adding Marshall multiplies OSU’s options

By Jim Naveaujnaveau@civitasmedia.comCOLUMBUS – Jalin Marshall was a quarterback at Middletown High School, but he did the math and decided his future in college football was as a receiver.First of all, he was 5-feet, 11-inches tall. And that doesn’t fit the profile big-time college football programs look for in quarterbacks.Secondly, he rushed for more than twice as many yards (4,759) as he passed for (2,239) at Middletown and was a car...

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