Local Columns

Top spellers set to compete

At first glance, Zachary Kuntz might appear to be like any other sixth-grader. The recently turned 12-year-old likes to collect coins and baseball cards and keeps himself busy playing football and baseball. And while there’s really nothing unusual there, Kuntz also likes books and the ...

Dad’s dog tags are a unique piece of jewelry

I wear my dad’s dog tags with frequency. And that’s for a lot of reasons. I wear them simply because they were my dad’s dog tags from his time of service in the Army during World War II. He had served in a railroad battalion, running a locomotive in North Africa and Italy in what ...

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

By Pastor Rick Gault The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’” 1 Kings 20:11 Ben Hadad has invaded Israel, sieged Samaria and had thirty two kings with him. These were most likely the kings of the northern city ...

Saying farewell to some great entertainers

My mother had a “Doris Day’s Greatest Hits” album that got a fair amount of play time in the Hout House living room when I was growing up. This is when classical music wasn’t playing, mind you, or soundtracks from “Camelot” or “West Side Story” or “Oklahoma” weren’t ...

Some interesting words

Among the many things that come with spring are graduation ceremonies. Each of the gatherings includes a speaker, and while the topics of every presentation may vary widely, they very often share a few common themes. One is to continue to learn, and another is don’t be afraid to face the ...

Is the relationship personal or private?

Our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is personal, but it is not meant to be private. There are aspects of our relationship with our lord and savior that are to be closed, however, we shouldn’t use those moments as excuses to deny our relationship. In many ways our covenant ...

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Buffet Day

There’s a buffet with my name on it today, and I plan to dive into it, given it’s Mother’s Day, a holiday where I’m entitled to abandon the stove, liberating myself from such an unforgiving kitchen appliance. I have no grand delusions of myself when it comes to being a mother, but the ...

Importance of giving back

Area residents received a reminder about the importance of being involved in our community and finding ways to give back Monday evening. That’s when Eastern Gateway Community College officially dedicated the main building on its Steubenville campus in the memory of Arthur ...

Guest column/Just use common sense ­— don’t be scammed

Scammers continue to rip off our citizens in Jefferson County. Last year alone, more than $1.5 million was scammed from our citizens, and it continues as I write this letter. The following are some of the scams that have been prevalent in our area: ¯ People claiming to be from ...

On Mother’s Day give thought to the mother of the U.S., Martha Washington

How old am I? One of the big stories of this week is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s presented their two day old son to the world. His name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. This maybe the first time in recent history that an interracial child has been born into the royal ...