PORTSMOUTH is a city in and the county seat of Scioto County ,
United States . It lies in far southern
Ohio , just east of the mouth
Scioto River at the
Ohio River, and across from Kentucky. The
population was 20,226 at the 2010 census .
* 1 History
* 1.1 Foundation
* 1.2 20th Century
* 1.3 21st Century
* 2 Decline
* 3 Demographics
* 3.1 2010 census
* 3.2 2000 census
* 4 Geography
* 4.1 Neighborhoods
* 5 Government
* 5.2 County government
* 6 Economy
* 7 Transportation
* 7.1 Highways
* 7.2 Rail
* 7.3 Air
* 7.4 Public transportation
* 8 Education
* 8.1 Colleges and universities
* 8.2 K-12 schools
* 9 Prescription Drug Epidemic
* 10 Culture
* 10.1 Buildings and landmarks
Indian Head Rock
* 10.4 Floods and floodwalls
* 10.5 Professional sports
* 10.6 Media
* 11 Notable people
* 13 See also
* 14 References
* 15 External links
According to historian Charles Augustus Hanna, a
Shawnee village was
founded at the site of modern-day Portsmouth in late 1758, following
the destruction of
Lower Shawneetown by floods.
Portsmouth's European-American roots date to the 1790s, when the
small town of Alexandria was founded west of Portsmouth's site.
Alexandria was flooded numerous times by the
Ohio and the Scioto
rivers, especially in a massive flood in January and February 1937.
In 1803, Henry Massie spotted a place to move the town away from the
flood plains. He began to plot the new city by mapping the streets and
distributing the land. Portsmouth was founded in 1803 and was
established as a city in 1815. Alexandria soon disappeared.
Portsmouth quickly grew around an industrial base due to its location
at the confluence of the
Ohio and Scioto rivers; early industrial
growth included having meat packing and shipping facilities for Thomas
Worthington's Chillicothe farm, located north of Portsmouth on the
Scioto River. Portsmouth growth continued with the completion of the
Ohio and Erie Canal , which provided access to the Great Lakes,
opening up northern markets. The construction of the N&W railyards and
Despite its relatively small size, Portsmouth has been a regular stop
along recent Presidential campaigns in the 21st Century. In September
2004, George W. Bush visited Portsmouth as part of his Presidential
reelection campaign. Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards also
visited Portsmouth in September, 2004. In February, 2008, Bill
Shawnee State University in Portsmouth to campaign for
his wife Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primary. In July 2008,
Presidential Candidate John McCain visited Portsmouth. Presidential
Barack Obama spoke at
Shawnee State University in 2008. Presidential
Candidate Mitt Romney spoke at
Shawnee State University in October,
2012. In March 2016, Bill Clinton visited Portsmouth to campaign for
his wife, Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.
Following a decrease in population from the 20th Century, Portsmouth,
and other parts of Scioto County, have begun the process of
transforming blighted properties. After the Scioto County Port
Authority secured an initial $30,000 grant from the Scioto Foundation
to begin Scioto County Land Reutilization Corporation has received
$2.725 million from the
Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) through the
Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP). Along with transforming
disused residential properties, Portsmouth has begun the process of
transforming abandoned industrial and commercial properties.
Portsmouth was one of 172 communities to receive 279 grants totaling
$56.8 million in EPA Brownfields funding through the Environmental
Protection Agency’s Assessment and Cleanup Grants. The Southern Ohio
Port Authority (SOPA) was selected for grant funding in the amount of
$300,000 as part of a program offered through the Environmental
Protection Agency in an effort to cleanup former industrial sites.
These funds provide aid to under-served and economically disadvantaged
communities through the assessment and cleanup of abandoned industrial
and commercial properties and expand the ability of communities to
recycle vacant and abandoned properties for new, productive reuses.
