Local Columns

‘Straight from the Heart’ wellness

Learning about health issues in a fun atmosphere with a great bunch of ladies was on the program last month when the women's committees of Jefferson, Harrison, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties put their heads together and set up a "Straight from the Heart Wellness" program at Sugarcreek.Since ...

Looking for Halloween fun

My sister, Foo-Dog, and I took Grandmama to trunk or treat.Correction: We took the kids to trunk or treat. Grandmama came along for the ride and we spent more time wrangling her than anything else. The boys wore costumes, but my Sassy Saint declined.Last year, Sass only was convinced to wear a ...

Guest column/Time to thank our veterans

The landmine took both his legs, one above the knee and the other below. Beyond that, his body was riddled with shrapnel.He had been a very good baseball player with professional promise, but decided to take care of his military service rather than waiting to be drafted. He enlisted in the ...

Guest column/When a public campaign masquerades as a personal decision

Imagine that you are standing in line at your supermarket pharmacy. As you wait to pick up your prescription, you overhear the pharmacist explaining to the person ahead of you, "Mix all of this into a sweet beverage and drink it very quickly to cause death."Unimaginable? No. That type of ...

Autumn brings banquets and apples

Two things that happen for certain in the autumn are the 4-H adviser and recognition banquet, arriving as activities close down for the year and in observance of Ohio 4-H Week, and the 36th-annual Unionport Apple Stirrin,' where it is a pleasure to see the bright leaves on the drive along ...

Helping to work for a cure

We're been fortunate for the past couple of years to have been able to bring some top-quality programs to town as part of the Herald-Star, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series.Each of the four presentations has been special in its own way, and the men and women who have come to ...

Paws off — the wine is mine

Our new kittens are jerks.And I think the fluffy one may have eaten paint chips or something, because it isn't the brightest bulb in the bunch. It spends a lot of time staring into space. And it's either trying to kill me or get stepped on, because it lounges anywhere it thinks I might trip ...

Stars continue to shine

While it remains easy to point out all of the bad things that are happening around us, it's important to remember that there are still good people who are involved with good things and who are working to make our region better.If you need a reminder, all you have to do is consider what happened ...

Guest column/Baseball’s legacy must be protected for future generations

Major League Baseball posted its 11th consecutive year of record industry revenues with an all-time high exceeding $8 billion in 2013.And now some within the game believe that MLB will reach $10 billion this year.Truly amazing for a sport that some regard as archaic and no longer America's ...

Small victories can generate big smiles

Small victories in what was a week of plain old normal living brought big smiles in the Kiaski household.One Smile Fest came when the two of us finally decided to see if we could fix an I-don't-want-to-work light over the shower in a spare bathroom.This is a bathroom where there's another ...