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Good things in our area

April 3, 2016 Opportunity, growth and the willingness to look into the future were the themes of this past week, and when you add up what we have learned, you see there really is a lot going on across the region. more »»

Stroll down Smithfield memory lane

April 3, 2016 There is a billboard coming down Sunset Boulevard that tells us that we should “love where we live.” I say a big yahoo to that. more »»

On the hunt for column fodder

April 2, 2016 My father, Grampy Grumpy, has accused me of slander. I refute this, because the truth is the best defense and, also, you can’t slander someone in print. It’s libe. more »»

Perspective on events

March 27, 2016 Each of the presentations in the Herald-Star Speaker Series has proven to be a interesting experience and has helped residents of the Tri-State Area gain new perspective into events of historical... more »»

A calendar message for the season

March 27, 2016 There’s a calendar on my desk at work, but it’s not one that I look to as a reminder of what day of the week it is or as a blueprint for the day’s demands. more »»

Of Easter weather, hats and more

March 27, 2016 Since I am writing this column four days before Easter, I have no idea what the weather will be like for one of the greatest religious days of the year. more »»

Last week was interesting

March 20, 2016 Thoughts on a busy week: ¯ Ohio was smart when it decided a while back to move its primary to March in presidential election years. more »»

‘I wasn’t paying a bit of attention’

March 20, 2016 “I wasn’t paying a bit of attention.” Better Half shook his head as he verbalized what was a harsh reality for me to hear. more »»

Guest column/Making a difference by combating heroin epidemic

March 20, 2016 At a recent town hall in Darke County, I asked those in attendance how many of them had family members or friends who had been impacted by addiction. More than half the hands went up. more »»

Connecting with readers’ feedback

March 20, 2016 I get a warm feeling when one of my Boomer stories strikes a familiar note with readers, such as an e-mail from Marlyn Klee, a Smithfield High School graduate who said she received my Harperville... more »»

Guest column/Reducing painkillers right prescription for W.Va.

March 20, 2016 The drug problem in West Virginia is complex with many moving parts and seemingly few concrete solutions. more »»

Finally mapping the eggs

March 19, 2016 It’s a break through, y’all: Grampy Grumpy has finally conceded that he needs a map for the annual family Easter egg hunt. more »»

Questions heading into Tuesday

March 13, 2016 We might not always realize it, but numbers make up a big part of just about everything we do in life. That’s something to keep in mind as Tuesday approaches and Ohioans head to the poll. more »»

We’re pulling a Stella and a Ruth Ann

March 13, 2016 Never let it be said we aren’t influenced by our parents. I was reminded of this anew when I watched what Better Half did to a tube of toothpaste the other morning. more »»

Guest column/A reflection on the lives of two true patriots

March 13, 2016 Frank Bengier was an American hero; like many true heroes, he disavowed the fact. In 1949, he joined the Marine Corps. He served with the 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Battalion, Able Company in Korea. more »»

Iron Chef contest focuses on pizza

March 13, 2016 Who would have known that so many delicious dishes could be made from pizza? When I learned I would be judging the Iron Chef Contest with pizza as the main ingredient, I was excited about what I... more »»

Guest column/Open, ongoing discussion about terrorism needed in America

March 13, 2016 Fear of terrorism on American soil is now part of our daily lives. Surveys show how deeply we feel the threat. more »»

A day that was for the birds

March 12, 2016 The Long Suffering Husband texted me: “Bird got in the house today. more »»

Many years of perspective

March 6, 2016 If there’s any doubt in your mind that 31 years can pass relatively quickly, you need only look at the series of stories that Community Editor Janice Kiaski has prepared for today’s editio. more »»

Why winter projects were left undone

March 6, 2016 I typically think of winter as a time to do indoor projects I’m not inclined to do in the summer because I’m outdoors. That way winter goes by quickly, and I feel really good about myself. more »»

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