• My black Julia doll

    I asked for a Julia doll for Christmas when I was a kid—and it was found under the tree. The doll wore a white nurse’s uniform with cap, and featured eyelashes, bendable legs, and a Twist ‘N Turn™ waist. Julia, a black doll with light brown skin, brown eyes, and short straight brown hair, was my only childhood African America doll.
    Julia Baker, based on Diahann Carroll’s character from the TV show “Julia”, played a nurse and single (widowed) mother. The
  • A dangerous game on the river

    The coming of June meant freedom for the Beattyville Braves. No more school for three long months. Nothing but swimming, fishing, camping and games to occupy our time.
    There were six of us pre-teenage boys – Hobo Cooper, Gayle Sanders, Dale Bailey, Vinson Euton, Richard Keith and me. Where you saw one of us that summer you saw all six. It was only 50-75 yards from the village sown to the water’s edge, and the river provided much of our recreation.
    We were sprawled on the sandy shore
  • Portsmouth notches win

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Friday (2/16)
    Portsmouth 71, Ironton 55
    Behind a strong scoring outburst from Daniel Jordan and yet another three-point barrage from Matthew Fraulini, the Portsmouth Trojans’ boys basketball program was able to notch its 16th victory of the 2017-18 season as Portsmouth defeated the Ironton Fighting Tigers’ boys basketball program by a 71-55 tally on Friday evening in an OVC contest that was held in Portsmouth.
    Jordan, who was, once again, hard to handle in the low pos
  • SSU blueprint set up from consistent leadership

    In anything that we do as a society, we are all judged upon what we can do to raise the bar and become better.
    And if a group of judges were present, it is clear that the Shawnee State University women’s basketball program would obtain a perfect score for its work.
    That work, which has come in large part due to staying true to a blueprint that has remained in place over the course of many years, has only evolved as time as went along.
    Need any more proof? A 24-3 overall record, 19 straight
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  • Tigers edge Titans on Senior Night

    NEW BOSTON — Tight contests with tournament atmospheres are a great way for a pair of teams to get ready for the postseason.
    On Friday evening, the New Boston Tigers’ boys basketball program and the Notre Dame Titans’ boys basketball program were able to get some excellent late-game experience heading into the tournament as the two programs made their final SOC I and regular season bout count by dueling and battling it out over the full 32 minutes on Friday evening.
    However, wh
  • South Webster’s Shiloah Blevins drives to the rack.

    This time of year is one to remember for every high school team.
    Regardless of records or where a school is at, there’s always a night where seniors who contributed to the program are honored.
    Friday night at Minford, senior cheerleaders and basketball players were honored before the Falcons game against South Webster.
    In a night that was chalk full of moments to reflect upon, Minford was able to down the Jeeps in front of their home crowd by a score of 55-44.
    Seniors Breyden Tilley, Elija
  • Falcons fly past Jeeps on Senior Night, 55-44

    This time of year is one to remember for every high school team.
    Regardless of records or where a school is at, there’s always a night where seniors who contributed to the program are honored.
    Friday night at Minford, senior cheerleaders and basketball players were honored before the Falcons game against South Webster.
    In a night that was chalk full of moments to reflect upon, Minford was able to down the Jeeps in front of their home crowd by a score of 55-44.
    Seniors Breyden Tilley, Elija
  • Conaway family donates track boards in honor of Bernie Tilley

    RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Under the guidance of veteran head coach Bob Willey, the University of Rio Grande Track & Field program has had its fair share of success over the years.
    The men’s and women’s programs have combined to produce countless NAIA All-Americans over the years, including Rio Athletic Hall of Famer Bernie Tilley.
    A new record board to showcase the top performances in URG Track & Field history was recently dedicated in honor of Tilley and his late sons, Kyle a
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  • Trojans lead on court, in community

    Coaches and educators often work together to help mold young students and athletes into leaders.
    You hear coaches praise their players for demonstrating leadership qualities on the field and the court. But, how often do you hear of that extending out of sport and into the community?
    The Portsmouth Trojans boys basketball team is working to build their leadership qualities, and have helped enhance those attributes by becoming engaged off the hardwood.
    Friday afternoon, the Trojans were presented
  • New Fishing Regulations for 2018

    A reduction in the statewide daily creel limit from 30 fish to 20 fish for crappie highlights the new fishing regulations for 2018. The regulations go into effect March 1.
    “Anglers requested this regulation,” said Ron Brooks, director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The amount of hours spent crappie fishing and the fishing pressure on crappie are increasing across the state. Crappie are popular to eat. Crappie anglers recognized the inc
  • County road work schedule

