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Guest column/Some politicians are willing to listen to concerns

October 12, 2014 You know for years, I have been hearing about how we cannot let the government take control of our health care system with Obamacare. more »»

Catching up on some special e-mails

October 12, 2014 This will be a column to get many clippings and e-mails out of my file and into print. I kept these because they are meaningful to me. See if some catch your attentio. more »»

A tale of two kitties

October 11, 2014 “What do you want for your birthday, Sass?” I asked. Our Sassy Saint is turning 15. “A kitten!” Sass always asks for a kitten — for every holiday, every year for the past 10 years. more »»

Caring in our community

October 5, 2014 In case you have been trying to find another example of what a big impact a relatively small number of people can have on our community, you need look no further than what happened in our area on... more »»

Some interesting comments I’ve heard

October 5, 2014 I’ve heard some interesting comments in recent weeks — some statements, some questions. more »»

Volunteer recognition dinner Oct. 14

October 5, 2014 At 6 p.m. on Oct. 14, the Jefferson County 4-H committee will hold its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. more »»

Eyes and kitchen fun

October 4, 2014 I couldn’t find eyes anywhere. I was looking high and low, but no one had eyes for sale. I had even recruited Grampy Grumpy and Grandmama to help me search, but they also came up eyeles. more »»

Guest column/Lindbergh model for balanced budget

October 4, 2014 It was 1944 and the American War effort in the Southwest Pacific Theater against the Japanese was a meat grinder for personnel. more »»

Community Stars will shine

September 28, 2014 Some of you might call them unsung heroes. Others might consider them as the go-to people whenever there’s a tough job to be done. more »»

A week of making some discoveries

September 28, 2014 Better Half and I spent much of this past week making discoveries of one sort or another. This included that we were having “company” of the unsolicited and unwanted variety. Mr. more »»

Guest column/Solid waste authority needs property tax assessment

September 28, 2014 Management and staff members of the Regional Solid Waste Authority of Jefferson and Belmont counties have received numerous calls in opposition to the recent property tax assessment. more »»

All abuzz with the beekeepers

September 28, 2014 Tiny bear jars held honey for the favors at the Jefferson County Farm Bureau dinner meeting held at St. Florian Hall. more »»

Looking out for the underdog

September 27, 2014 I’ve always felt an affinity for villains. As a little girl, I couldn’t help but hope that once — just once — Wile E. more »»

Of Community Stars, Taste of the County

September 21, 2014 This is one crazy time of year for me as community editor of the Herald-Star. more »»

Sharing thoughts on Kuzma

September 21, 2014 Like many people in our community, I was saddened to learn about the death of Hank Kuzma on Sept. 13. And, like many people in our community, I have more than a few stories I could tell about him. more »»

Some family rules and food facts

September 21, 2014 On the wall in the kitchen of the home of our son, Darin, and his wife, Missy, is a plaque called Family Rules. more »»

Kuzma leaves legacy

September 20, 2014 Coach. Teacher. Fundraiser. Organizational and preparational genius. All those words describe the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Hank Kuzma, but none of them were the essence of the ma. more »»

Little Professor, Sassy Saint make life interesting

September 20, 2014 The Long Suffering Husband likes to tell this story about the Little Professor’s second day of school. The very first day of school, we did the typical first day of kindergarten thing. more »»

The plan is that there is no real plan

September 14, 2014 It was Attempt No. 47 (at least) for swearing off sugar when I calculated the day’s calorie count and tucked away what I call my Rambo salad in the newsroom refrigerator one morning last wee. more »»

Interesting perspectives

September 14, 2014 You don’t have to look very hard to find people who are willing to discuss the problems that our area is facing. more »»

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