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News in Brief — 7/24/12

State Route 217 closing for two-day culvert replacement

CHILLICOTHE — State Route 217 will be closed two days this week for a culvert replacement project.

Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Lawrence County Highway Maintenance Facility will close State Route 217 today at the 0.39-mile marker to replace a deteriorated pipe.

The project site is located just east of State Route 141 and near County Road 54 (Dog Fork Road).

The closure went into effect at approximately 9 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. Wednesday or until all work is completed.

Throughout both days, traffic will detoured via State Route 141 and State Route 378.

Completion of the project will be contingent upon the weather.

 

Collection nets prescription drugs in Scioto County

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs including many painkillers were collected over the weekend in a southern Ohio county hit hard by drug overdose deaths.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has said Scioto County is one of the worst parts of the country when it comes to prescription painkiller abuse and illegal trafficking.

DeWine says Monday that collection sites at grocery stores in Portsmouth and Wheelersburg gathered a total of 318 pounds of prescription drugs from residents.

Authorities disposed of the drugs, which included painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone.

Dozens of county residents have died over the past decade from overdoses attributed to painkillers and many more have been treated for addiction to the pills.

 

VFW 8850 begins fundraiser lunches

IRONTON — The Veterans of Foreign Wars 8850 is offering Thursday lunches as a fundraiser for the club.

Post Commander Ed Burge said the money will be used for general operating expenses. The lunches will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. weekly.

“There will be a different theme each week and it will always be good quality food served by volunteers who want to help the club,” Burge said. “The support of the community is always greatly appreciated.”

The menu Thursday will be a bologna sandwich (cold or fried), chips and a drink for $4. Burge said the prices will generally stay in the $4-$6 range.

The post is at 3028 S. Third Street. For more information call the post at 532-3000.

— By Teresa Moore

 

CG Little League Cheerleaders raising money

COAL GROVE — The Coal Grove Little League Cheerleaders will have a fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the practice field beside the Dawson-Bryant board office.

There will be a DJ providing music and inflatables for the children with the purchase of a $5 hand stamp. Food and drinks will be available from the concession stand as well as a corn hole tournament open to all ages.

The corn hole tournament will be $20 per person in the 16 and older bracket and $10 for the 15 and under bracket with cash and prizes awarded in both divisions.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. on the day of event, with a discounted registration offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Paul Porter Park.

If it rains on the day of event, the festivities will be moved to the Dawson-Bryant Junior High gym.