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                                 Happy Fourth of July

                                                                                                                     City may go back to
                                                                                                                     manager style
                                                                                                                     By Mark Shaffer
                                                                                                                     Scioto Voice writer

                                                                                                                        On Monday, the Portsmouth City Council heard
                                                                                                                     legislation to change from having a mayor to hav-
                                                                                                                     ing a city manager.
                                                                                                                        Portsmouth switched from a city manager form of
Thursday, June 30, 2011                                         50 cents                 government to a mayor in 1988.
                                                                                                                         Third Ward Councilman Nick Basham proposed
                                                                                                                     the legislation, which was based on a 2005 petition
                                                                                                                     drawn up by citizens. He cited the city’s long histo-

Fireworks, music set for July 4                                                                                      ry of recalls, attempted recalls and other issues.
                                                                                                                     He added it had nothing to do with the current
                                                                                                                     mayor, David Malone but said he would prefer to
By Mark Shaffer                              the grand finale.                                                       hire a professional to run the city rather than who-
Scioto Voice writer                               “Actually, we will have two grand      Fireworks                   ever wins a popularity contest.
                                             finales, one for them and our normal                                        The change would have to go to voters to
   For the 75th year, the Civic Forum’s      one,” Arms said.                            safety                      decide and if the council passes it, it could be on
fireworks will light up the skies over         There will be around 12 concession        By Mark Shaffer             the November ballot. Then rather than having the
Portsmouth.                                  booths for the fireworks goers.             Scioto Voice writer         citizens vote for a mayor, the city council would hire
   “We will have about a half hour pro-          “It’s our usual bunch that has been                                 someone to be the city’s chief administrator and
gram,” said Gene Arms, the Civiv             with us for the past 25 years,” Arms        With the Fourth of          could be removed by the city council. The president
Forum’s past president and chairman          said.                                       July     comes      the     of the city council would then have the title of
of the Fourth of July activities.               Arms estimates that 18,000 or so         chance of injury from       mayor for ceremonial purposes and by the court
Festivities will kick off Monday at          people cram into the river front area to    fireworks.                  system in court cases.
Portsmouth’s River Front Park on the         watch the fireworks display.                “The best way for              The council approved the introduction of the leg-
Ohio River with a concert by Danny                “That just on the river front, that    Ohioans to prevent          islation with a 5-1 vote with Sixth Ward Councilman
Radcliff and Mighty Fine.                    doesn’t include those that are up on        fireworks injury is to      Rich Noel voting against it.
    “They play a little bit of everything,   the levee or in Kentucky or in high         attend a licensed, pro-        The first reading on the proposed legislation
they mix it up. It’s a good show. Music      points in Portsmouth,” Arms said.           fessional fireworks         would be on July 11 during regular council meeting.
will start around 7 p.m. and they will           And Arms asks that people keep          exhibition,” said State
play until about quarter till 10 p.m.,”
Arms said. “Then at 10 p.m. we will
                                             their fireworks at home, especially
                                             sparklers. Anyone caught with them
                                                                                         Fire Marshal Larry
                                                                                         Flowers. “Keep in
                                                                                                                     ORV will be closed
shoot off the fireworks. And then they       will be asked to leave by security.         mind that even trick        By Mark Shaffer
will play for about a half hour after-             “Those sparklers burn at 1,800        and novelty fireworks,      Scioto Voice writer
wards.”                                      degrees,” he explained. “And nine
     He said there will be a tribute to      times out of ten, when the kids are
                                                                                             Continued on
                                                                                                                         Despite protests from local officials, the state will
Shawnee State University as part of                                                               page A6            be closing the Ohio River Valley Joint Correctional
                                                      Continued on page A6
                                                                                                                     Facility in Franklin Furnace as scheduled on Sept.
                                                                                                                         When the announcement was made in March,
                                 River Days contestants                                                              local officials including the Scioto County
                                                                                                                     Commissioners and Portsmouth Mayor David
                                                                                                                     Malone talked to legislators and Gov. John Kasich
                                                                                                                     about keeping the facility open.
                                                                                                                        89th District Rep. Dr. Terry Johnson put in a ref-
                                                                                                                     erence in an amendment to House Bill 153
                                                                                                                     changed so that it referred to any Department of
                                                                                                                     Youth Services facility closed this year rather than
                                                                                                                     specifically the ORVJCF. That means four other
                                                                                                                     juvenile detention facilities in the state could face
                                                                                                                     being sold rather than just the Franklin Furnace
                                                                                                                        In the end, the numbers and the protests didn’t
                                                                                                                     sway Kasich.
                                                                                                                        Johnson said he was completely involved in the
                                                                                                                     process, trying to keep the facility open.
                                                                                                                        “I feel like we made an excellent case,” he said.
                                                                                                                     “We understand that some place had to be closed
                                                                                                                     because they have a declining population. But this
                                                                                                                     was not the place to close.”And, he said, when it
                                                                                                                     came to who could do the job best, it wasn’t the
                                                                                                                     right facility.
                                                                                                                         “And this wasn’t the right thing to do for southern
                                                                                                                     Ohio, we need those jobs desperately,” Johnson
                                                                                                                     said. “Of all the places in Ohio to take this hit,
                                                                                                                     these is a place that could least afford it.”Johnson
                                                                                                                     said it was wrong politically as well.
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River Days contestants from left, Miss Minford- Paige Wiseman, Miss Valley-Aundrea Horsley, Miss
East- Emily Howard, Miss West-Brittany Bazler, Miss Clay-Shay Walker, Miss Notre Dame Leigh Ann
Morgan, Miss Northest_ Rachel Wolfenbarger, Miss South Webster- Katelyn Cooper, sitting is Miss
Portsmouth-Megan Cornett, Miss Green-Miranda Smith, Miss New Boston-Miranda Litz. Portsmouth
River Days 2011 opens on Thursday, September 1st at 5:00 p.m. and runs through Monday,
September 5th . River Days is held on the riverfront and in the adjacent historic Boneyfiddle district
of Portsmouth. There is free nightly entertainment on the riverfront stage, arts and crafts, mid-way
rides and more. The Grand Parade begins at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3rd and Queens Pageant
is at the Vern Riffe Center at Shawnee State University at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. The festival
ends on Sunday night with the Fireworks Extravaganza at 10:00 p.m.

