Local Columns

Royalty in kingdom of order remorse

Better Half and I have a lot in common, including the fact that we’re very good at what I call “order remorse.” This is a condition that apparently is not very treatable, because we have yet to be cured. There’s no panacea, no anecdote for us. History teaches us lessons, but, alas, ...

Get ready for football

We’ve reached that point in August when the reminders that fall is not that far off begin to become much more plentiful. The Jefferson County Fair, for instance, will conclude its 147th edition today at Friendship Park in Smithfield. A rite of late summer for many generations, the fair ...

Some interesting reading

Trying to get caught up: ¯ There’s plenty going on in our area. Some of that activity is positive, and some of it, even if necessary, can be tough to understand. We’re reminded of that in a couple of items that have appeared on our pages during the last week or so. One was Paul ...

Rescue of praying mantis brings relief

I didn’t expect to come face-to-face with a large praying mantis in the makeup aisle at the grocery store. But there it was, obviously displaced among the rows of shades of face powder I was looking through, unable to immediately decide exactly which one I wanted. I think God had me ...

Time for road is now

It might only be 47 miles of highway, but if it is ever completed, it likely will help to fuel dramatic economic growth in our region. That’s the message that was delivered Tuesday during press opportunities held at Em-Media’s Bella Hall in Steubenville and the Coshocton Campus of the ...

A ‘Deer Hunter’ day in Mingo Junction

When the “Deer Hunter” movie was being filmed locally in 1977, I had finished my freshman year of college and was back home in Richmond, working for the summer in the concession stand at the local drive-in theater. It really wasn’t on my radar then that something out of the ordinary was ...

Guest column/Firefighter legislation was a bipartisan effort

In emergencies, while the rest of us run from danger, firefighters run toward it. And when they rush into the flames they’re not just putting their lives on the line — even firefighters who come home safely face long-term health risks. A National Institute for Occupational Safety and ...

Uncertanity abounds in a world without enough faith

The holy spirit has impressed upon me faith and the lack of it in Christian churches these days. People are concerned about Jesus’ return. Many know he is coming back soon and they don’t know if they are going with him. Many Christians are old and expecting to die soon. They are scared to ...

It’s later than you think

The calendar shows that there is still a lot of summer left, but there are plenty of indications that fall is closer than we might think. During the past few weeks, for example, we’ve passed through the period that included the hottest average temperatures of the year and the one week of ...

Crepe making means no more dusting

We “borrowed” the crepe maker months ago. M-o-n-t-h-s. And there it sat on the kitchen bar for weeks and weeks and weeks to the point where it needed dusting, so that didn’t exactly endear it to me. Every time I looked at it I was reminded of two things: 1.) Better Half and I had ...