Portsmouth has also initiated new developments in its downtown. After
Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 233 on April 20, 2016 with an
effective date of Aug. 5, 2016,
Ohio cities were allowed to create
Downtown Redevelopment Districts which operates similar to a Tax
Increment Finance (TIF) District. The city of Portsmouth formed a
Downtown Redevelopment District (DRD) in the Boneyfiddle neighborhood
of the city to increase investment and development in its downtown.
There has been a noticeable increase in investment in Portsmouth's
local economy since the start of the 21st Century. The Southern Ohio
Port Authority has worked with the Joint Economic Development
Initiative of Southern
Ohio (JEDISO) to secure funding for local
business. A grant through JEDISO from the Fluor-BWXT Opportunity was
awarded to YEI Technology, PatterFam Sauces, Tri-America Contractors,
Appalachian Wood Flooring (Phase 1) and Columbia Gas Regional
Headquarters. The grants resulted in 48 jobs created and 225 jobs
retained. New investments and developments in the local economy led
to Portsmouth's inclusion in Site Selection Magazine Top 10
Micropolitan areas. Celina, Defiance and Portsmouth were among a group
of cities tied for 10th. It was Portsmouth’s first time on the list,
after Portsmouth attracted nine significant economic development
projects in 2016, nearly as many as it had from 2004-2013 combined.
In 2016, Portsmouth was identified as one of the semi-finalists in
the America’s Best Communities competition. In its Community
Revitalization Plan, Portsmouth developed a plan that aims to
revitalize the community by utilizing its most valuable asset, the
Ohio River. Its goal is to improve commercial and community access to
the Portsmouth riverfront by making the port a premier regional
destination for industrial development, small business development and
riverfront recreation. Spartan Municipal Stadium was identified
through the America’s Best Communities competition as an invaluable
asset for the development of the riverfront area, and was recently
awarded $25,000 towards its renovation.
The population peaked at just over 42,000 in 1930 (see
"Demographics", below), and by the 1950 census, the population had
fallen below 40,000. Foreign competition and industrial restructuring
resulted in most of the industrial jobs on which Portsmouth's economy
was based moving out of the area.
Following these declines, in 1980 when Empire-Detroit
Steel-Portsmouth Works suspended local operations after the sale of
the steel plant to Armco Steel (now AK Steel). Armco Steel closed the
plant because they did not want to replace the obsolete Open Hearth
Furnaces with the more efficient basic oxygen steel furnaces. The
plant also needed a continuous caster to replace the obsolete soaking
pits and blooming mill in 1995. When the steel mill was closed, 1,300
steelworkers were laid off. As of 2010, the city has a population of
approximately 20,000. It has shared in the loss of jobs due to
unskilled labor outsourcing and population migration to more urban
As of the census of 2010, there were 20,226 people, 8,286
households, and 4,707 families residing in the city. The population
density was 1,885.0 inhabitants per square mile (727.8/km2). There
were 9,339 housing units at an average density of 870.4 per square
mile (336.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.1% White , 5.1%
African American , 0.4% Native American , 0.6% Asian , 0.7% from other
races , and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any
race were 2.2% of the population.
There were 8,286 households out of which 28.5% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 33.9% were married couples living
together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4%
had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.2% were
non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and
15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The
average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.93.
The median age in the city was 36.1 years. 21.6% of residents were
under the age of 18; 14.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6%
were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years
of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.4% male and
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,909 people, 9,120
households, and 5,216 families residing in the city. The population
density was 1,941.4 people per square mile (749.6/km²). There were
10,248 housing units at an average density of 951.5 per square mile
(367.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.50% White , 5.00%
African American , 0.63% Native American , 0.61% Asian , 0.02% Pacific
Islander , 0.32% from other races , and 1.92% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.
There were 9,120 households out of which 25.9% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living
together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and
42.8% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of
individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age
or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family
size was 2.87.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of
18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and
19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years.
For every 100 females there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 78.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,004, and the
median income for a family was $31,237. Males had a median income of
$31,521 versus $20,896 for females. The per capita income for the city
was $15,078. About 18.3% of families and 23.6% of the population were
below the poverty line , including 31.1% of those under age 18 and
14.5% of those age 65 or over.