    Clearing of right of way (weather permitting)
    Mt. Carmel Road (CR212) in Madison Township will be closed Tuesday, February 20th from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The location of the closure is between White Gravel – McDaniel Road and Salem Road. County Engineer’s crew will be clearing the right of way. Local traffic only will be maintained.
    Salem Road (CR20) in Madison Township will be closed Wednesday, February 21st through Friday, February 23rd from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The location of
  • Bears reign supreme

    In any athletic stage, there are great games, and then there are contests that are so intense in every facet that it raises the said program in question up a notch from where it was prior to the game’s commencement.
    On Thursday evening, the No. 1-ranked Shawnee State University women’s basketball program, playing as the top dog for the first time in 17 seasons in an NAIA Poll — and for the first time ever in the NAIA Division I ranks — made sure that the rest of the count
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  • Bears bounce back, win 86-84

    It takes a lot for a basketball coach to believe a game is over.
    That’s why sometimes you see coaches calling for late timeouts, trying to push out every last second on the clock.
    Coaches feel that their team is always still in a game. Good coaches pass that attitude over to their players, who in return never give up out on the floor.
    Shawnee State showed that stick-to-itiveness on Thursday night in an 86-84 win over Campbellsville, in a game that they trailed by nine points with 9:19 to p
  • Thomas rallies the troops

    MCDERMOTT — In tightly contested tournament affairs, it really does only take a play or two to change the entire outcome of a contest.
    With the Clay Panthers’ girls basketball program trailing by a 25-18 margin with less than 90 seconds to play in the first half of a Division IV Sectional Final matchup against the Manchester Greyhounds’ girls basketball program and her team needing a spark, Jensen Warnock began to take the game over in a rapid fashion on all accounts.
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  • 21-0 run fuels Notre Dame victory

    MCDERMOTT — When a unit is as talented as Notre Dame is, a sizeable run can come and go before even knowing what hit a single unit.
    And despite a great effort from the Valley Indians’ girls basketball program, the Lady Titans of Notre Dame proved to be too much as J.D. McKenzie’s club moved to 23-0 on the year and earned yet another berth to the Division IV District Tournament realm as another outstanding effort from Lexi Smith and a blistering 21-0 third-quarter spurt carried
  • Lions knock out Trojans, 67-21

    The Portsmouth Trojans met a tough Fairfield Lions squad in the sectional round of the girls basketball division three tournament at Valley on Wednesday.
    Portsmouth was able to keep the game within reach early, but ultimately it was Fairfield who pulled away in the final three quarters to capture a 67-21 win.
    With just one senior on the roster, the Trojans knew entering the season they would be a younger team and would have to grow up as the season progressed.
    Late in the year, Portsmouth began
  • Random Acts of Kindness

    It’s February – Valentine’s Day has passed – and although the expression of love during
    this time is often shown through cards and gifts – random acts of kindness can leave quite
    an impression Not only in February, but any day or month, simple acts could have the
    potential of making a true difference for someone.
    Think about seniors in your community or a senior you know. Below are some ideas of
    random acts of kindness that could add a ray of sunshine to their day:
  • Yes, ‘it’ happened here. There’s been a mass school shooting in Florida — now what?

    Don’t even bother to say something ridiculous like, “It’s not supposed to happen here … “
    No, it’s not supposed to happen anywhere, but it does, with sickening frequency.
    And on a horrible Wednesday — Valentine’s Day — it happened in South Florida. There was yet another mass school shooting — the state’s first since Columbine — this time, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.
    The shooter has been identi
  • Keep on truckin’

    It was back in 1958 when Dad had Ernie Stuart deliver 8 Hereford heifers here to the farm. Ernie was a livestock hauler and trader and Dad and his dad dealt with Ernie often.
    This deal was special. It was the beginning of many things near and dear to me. Now we had a small herd of purebred cattle that all looked alike – no more days of a motley gathering of this and that – all red with white trim – just like Christmas. I was excited because Dad gave one of them to me in exchang
  • County units star in SE Ohio Sectionals

    In the sport of swimming, it takes patience, endurance, and a fantastic skill set in order to emerge ahead of the pack.
    On Saturday, Feb. 10, each of the four Scioto County units did just that in the annual Division II Southeast Ohio Sectional Swim Meet that was held at the Ohio University Aquatic Center as the 400 meter freestyle relay units at Notre Dame, Northwest, Portsmouth, and Wheelersburg each qualified for Central/East/Southeast District competition on Friday in the event and placed 11t
  • Minford blasts Logan

