• Making stepping stone paths professionally

    Natural stone paths look good in almost any landscape. They never go out of style like so many man-made paver materials. Like most things made of stone, they will stand the test of time if they’re built carefully. Stone construction is one of the most satisfying home improvement projects you can do, for that exact reason. Stonemasons are generally a happy and satisfied group, because they build things that last, and no two projects are exactly alike.
    Home handymen can build with stone, how
  • Expect highest Memorial Day gas prices in 4 years

    Gas prices in South Central Ohio are up by six cents over last week to $2.876 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
    As gas prices continue to increase across the country, two Great Lakes and Central states have averages of $3 or more: Illinois ($3.04) and Michigan ($3.00). Statewide, Ohio’s gas average ($2.868) is six cents higher than last week, and 51 cents higher than this time last year.
    Gasoline inventories have been declining week-over-week for two month
  • Does childbirth cause obesity?

    Does childbirth cause obesity?
    Many girls swear that it happened because of making babies, but a study of this question from April’s issue of the journal Obesity(1) shows that is just not true.
    This study examined the association between parity (number of pregnancies) and long‐term weight gain in a cohort of 8,009 young women participating in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH). They found, while watching these girls for more than 16 years, that ther
  • Sibling abuse — battlefield in the home

    Story. The first murder in the Bible is reported in the Book of Genesis. Cain killed his brother Abel.
    Motive: Cain became angry and jealous over his brother’s animal sacrifice (Abel’s gift pleased God), so the older brother sought revenge.
    Weapon: Cain used a rock to hit Abel on the head.
    Forensic evidence: Blood was found on the rock and in the field.
    Witness: God confronted Cain. “Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” Cain lied, “I don&rsqu
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  • Scioto County continues roll in track

    Behind outstanding individual efforts from Lynsey Shipley, Ellie Ruby, and Breydan Tilley along with excellent performances from several teams on Saturday, the track programs across Scioto County proved to represent themselves in fine fashion once again with their performances across the week in the Division II Southeast District Meet at Washington Court House and the Division III Southeast District Meet at Washington Court House.
    Division II — Washington Court House
    After Billy
  • Rollover accident on Kinney’s Lane diverts traffic

    A Monday afternoon crash on Kinney’s Lane across from the Southern Ohio Medical Center Urgent Care facility blocked traffic in both directions as first responders assessed the accident and cleared the roadway.
    According to authorities at the scene, the accident occurred between Sunrise Avenue and Oakland Avenue where a vehicle traveling eastbound collided with a car parked in an eastbound direction on the side of the street.
    Portsmouth Police Department and Portsmouth Fire and Rescue were
  • A peek behind the scenes

    Some people do so much on their own time, without ever wanting credit for all they do. There are two such men who work with the students at Portsmouth West High School. These men deserve so much credit and thanks, yet neither one asks for anything in return.
    Ed Ingles and Gary Tieman have been constructing and building Portsmouth West High School stage sets for many years. Tieman has been working on the stages for 30 years for his wife, Linda Tieman, music teacher and musical director. He says h
  • ‘Burg, West, SSU to hold individual, team camps

    Wheelersburg boys basketball camp to commence June 4-6
    The annual version of the Wheelersburg Boys Basketball Camp will be held by Steven Ater and his staff from June 4 to June 6, 2018, for boys entering the second through eighth grades in the 2018-19 school year.
    Each camper, who will have to pay $40 for the camp unless there are one or more campers from the same residence, will receive a t-shirt and a daily beverage. Station work, drills, competitions, and games will be conducted during the ca
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  • Jackson qualifies for state tourney, ‘Burg softball wins district title

    Over the course of his entire career, Drew Jackson has proven his worth as one of the best singles tennis players in the entire state, regardless of class.
    And on Saturday afternoon in Athens, Jackson did exactly that once again.
    For the second consecutive year, the junior qualified for the Division II OHSAA Singles Tennis Tournament. However, in this particular scenario, Wheelersburg’s top high school tennis hand did so in grand fashion by winning the entire East/Southeast District Tourna
  • Falcons breeze past Redmen for district title

