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Covered bridge restoration nearly complete

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By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comScioto County Engineer Craig Opperman said the Otway Covered Bridge restoration project has reached a milestone and is nearly complete.“Yesterday (Monday, June 30) the covered bridge was taken off its supports, and is standing on it’s own now,” Opperman said.In November of 2013, the Scioto County Commissioners approved a contract with the Righter Company, of Columbus, for $421,900, for the repair and rehabilitation of the bridge.“We are on the trailing end (of the project) now. All of the main structural work is completed. They are finishing up the purlins on the roof this week and they are hoping to start putting the roof on this week,”


Ohio’s Natural Gas Production Nearly Doubles from 2012 to 2013

Ohio’s natural gas production nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013 because of increasing activity in the Utica shale and continued development of midstream infrastructure. The announcement came today at the “State of the Play” event at Stark State College.The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) released data for 352 horizontal shale wells that reported production in 2013. The wells drilled in the Utica and Marcellus shale produced 3.6 million barrels of oil an...

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Glockner Enterprises Monday Night Elks Golf League

Results Monday June 30, 20141) Dakota’s Roadhouse 46.0Johnson’s Shirt Shop 46.03) Deemer’s Market 44.04) Cottle Financial Services 43.55) Desco 41.06) Trophies Unlimited 36.57) Crystal Klean Car Wash 36.08) Luther Transfer 35.59) Quality Car & Truck Leasing 32.010) Cross Management 29.5Low RoundsA) Phil Moore/Bryan Sturgell (36)B) Dav...

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Shawnee State University awards Master’s Degrees

Shawnee State University held commencement on Saturday, May 3, conferring degrees on 579 students with 338 receiving Bachelor’s Degrees, 234 receiving Associate’s Degrees and seven graduates receiving Master’s Degrees.• 33 are graduating Summa Cum Laude with a grade point average of 3.9 or above;• 35 are graduating Magna Cum Laude with a grade average of 3.75 to 3.89• 93 are graduating Cum Laude with an average of 3.50 to 3....

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Main Street Portsmouth Receives 2014 National Accreditation

Main Street Portsmouth has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through t...

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Ohio Watercraft Officers Increase Patrols to Stop Boating Under the Influence

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI) of drugs or alcohol.“Consuming alcohol on a boat can have serious, and even deadly, consequences,” said Gary Obermiller, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. “It is critical for drivers and passengers t...

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Compass Community Health Hosts Free Health Screening at Potter’s House Ministries

On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, Compass Community Health Care Center will partner with area agencies to host a free health screening at The Potter’s House Ministries Food Pantry, located in Sciotoville. In addition to blood pressure, total cholesterol, and blood sugar screenings by Compass healthcare practitioners, representatives from Compass Pediatric Occupation Therapy, AAA7, AppaPhil, and the OSU Extension Office will be on hand with health-related activities and information.

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South Central Ohio Gas Prices Dip

South Central Ohio gas prices fell about eight cents a gallon to $3.70 this week, according to AAA East Central.On The National FrontThe national average price of gas has stopped increasing as we approach the Independence Day holiday, though prices remains at a six-year high for this time of year. Today’s national average for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.67 per gallon. The price has remained relatively stable over the past seven days, and the current price is ab...

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Taylor Announces Insurance Agent Fee Reduction Expected to Generate $11.3 million in Savings

COLUMBUS – A reduction in the fee insurance companies pay to “appoint” insurance agents is expected to result in $11.3 million in reduced annual costs, Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor said.“Lowering the cost of doing business in Ohio benefits consumers and further strengthens Ohio’s vibrant insurance market,” Taylor said. “The Ohio Department of Insurance is committed to a common sense regulatory environ...

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Scioto County released from fiscal emergency status

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comOn Monday, Ohio Auditor of State David Yost officially released Scioto County from Fiscal Emergency status with his office.Yost along with other state and local officials were in attendance at the Monday meeting of the Scioto County Financial Planing and Supervision Commission, where the release was officially announced.On Aug. 19, 2009, Scioto County was declared in a state of fiscal emergency by the Auditor of ...

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Charity Car Show held

The STAR, Inc. Charity Car Show was held on June 28 at the Portsmouth Cinema Complex. A total of 67 entries were present and $1,451 was raised. Thirty-one winners were named in various categories with two top winners - Director’s Pick was Jim Horsley’s 1967 Ford Galaxy Convertible and the Judge’s Pick was Jeffery Steel with his 1961 Convertible. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis’ Aktion Club and care packages for the National Guard Unit 1191.

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AAA Projects more than 41 Million Americans to Celebrate Summer Freedom with an Independence Day Getaway

(June 26, 2014) — AAA Travel projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from the 40.3 million people who traveled last year and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The majority of travelers will be celebrating their freedom with a road trip, with more than eight in 10 (34.8 million) choosing to travel by automobile, the highest level since 2007. The Indep...

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David Aeh Receives Spring 2014 EKU Dean’s Award

David Joseph Aeh of South Shore is one of 365 Eastern Kentucky University Dean’s Award recipients for the Spring 2014 semester.Aeh is a junior Biology major at EKU.To earn the Dean’s Award, students must achieve Dean’s List honors at EKU for three semesters, not necessarily consecutive. A lapel pin is presented to students by the dean of their academic college.To achieve Dean’s List honors at Eastern, students attempting 14 or more cred...

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County roadwork schedule

Craig J. Opperman P.E., Scioto County Engineer, announced the work schedule for the week of July 7, 2014 through July 11, 2014 for his office.ROAD CLOSUREBig Run Road – CR-136 at the 1.30 mile marker in Morgan Township continues to be closed through Friday, July 11th. The location of the closure is between Sedan Crabtree Road and Phipps Road. Kuhn Construction, Inc. will be repairing a road slip.Oak Hill Branch Road – CR-73 at the 1.39 mile marker ...

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Upcoming activities at the Portsmouth Public Library

Pioneer Garden at Shawnee State Park Nature CenterThe Portsmouth Public Library, Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District and the Ohio State Park Service have teamed up to bring an exciting project to Scioto County. We will be hosting a Pioneer Garden at the Shawnee State Forest Nature Center.We will be using this garden to teach about gardening, nature and traditional Appalachian life. The garden will be open each Friday at 1pm and activities will begin at 3pm. The b...

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ODOT District 9 Weekly Travel Report

For the week ending July 5, 2014: The following traffic advisory includes road construction and major maintenance projects requiring lane restrictions and/or closures along the state and federal highway system within ODOT District 9. For statewide information regarding road conditions affected by weather, construction, maintenance or accidents, visit ODOT on the web at www.Ohgo.comDistrictwideA raised pavement marking project is under way, and crews will be working on va...

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New Boston Homemaker’s Club

New Boston Homemaker’s Club MinutesJune 12, 2014The New Boston Homemakers and Community Education Club met Thursday, June 12 at Rosella Riepenhoff’s home.Rosella, President, opened the meeting. Irene Duffany led the pledge and Janet Riepenhoff led the creed. Eleven members answered roll call. Janet collected the Sunshine Fund.Due to the absence of the secretary, no report was given.Janet gave the treasurer’s report. Vane...

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Services at area churches

* Christ United Methodist Church, 5731 Gallia Street Portsmouth, Sunday Worship at 9:30 a.m. with a message by Pastor John Richards. Sunday School follows at 11:00 a.m. Sunday 2:00 p.m.- Homecoming and Welcome to the New Pastor Picnic at Blume & Jenkins Campsites on Northwood Street in Franklin Furnace, Ohio.

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