A painting of the confluence of the
Ohio and Scioto Rivers,
showing the dissected plateau terrain and the
Carl D. Perkins
Carl D. Perkins Bridge.
Portsmouth is at the confluence of the
Ohio , Scioto , and Little
Scioto Rivers. Portsmouth is a midway point among four major cities:
Charleston, West Virginia ,
Cincinnati and Columbus,
Ohio ; and
Lexington, Kentucky , each of which are approximately ninety miles
away (roughly a two-hour drive). Much of the terrain is quite hilly
due to dissected plateau around it. Both rivers have carved valleys
and Portsmouth lies next to both the Scioto and
Ohio rivers. It is
within the ecoregion of the Western Allegheny Plateau . According to
Census Bureau , the city has a total area of 11.07
square miles (28.67 km2), of which 10.73 square miles (27.79 km2) is
land and 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2) is water.
* Sciotoville - located 5 miles (8.0 km) in the eastern part of
Portsmouth off US 52 at
Ohio 335; it is sometimes known as East
Portsmouth, but it is within the city limits, with about 10% of the
city's population living there.
* North Moreland - a community within Portsmouth, north of the
Village of New Boston. North Moreland connects the larger western
section of Portsmouth with Sciotoville.
* Boneyfiddle - several blocks west of downtown Portsmouth generally
centered around the Market St./2nd St. intersection
* Hilltop - residential neighborhoods in Portsmouth located north of
17th St., west of Thomas Ave and east of Scioto Trail
The city charter was adopted on November 6, 1928. The city conducts
business at their city hall, which was constructed in 1935. City
council meetings are held during the second and fourth weeks in the
month. The city reverted from being run by a city manager to a mayor
in 1988, with the mayor being elected every four years.
In 2012 voters approved returning to a
City Manager/Council form of
government; this took effect in January 2014. Under the City
Manager/Council system, the mayor and vice-mayor are elected members
of the city council who are appointed to their positions by the
council. The city manager is hired by and reports directly to the
council. The city manager oversees the day-to-day operations of city
government and is the direct supervisor of all city department heads.
There are six wards in the city with elections of council members from
the wards every two years.
City Manager is Derek K. Allen.
Kevin W. Johnson
Jo Ann Aeh
Kevin E. Johnson
Jim Kalb (Acting Mayor)
Scioto County Courthouse
Portsmouth is the county seat for Scioto County. The courthouse is
located at the corner of Sixth and Court Streets and was constructed
in 1936. The sheriff's office and county jail, once located in the
courthouse, are located in a new facility, constructed in 2006 at the
former site of the
Norfolk and Western rail depot near U.S. 23 .
Portsmouth major employers include Southern
Ohio Medical Center ,
United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC),
Shawnee State University
, Norfolk Southern Corp.(Railroad), Southern
Facility and OSCO Industries. In November 2002, the Portsmouth Gaseous
Diffusion Plant in nearby Piketon,
Ohio was recognized as a Nuclear
Historic Landmark by the
American Nuclear Society . It had served a
military function from 1952 until the mid-1960s, when the mission
changed from enriching uranium for nuclear weapons to one focused on
producing fuel for commercial nuclear power plants . The Portsmouth
Gaseous Diffusion Plant ended enriching operations in 2001 and began
to support operational and administrative functions and perform
external contract work. All uranium enrichment in the area has been
taken over by a sister plant in
Paducah, Kentucky . Uranium enrichment
functions had previously been shared by the two plants. USEC interests
in the area remain strong with the American Centrifuge Plant under
construction in Piketon. This commercial uranium enrichment facility
was expected to employ up to 500 people and reach an initial annual
production level of 3.8 million SWU by 2012.
