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The Second Annual Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center, returns this Saturday to Krodel Park. The dragon boats began arriving from Canada this week and are awaiting the competition which so far includes 14 teams registered to “row it out” for first, second and third places - these numbers are up from nine teams in 2013. Spaces are available for rowers who wish to participate and practice begins this week. Each boat should have 20 rowers and one drummer. If you’d like to fill a space, call the Point Pleasant River Museum at 304-674-0144. There is no cost to row and adult male and female participants are needed. The all-day event will include inflatables, a climbing wall, games for the kids and concessions. There is no...


Battle Days festival to return

POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant will celebrate its place in history as the first battle of the American Revolution during Battle Days.This annual festival, which includes a glimpse into Point Pleasant’s “revolutionary” history, is Oct. 3-5, is free and open to the public. All events take place at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.This year’s schedule of events has just been released. In addition, it should be noted, the Battle Days Parade starts at 11...

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Battle Days Pageant Sunday

POINT PLEASANT — Though the Battle Days Pageant has always been a special one to many, this year it is even more significant to those in the community.The Battle Days Pageant, which is from 3-5 p.m. this Sunday at Trinity UM Church’s community building, has always been a fundraiser for Toys For Kids, an organization which provides toys at Christmas for local, needy children. This alone makes it a special pageant to the community. However, this year, its significance is ...

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Drama in South Range game came before the kickoff

The South Range-Lisbon Anderson game wasn’t nearly as dramatic as what happened before it even began.The schools arranged for both bands to perform the National Anthem prior to the kickoff so that South Range lineman Travis Bernard and his sister, Taylor, a band member, would be on the field at the same time.Seconds after the music stopped, Doug Bernard, an Air Force Master Sgt. who had hurried back from a four-month deployment to Kuwait and Qatar, strolled through...

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AP Ohio High School Football Poll List

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the second weekly Associated Press poll of 2014, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):DIVISION I1, Cincinnati Moeller (20)4-02532, Mentor (2)4-02103, Hudson (2)4-0172...

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Southern rallies past Lady Rebels

MERCERVILLE, Ohio — A little tougher the second time around.Host South Gallia rallied early to take a 1-0 match lead, but the Southern girls volleyball team still managed to claim a season sweep following a 22-25, 25-21, 25-9, 25-13 victory Monday night in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Gallia County.The visiting Lady Tornadoes (8-3, 6-3 TVC Hocking) led by as many as five points on three separate occasions in the opening game, but the Lady Reb...

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Bike run a success

POINT PLEASANT — The Knight Bikers Bike Club’s Mothman Bicycle Numbers Run was a success, according Gabe Roush, one of the organizers. Roush said there were a total of 32 riders of all ages for the fundraiser which raised funds for the Point Pleasant Bike Trail Project. Bob Fowble had the highest tallied score and won a total of $115. Tim Reed was awarded the lowest tally and was awarded two free pizzas courtesy of Dominos in Point Pleasant. Roush said $627 was raised from registr...

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Point golfers win dual against Vikings

MASON, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant golf team earned a 27-shot victory over visiting Ripley Monday night during a non-conference dual match at Riverside Golf Course in Mason County.The Black Knights posted three of the top four individual scores en route to a winning tally of 175, which was more than enough to top the Vikings and their total of 202. PPHS senior Kelsey Allbright also earned medalist honors with a 3-over par round of 38.Bryce Tayengco followed Allbrigh...

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Local girls golfers fall at sectional

ASHVILLE, Ohio — Girls golfers from Meigs, Eastern and Southern end their season at the sectional tournament.Ten local girls competed at Monday’s Division II sectional golf tournament at Upper Lansdowne’s par-72 course, in Pickaway County.The Lady Marauders were seventh overall and five shots back of advancing with a 439. Dannett Davis led Meigs with a 101, followed by senior Victoria Walker with a 110 and Karlee Norton with a 113. Kendra Robie rounded ...