    CHILLICOTHE — Over the course of the 2018 season, the Minford Falcons’ baseball program have put together sensational performances and special memories that will forever be remembered by those who witnessed them, regardless of how the season ends.
    And while Minford, as all teams do from time to time, needed some special magic to happen to come out on top, Saturday afternoon’s contest against the Rock Hill Redmen needed no such magic — because the Falcons, as they have thr
  • Valley stuns South Point, wins district title on Mollette walkoff

    CHILLICOTHE — Over the course of the district playoffs, the Valley Indians’ baseball and softball programs have been involved in enough crazy finishes to last a lifetime.
    There was the 15-inning thriller that the Valley softball program pulled out over Eastern Meigs in the district semifinals — a game that lasted three full hours before a winner was decided. There was the 11-inning knockdown, dragout against Wheelersburg that the baseball program had on Friday, a game that even
  • Sen-Shae-Tional

    RIO GRANDE — One way the younger generation loves to communicate is with emojis: a digital image used to show emotion, primarily used in text messaging.
    Clay junior Shaelyn Vassar had one in mind to describe her game.
    “I would have to go with the tongue out with the money sign,” Vassar said.
    Fitting, because the third baseman was on the money in Clay’s 9-2 win over Peebles in the district championship on Saturday afternoon.
    Vassar finished 2-for-4 on the day, driving in f
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  • Who’s to blame for the Gaza violence?

    There are a lot of diplomatic I-told-you-so’s rocketing into Washington from around the world right now. Critics of President Donald Trump’s move of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday are in high dudgeon. As they warned, the Palestinians reacted violently to the move. Thousands massed on the edges of the Gaza Strip to protest the American move, and economic hardships in Gaza.
    We, too, cautioned last year that moving the embassy, though mainly symbolic, would li
  • Volunteers needed for honoring veterans

    Volunteers are being enlisted to help the Scioto County Memorial Day Association with its annual task of placing flags on the graves of veterans throughout Scioto County.
    Association members start with Greenlawn Cemetery in Portsmouth, where more than 3,500 veterans are buried, and help is needed to ensure no graves are missed and that all veterans receive the honor they so richly deserve. It is a task, although daunting, that could not be completed without the help in previous years of voluntee
  • STEM program set for middle school girls

    Shawnee State University is partnering with Verizon Innovative Learning, an education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, to bring a three-week, tuition-free STEM program aimed at middle-school girls to SSU July 16 through Aug. 3.
    The dynamic, three-week, intensive learning experience is open to 100 girls from middle schools across Scioto County and the surrounding area. All courses will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on SSU’s campus. Lunch and transportation will be prov
  • Portman participates in ‘Future of Workforce’ discussion panel

    COLUMBUS – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in a “Future of Workforce” panel discussion Saturday at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) with Amazon, the Columbus Partnership, Columbus State Community College, and other regional leaders to discuss how stakeholders are working together to ensure central Ohio is well-positioned to meet the workforce needs of area employers today and in the future.
    The discussion also highlighted the launch of Amazon’s Caree
  • Hall of fame inductions, scholarship highlight Green alumni event

    FRANKLIN FURNACE — More than 125 alumni from around the country recently attended Green High School Alumni Association’s GHS Alumni Banquet at the GHS gymnasium.
    The alumni association inducted two new members into the Green High School Hall of Fame, and presented a record $9,000 in scholarships to graduating GHS seniors.
    Voted into the Hall of Fame were William Robert “Bob” Callender, a 1954 GHS graduate who served in the U.S. Army and graduated from business college bef
  • Atomic Credit Union awards scholarships

    The Atomic Credit Union Scholarship Program has awarded financial assistance to four college-bound graduating seniors in Scioto County.
    In order to be eligible, the student must be a member of Atomic Credit Union, maintain the requested GPA, complete a checklist that is provided in the scholarship application and submit all mandatory items requested by the credit union.
    Scholarship recipients are Abbie Powell of Portsmouth West, Ellie Johnson and Tori Carter of South Webster, and Taylar Copen of
  • 36th Senior Citizens Art Show begins