Graf Brothers Flooring and Lumber , the world's largest manufacturer
of rift and quartered oak products, has two satellite log yards in
Portsmouth, with the company's main office being located across the
South Shore, Kentucky . Portsmouth was the home of
Mitchellace Inc. , the largest manufacturer of shoelaces in the world.
U.S. Grant Bridge
U.S. Grant Bridge crossing the
Ohio River from Portsmouth,
Greenup County, Kentucky . A nightly view of the newly
U.S. Grant Bridge
U.S. Grant Bridge carrying U.S. 23 over the
Portsmouth is served by two major U.S. Routes: 23 and 52 . Other
significant roads include
Ohio State Routes 73 , 104 , 139 , 140 , and
335 . The nearest Interstate highway is I-64 . Interstate 73 is
planned to use the newly built Portsmouth bypass en route from North
Carolina To Michigan. The I-74 Extension is planned to use US 52
through Portsmouth, running concurrently with I-73 on the eastern side
South Portsmouth-South Shore (Amtrak station)
Portsmouth is an important location in the Norfolk Southern Railway
network. Norfolk Southern operates a railyard and locomotive
maintenance facility for its long distance shipping route between the
West Virginia and points east, to the
Great Lakes .
CSX Transportation operates a former Chesapeake ">
Massie Hall is the first and oldest building at
Portsmouth is the home of
Shawnee State University , a public
institution established in 1986. It is Ohio's thirteenth and newest
institution of higher education.
Mural in the new high school of the school mascot Trojans.
Portsmouth has one public and two private school systems (the Notre
Dame schools and the Portsmouth STEM Academy). The Portsmouth City
School District has served the city since its founding in the 1830s
and is the public school in the city. Portsmouth
City School District
is notable having a storied basketball tradition by winning four OSHAA
State Basketball Championships in 1931, 1961, 1978, and 1988. The
Trojan basketball team has made 14 final four appearances, they are
1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931 (1st), 1934 (2nd), 1939, 1941, 1961
(1st), 1978 (1st), 1980 (2nd), 1988 (1st), 1990 (2nd). and 2012
(2nd). The Trojan football team has also produced some notable teams
as of late with an
Associated Press Division 3 State Championship in
2000, a regional title, and state semi-final appearance in 2000, and
finishing as regional runner up in both 2001, and 2002. In all the
Trojans football team has sent 5 teams to the post season since 2000,
as of the start of the 2009 season.
In 2000, Portsmouth voters passed a much needed school bond issue,
which helped construct new schools for the district. The new schools
opened for the 2006–2007 school year. These schools won the Grand
Prize from School Planning "> Clark Athletic Complex
In 2009 the school system completed construction on a new $10 million
athletic complex. The 25-acre (10 ha) Clark Athletic Complex has a
new football field, baseball field, softball field, tennis courts, and
track. The complex is named for Clyde and Maycel Clark of the Clark
Foundation, major financial contributors for the construction of the
facility. The new complex, situated on the site of the former high
school building and across the street from the current high school,
has three paintings by mural artist
Herb Roe , a 1992 Portsmouth High
School alumnus. The murals depict three of the sports played at the
new facility: baseball, tennis, and football. Portsmouth Notre
Notre Dame (Catholic) Schools (formerly Portsmouth Central Catholic
HS) have served the city's Roman Catholics and others since 1852. It
is also notable for its football team, founded in 1929. It won two
state championships in 1967 and 1970.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG EPIDEMIC
We have a very high addiction rates in addition to the death rates.
A lot of young people are addicted. Our treatment facilities are
overwhelmed. The court systems are overwhelmed.
— -Lisa Roberts, registered nurse with the Portsmouth City
Health Department (2010)
Since the late 1990s and problems of unemployment, an epidemic of
prescription drug abuse has swept the town and surrounding areas. It
has caused a dramatic increase in
Hepatitis C cases in the county,
drug-related deaths, robberies, murder, and an increased
incidence of children born addicted to prescription drugs. The most
prevalent drug is
OxyContin , a synthetic opiate originally developed
as a cancer drug, known colloquially as oxys and hillbilly heroin
(because of the drugs association with Appalachian areas of Kentucky,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia).