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Blue Angels power past Portsmouth

CENTENARY, Ohio — A win is a win, no matter the score or how pretty it looked.The Gallia Academy volleyball team defeated Southeastern Ohio Athletic League guest Portsmouth in four games, Monday night in Gallia County.The Blue Angels (12-3, 6-1 SEOAL) dropped the first game by a 25-21 count, but they rallied back to take the second game 25-23. Gallia Academy surged to a 25-11 victory in the third game and kept the momentum going to win the fourth game 25-17.

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Celebrating history and mystery

POINT PLEASANT — Thirteen is a lucky number, when you’re the Mothman.This year’s 13th Annual Mothman Festival saw what organizers say could be a record crowd which typically draws 5,000 people into town.Ashley Watts, one of the festival organizers, said nearly 2,000 people alone visited the Mothman Museum. The crowd on Saturday was larger than both the crowds on Saturday and Sunday during last year’s festival. In addition, Watts said nearly 100 pe...

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Scenes from the Mothman Festival

The reopening of the Mothman Museum at its new location helped kick off festivities at the Mothman Festival. Pictured are Rush and Marcia Finley, Mothman, Carolyn Harris, Jeff Wamsley, Mayor Brian Billings, Councilwoman Elizabeth Jones and Turtleman, who brought his own knife.Festival visitors flock to the Lowe Hotel where owner Ruth Finley, pictured on the stairs, gave haunted tours of the historic structure the entire weekend.Who you gonna call at the Mothman Festival?...

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Lady Marauders maul Eastern

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Dominance at home.The Meigs volleyball team claimed a straight game victory over non-conference guest Eastern, Saturday at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.The Lady Marauders (9-6) charged to a 2-0 lead with a 25-13 victory in the first game and a 25-12 win in the second. Meigs dominated the third game, winning 25-3 and claiming the 3-0 match victory. MHS never trailed in any of the three games.

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USDA reports local, national food insecurity decline

MASON COUNTY —Recent reports from the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service show an overall local, state and national decline in food insecurity from 2011-2013.Food security is defined as “access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life,” according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) website.ERS data and findings examine food security in U.S. households, food security’s impac...

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J.C. Cook Ball Fields stirs discussion

MASON — A prior donation request to the Mason Town Council for work being done at the J.C. Cook Ball Fields stirred discussion at the council’s most recent meeting.Council members were asked Sept. 4 to donate $5,000 to a project that will change the scope and layout of the ball fields, which were historically used by the youth of the town. The project will decrease the fields from three to two, making the larger one big enough to accommodate the Wahama baseball teams. T...

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New Haven preps for ‘Kickin’ Cancer in the Balls’ event

MASON — More than 20 kickball teams will converge Saturday on the New Haven ballfields for a chance at “Kickin’ Cancer in the Balls,” and helping a local woman struck with the disease.Melody Hill, a registered nurse at Pleasant Valley Hospital, will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the tournament. She is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

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Point Pleasant 10th at Covered Bridge Invitational

RIPLEY, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant boys cross country team took 10th place Saturday at the Covered Bridge Invitational, hosted by Ripley.The boys team competition was won by Ripley with a total of 68, followed by Capital with 75 and Wirt County with 92. The Big Blacks total of 229 placed PPHS 10th of the 12 teams. Buffalo’s Hayden Harrison paced the field of 94 with a time of 16:39.4, followed by Wirt County’s Glenn McMillan (17:18.1) and Capital’s Michael R...

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Lady Eagles win Bob Reall Invite

LANCASTER, Ohio — The Lady Eagles are getting pretty good at this ‘trophy over the weekend’ thing.The Eastern girls cross country team picked up its fifth straight Saturday championship this season during the 2014 Bob Reall Lancaster Invitational held on the campus of Lancaster High School in Fairfield County.The Lady Eagles had five runners finish in the top 16 of in the Division III Team Race and posted a winning tally of 49 points, which was nine poi...

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