Local Columns

An early Christmas present to savor

I gave my brother Jay an early Christmas present the other day or at least something to keep him amused while he begins the recuperation process this week from knee replacement surgery. He rolled into town from Columbus for a brief visit last week, and I gave him two big envelopes stuffed ...

Events a plus for our area

Big community events that are centered around the Christmas holiday always have had a couple of big things behind them. First, of course, is to ensure that the spirit of the holiday remains alive from generation to generation in a format that can bring people from all parts of the community ...

Guest column/Rigorous training would make driving safer

The Ohio folks responsible for safety and speed on our interstates are barking up the wrong tree. It’s politics — I understand. I guess “it shows we’re doing something.” Let me explain — I personally drive regularly at average speeds of 120 mph, sometimes even higher, on a dry sunny ...

Guest column/Coping with opportunity, challenges of tourism

The phrase “the world is flat” is now part of today’s lexicon. In an interview given more than a decade ago, journalist and author Thomas L. Friedman, explained how he came up with the idea and wording. “I was in India interviewing Nandan Nilekani at Infosys. And he said to me, ...

We’re not bugged by the same things

What bugs one person doesn’t bother the other. A perfect example of that came to light when we stopped at the store the other day and bought a package of turkey breast. Better Half was driving home. My job, I was reminded as the passenger holding an integral part of the ...

Downtown comes alive

The best of our community was on display Tuesday night at Historic Fort Steuben. Steubenville’s annual light-up night attracted residents from all parts of the Tri-State Area. They came to enjoy the atmosphere around the park and to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. They came to ...

Guest column/Beware: Predators offering help with addiction

It is no secret that access to treatment for substance abuse is not readily available for everyone that needs it. There just isn’t enough available help, and if you are dealing with addiction — yourself or someone you love and care about — you may not know where to go or how to find what ...

How an obituary sparks thankfulness

It probably sounds odd, but reading an obituary this past week ignited a wave of thankfulness in me. Of course, I felt sad at first when I learned that the Rev. Jack Clouston had died. He had served as the pastor at Richmond United Methodist Church from 1989 to 1993, during a particularly ...

Spend your money here

Whether we are ready for it or not, we are already well into the Christmas shopping season. We had barely handed out the last piece of Halloween candy when the push began. Retailers have been hitting us with information about pre-Thanksgiving sales, Thanksgiving Day sales, Black Friday sales ...

Guest column/Indians, turkeys and other boyhood memories

I grew up about the happiest boy in the world, raised, as aunt Catherine Cheeks once put it, “in a shoe box” — she meant tucked away each night like a valued Christmas ornament by Dad, the bravest of men, having fought in World War II, and my mother, the most loving woman ever born. My ...