By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


     Susan Frasher’s father was a decorated World War I veteran who did not receive military rights at the time of his death and that never sat well with her.


     So, she did something about it and became a member of the Portsmouth American Legion Post 23 Honor Guard to make sure local veterans are shown the respect they deserve. Honor Guards throughout the United States perform at funeral services for military veterans, but Frasher stands out in many ways.


     For one, she is 86 years old.


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By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


     For a Georgian style home in Ross County that had seen its better days, some thought of demolition and other uses for the space on West Springfield Street in Frankfort.  Curtis Claytor and his wife, Emmely Corkwell-Claytor, had other ideas.


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By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


     When Matthew Wethington moved from Cincinnati to Waverly, he was looking to open a small training facility. Instead, his path led to the creation of Waverly Jiu-Jitsu which opens this month on North High Street.


     Wethington has a purple belt and said his new business started with the idea of doing something on a bigger scale.


     “I began expanding my expectations and wanted to make this for everyone. What started as a place to train, quickly picked up interest, and has now grown into a business,” he said. 


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Southern Ohio Today


     Ohio University has sponsored in-person STEM camps for students grades 6-10 during the last two years and the program will continue online this summer to adapt to impacts of COVID-19.


     Southern Ohio students interested in learning about STEM topics, such as computer programming, energy, water quality, and smart electronics will be connected to a new world through this camp.


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Southern Ohio Today


     This Independence Day, things might look a little different for Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties, but that doesn’t mean patriotic events won’t be present.


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Coronavirus puts freeze on Vanilla Ice show

By JIM VERTUNO 

Associated Press


     AUSTIN, Texas — Vanilla Ice cooled off plans for a concert in Texas after taking considerable heat for an event that sought to gather hundreds of fans in one of the nation's coronavirus hot spots.


     The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” had been scheduled to play a lakeside show just outside Austin on Friday, but on Thursday he announced it was being postponed.


     “Due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers in Austin we’re gonna move the concert to a better date,” Vanilla Ice tweeted. “We were hoping for better Coronavirus numbers by July but Unfortunately the numbers have increased quite a bit so for the safety and health of everyone we’re going to stay home.”


     Barrett Brannam, who owns the venue where Vanilla Ice had been scheduled to play, said the performer — real name Robert Van Winkle — had expressed concern about the health of his fans and himself.  Brannam said Saturday's planned appearance by 1990s R&B group Color Me Badd also was postponed. He said both Vanilla Ice and Color Me Badd would perform at a later date, but he didn't know when.


     “Hard to say. Could be later this summer or not until next summer. We don't know how long this virus will be around,” he said.


     Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week shut down bars and clubs in an effort to halt what he called a “massive spread” of the coronavirus. 


     But the Emerald Point Bar & Grill is still open and hosting live music because it is a restaurant and performances can take place outside.