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Valley Alumni Annual Banquet

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The Valley Alumni Association held their annual banquet on the evening of Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the American Legion Post on Court Street in Portsmouth. Graduates representing nine decades from the 1930’s to the present were in attendance. Ric Allwood, class of 1962 and former Valley High School teacher, served as master of ceremonies. Chris Spencer, class of 1999, catered the dinner. Special recognition was given to the class of 1964 on the occasion of their fiftieth anniversary. Following the diner, music was provided by Doc Roc and The Remidies.


Taylor Urges Parents to Discuss Safe Driving With Teen, Review Insurance

COLUMBUS – With the excitement and fun of summer in full swing, Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is urging parents and family members to discuss driving safety with their teen driver(s) and to secure adequate insurance protection.Tragically, the leading cause of death for teens is car accidents and they are involved in more fatal crashes than all other drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Common dea...

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Ohio Crew Called for Western Wildfire Assistance

An Ohio crew departed the State Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg early Saturday morning to travel to Redmond, Oregon, where they will be dispatched to help fight wildfires, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).“Ohio has many years of experience helping fight and manage wildfire and other emergencies, not only here at home, but in several other states,” said ODNR Deputy Director and State Forester Robert Boyles. “We are well prepared to respond ...

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SSU accepted into honorary organization of women educators

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Shawnee State University has been accepted by Alpha Kappa Delta, an international honorary organization of women educators.The new chapter at SSU is named the Alpha Delta of Ohio chapter. It will be incorporated into the Sociology Club at SSU.“Alpha Kappa Delta’s purpose seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and other social and intellectual activities th...

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Salvation Army donation bin set ablaze

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comAccording to Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps, their donation located on the back side of their ninth street building was set on fire earlier this week, ruining the bin and its contents.“It happened earlier this morning (Tuesday, July 23) during the dark hours. I guess someone must have called the (Portsmouth) fire department,” said Jeremiah Eisley, a leader of the Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps. “It turns...

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Rush Township placed in fiscal caution

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comIn an announcement made earlier this this week, Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost placed Rush Township in fiscal caution.Rush Township Trustee Phil Lajoye said having the township be given this fiscal status is a good thing and will help in the long run.Lajoye said when the township started using a new accounting system it caused the a number of problems.He said the township has various accounts in which...

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Mosley retires

CUTLINE: The Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently held a retirement tea for Lyvette Mosley, July 17 at STAR, Inc. Mosley retired after eight years, working in the Service and Support Administration office, the Superintendent’s Office and the Fiscal and Human Resources office. She was presented a proclamation from the Board during their regular meeting. Left, Rick Bolin, board member, presents Mosley, right, with the proclamation. For more information about the Scio...

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Secretary of State Husted Announces Mandatory Training for All 2014 General Election Poll Workers

COLUMBUS – Recognizing the importance of having properly trained elections officials in place, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today issued Directive 2014-21, requiring all poll workers for the upcoming general election to undergo mandatory training. To help offset the cost for county boards of elections, Secretary Husted also announced $760,000 in grants for the state’s 88 counties.“With approximately 40,000 poll workers needed on Election Day, it is essential...

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How Do Red Maples Get Their name?

Steve BoehmeWe get many requests for red maple trees. It usually takes us a few minutes to narrow down exactly what kind of red maple we’re being asked for, since the term “Red Maple” could apply to several thousand distinctly different cultivars of trees. “Red maples” fall into four basic groups: true red maples, Norway maples with red foliage, upright Japanese maples, and weeping cut-leaf Japanese maples.

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County still exploring options on Lawrence County Jail

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comThe Scioto County Commissioners reported on Tuesday they are still exploring their options when it comes to doing something about Lawrence County’s intention to open a jail in Scioto County.The Lawrence County Commissioners in corporation with the state of Ohio are intending to open the Liberation Unit of the former Ohio River Valley Juvenile Correctional Facility in Scioto County as a jail.Scioto County of...

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Comment Period Open For Scioto County Bridge Projects

As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9’s Planning & Engineering Department, the district’s Environmental Office is seeking public input on the following proposed bridge replacement projects in Scioto County.Scioto County – SCI-TR 79-0.10 (PID: 97557) – It is proposed to replace the structure over Dry Run on Township Road 79 (Laurel Fork Road) in Scioto County. The existing structure, which is located immediately west of the route...

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Scioto County Road Work Schedule

Craig J. Opperman P.E., Scioto County Engineer, announced the work schedule for the week of July 28, 2014 through August 1, 2014 for his office.ROAD CLOSUREGallia Pike Road – CR-1 at the 8.40 mile marker in Green Township will be closed Monday, July 28th, through Thursday, July 31st, day and night. The location of the closure is between Patriot Ridge Road and Jewell Hill Road. County Engineer’s Crews will be installing a precast bridge.Lick Run-Lyr...

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West reserved football tickets

Portsmouth West High School Reserved Football Tickets will go on sale, Monday, July 28th at High School Office from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. $35.00 each.

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Schedule for Pike County Fair filled to the brim

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comOrganizers with the 2014 Pike County Fair have prepared a schedule of events that will keep interested fairgoers busy.The annual Pike County Fair will take place from July 25 - August 2.Some of the highlights of this years event include, Harness Racing in the grandstand on Friday, July 25 starting at 5 p.m. Saturday’s schedule features a Tug-a-Truck at 7 p.m.On Sunday, July 27th there will be a G...

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Upcomming activities at the Portsmouth Public Library

Kids’ Events AnnouncedBack to School BashWe will be playing games and giving out back to school items as prizes. The Fun begins at 4:00pm July 31. Ages 12 and under. For more information call the South Webster Library at 778-2122.Story timesStorytimes will resume in the fall.Teen Summer Reading Events This WeekMad Science DayEmbrace your inner scientist as we explore a variety of scientific experiments. Ages 13...

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ODNR Natural Resources Park Offers Families Outdoor Fun

The Ohio State Fair opens Wednesday, July 23, at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) provides visitors the opportunity to experience the great outdoors only steps from the busy midway at the ODNR Natural Resources Park. The park, located in the southeast corner of the fairgrounds, is free to anyone attending the fair.“The Ohio State Fair is one of my favorite events of the year because it provides a snapshot of what Ohio...

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STEELEPORTSMOUTH-Carolyn Sue Steele, 56, of Portsmouth, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Southern Ohio Medical Center.Services will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements under the direction of Melcher Funeral Home.

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Area church services

* McDermott Community of Christ Church will have guest speaker, Seventy Brenda Strickland of West Portsmouth at the 10:45 Sunday worship service. Priest Wanda Joslin will preside; Nancy Crabtree will provide children’s ministry. Barb Koch will give ministry of music and Beverly Meadows will be pianist for the service. Prior to the worship service, Church School will begin at 9:30 am with Priest Wanda Joslin giving the Church School Worship, followed by classes. Prayer service will be he...

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