Local Columns

Guest column/An Ohio serial rapist who should stay behind bars

The men and women who are involved in law enforcement just might have the most thankless jobs in America. You see them everywhere, at all times of the day or night, walking the beat or patrolling in a car. Their work is vital to ensure the laws that allow our society to function are enforced, ...

Many positive things

With the end of April and the beginning of May comes a full slate of activities throughout the Tri-State Area. All are good things. Some offer the chance to honor the people who are working to make a difference in our communities. Others often provide the opportunity to celebrate the ...

Enlightenment on the bakeless bake sale

There are times when you must know something, when you need the answer, when you must get to the bottom of things, when you must learn the truth. This was my situation the other day when I became intent upon learning what exactly is a bakeless bake sale. Maybe in the grand scheme of things ...

Guest column/Let’s lift up students and help businesses

During the past decade, Eastern Ohio has been transformed by the energy industry in ways few of us could have predicted. Land too remote for development or unusable for agriculture now produces regular income for its owners. Shuttered industrial sites have been reborn as facilities for energy ...

Trees here one day are trees gone the next

Here one day, gone the next. A tree, that is. Make that two trees. Having a couple of really, really tall trees cut down at long last not only changes the landscape, it stirs some tree memories as well, go figure. This much I know now that the family homestead where I live has a barren ...

Seeking the middle

It’s been a little more than a week since we first had a chance to look at the report Robert Mueller prepared at the end of his investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 election. It’s an extensive document and worth the read, the numerous redactions aside. You ...

Every day is resurrection day in belivers’ hearts

By PASTOR GARY C. LILLY On this Sunday the excitement, wonder and special religious activities of Easter are a week-old memory. But as all true believers know, every day is resurrection day. The glory, majesty and eternal significance of the resurrection emanates from the hearts of those who ...

Concert season nears

Thoughts on an Easter morning: The warmer temperatures and sunny days we’ve been experiencing in the Tri-State Area serve as reminders that we’re going to be spending a lot more time outdoors during the coming weeks and months. Another hint came in a story we ran in our April 6 edition ...

On running late into a beautiful sunrise

I had slept in. You know how that goes, especially when the day’s agenda before you is ambitious and arduous, not the kind of day that needs a tardy start. I hate to have to send an “I’m-running-late” text. “Be in ASAP.” Oh, to be human, and double oh to be an adult, not ...

Guest column/Affordable broadband key to development

During the last two years, Congress has put in place pro-growth policies that are growing our economy, creating jobs and raising wages for families across Ohio. Ohio’s unemployment numbers are low and wages are up overall. Yet, I’ve also seen firsthand that parts of Ohio haven’t ...