    It’s hard to believe it is already May. The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) loves a lot of things about May, especially the observance of Older Americans Month and the opportunity to host our annual AAA7 Senior Citizens Art Show and Poetry/Essay Contest.
    For those not familiar with our art show, this year marks 36 years for this fun and popular event that we have the privilege of hosting and organizing each year. It’s always a treat to see all of the amazing talent we have rig
  • When Ohio’s mental health professionals act unethically

    Mental health professionals are licensed and governed by state boards. Laws and Rules are listed in the Ohio Revised Code and/or Administrative Code. Consumers of mental health services need to know their rights and provider’s responsibilities in common ethical dilemmas.
    When a person with personal knowledge believes an American Psychiatric Association member may have violated ethical principles, he/she may file a complaint with the District Branch to which the member belongs
  • East High School Alumni Banquet set for Saturday June 9

    The 27th annual East High School Alumni Scholarship Banquet will be June 9 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, inside the SOMC LIFE Center building, 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.
    The scholarship committee of alumni and school representatives chooses the alumni scholarship winners, with certificates being presented at the banquet. This year, the alumni will award several $1,000 scholarships thanks to the generosity of contributing alumni.
  • Keeping the Faith

    Shortly after celebrating a 7-6 win over Notre Dame, Valley senior Faith Brown taped a bag of ice to her right arm.
    Brown had earned it, after all. Two days removed from throwing 15 innings in a 7-5 win over Eastern Meigs, Brown pitched nine innings against the Titans.
    “That arm has got to be unreal, it’s like a bionic arm by now,” Indians head coach Montie Spriggs said. “She’s pitched 24 innings in the last two days.”
    Sore and still in shock, Brown described
  • Gutsy, relentless affair goes to Valley, 2-1

    CHILLICOTHE — With the Valley Indians’ baseball program and the Wheelersburg Pirates’ baseball program, what you see is what you get.
    And what everybody typically sees out of both ballclubs are two gritty, well-coached units who are proud of their traditions but yet don’t rest on their past laurels on a year-after-year basis.
    For the past 10 seasons, however, it was the Wheelersburg Pirates who had the stranglehold on the Division III Southeast District realm. Since 2008,
  • Schaefer’s one-hitter powers Lady Titans past Lady Tornadoes, 6-0

    RIO GRANDE — When a unit has as effective of a pitcher as the Notre Dame Titans’ softball program has in Cassie Schaefer, it doesn’t take many runs to make said pitcher, or said team, feel comfortable about their chances of winning a do-or-die softball affair.
    However, when that said unit adds four early runs in the very first inning, it certainly helps the cause quite a bit.
    Behind a four-run first inning from the Notre Dame lineup and a one-hit gem from their standout sophomo
  • River getting right for the trotline

    At last, for the first time this year, the Ohio River has returned to summer pool – 19 feet at Portsmouth below the Greenup Dam, and 34 feet at Ashland, upriver from the dam – and the water is starting to clear up.
    And with school letting out for the summer, these were the conditions we boys loved, for it was the time to set trotlines, clean our catch of catfish and make some spending money by selling them to Mr. Herman’s meat market on Market Street in Portsmouth.
    I’m th
  • Responsible boating, wearing a life jacket emphasis this week

    Boating and water safety advocates around the world have teamed up again this year to promote and educate people on the importance of responsible boating and wearing a life jacket while on the water during National Safe Boating Week, which begins today. National Safe Boating Week is the official kickoff of the annual Safe Boating Campaign, now in its 60th year.“We believe wearing a life jacket is the simplest way to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones while enjoying a day on the w
  • Ralph Nader, still going strong

    Like the Energizer Bunny, Ralph Nader is still going strong. He’s 84 years old.
    Because I admired Nader’s outspokenness for people and the planet, I attended his lecture at Shawnee State University (SSU) in Portsmouth in the 1980s. He appeared intelligent, serious and quirky. And a fierce advocate for consumer protection. Nader stated he didn’t own a car or a microwave by choice.
    Then Nader blasted Vern Riffe, Ohio’s speaker of the House of Representatives. Riffe, a much
  • On the prowl in Scioto County?