The crisis is blamed on the proliferation of cash-only pain clinics,
known as "pill mills" by locals. According to authorities, there are
eight such clinics in Scioto County alone, the largest concentration
of such operations per capita in any of Ohio's counties. The clinics
began opening in the late 1990s, after state legislators passed a law
stating that doctors could not be prosecuted for prescribing
painkillers as long as they had examined and documented that a patient
was in intractable pain and needed the medication. The slightly more
than half a dozen pain clinics dispense nearly 35 million pills a
year, or, according to 2008 state pharmacy board statistics, roughly
460 pills for every resident in a county of 76,000 people.
The geographic location has played a role in the size of the problem.
Because Portsmouth is located at the junction of three states and on
the routes of several north-south and east-west highways, it has
become a distribution point for more than just the local area. The
separate state jurisdictions do not track prescriptions among the
others, making it harder to tell where the prescriptions are going.
Generations of poverty have helped to create an underground economy
supporting the distribution of illegal substances.
As of spring 2011, the county has had more than 120 drug-related
deaths over the preceding decade, and in 2009 had the second-highest
death rate in the state from accidental drug overdoses, although it is
sparsely populated compared to the urban population centers of the
state. According to Lisa Roberts, a registered nurse with the
City Health Department, Southern
Ohio distributes four
times as many prescription drugs as Northern Ohio, contributing to the
high death rates. Local deaths from a lethal drug combination of
opiates, sedatives and muscle relaxants are so common that locals have
dubbed it the Portsmouth Cocktail. Admissions into rehab facilities
for painkiller addictions in the town are five times the national
average. Almost one in 10 infants born in Scioto County in recent
years has been addicted to prescription drugs. Because of the extent
of the problem, the
Drug Enforcement Administration has listed Scioto
County on its watch list of the 10 most significant places in the
country for trafficking in prescription drugs.
In February 2011 NBC Universal had a film crew in the city filming
for the cable TV show Intervention . On April 11, 2011 the show aired
as a special episode: "Intervention In-Depth: Hillbilly Heroin." It
explored the effects of prescription drug abuse on residents of the
town and surrounding area.
In 2007 Paul Volkman, a doctor from Chicago who had worked at a pain
clinic in Portsmouth since 2003, was indicted. He was tried in
February 2011 at the federal court in Cincinnati. Volkman was
convicted of 18 counts of illegal prescription drug distribution, and
was found guilty related to the deaths of four of his patients. He is
suspected of causing nearly 20 deaths. He faces from 20 years to life
In 2011 the DEA and state and local law enforcement agencies worked
to crack down on this problem. On May 17, 2011 the DEA served
Immediate Suspension Orders (suspension of their license to practice
medicine ) on four local doctors and a pharmacy in Scioto County,
including Dr. Margy Temponeras. In a press release, the DEA said that
Temponeras was one of the largest dispensers of controlled substances
in the US.
Nationally, prescription drug abuse is one of our largest substance
abuse problems, and in southern
Ohio abuse of pharmaceuticals has
reached almost epidemic proportions. Doctors that prescribe dangerous
drugs, for reasons not driven by medical need, are a danger to the
community. The actions taken today illustrate that DEA is committed to
work with our law enforcement partners and attack this problem head
— -Robert Corso, DEA
Special Agent in Charge
The DEA also served ISOs on three other doctors: John Temponeras,
Mark Fantazuzzi, and Michael Dawes, and a pharmacy, Prime Pharmacy,
located at 902 Fourth Street in Portsmouth. The DEA had made a
preliminary finding that the continued registration of these doctors
and pharmacy constituted an imminent danger to public health and
safety. The orders prohibit the parties from possessing or dispensing
controlled substances, pending the outcome of ongoing investigations.
As a result of the ISO, Dr. John Temponeras resigned from his position
at the Southern
Ohio Medical Center .
