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Lecturer Sharon Sullivan presents ‘Human Trafficking in Our Backyard’ at SSU

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On April 1, Shawnee State University welcomed Dr. Sharon Sullivan, Assoc. Professor at Washburn University who lectured on ‘Human Trafficking in Our Backyard” as its final Women’s History Month event sponsored and organized by the campus Women’s Center.Sullivan is the co-founder/director of STARS (Stop Trafficking and Reject Slavery), the founder of the Kansas Freedom Network, a statewide coalition of people addressing human trafficking in Kansas, Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice, and the Midwest Bureau Chief for the International Public Policy Institute.


Local churches participate in Feinstein Challenge

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comThis is 17th year Alan Feinstein of the Feinstein Foundation will be dividing $1 million to food pantries and hunger fighting agencies across the United States.Participating agencies take part in what it called the ‘Feinstein Challenge.’

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This Week at the Kentucky State Capitol

FRANKFORT — There are usually three main drivers of state budget negotiations during the late days of a legislative session: the Senate, the House and the ticking clock.Lawmakers from each chamber had already passed their preferred spending plans when they arrived at the negotiating table this week to hammer out a budget compromise. They arrived with a veto recess scheduled to begin April 1 drawing ever-closer. (Sending a budget to the governor before the veto recess preserve...

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Northwest Board Of Education

The Northwest Board of Education met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Northwest High School Media Center. The board conducted the following business;* Passed a resolution to approve the minuted of the Regular meeting on February 18.* Passed a resolution to approve reports* Passed a resolution to employ substitute teachers for the 2013-2014 school year.* Passed a resolution to employ classified substitute personne...

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New Boston Homemaker’s Club Minutes

The New Boston Homemakers and Community Education Club met Friday, March 14 at the home of Rosella Riepenhoff.Rosella Riepenhoff, President, opened the meeting. Irene Duffany led the pledge and Alberta D. Potters led the creed. Nine members answered roll call. Rosella collected the Sunshine Fund.Janice Tomlin gave the secretary’s report. Irene Duffany made the motion to accept minutes as read; Freda Billiter seconded. Motion carried.Rosella Riepenhoff ga...

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Concerns arise over former New Boston Coke site

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comSome local officials have expressed concerns over the current state of the former New Boston Coke site in New Boston. Some concerns center around security and vandalism.“The New Boston Coke site has four significant issues. The good news is we have four specific sites in New Boston that’s not developed,” said Jason Kester, Executive Director of the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA). “If you go from...

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Special Meeting Announced

The Scioto County Board of DD will hold a special meeting Monday, April 14 at STAR, Inc., 2625 Gallia Street beginning a 6:00 PM. The purpose of this meeting is to interview candidates for the position of superintendent. The meeting is open to the public, but the interviews will be conducted in executive session as permitted by ORC 121.22 ‘Public Meetings – Exceptions.’

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IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service

The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.‪The fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing conta...

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Union at odds with county

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comContract negations have been ongoing since November with the union employees of the Scioto County Engineers office and county officials. The two have not been able to reach an agreement.“We’ve had contract negations that have been ongoing since November of last year (2013). They went before an mediator and it did not get resolved, we went to fact finding and a fact finder issued a report,” said Bob Cross a...

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Hunt holds awareness event

Miss Northwest Makala Hunt held her community event and it was a success. She had many bone marrow donors! Along with that she also had many people participate with Locks of Love. Makala would like to thank Be the Match, Locks of Love and everyone that helped and donated. This event meant a lot to her. Pictured beside her is Cole Adkins who now has no sign of disease. He has inspired her to raise awareness for this disease and hopes that now more people will be more involved with raising awar...

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Officials Discover Hemlock Pest in Lawrence, Monroe and Vinton Counties

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) today announced the discovery of a hemlock-killing pest in Lawrence, Monroe and Vinton counties in southeast Ohio. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is a small, aphid-like insect native to Asia that threatens the health and sustainability of eastern hemlock and Carolina hemlock in the eastern United States.HWA was first reported in the eastern United States in 1951 near Richmond, Va. By 2005, it...

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One Emmitt House investigation closes while another continues

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comOne investigation centered around the Emmitt House fire earlier this year, while the investigation with the Ohio Fire Marshal’s office continues.On Wednesday Pam Ison, owner of the former Emmitt House posted on Facebook the insurance company investigation of the fire is over.

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Attorney General DeWine Rejects Petition for ‘Bottle Bill for Ohio’

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today rejected the petition for the proposed “Bottle Bill for Ohio” because the petitioners did not submit the minimum valid signatures required.On March 17th, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition from the petitioners to amend the Ohio Revised Code by initiated statute. The single submitted petition had two defects which mandate the petition’s rejection. First, the petition la...

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Commissioners endorse State Issue 1

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comOn Tuesday the Scioto County Commissioners passed a resolution supporting the passage of State Issue 1 in the upcoming primary. The issue is the renewal of Ohio’s Capital Improvements Program.According to campaign promotional material, “the State Capital Improvements Program has helped local communities all over Ohio complete 11,500 road, bridge sewer and other infrastructure projects over the last 27 years. Iss...

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Boating Safety Education Course Offered

The Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Scioto County Field Office, Franklin Furnace, Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft. The fee for the course is $5 which covers the cost of course materials. Interested persons may register to take the course by calling 740-353-7668.The Ohio Boating Education Course covers a variety of boating topics such as the navigation rules of the road, boating and pers...

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Births at Southern Ohio Medical Center

March 17Susan an Joe Dillow of South Shore (Ky.), sonConstance Timberlak and Zirkles of New Boston, sonMr. and Mrs. Heather McClain of McDermott, daughterMarch 18Jessica Blevins and Justin Howard of Greenup (Ky.), daughterGina Howard of Wheelersburg, sonRandy Setty and Jessica Setty, sonMarch 19Jerrod and Amanda Nickell of Minford, daughterShannon Walburn and Jeremiah Hammond of Ports...

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Wheelersburg team brings home championship

A Wheelersburg Pirate 6th grade basketball team brought home a State Championship Title from the Ohio Youth Basketball School Team State Championships Tournament held in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend of February 22, 2014. Over 125 teams participated in the event and crowned 13 Ohio Youth Basketball Champions. The criteria for playing in the tournament are that all players must attend the school district that they are playing for and the teams are divided according to their high school divi...

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New autism numbers increase 30 percent

By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new autism numbers last week that state one in every 68 children living in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder. This number represents a 30 percent increase over previous estimates.Jodie Walker, President of the Autism Project of Southern Ohio said she was not surprised by the numbers.

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