Local Columns

Guest column/Kavanaugh a superb pick for Supreme Court

Soon after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, President Donald Trump stepped up to fill the vacancy with a superb nomination for the bench: Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Despite Judge Kavanaugh’s stellar credentials, Democrats across the country jumped at the ...

10 tools to help one overcome life’s many hurdles

I, Nate a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, address the congregation at Marland Heights Community Church, the Ohio Valley and all who may acquire this document. May God’s grace continue to be sufficient for you. I realize that many of us live in a time of great struggle, uncertainty and ...

Strategy of obedience should be whole-hearted

Aretta Loving, looking at the back window, saw Jimmy, age 5, coming to the back porch. She had finished painting the hand rails. She yelled to Jimmy, “Come around to the front door Jimmy, there is wet paint on the porch rails.” “I’ll be careful,” Jimmy replied, not turning from ...

Plenty of things to do

Things from around the area: ¯You don’t have to speak with too many people who live in the Tri-State Area before you’ll hear a pretty common statement: There’s nothing to do in our area. If you take a good look around, you’ll find there’s actually a lot going on, whether you’re ...

In the grip of calendar paralysis again

I go into calendar paralysis this time of year. I was reminded of that when my phone rang the other day at the office. We’re still in August here, mind you, but the caller was definitely looking ahead — to next month and beyond. He is a representative of the Jefferson County ...

Guest column/Tackling education challenges outside our schools

The opening of the upcoming school year is upon us. Very soon, all of America’s 100,000 public elementary, middle and high schools will have re-opened their doors to 51 million students. During the 2018-19 academic year, we will once again hear all the unresolved debates that have dominated ...

Royalty in kingdom of order remorse

Better Half and I have a lot in common, including the fact that we’re very good at what I call “order remorse.” This is a condition that apparently is not very treatable, because we have yet to be cured. There’s no panacea, no anecdote for us. History teaches us lessons, but, alas, ...

Get ready for football

We’ve reached that point in August when the reminders that fall is not that far off begin to become much more plentiful. The Jefferson County Fair, for instance, will conclude its 147th edition today at Friendship Park in Smithfield. A rite of late summer for many generations, the fair ...

Some interesting reading

Trying to get caught up: ¯ There’s plenty going on in our area. Some of that activity is positive, and some of it, even if necessary, can be tough to understand. We’re reminded of that in a couple of items that have appeared on our pages during the last week or so. One was Paul ...

Rescue of praying mantis brings relief

I didn’t expect to come face-to-face with a large praying mantis in the makeup aisle at the grocery store. But there it was, obviously displaced among the rows of shades of face powder I was looking through, unable to immediately decide exactly which one I wanted. I think God had me ...