The support group SOLACE formed to tackle this problem; it has helped
to raise public awareness of the issue and has lobbied the state house
for legislation. Governor
John Kasich referred to the group in his
State of the State Address , and members of the group were
featured in the A"> The recently renovated, historic Columbia Music
Hall, formerly "The Columbia". The structure was damaged by fire on
November 11, 2007, and has since been converted into an outdoor
Many historical buildings in Portsmouth have been demolished because
of poor upkeep, other city development, or the completion of new
buildings that replaced the landmarks. Landmarks that have been
demolished include the old Norfolk & Western rail depot, churches
dating back to the early 20th century, houses dating to the 1850s,
Grant Middle School, and the old Portsmouth High School and various
Many buildings survive from the early 19th century. Old churches are
among the reminders of Portsmouth's past and identity. The Columbia
Theater was given a major facelift after it was damaged by fire.
Other noted historic buildings include the old monastery, which can be
seen for miles, and Spartan Stadium , as well as numerous buildings in
the Boneyfiddle Historic District , which is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places . In 1982, students from Miami University
conducted research on several of Portsmouth's most important historic
buildings. This work resulted in an exhibition at the Miami University
Art Museum and a book entitled Portsmouth: Architecture in an Ohio
River Town. The Portsmouth Public Library is the city's library,
founded in 1879. It has branch libraries throughout Scioto County. The
Ohio Museum , founded in 1979, has more than sixty exhibits
on display including artwork by
Clarence Holbrook Carter and Jesse
Stuart , China dolls, Native American artifacts, and works by local
INDIAN HEAD ROCK
Indian Head Rock is an eight-ton sandstone boulder which until
2007 rested at the bottom of the
Ohio River . Historically, the
boulder was used to record low river stages. It is notable due to its
history and due to the figures and names of individuals which were
carved into the rock at times of low water levels. In 1917, the
construction of a dam downriver from Portsmouth meant that the rock
would forever be submerged, if not for its recovery by a group of
local divers led by an Ironton historian. The removal of the rock led
the states of
Ohio into a legislative battle to determine
its ownership and disposition. The rock was returned to the state of
Kentucky in 2010.
Portsmouth has fourteen parks for residents and community use. These
include Alexandria Park (
Scioto River confluence), Bannon
Park (near Farley Square),
Branch Rickey Park (on Williams Street near
levee), Buckeye Park (near
Branch Rickey Park), Cyndee Secrest Park
(Sciotoville), Dr. Hartlage Park (Rose Street in Sciotoville), Labold
Park (near Spartan Stadium),
Larry Hisle Park (23rd Street & Thomas
Ave.), Mound Park (17th & Hutchins Streets), York Park (riverfront),
Spartan Stadium, Tracy Park (Chillicothe & Gay Streets), and Weghorst
Park (Fourth the organization later moved to Detroit to become the
Detroit Lions .
Branch Rickey , influential baseball coach, inventor of the farm
team system, and the signer of
Jackie Robinson to Major League
Baseball ; Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with
Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Clarence Holbrook Carter , an American Regionalist and surrealist
* Carl Ackerman, local photographer and historic photo collector,
whose collection was used for many of the river murals.
* The disastrous
Ohio River flood of 1937 , which led to
construction of the floodwall.
* Transportation – stagecoaches, riverboats, railroads and the
Ohio and Erie Canal , which had its terminus just outside Portsmouth.
* Local notables including
Roy Rogers ,
Jesse Stuart , Julia Marlowe
Vern Riffe and Kathleen Battle.
* Other panels explore the local history of education, the first
European settlers, industries (including the steel industry, shoe
industry, and the
Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant ), sister cities
, the local
Carnegie library , firemen and police, period genre scenes
of old downtown and other localities, and a memorial to area armed
The original mural project was finished in the fall of 2003. Since
then several additional panels have been added, including murals
honoring Portsmouth's baseball heroes in 2006; and the Tour of the
Scioto River Valley (TOSRV), a bicycle tour between Columbus and
Portsmouth in 2007.