    Wednesday (2/14)
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Minford 86, Logan 54
    Responding to defeat in a positive manner is a great momentum boost for a program.And on Wednesday evening, the Minford Falcons’ girls basketball program set the tone for how they were going to respond to its first defeat of the season by collecting a huge 86-54 victory over the Logan Chieftains’ girls basketball program to finish the regular season at 21-1 overall.Minford, who continued to build on a outstanding regular season t
  • Wheelersburg takes Eastern to woodshed, 66-6

    LUCASVILLE — When a team is involved and engaged in its pressure defense, the results usually tend to be fruitful for the said unit in question.
    That definition certainly couldn’t have borne much more fruit than it did for the Wheelersburg Pirates’ girls basketball program on Wednesday evening as Wheelersburg accumulated 27 steals, had six players score at least six points or more, and scored the first 37 points of a Division III Sectional Semifinal matchup against the Eastern
  • Gifford: “Forever grateful, thankful” for East opportunity

    When a person puts as much into developing a program as James Gifford did, it’s only a matter of time before the work that’s put in by said person gets noticed by other programs across the area.
    And after turning the East football program from a unit that had suffered two consecutive losing seasons into one that ultimately collected three consecutive winning seasons, a 10-0 regular season mark in 2016, and the unit’s very first victory ever in postseason competition in 2017 wit
  • “The best thing ever!”

    The giggles and anticipation of small children are always a vision to treasure. It is amazing to see how the little ones can bring most people – young and especially old – to smile, when they may otherwise not do so.
    Residents of Edgewood Manor of Lucasville, have for all intents and purposes, adopted Northwest Head Start kids. “They come over once a month and do crafts with the our kids,” says Northwest Head Start Teacher, Carol Cooper. How ever this all started, the kid
  • Sports Corrections:

    In the Wednesday, Feb. 14 edition of the Daily Times, an error was made in the story “Indians press Bobcats, advance with 54-17 victory” regarding three returning lettermen. The three returning lettermen are Peyton Gaffney, Megan Johnson, and Logan Jones, not Peyton Gaffney, Megan Johnson, and Aimee Laber.
    Also, in the Monday, Feb. 5 edition of the Daily Times, an error was made in the story “Balanced Falcons too much for Indians” as the main photo on the front page incor
  • SSU to host Portsmouth Community Night

    As its vital bouts with Campbellsville take place, the Shawnee State University Athletic Department and its basketball programs will be hosting Portsmouth Community Night on Thursday, Feb. 15. Admission is free for all Scioto County residents.
    The first contest, which is a matchup between the No. 1 SSU women’s basketball program and No. 3 Campbellsville at 6 p.m., will ultimately decide the Mid-South Conference regular season title as Shawnee State can clinch the title outright with its vi
  • ND, Minford hold serve in AP Polls

    Being ranked among the top of the heap is always a special accomplishment to behold.
    However, when a pair of teams do what the Minford Falcons’ and Notre Dame Titans’ girls basketball programs have done all season long, the top billing is well deserved.
    And on Monday evening, the pair of units got exactly what they bargained for as Minford and Notre Dame finished their respective campaigns inside the top-10 of their respective AP Polls to end the final 2017-18 girls basketball polls
  • Portsmouth’s Scottie Powell to run for 90th District House seat

    On his campaign website for Ohio’s 90th District House seat, Portsmouth resident Scottie Powell describes himself as “a faith-based leader known for positive results.” The roots of the “faith-based” portion of the slogan are not hard to find. Powell’s father is a minister, as are his two brothers.
    “I didn’t get that bug,” Powell says, adding that his call to serve led him in a different direction.
    That direction turned out to be healthcare, p
  • “This is Us” sees shift in viewers

    Olympic thrills and the aftermath of a patriarch’s death on “This Is Us” combined to give NBC a golden ratings victory.
    NBC’s total viewership last week topped that of the other three major broadcasters combined by 27 percent, the biggest network regular-season gap since Nielsen’s electronic “people meters” began measuring ratings.
    That comes with an asterisk: It’s not measured against weeks that included Super Bowls and a full seven nights of Olym
  • NBC exceeding expectations 5 days into Olympics

    While gold medals aren’t awarded a quarter of the way into a race, NBC says it is encouraged by how the viewing public has responded to the Winter Olympics from South Korea.
    NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus said Tuesday that ratings are exceeding the guarantees that NBC gave to its advertisers which has enabled the network to sell even more commercial time. NBC said before the games it had sold $900 million worth of advertising.
    Through five days, the Nielsen company said NBC’s prime
  • Box Office Top 20: ‘Fifty Shades,’ ‘Peter Rabbit’ top charts

