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SSU Concludes Recruitment Season with “Greek Week”

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SSU’s fraternity/sorority recruitment season drew to a close during the week of Sept. 1-5th with a final series of meet-and-greets orchestrated by the university’s four Greek organizations: Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), Phi Mu Delta (PMD), Theta Phi Alpha (TPA) and Delta Phi Epsilon (DPE). Each event was designed as a means of introducing prospective members to Greek life, as well as the current members of the groups. In addition to outdoor activities—including the TKE obstacle course, PMD’s Ultimate Frisbee showdown, the “Summer Nights” celebration by TPA and a frozen yogurt bar by DPE—the organizations hosted several campus-wide cook-outs and community service opportunities. Above, members of DPE make blankets for the Children’s Hospital...

 

AAA: Gas Prices Expected to Fall in September

AAA says gasoline prices should fall in September through the end of the year as people drive less and because refineries can produce a less expensive winter-blend gasoline. AAA expects gas prices nationally could decline another 10-20 cents per gallon by the end of October, barring any major refinery or overseas problems.Last year, U.S. driving declined nearly 10 percent in September compared to August, according to the Federal Highway Administration. The decline in driving during...

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Grandparent Scams Continue to Target Ohioans

In recognition of Grandparents Day this Sunday, Sept. 7, Attorney General Mike DeWine is reminding Ohioans to watch out for the grandparent scam, a costly telephone ploy in which con artists pose as grandchildren in need.Thus far in 2014, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received 22 complaints involving grandparent scams. Most of those consumers report losing money, and losses range from about $1,000 to as much as $8,000. Additional consumers have reported receiving the...

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South Central Ohio Gas Prices Dip

South Central Ohio gas prices dipped about three cents a gallon to $3.48, according to AAA East Central’s Fuel Gauge Report.AAA East Central surveys more than 211 gas stations in South Central Ohio every week. It says the cheapest gas was in Columbiana at $3.299 a gallon for regular unleaded and the most expensive gas was in Portsmouth at $3.595.The average price per gallon of regular unleaded across Ohio was $3.51.This week’s South Central Ohio av...

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First responders honored

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comCash Express of South Shore, Kentucky, honored Scioto County First Responders on Wednesday with message boards and cakes in an event held at the KIA-MIA Memorial in Tracy Park in Portsmouth.The Scioto County Sheriffs Department, Portsmouth Police Department, Portsmouth Fire Department, Life Medical Response and Portsmouth Ambulance were each presented with a cake and a message board signed by Cash Express consumers. Also in...

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Bill Johnson Invites Students to Apply for Nomination to U.S. Service Academies

MARIETTA – Representative Bill Johnson is proud to announce that his office is currently accepting applications from young men and women interested in seeking a nomination for 2015 admission to a United States service academy.“The Academy nomination process is one of my most important responsibilities as your representative to Congress,” Johnson said. “The process of selecting future leaders who embody the best of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio is a duty I ta...

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PUCO reminds Ohioans of 740/220 area code overlay

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 8, 2014) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reminds residential and business customers in the existing 740 area code to be prepared for the introduction of the new 220 area code.The PUCO recommends that beginning Sept. 20, 2014 customers start to use 10 or 11-digit dialing (area code + seven digit phone number or 1 + area code + seven digit phone number) so that it is second nature for when it becomes necessary on March 21, 2015 to dial all...

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Appling wins award

Taylor Appling, son of Amy Rammel and Bobby Howard of Sciotoville, Taylor has been named the Class of 2015 Honda-OSU Math Medal award recipient for East High School. These awards are presented by the Honda-Ohio State Partnership Program, which supports programs in both education and research that benefit the transportation industry, and they recognize the top senior math students in high schools throughout southwest and central Ohio. The Class of 2015 Math Medal winners with be honored at a c...

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Time to Adopt-A-Highway and ‘fall sweep’ roadsides, help preserve the scenic beauty of the Commonwealth

Volunteers will be out in force to “fall sweep” state highways in northeast Kentucky next week, Sept. 15-21, as part of the Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt-a-Highway Fall Sweep Week.“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers. For 25 years they have worked selflessly to keep roadways in their communities beautiful and litter-free,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.Nearly 700 groups ...

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards Grants to Local Literacy Program

This week, The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth a youth literacy grant in the amount of $2722.46 to support their e Books for Grads Program.Awarded at the beginning of the academic year, youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation help provide teachers, schools and organizations with the funding and resources they need to properly begin the school year.

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SSU’s Appleton Art Gallery Presents an Artistically Unique “Expansion”

Married art duo Ron Kroutel (left) and Pat Wolf (right) of Athens, Ohio, stand by their collaborative diptych oil painting titled “Fight” (2013) at the opening night meet-and-greet of the new gallery, “Expansion,” at Shawnee State’s Appleton Art Gallery in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. The gallery features the artistically diverse works of 16 artists from the Nelsonville-based art co-op Majestic Gallery, ranging from abstract paper designs and face-molds to...

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Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies 5 Easy Ways to Spot Suspicious Calls

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is c...

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Recycling record in site

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comDan Palmer, Director of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District was excited about the new that came from Rumpke Monday. Rumpke is reporting the area is on tap to break a recycling record set in 2013 which saw 4 million pounds of material.Rumpke is reporting, “residents recycled nearly 2 million pounds from January through June 2014, putting them on track to possibly beat their 2013 annual record of 4 milli...

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Presidential Search Advisory Committee Meeting, September 16, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Shawnee State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting at 4 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the President’s Conference Room in the Administration Building at Shawnee State University.

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Shawnee Nature Club

The Shawnee Nature Club will be welcoming speaker Geoffrey Sea as he presents “The Greatest Serpent Mound: The Gigantic Prehistoric Rattlesnake Effigy at Portsmouth.” Sea will speak Tuesday, September 16 at Hill View Retirement Center at 7 p.m. Contact Sue Welty for more information at 740-353-0849.

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County road work

Craig J. Opperman P.E., Scioto County Engineer, announced the work schedule for the week of September 15, 2014 through September 19, 2014 for his office.ROAD CLOSUREEssman Sugar Camp Road – CR-52 at the 1.35 mile marker in Bloom Township will be closed Monday, September 15th, and Tuesday, September 16th, day and night. The location of the closure is between Sugar Camp-Jackson Fork Road and Sugar Camp Street. County Engineer’s Crews will be installing a concre...

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Upcoming activities at the Portsmouth Public Library

Bicentennial Events at the Portsmouth Public LibraryJoin us as we celebrate Portsmouth’s BicentennialHistorical Portsmouth Art ContestThe Portsmouth Public Library invites submissions of local subjects in various artistic mediums (photographs, watercolor, oil, pastel, etc.) to display throughout the month of September. Artwork must be submitted to the library by August 23, 2014. Please contact 354-5688 for more information.Portsmouth History i...

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ENTLERWEST PORTSMOUTH-James D. Entler Jr., 54, of West Portsmouth died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Melcher Funeral Home.

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