Second chance ribbon cutting held
By Mark Shaffer                                                                                                      Patty Staker, the director of nurses and a regis-
Scioto Voice writer                                                                                                  tered nurse with the Scioto County Health
                                                                                                                     Department, is retiring on June 30. She has been
  It was a ribbon cutting that sym-                                                                                  with the health department for 34 years.
bolized second chances for many                                                                                      Staker retiring after 34 years as
people.                                                                                                              public health nurse
  On Monday, local and state offi-
                                                                                                                     By Mark Shaffer
cials cut a gold ribbon on the
                                                                                                                     Scioto Voice writer
Second Chances Center on Fifth
Street in Portsmouth. The pilot
                                                                                                           Patty Staker has been a nurse with the Scioto
program will help opiate-addicted
                                                                                                         County Health Department for so many years that
men to be diverted from jail to
                                                                                                         she was giving school vaccination shots to the chil-
counseling and employment
                                                                                                         dren and grandchildren of the people she vaccinat-
skills. If the program is success-
                                                                                                         ed when she started.
ful, it could be a model for other
                                                                                                           “It gets to the point where they call and ask for
programs around the state. It is
                                                                                                         me,” she said.
being        funded      by     the
                                        The Second Chance Center, a drug recovery and employment           But it comes to end after 34 years when she
Rehabilitation             Services
                                        skills pilot program had its ribbon cutting on Monday. From left retires on June 30. She has been a registered
Commission           and       Ohio
                                        are State Rep. Terry Johnson, Counseling Center board member nurse since 1971 when she went into hospital nurs-
Department of Alcohol and Drug
                                        Dr. Robert Nelson,Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug ing. She joined the health department in 1977. She
Addicted Services.
                                        Addicted Services Director Orman Hall, Rehabilitation Services has been director of nurses at the health depart-
   Counseling Center Director Ed
                                        Commissioner Director Kevin Miller, Scioto County ment for the past 25 years.
Hughes told the standing room-
                                        Commissioners Tom Reiser and Skip Riffe, State Rep. Danny
only crowd of 250 people that a                                                                                                  Continued on page A11
                                        Bubp. In the back, Second Chance Center Director Jay Hash and
year ago, they didn’t have a place
                                        Facilities Manager Gabe Brown.
or funding for the Second Chance
Center. He said help came in
many forms, from Gov. John
                                          “We have worked in partnership      because they didn’t want the           Contact us                   Index
                                       before around different programs       building to sit vacant and deterio-                                 Comics     A14
Kasich who announced in                but never to the extent,” Hughes       rate.                                      The Scioto Voice
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                                       said. “This is very different and        “It is amazing that we were talk-             P.O. Box 400        Dr. Gott   A2
made available, from the Scioto        like nothing we have done              ing about this a year ago and            Wheelersburg, Ohio 45694
County Commissioners who let           before.”                               here we are today,” he said. “We               (740) 574-8494
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them lease the former Scioto               Scioto County Commissioner         were very happy that we were                 fax (740) 574-2329
County        Juvenile   Detention     Tom Reiser said they were in the       able to make this facility available               e-mail
Facility and many others.                                                                                    
                                       position to help and were glad to         Continued on page A11
           He said it would strengthen and       worked on would phase out the
                                                                                                                         and 127 80 40mg-Oxycodone pills for a total of
in Ohio in particular is subastan-      tightenen current legislation            subsidy but help retain a success-
                                                                                                                         16,190 milligrams or 36 times the legal bulk amount.
tial.”                                  called the Unfunded Mandate              ful biofuel industry in Ohio. He
                                                                                                                         Both men were placed in the Scioto County Jail.
    Portman said they have data         Reform Act which the Republican          added that he met with people
showing the number of “major            sponsored in the U.S. House              from POTE. “They belive they are
regulations has increased under         back in the mid-1980s.                   pretty close to cellulotic ethanol
the Obama administration and
continues to increase,” Portman
                                          “It’s common-sense legislation,”
                                        he said. “Hopefully we can get
                                                                                 which would enable them to not
                                                                                 only use the corn kernals but the
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said. “The antecdotal information       some of this done, even by               cob and stalk which is a more effi-
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I get as I go around the state is       amendment.”                              cient way to produce energy.”
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consistent with that.”He said that         He said Ohio businesses need            “I really think that at $4 a gallon     Wheelersburg, Ohio 45694          Vol. 39 No 24
everytime he attends a business         the relief if they are to create jobs.   for gas, even if the prices come                (740) 574-8494
roundtable, he hears about regu-        Portman also voted against the           down, there is a place for biofuels           fax (740) 574-2329
latory issues.                          Coburn amendment that would              in Ohio,” he said.                                  e-mail
   “Sometimes they are not only         end the 45 cents per gallon tax

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