Local Columns

Gathering some tidbits

Christmas is just a little more than one week away, and that means residents around the Tri-State Area will start to get very busy, looking for that one last gift, putting up the last-minute decorations, getting all of the wrapping done, making sure all the items on the holiday menus are ...

Christmas in Peru was always an option

Sometimes at Christmas my mother would threaten to go to Peru. I never quite understood this as a child, oblivious as I was to the heightened stress the holiday can bring. I just assumed everybody was as crazy about Christmas as I was, and that any “disagreements” my parents were ...

Guest columm/Let’s keep workers on the job in Lordstown

If you love this country, you fight for the people who make it work — people like the workers at Lordstown. That’s why about 10 days ago, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and I met with General Motors CEO Mary Barra and demanded answers, calling on GM to work with us to find solutions and save ...

Connections around us

It’s sometimes easy to overlook the impact the Franciscan University of Steubenville has on the community and the impact the community has on the university. That relationship is important, and there have been several interesting examples offered up during several events that have been held ...

The element of surprise is missing

The element of surprise seems all but gone these days in the world as we know it. This we lamented in the newsroom last week, the observation made not long after a lovely big box of assorted chocolate candy had arrived. The box was on the island in the center of the newsroom, the plastic ...

Just getting caught up

Getting caught up: ¯ We’ve might have just turned the calendar to December, but area young people are already working toward March 9. That’s when the Jefferson-Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee will be held at Buckeye North Elementary. Pupils throughout the region have been ...

How about Christmas every four years?

Not everyone looks forward to Christmas or especially likes this time of the year. This is not really stop-the-presses headline news, much less fake news. Better Half and I were watching a “news” program recently where the panel of commentators were discussing Christmas. I’m not ...

Guest column/Too many questions remain in Zalenski case

We, as officials with Neffs American Legion Post 77, were horrified to read the press release from the Diocese of Steubenville during the week of Oct. 29. We saw a glaring and blatant gross misrepresentation of at least one name on that list, the Rev. Gary Zalenski. He was lumped into a group ...

In all things remember God’s greatest gift

By the REV. GARY C. LILLY I was thinking about what Christmas gifts I might purchase for loved ones, when I was humbled by the impact of these words concerning the greatest gift ever given: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son ...” It quickly put things in ...

Bringing life to town

Many of you who are reading this can remember what a festive and bustling place downtown Steubenville was, especially around the holidays. It doesn’t seem like it was that long along ago when you could spend an evening downtown, going from store to store before finding that perfect gift at ...