    How many of the animals are present in Portsmouth and Scioto County isn’t exactly clear, but there seems to be absolutely no doubt coyotes are plentiful — and probably becoming more so — in this part of Southern Ohio.
    “There is no closed season on coyotes,” says Lindsay Rist, wildlife communications specialist for the Ohio Division of Natural Resource, District 4, which includes Scioto County. Rist says the fact there are almost no restrictions on hunting the animal
  • Visiting Minford United Methodist Church

    Across the road, an auction was going on, and remnants of the last living local person holding the name of Minford was going down the road in cardboard boxes. Of course, that was many years ago in this community of Minford. The CEO Railroad going through Minford in 1916 liked the village blacksmith, who kept equipment repaired and the shoes of muletown mules firmly on the feet of hard-working mules owned by local residents, who kept the mules up the road in muletown to keep down the stench in th
  • Strengthening the VA

    Any nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must be ready and able to strengthen and improve the VA for Ohio veterans.
    And before I make a decision on that nominee, I want to hear from Ohio veterans about how to do that and what their needs are. I’ve held roundtables across Ohio with veterans, and they’ve made it clear we have work to do to improve the VA health care system. But we also know that privatizing it isn’t the answer – it would deprive veterans
  • Senators urge Trump to combat anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) have led a bipartisan group of 41 U.S. Senators urging President Donald Trump to appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a position at the U.S. Department of State that has now remained vacant for more than 15 months.
    In a letter to President Trump, the senators emphasized the importance of the United States leading with action to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad.
    “There has bee
  • ‘I’d rather have dirty ears’

    This is part four of a series on my friend and fellow pilgrim, Kate, who was 91 years old when she enrolled in hospice with end-stage heart failure. You may remember that she was born in West Virginia and was a crack shot with a rifle. She shared how she, at age 10, went to the woods to fetch two chickens for her neighbor’s supper. She whistled and shot both chickens when they stuck their heads up to see what was going on.
    Kate is strong-willed. Her daughter, Rose, repeatedly warned her no
  • How high are you flying?

    I don’t know if you know this or not, but we are all contagious. Understand that I am not talking about the germs we may spread. No, I am talking about our attitudes. A bad attitude is like the flu — it make people not only sick, it can kill. People can get “sick” from being around you, or they can actually feel better because they have been around you. Remember, attitude determines your altitude. So, my friends, I ask you, How high are you flying?
    General Dwight Eisenhow
  • Airplane flying over Portsmouth wasn't Air Force One - WMUR Manchester

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  • West falls to Rock Hill in 1-0 heartbreaker

    CHILLICOTHE — When a coach, who has been a leader of the same program for more than two decades, says that a contest is arguably the finest that he’s ever been a part of, that truly is saying something special for the individuals who took part in Thursday’s Division III, Chillicothe I District Semifinal between the West Senators’ baseball program and the Rock Hill Redmen baseball program.
    And what’s even better: one couldn’t find many people, if anybody at all
  • Valley outduels Eastern in extras, 7-5

    The Valley Indians came to Rio Grande on Thursday night expecting to play in a softball game.
    Instead, it was a marathon.
    In a 15-inning affair, Valley was able to outlast Reedsville Eastern 7-5. Marissa Markins slapped a two RBI grounder up the gap in the middle of the field in the top of the 15th, scoring Halee Stone and Margaret Caldwell.
    Markins (1-for-7) saved her first hit of the game for crunch time, capitalizing on her chance late in the contest.
    “She’s been struggling a litt
  • City proclaims May 21 'Discover Portsmouth Day' - Seacoastonline.com

