Local Columns

Guest column/Clerk of courts office generates revenue for Jefferson County

I read on April 24 that Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Gentile criticized how much money our office in auto title spent on advertising for our passport program in the Herald-Star. It was commented that we spent $12,500 per year for the past four years.I waited for the commissioner to contact ...

A mom’s love for the local newspaper

I can be thankful for my mother Ruth Ann Hout on this Mother's Day for many reasons.But one thing that I am especially appreciative of - and amused by, too - is how she has read and used the newspaper through the years, long before and during the 35 years that I've worked here.I am reminded of ...

An anniversary for Amazing Pillowcases

The second anniversary of the birth of the Amazing Grace Pillowcase Ministry was celebrated April 30 at the Two Ridges Presbyterian Church with yards and yards of fabric measuring, cutting, pinning, sewing and pressing out the wrinkles caused from all the handling.Seventy-five of the prized ...

Spot amnesia is contagious

Getting the children out the door on time is a chore, but you know that. Getting the children out the door with everything they need for the day approaches impossible.I don't know how many times I've been driving them to school when my Sassy Saint will whip out a permission slip or official ...

Guest column/Can we do better than happy?

Lately, I have been questioning the entrenched pursuit of happiness. I'm thinking that it's not necessarily the target of our deepest desires, despite the current media onslaught pushing us to pursue it. Maybe the singular aim in life is something more. Let me explain.I've written repeatedly ...

A slow learner who’s swiftly corrected

I'm a slow learner.Or in some cases, Better Half assures me, I'm a "no learner."Evidence of my being a slow learner surfaced the other day in the kitchen - big surprise here - when I was making toast for my stellar supper.My big dinner plan on yet another "pick day" - a day when everyone's ...

Making a joyful noise unto the Lord

Making a joyful noise to the Lord is exactly what the Adena Lions Club members, their families, community and surrounding area citizens did for two evenings in mid-April at the Buckeye West Elementary School auditorium. Their theme for the presentation was "Gospel Jubilee."The background was ...

Unity in the community

Do you remember the character of Mary Katherine Gallagher who appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in the late 1990s?Laurel McDowell does.The manager of the local Manpower office offered her memories of assuming the persona made famous by Molly Shannon while speaking at Thursday's annual campaign ...

Suffering emotional whiplash

In almost 20 years, I have come to grips with the fact that my mother likes the Long Suffering Husband best. Everyone likes LSH best, even my own parents. It's inexplicable.In almost 20 years, she has taken his side in every single argument. Every. Single. One. She has insisted that he has been ...

Confessions of one with weird wiring

I had a nice, new yellow legal pad in front of me where I was sitting at the kitchen table.It's my favorite kind of thing to write on, especially when I'm making a list of things to do and feeling in overachiever mode.But just as I was about to commit to paper the first thing on this list that ...