Local Columns

More opportunities coming

When you sit down and take the time to look at everything that’s happening around the Tri-State Area, it’s easy to say the region appears to be poised to enjoy some significant growth. There are several reminders that have come our way during the last couple of weeks. One was the ...

Not surrendering to July without a fight

It was very late, and I was very tired, but I would not surrender the evening. It was past 10:30 p.m. on what was the eve-eve of June 21, summer solstice day, when Better Half poked his head out the back door. “You’re still up??!!” came his incredulous half question, half observation ...

Guest column/Buyers must beware when purchasing property

Buying a home is a dream and a milestone for many American individuals and families. It is also one of the biggest financial and legal transactions in many people’s lives. June is National Homeownership Month and a good opportunity for would-be homebuyers to carefully consider the legal ...

Obedience is no small thing

Have you ever had times in your life when in seemed like every time you go to church or read the word of God, you had a revelation from God? Spiritually, everything will be going great. Then suddenly, something is not right. You start drying up in spiritual things. You just can’t figure it ...

June 7 still special date

June 7 is an important day for residents across our region. On that day in 1917, Dino Crocetti was born in Steubenville. He’d go on to set standards in the world of entertainment as Dean Martin. If you go back even farther, you’ll find that on that day in 1806, the direct predecessor of ...

Letting go of a foiled flower bed

For me, it’s one of those things you see but you don’t see. It’s been in the back yard area for a number of years now, a disabled truck that I’m confident to say is not an eyesore to any neighbors. It just looks like a truck waiting patiently for a driver to take it somewhere. And ...

Guest column/The death of an icon and his epicurean epoch

On June 8, at approximately 11:38 a.m., the firmament disconcertingly shifted beneath the feet of millions of people on planet Earth. From Mingo Junction to Paris, from Weirton to Rome, from Yellow Creek to Kuwait millions of fervent fans and followers were stunned with disbelief and ...

Father’s Day: Each year brings changes, new challenges

This year is a unique year for me. For those of you who have read my Father’s Day articles over that last 10 years plus, you know that I say that almost every year. First, it was unique because my father and my grandfather died making me the oldest male in my family. Then it was unique ...

Guest columm/Elder Abuse Awareness Day shines spotlight on issue

Today is being recognized as Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It is a worldwide effort to heighten the awareness of the mistreatment of older adults, wherever they live, to increase prevention efforts through out the year and for years to come. No country, state or community is immune from the ...

Interesting week ahead

We’ve nearly reached the middle of June, and, while the calendar might show that the official start of summer is still 11 days away, the number of activities that allow area residents to enjoy being outdoors continues to grow. Consider the First Fridays on Fourth series. The second of the ...