Local Columns

Guest column/Counting blessings vs. burdens this holiday season

Thanks-living has its health rewards.The effects of thankfulness on health are measurable, according to researchers who have been studying the connection with great interest. One example: Robert Emmons at the University of California-Davis with Michael McCullough from the University of Miami ...

Red Cross faces changes

The first thing Karen Conklin wants area residents to know is that the Red Cross is not leaving Jefferson County."Nothing really changes. The services are still going to be here," said Conklin, who is the executive director of what will be known as the American Red Cross Lake to River Chapter, ...

Guest column/Community foundation working to improve our region

"Brittany" was 19 when she entered a runaway and homeless program administered by Youth Services System in Wheeling. Five months pregnant and in her senior year of high school, she had been living in unsanitary conditions in a relative's home.Brittany thrived at YSS, but while she was there the ...

‘Warm’ thoughts for a Happy Thanksgiving

Where's a hot flash when you could use one?By the time this column runs, the weather will have improved some - I hope - but earlier this week, it was a case of way too much winter weather way too soon.I had already gone into what I call "turtle mode," typically reserved for the harsher weather ...

Thoughts on this and that this week

I'm sure many readers are tired of me saying that I meet many great people when I am out and about during working hours and then on my own time. People will tell me they feel as if they know me and especially know that Lamont is a Browns fan. So I never tire of meeting them, except when there ...

Trying to keep traditions alive

I'm not exactly organized.It's not so much that I don't have the organization skills, I just don't have the time.My time-management skills do leave a lot to be desired. Maybe I just need more time, period. A couple of extra hours a day. Or maybe I just need to sleep less.So, with the holiday ...

Guest column/Phillipson family thanks community for support

By TODD PHILLIPSONMy wife, Carol (Trivoli) Phillipson, our daughter, Veronica, and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to some of the people who were instrumental in trying to make our situation a little better, each in their own way. As most of you probably already know, our ...

Appreciating the gift that Tuesday was

Tuesday was a gift.As it so happened, it was a day off, and sometimes a weekday off is even sweeter than a weekend.It breaks up the monotony of the workweek, and for some reason, I can accomplish more little things I want to do on one weekday than I can on a full weekend. Go figure.It's was a ...

Frankly, my dear, it was a great event

On Dec. 15, 1939, Atlanta was taken by storm when the premiere of an epic movie of the old South was held, and with the excitement of the movie came two of its principle actors of the film, Clark Gable, who was a perfect Rhett Butler, and Vivien Leigh, who played the tempestuous Scarlett.Life ...

Time moves fast in politics

Just a few months can make a big difference in the world of politics.In case you need a reminder, you need look no further than Ohio, especially in the statewide races that were contested in the Nov. 4 election.It wasn't that long ago that Gov. John Kasich appeared to be in trouble just as the ...