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A man was killed in one of two accidents involving pedestrians investigated by police during the past week.

The first occurred about 3:30 a.m. last Friday, Jan. 29, on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon, near the intersection with Elizabeth Avenue. Police say that a man dressed in black was walking in the center of a northbound lane when he was struck from behind by a truck, the driver of which was unable to see the man. He was killed instantly.


A man who threatened a pizza shop clerk with a gun was able to escape following a robbery on Jan. 24.

The man who held up the Papa John’s Pizza shop at 357 Lincoln Avenue just before 9 p.m. was described as a white male, 30-40 years old, with dark brown eyes, 5’7” to 5’8” tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red shirt underneath, and black boots with a heavy tread.He was carrying a blue drawstring bag.



Next fall when Avonworth football and soccer players take to the field, it will be on new turf.

At the Feb. 1 work session of the Avonworth School Board, Stephen Parks of Parks and Associates gave a presentation and discussed options for the replacement of the artificial turf at Lenzner Field.

Parks stated that the current turf had exceeded its expected lifespan, and credited the district for keeping it well-maintained.

According to Parks, the three primary factors when selecting artificial turf are safety and comfort of the players and longevity of the surface



The Northgate Flames wrapped up their home schedule on Tuesday when they fell to the Rams from South Side Beaver, on Senior Recognition Night, by the score of 90-53. Northgate (3-18) came into the game struggling as a defensive unit, allowing their opponents to score on average 74 points a game. South Side came into the game looking to exploit the Flames' lack of experience with their pressure defense.



We are now firmly entrenched in winter, that most deaded of seasons for many of us. All of the distractions that kept us from actual hibernation are in the rear view mirror, and we find ourselves looking for something to take their place.


In recognition of School Board Appreciation Month, student groups from the Avonworth School District once again purchased books to be donated to the library in honor of the board. Pictured above from left are: front row -- Ryan Ehmann, Peyton Faulkner, Sophie Guest, Mary Gannon; middle row -- Vicki Carlson, Kirstin Thompson, student council advisor Jeff Dzubinski, Kate Monti; back row -- Jeff Carraway, Beau Blauser, David Oberdick, John Brandt, Patrick Stewart.

Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen


Sun, 2016-02-14

Mount Assisi Academy Preschool will hold an open house on Sunday, Feb. 14, 1-3 p.m.

Programs are offered for 3- and 4-year-olds. Morning and afternoon classes are available.

Additionally, a new program, “Almost 3,” is accepting students. “Almost 3” is designed to provide an early introduction to the school environment and learning by emphasizing both fine and gross motor skills, art, language development, math, reading readiness, as well as social skills and field trips. “Almost 3” classes will be held Mondays and Fridays, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Thu, 2016-02-11

Adults are invited to create a one-of-a-kind item, socialize and enjoy beverages (B.Y.O.B) and snacks, Thursday, Feb. 11, 7-9 p.m., at Ohio Township Community Park’s Nature Center

The cost per class is $25 for Ohio Township residents and $30 for non-residents.

Participants must be at least 21 years old. No experience is necessary. Art materials are included.

February’s project is a painted candy dish.

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