Fireworks and distance: Portsmouth delivers show

By BRET BEVENS

Southern Ohio Today


     PORTSMOUTH - The Friends of Portsmouth, along with nine corporate sponsors, the Portsmouth Rotary Club and the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce put on the only free community organization or municipality-operated fireworks display in the area on Saturday night at Spartan Stadium.


     Bryan Smith, Assistant Director of Friends of Portsmouth, said people started showing up at 6 p.m., but a late-arriving crowd led to a solid line of cars rolling into the stadium from 8:30 until 9:45 p.m.  More than 500 cars were present.


     “There is a lot that goes into it, but it’s fun,” Smith said. “We want to offer it to the community, that’s a big thing for us.”


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     Sunil Ahuja, Ph.D., has been appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Shawnee State University, according to a statement issued Thursday.


     Dr. Ahuja will also hold the academic rank of Professor of Political Science with tenure in the Department of Social Sciences at SSU. The appointment followed a nationwide search in preparation for the retirement of former Provost Becky Thiel.


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By BRET BEVENS
Southern Ohio Today


     The Scioto County Commissioners are giving consultants more of the workload for a home improvement program for low- and middle-income homeowners.


     The panel accepted an addendum to its contract for administrative services for the Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program between Scioto County and the Ohio Regional Development Commission on Thursday.


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     COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be highly visible and cracking down on impaired drivers during the Fourth of July holiday reporting period, which begins at midnight Thursday, July 2 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 5. 


     The Patrol’s zero-tolerance policy is part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign aimed at removing impaired drivers from the roadways.


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By BRET BEVENS

Southern Ohio Today


     Without any events this season at the Sugarloaf Ampitheater, Scioto Society CEO and Techumseh! Outdoor Drama producer Brandon Smith was pressed and knew he would have to get creative with some fundraiser initiatives for the beloved Chillicothe production.


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By RICK GREENE

Southern Ohio Today


     A local developer has come to terms with the Pike County Land Reutilization Corporation on three parcels of property affiliated with the project to revitalize the old Piketon Elementary School.


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By BRET BEVENS

Southern Ohio Today


     The Jackson County Commissioners passed a resolution recognizing the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Staggers Act.


     The Staggers Act was passed in 1980 and ignited a reemergence of the U.S. freight rail system. The board passed the measure by a unanimous vote to recognize the Ruby Anniversary of the law at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday in Jackson.


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By BRET BEVENS

Southern Ohio Today


     The controversial issue of a city tax in Jackson is back on the table as Jackson City Council announced plans to establish a ballot issue in November for a 1.5 percent income tax for city residents.


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