Local Columns

Joy at the sight of some sidewalks

It's amazing what joy the sight of a sidewalk can bring.With all the buildup of snow and ice, sidewalk sightings have been few and far between until this past week brought a mix of some sun, some warmth and some rain.And then I realized in my travels that, hey, the snow is disappearing, and ...

Youth were ‘cookin’ at Iron Chef Clinic

Learning to cream butter and sugar together, adding wet and dry ingredients in small amounts, incorporating it together and knowing the correct temperature to set a oven are important lessons in the art of baking.The same can be said for chopping and stirring ingredients for appetizers and ...

Guest column/How Ohio’s public records law has turned into a mess

In 1963, the Ohio General Assembly fashioned the state's first open records law. It took a broad approach to defining public records with a strong presumption that almost all records kept by government would be open to citizens.The law was exactly two paragraphs long. It contained only a few ...

Getting from here to there

My ability to get lost is legendary. So legendary that I once tried to drive from Wintersville to Rayland and ended up somewhere just south of Cleveland. So legendary that I once was lost so thoroughly, I didn't know what state I was in, but was actually criss-crossing the boarder like a ...

I promise to dance if you play …

Any time a wedding invitation makes its way to the Kiaski mailbox, it's occasion for calendar happiness in my book.I like a good wedding and reception as much as the next guy, and I'm flattered at the offer to be a part of a couple's special day.I also like that, because we're off to a wedding, ...

Noting the passing of special people

I don't know of a month when so many people I have felt a great fondness for have died. There was Eunice Christian of Smithfield, Lilly Bressler of Steubenville and Kevin Torok of Bradley.Eunice, a dedicated health worker at the Ohio Valley Hospital years back, took care of my dad when he was ...

Guest column/Council faces tough choices about utilities

I was employed at the City Utility Office in the rank-and-file position of customer relations for 30 1/4 years. I retired from the city in August after a short family leave of about six weeks. All of my service to the city was in the utility office. I am very familiar with all aspects of that ...

Spelling bee real competition

Thirty years might be a long time, but sometimes it's hard to really appreciate how much things can change during that period.This latest reality check became a little more obvious in the past week as we continue to make plans for Saturday's Jefferson-Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee. When ...

Just a little colorful language

I curse.A little bit?Mostly during hockey games?Well ...More than a little?Primarily during hockey games?OK.A lot.All the time.I'm a terrible person with an even worse vocabulary.Or I'm honest to a fault with poor impulse control. Because science.Or I don't care.Let go of the pearls, y'all. ...

Spring’s on the way — really

Admit it - the wintry weather that descended on our area shortly after the start of the new year and just doesn't seem to want to loosen its grip is finally starting to get the best of you.There's hope for warmer temperatures just ahead, however, and if you still aren't quite convinced, you'll ...