Local Columns

Connections around us

It’s sometimes easy to overlook the impact the Franciscan University of Steubenville has on the community and the impact the community has on the university. That relationship is important, and there have been several interesting examples offered up during several events that have been held ...

The element of surprise is missing

The element of surprise seems all but gone these days in the world as we know it. This we lamented in the newsroom last week, the observation made not long after a lovely big box of assorted chocolate candy had arrived. The box was on the island in the center of the newsroom, the plastic ...

Just getting caught up

Getting caught up: ¯ We’ve might have just turned the calendar to December, but area young people are already working toward March 9. That’s when the Jefferson-Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee will be held at Buckeye North Elementary. Pupils throughout the region have been ...

How about Christmas every four years?

Not everyone looks forward to Christmas or especially likes this time of the year. This is not really stop-the-presses headline news, much less fake news. Better Half and I were watching a “news” program recently where the panel of commentators were discussing Christmas. I’m not ...

Guest column/Too many questions remain in Zalenski case

We, as officials with Neffs American Legion Post 77, were horrified to read the press release from the Diocese of Steubenville during the week of Oct. 29. We saw a glaring and blatant gross misrepresentation of at least one name on that list, the Rev. Gary Zalenski. He was lumped into a group ...

In all things remember God’s greatest gift

By the REV. GARY C. LILLY I was thinking about what Christmas gifts I might purchase for loved ones, when I was humbled by the impact of these words concerning the greatest gift ever given: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son ...” It quickly put things in ...

Bringing life to town

Many of you who are reading this can remember what a festive and bustling place downtown Steubenville was, especially around the holidays. It doesn’t seem like it was that long along ago when you could spend an evening downtown, going from store to store before finding that perfect gift at ...

Nothing quite like a whirlwind road trip

Four girls. One car. Less than 72 hours. Five hundred plus miles — one way. The plan for a girls’ whirlwind weekend road trip went on my November calendar back in September when the thought became the suggestion and then the absolute intention. A trip from Ohio to North Carolina ...

Guest column/Quality of our region’s air remains an issue

It has been more than 42 years since I worked as a college intern on the prominent Harvard School of Public Health Six Cities Study, initiated in Steubenville. The study was designed to evaluate exposures to outdoor air pollution. Specifically, the study examined concentrations of total ...

Homework assignment: Be thankful!

Better Half was helping me make a quick and convenient dinner the other evening, i.e. something relatively instant, given that’s my cooking forte. I was getting ready to throw some individual pot pies into the oven, paying heed to the directions that call for wrapping the crust edge with a ...