    City proclaims May 21 'Discover Portsmouth Day'
    PORTSMOUTH -- Hear ye! Hear ye! May 21 is officially “Discover Portsmouth Day.” A city proclamation this week honors the nonprofit Portsmouth Historical Society for what City Manager John Bohenko calls “the stunning transformation” of the former ...
  • Portsmouth-born Mount to train with Southgate's England squad - The News

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    Portsmouth-born Mason Mount has been called up to train with England next week ahead of the World Cup. The attacking midfielder, who attended Purbrook Park school, was due to link up with the Three Lions' under-19 side in La Manga, Spain.and more »
  • Minford magic continues in walkoff thriller

    CHILLICOTHE — Over the course of the 2018 season, the Minford Falcons’ baseball program have put together some of the most incredible victories that one would ever hope to see.
    A 9-8 victory over the Wheelersburg Pirates’ baseball program on a walkoff base hit by freshman nine-hole hitter Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis and a 5-4 victory over the Waverly Tigers’ baseball program in 12 innings where Minford overcame a 4-1 deficit in the top of the 12th to win after the Tigers were
  • Suspicious package investigated at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth - WAVY-TV

    Suspicious package investigated at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) -- A suspicious package is being investigated at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, officials confirm. A spokesperson with the medical center tells WAVY.com the incident was reported just before 11:30 a.m. There was no lockdown ...
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    Seacoast real estate sees 'modest' April
    PORTSMOUTH -- April marked what the Seacoast Board of Realtors described as a “modest” beginning to the spring season of residential real estate sales in the region. The Portsmouth-based board said while the area had record high residential ...
  • Police, firefighters and EMTs get lifesaver awards - Seacoastonline.com

    Police, firefighters and EMTs get lifesaver awards
    PORTSMOUTH -- Police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians were honored by Portsmouth Regional Hospital Thursday night for exemplary work performed in the line of duty and often during life-or-death circumstances. The honors were ...
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  • Sexual risk order bans Portsmouth pensioner from Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia - The News

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    A PENSIONER has been banned from travelling to three countries after a judge imposed a sexual risk order. Peter Campbell-Smith, 71, of Berkshire Close, Portsmouth, has been made subject to a sexual risk order for two years. The Portsmouth Magistrates' ...
  • Former Portsmouth MP Mike Hancock faces censure for not taking part in vote-rigging inquiry - The News

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    Former Portsmouth MP Mike Hancock faces censure for not taking part in vote-rigging inquiry
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    FORMER Portsmouth MP Mike Hancock faces censure after not taking part in a vote-rigging corruption inquiry. The former Portsmouth South representative, who was ousted from the Lib Dems, faces losing his 'honorary associate' title at the Council of ...
  • CCTV released after Portsmouth flat is burgled - The News

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    POLICE have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Portsmouth. It comes after they were seen on Hampshire Terrace on Saturday, May 14 – where a flat in Park View Apartments was broken into ...
  • Store closures: could Mothercare in Portsmouth shut? - The News

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    The retail giant will close the branches as part of a company voluntary agreement (CVA) after picking up a £72.8m pre-tax loss over the past year. But in an alleged 'leaked list', it has been revealed Portsmouth could be one of the sites earmarked to ...and more »
  • Derry City striker Ronan Curtis set to join Portsmouth - Buzz.ie

    Derry City striker Ronan Curtis set to join Portsmouth
    Derry City striker Ronan Curtis is set to join League One side Portsmouth on a two-year deal, according to the local papers. Pompey, who finished five points off the playoffs in League One this season, are coughing up £100,000 for Curtis. The 22-year ...and more »
  • Portsmouth vigil honours 60 protestors killed in Gaza - The News

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    More than 25 people gathered in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, last night to mourn Palestinian demonstrators who were killed by Israeli forces in a major protest on Monday. The events, close to the border, led to 2,200 people being injured by gunfire or ...
  • Portsmouth girl with cystic fibrosis delivers hundreds of letters to Downing Street - The News

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    MORE than 1,000 letters calling for a life-changing drug to be free have been delivered to Downing Street. Four-year-old Ivy Weir, from Portsmouth, knocked on the black door of number 10 and handed over the letters written by children and young people ...

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