Local Columns

A look at hall of famers

We’re just two days away from Christmas, and that means area residents will be turning their attention to toys. Some will be making last-minute runs from store to store, looking in local communities, Robinson Township, the Highlands and St. Clairsville for that special last-minute present. ...

The ‘gift’ of an ordinary day is beautiful

Just an ordinary day. Now that certainly doesn’t describe Christmas, at least not in my book given we celebrate the greatest gift of all with the birth of a savior in Jesus Christ and gather to enjoy food and festivities with family and friends. It’s a special day to be sure to make new ...

Guest column/Wishing you an old-fashioned Merry Christmas

The retail store, for me, always has retained a special place in my heart during the Christmas holiday season. I began working as no more than a “Hawker in the Basket,” my first job for Nia and Andy Shutak, who owned the House of Fashion stores in Wellsburg and Follansbee. I then worked at ...

Guest column/Bravo to our academic athletes in spelling bees

“Where’s the vorschlaghammer?” “Look in the lagerschuppen!” It’s spelling bee time. While adults may not be able to spell those two words spelling bee children have not only spelled them correctly but have known their definitions: “Sledgehammer” and “storage shed.” ...

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 ...