    The final installment in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, “Fifty Shades Freed,” topped the North American box office this weekend with $38.6 million — the lowest opening of the three films.
    Newcomers occupied the top three spots, with Sony’s family pic “Peter Rabbit” in second place with $25 million and Warner Bros.’ true-life story “The 15:17 to Paris” taking third with $12.6 million.
    Rounding out the top five were especially
  • At 31, Ryan Coogler ascends to the top with ‘Black Panther’

    It was only his third feature film and, at just 30-years-old, he was making it with Hollywood’s most powerful studio under enormous cultural expectations and with $200 million to get it right.
    And he really didn’t want it to “suck” (his word).
    The Oakland, California, native got into filmmaking almost on a lark when a creative writing professor at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, where he was attending on a football scholarship, suggested he look into scree
  • The Portsmouth Public Library Events

    The Portsmouth Public Library will be closed Monday, February 19, 2018 for staff in-service. All locations will reopen Tuesday, February 20 with regular business hours.
    Story Times:
    Tuesday, February 20 – Books N Play at 11:30am at Portsmouth
    Tuesday, February 20 – Family Story Time at 11:30am at Wheelersburg
    Wednesday, February 21 – Family Story Time at 11am at Lucasville
    Wednesday, February 21 – Toddler Time at 11:30am at Portsmouth
    Thursday, February 22 – Toddler
  • Portsmouth notches 70-55 victory over SW

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Tuesday (2/13)
    Portsmouth 70, South Webster 55
    Behind another standout shooting performance from Matthew Fraulini, the Portsmouth Trojans’ boys basketball program notched another quality victory by defeating the South Webster Jeeps’ boys basketball program, 70-55, to obtain its 14th victory of the 2017-18 campaign.
    Fraulini, who notched 20 points on six three-point field goal attempts, led the way for Portsmouth, who put four players in double-figures. The sophomore s
  • Fountain of youth discovered at Texas funeral home

    My client, although in his eighties, had the body structure of a man in his twenties. He had been a long distance runner before death: a Hall of Famer. His limbs and torso were lean and limber, his skin lacked the usual sagging and spots of aging, and his posture was straight and narrow. As I prepared him for his services, I marveled at how well he had preserved the coveted fountain of youth.
    I reflected upon his habits. He had obviously consumed a very healthy balanced diet without the absurdit
  • Hornets sting Titans, 57-19

    Excitement was aplenty on Tuesday night at Notre Dame High School as the senior athletes for the winter sports teams were honored before the Titans game against Coal Grove.
    On the court, it was the Hornets who frenzied Notre Dame in a 57-19 win.
    The game marked the last time on the home floor for Titans senior Tyler Speas. Speas is the lone senior on the roster this year for Notre Dame, and head coach Garrick Anderson says he has more than a few reasons to reflect on what Speas has brought to th
  • Celebrity chefs slated for annual dinner, auction

    The Counseling Center’s 10th annual Celebrity Chef Dinner and Silent Auction is March 13 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street, Portsmouth. Tickets are now on sale. All proceeds benefit The Counseling Center’s Summer Outreach Club, a nine-week summer day camp that is free to children ages 5-12. The camp offers free breakfast and lunch, motivational, educational and recreational activities in a hands-on learning environment, all while partnering with multiple communit
  • Jour d’amour

    Love is in the air, and today is the BIG day! It’s a day for giving candy, flowers, chocolates, jewelry, perfume … and the list could go on.
    Some southern Ohio businesses have caught the love bug and have specials either on Valentine’s Day or the entire week, but the day is special to each one in its own way. Some of them are tremendously busy preparing, while others have prepared and have their goods up and going.
    Think of places for Valentine’s Day, and the florist is
  • Commissioners send tax levy to electorate

    Tending to regularly scheduled business was the primary order of business when the Scioto County Commissioners met Tuesday.
    Minutes of Feb. 8 were approved, along with a request for transfer of funds and appropriation requests.
    Commissioners approved a resolution to grant and dedicate right of way for public road purposes for a thoroughfare to be known as Brouses Run Road in Washington Township. Commissioner Cathy Coleman made the motion to adopt the resolution, and the motion was seconded by Co
  • Bears are No. 1!

