Local Columns

Interesting perspectives

You don't have to look very hard to find people who are willing to discuss the problems that our area is facing.And while it might be easy to get caught up in all that talk, it's important to remember that there are some good things, some positive things that we can use as points to help make ...

Seeking shirts, $150 purses

As I look back on it, I realize that it was a bad decision. Hindsight really is 20/20.My first mistake was taking my mother out in public. My second mistake was taking the kids along for the ride. They just egg Grandmama on.Not that it takes much.It started thusly: I asked the Sassy Saint how ...

Guest column/Good family doctors in short supply

All of us are getting older but those of us at the bottom of the actuarial tables face particular challenges. Most of us lead full lives but we worry about our increasing ailments. We also worry that small aches are preludes to something more serious.Our individual problems are hardly unique. ...

Speakers in series interesting

Tri-State Area residents have come to expect a quality presentation from the Herald-Star, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Speaker series, and we're sure the next installment will not disappoint.The fourth offering in the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Steubenville High ...

Lions and tigers and horse flies, oh my

This has been a week for a lot of animal and insect interaction, including confrontations with horse flies.Now these are some nasty critters and scary, too, considering they seem about the size of a B52 bomber.One was ready to come in for a landing on my horse Coffee, which was bad enough, but ...

A ‘Catch-up Photo Week’ for today

There are times when I take too many pictures or lose the photo identifications, and they are put aside for a time. Now, this is called "Catch-Up Photo Week" because my column contains pictures that did not get into the pages in the spring or summer.At the Herald-Star/Weirton Daily Times ...

Longing for the carousel

Our family accompanied our Sassy Saint to Kennywood recently so we could see her marching with the band in the Fall Fantasy parade.I hate theme parks.I considered letting her go alone, then quickly came to my senses. If I had let her go alone, I would probably have had an episode. And likely ...

Guest column/Clearing the air by using natural gas technologies

It's time to recognize the most important benefit of the shale-gas revolution ... cleaner air!Expanding the production of natural gas offers the potential to dramatically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions not only in the United States but globally.Ten years ago, that idea would have seemed ...

Many special jobs for the road trip taker

Some of us have special jobs when it comes to road trips.I know I did on an extended weekend getaway to the Chicago area with Better Half and my sister and brother-in-law to visit with a relative.In my role as a backseat passenger, I wore many hats, which included a little navigating.And by ...

Stepping back in Great Trails history

More than 33 years ago an idea was born after Gary Jewell bought a 120-acre farm and added to it when Archie Hubner, who owned acreage near the Malvern highway, traded some land at the back of the property.The land was part of the famous Indian pathway known as the Great Trail, used extensively ...