Portsmouth had a series of semi-pro football teams in the 1920s and
1930s, the most notable being the Portsmouth Shoe-Steels , whose
roster included player-coach
Jim Thorpe . From 1929 to 1933, the city
was home to the
Portsmouth Spartans , which joined the National
Football League in 1930. The Spartans competed in the first
professional football night game, against the
Brooklyn Dodgers in
1930. Despite their success, the team could not survive in the NFL's
second-smallest city during the
Great Depression ; it was sold and
moved to Detroit in 1934, where it became the
Detroit Lions .
In the late 20th century, the Portsmouth Explorers were one of the
original teams in the
Frontier League , a non-affiliated minor league
baseball organization. The Explorers played in the league's first
three seasons, from 1993 to 1995. In 1938, Portsmouth was also the
home of the
Portsmouth Red Birds , a minor league team owned by the
St. Louis Cardinals .
In the late 1990s Portsmouth was home to the Superstar Wrestling
Federation before its demise. More recently Revolutionary Championship
Wrestling has made its home in Portsmouth, airing on local TV station
Revolutionary Championship Wrestling in Portsmouth has featured
such stars as
Big Van Vader
Big Van Vader , Jerry "The King" Lawler , Demolition Ax
Bobby Eaton ,
"Wildcat" Chris Harris , and
Ivan Koloff .
Portsmouth is near the dividing line for several television markets,
including Columbus ,
Cincinnati , and Huntington -Charleston . There
are two local television stations including WTZP, an America One
WQCW , a CW affiliate. Portsmouth was, prior to October
2017, served by WPBO , a
PBS affiliate. Programs aired on WPBO were
broadcast by WOSU in Columbus . Local radio stations
WOKE , WIOI ,
WZZZ , and
WOSP-FM serve the radio listeners in the
city. Portsmouth is also served by three newspapers. The Portsmouth
Daily Times is the city's only daily newspaper. The Community Common
is a free biweekly newspaper and the Scioto Voice is a weekly
newspaper, which is mailed to subscribers. The University Chronicle
is the student-led newspaper at
Shawnee State University.
Dale Bandy –
Ohio University basketball coach
Kathleen Battle – opera singer
Al Bridwell – former
Major League Baseball player
Gerald Cadogan – former Professional Football player
Earl Thomas Conley
Earl Thomas Conley – country music singer and songwriter
* Martin Dillon – musician and operatic tenor
Chuck Ealey – former football player for
University of Toledo ,
Canadian Football League 's
Winnipeg Blue Bombers , Hamilton
Steve Free – ASCAP Award-winning Appalachian musician
Bill Harsha –
Ohio politician for the U.S. House of
Larry Hisle – former
Major League Baseball player, currently
Milwaukee Brewers Organization
Elza Jeffords – U.S. representative from Mississippi
(1883–1885); practiced law in Portsmouth prior to the American Civil
Liza Johnson - film director
Jeff Munn – vice president of operations for Harlem
Rocky Nelson – former
Major League Baseball player
Josh Newman –
Major League Baseball pitcher
Al Oliver – former
Major League Baseball player
Wally Phillips – longtime Chicago radio personality
Del Rice - former
Major League Baseball player
Branch Rickey – baseball executive, signed
Jackie Robinson to
* Barbara Robinson – author
Herb Roe – mural artist
Roy Rogers – singer and cowboy movie star
Stuff Smith – jazz musician
* Adam Stevens - crew chief for
Kyle Busch in the
NASCAR Sprint Cup
Ted Strickland – former
Gene Tenace – former
Major League Baseball player
Portsmouth has three sister cities , as designated by Sister Cities
Great Corby , England, United Kingdom
Orizaba , Mexico
Sachsen , Germany
* List of cities and towns along the
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patient and document that the patient has intractable pain and needs
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