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August 10, 2014 While there can be the occasional exception, it is pretty much universally accepted that an informed and involved voter is the best voter. more »»

Time for a know-by-heart week

August 10, 2014 The upcoming Jefferson County Fair week will be a routine I know by heart after these many years of rounding up 4-H winners, talking to royalty candidates and getting together with the fair board, o... more »»

Looking for ways to amuse

August 9, 2014 “Your column didn’t make me laugh this week,” Grandmama told me. “Excuse me?” “Your column didn’t make me laugh,” she explained. “Usually, when I read it, I laugh out loud at least once. more »»

Guest column/The war to end all wars fell short of its promise

August 9, 2014 It was 100 years ago that World War I exploded, though there’s not much in the way of commemoration. more »»

Political season heats up

August 3, 2014 As pointed out in this space a few weeks back, election season is starting to heat up a little earlier than usual. In case you needed a reminder, consider that Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. more »»

Some of this and that from me to you

August 3, 2014 I’ve got some this and that from me to you this week, including a big announcement. A roll of the drum, please — I have become a “grandmother” again. more »»

Guest column/Positive aspects of Ohio State band overlooked

August 3, 2014 During the years of 2008 to 2010, I had the privilege of being a member of the Ohio State University marching band, better known as the OSUMB or the Best Damn Band in the Lan. more »»

Some exciting events in Smithfield

August 3, 2014 Some exciting events that took place in Smithfield last week were the Jefferson County Veterans Association’s annual picnic and the Bicycle Safety Rodeo held at the recreation comple. more »»

Life can be a rollercoaster

August 2, 2014 My parents, my sister Foo-Dog, and her two boys, the Heathenish and the Hellion, recently visited an amusement park. more »»

Guest column/Ohio House Bill 536 will help to protect children

August 2, 2014 At Voices for Ohio’s Children, we do exactly what our name implies: We raise our voice for Ohio’s nearly 3 million kids. more »»

S-t-o-p if you’re going to mention ...

July 27, 2014 Picture my right arm up and that I’m holding an imaginary sign. It is red and spells the word S-T-O-P. No, I’m not directing traffic. more »»

Presentation will be special

July 27, 2014 Up until 13 years ago, the date of Sept. 11 probably carried little significance to most people. more »»

Taking the gang out to the ball game

July 27, 2014 This is the first time in seven years that Lamont and I were able to bring a large number of our family to the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times Community Day baseball game at PNC Park on June... more »»

Guest column/Education requires listening to all sides of issues

July 27, 2014 Based on conversations with 12 university and college presidents, a continuation of liberal intolerance on campus appears likely in the 2014-15 school year. more »»

Life among the trees

July 26, 2014 The Long Suffering Husband and the children went camping this past weekend with the Boy Scouts. more »»

Guest column/Attitude important for health

July 26, 2014 Yep, another “significant” birthday has come and gone. AARP has extended membership benefits to me for ... well, some time now. more »»

Politics, renovations, motorcycles

July 20, 2014 Taking some time to get caught up: ¯ It seems that with every election cycle, the campaign season gets longer and longer. more »»

A ‘friend’ through all seasons, moods

July 20, 2014 Jogging has been a good friend of mine through the years, something I have turned to at all times, in all seasons, in many mood. more »»

Guest column/The dangers of disregarding the Bill of Rights

July 20, 2014 During the Second World War, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were rounded up by the U.S. government and placed into concentration camps. Why? Because of fear. more »»

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