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Frantz reflects on Northwest life

McDERMOTT — First, there was Roy Rogers most associated with the Northwest quadrant of Scioto County. Then, for the last 34 years in the Northwest Local School District, there’s been Dave Frantz. Indeed, as The Beach Boys once sang, “Be true to your school”. And, if...
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Investing in adventure: How Portsmouth hopes improved trails, parks, and opportunities turn their community into a destination

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — On a summer morning, there are few places Logan Minter and Wendi Waugh would rather be than on their bikes, riding through the Scioto County wilderness. Both members of Portsmouth Connex, they’ve spent years trying to highlight the outdoor opportunities their community has to offer and advocating for more infrastructure to encourage even more activity. Now, with dozens coming to enjoy their local parks, trails and events, they said they’re starting to see that work pay off.

Former writer, columnist Sam Piatt remembered

PORTSMOUTH — G. Sam Piatt wore several hats during his time in southern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky. Readers of this publication likely know Piatt for his descriptive outdoor columns and time as a reporter during two different stints in the 2000’s. His final column that was featured in...

Portsmouth Restaurant Report Card for June 2022

The information for the Restaurant Report Card comes from the Portsmouth Health Department. The results are in random order and not “ranked”. Not all restaurants are inspected every month. Health Code violations are separated by “Critical” and “Non-Critical”. This report is not intended to...
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Historic homes tour a great success

The AAUW, (American Assn. of University Women) Historic Tour on Sunday, June 12, was a great success. This is an amazing historic town and our visitors as well as locals who toured these homes were so complimentary, gracious, and asked when we will do this again. There are so many to thank for the success of this tour. Let’s begin by thanking the Tour Chair, Marty Insko, who did a wonderful job getting the committee and the tour organized. I enjoyed working on this project with other members of the committee: Kim Savage, who created a beautiful ticket design, and Pat Whitaker for NPR radio and media coverage, plus arranging details with the church. I would like to thank all other members who stepped up to be at each home and the church to assists our guests.
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MCTC summer camps kick-off with Career Craze

Summer camps season at Maysville Community and Technical College kicked off last week with the return of Career Craze to the Maysville Campus. Career Craze is a hands-on career exploration camp designed to expose middle school ages students to various occupation tracks. Students in attendance learned about the skills needed...
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Herb program set at Rankin House

The John Rankin House Historic Site will host a Heritage Food and Herbs program Saturday, June 18 at the visitor center. The program begins at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Naturalist Carol Mundy of Cincinnati, will present the program. She was a naturalist with the...
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A Day in the Garden in Ripley

RIPLEY, Ohio — After a two-year break due to COVID, A Day in the Garden is returning on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is a free event, and everyone is invited and welcome to attend this event held in historic Ripley, Ohio. A...

Get Wild in Shawnee State Park, Ohio's Little Smokies

Experience a blend of adventure and comfort in one of the largest stretches of protected forest in Ohio. Shawnee State Park is a wild place. The official footprint of Ohio’s southernmost state park, near Portsmouth, is 1,095 acres, but Shawnee is nestled within the Shawnee State Forest, which in turn is adjacent to forested area conserved by private conservation groups. This all adds up to nearly 85,000 acres of tree-filled hills and one of the largest stretches of protected forest in Ohio.
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It’s time to wine and dine in downtown Maysville

You’ll find the complete experience for wine lovers on Market Street in historic downtown Maysville this Saturday. Whether you are a wine aficionado or someone who enjoys tasty treats and good music, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Uncorked Wine Festival. The event begins at 4 p.m. and continues until the sun goes down at 10 p.m.