    When a team loses both of its starting post presences, one being its leading scorer and rebounding presence and the other being a multi-year starter who improved as much as any player that Jeff Nickel has coached since he took over the helm of the program in the 2013-14 campaign, one would expect a small step back.
    The Shawnee State women’s basketball program, however, is not your ordinary program.
    On Tuesday evening, that fact was confirmed, once more, by fellow NAIA programs across the a
  • Haas, City Council spar over legislation

    The Portsmouth City Council has passed new legislation regarding the termination of City Manager Derek Allen, despite resistance from the city solicitor.
    Councilwoman Jo Ann Aeh made a motion that council add two ordinances to Monday night’s agenda for the council’s consideration, one repealing a Dec. 18 motion and repealing Ordinance 2018-01 regarding certain actions taken concerning the city manager, and another authorizing and directing an inquiry into the conduct of the city mana
  • NB defeats SW, 88-66

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Monday (2/12)
    New Boston 88, South Webster 66
    Behind balanced scoring and excellent ball movement — which resulted in 18 assists on the evening — the New Boston Tigers’ boys basketball program was able to claim a quality victory over the South Webster Jeeps’ boys basketball program as New Boston put five players in double-figures en route to an 88-66 victory on Monday evening in New Boston.
    As has been the case throughout the year, Kade Conley and Kyle McQ
  • STAY WELL

    Last week as I packed for a speaking engagement in Florida my darling wife asked me a number of times, do you have your hand sanitizer? Since my heart attack a few years ago she has been lovingly protective of her sweetie… namely me! With flu season in full swing, ive thought much about the dangers of getting infected. Last year as the grass-mowing season went into full swing I did get infected, not with the flu but one of those growing up in the country kind of opportunities called Poiso
  • Valentine’s Day facts and superstitions

    Every February 14th people around the world exchange gifts, chocolates and romantic greetings for a day set aside for lovers. Many traditions are followed, all in the name of St. Valentine. Still, people may not understand why such customs are upheld. Much of the history of Valentine’s Day and St. Valentine himself is shrouded in mystery, and much of what’s widely accepted is inaccurate. To set the record straight, here are some facts about the holiday.
    * Valentine’s Day is bel
  • Music can impact emotions

    Music is an integral part of the human experience. Songs have been sung for centuries, and music plays an integral role in many cultural ceremonies, rites of passage and other traditions. Love songs may be enjoyed on Valentine’s Day and stir up strong romantic feelings that enhance the theme of the day. But why is music so impactful?
    Researchers have had an interest in music and its impact on human emotion and perceptions for many years. Music of all genres and styles can be therapeutic an
  • When a black mother’s heart bleeds red

    “This book is one of hope, love, and honesty, vulnerability, and fear. It is a book that captures the voices of mothers of black sons that move across race, age, religion, and nationality.”
    George Yancy composed these words in the introduction for Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes by co-editors Maria del Guadalupe Davidson and Susan Hadley (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). A collection of essays, letters, and poems address the impact of racism on bla
  • Lady Mohawks give Huntswomen scare

    LUCASVILLE — Having each other’s backs when times are tough is the best way to persevere as a team when said team faces a tough situation.
    And over the course of the 2017-2018 season, the Northwest Mohawks’ girls basketball program did exactly that en route to proving to fans across the Southeast District that they are sleeping on a potential giant.
    They could’ve given in after losing each of their first nine affairs — from a three-point overtime loss to two 51-poin
  • Indians press Bobcats, advance with 54-17 win

    There is something beautiful about a well-executed full court press in basketball.
    Five-on-five, double teaming a ball handler in the back court and attempting to steal the ball on your end of the floor. A gamble, sure, but when used properly it can be a dangerous defensive strategy to stall your opponent.
    Valley head coach Mark Merritt played his cards with the press against Green in the opening round of the sectional tournament on Monday night.
    The Lady Indians wound up all in with the chips o
  • West rallies, but falls in heartbreaker

    LUCASVILLE — Dropping any contest is always tough to take.
    That adage, however, is especially true when your players rally from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to cut the lead to a three-point margin in a go-or-go home affair.
    With its backs against the wall during a Division III Sectional Semifinal affair between the Piketon Redstreaks’ girls basketball program, the West Senators’ girls basketball program rallied from a 44-32 fourth-quarter deficit to close within 48-45, 50-
  • City Council passes emergency legislation

    At Monday night’s meeting of the Portsmouth City Council, council reviewed several pieces of legislation for its respective first, second and third readings. Items include an ordinance authorizing the city manager to enter into a lease agreement for the Sunrise cell tower property, an ordinance authorizing approval of the preliminary legislation submitted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) proposing to utilize a TAP Grant for the construction of approximately 1.25 miles of pav

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