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Love, laments over redefined mother

May 8, 2016 I often wonder what Ruth Ann Hout thinks about all day, what consumes her thoughts since dementia has redefined her these past few years. My 92-year-old mother smiles when she sees me. more »»

Guest column/What did Ohio get from a medical school in Athens?

May 8, 2016 As a young EMT volunteer, Jesse Frank saw firsthand the need for medical care in rural Marengo in southern Morrow County, 30 miles north of Columbus. more »»

Some soiree and wedding reflections

May 8, 2016 Whether it’s called a soiree or just an extremely good dinner, the Jefferson County Farm Bureau Rural-Urban Soiree was quite a success in the food, program and door prize departments. more »»

Web page a ‘work-in-progress’

May 8, 2016 In the 20 years the library system has had a web page, we have tried to figure out how it fits into the system and what purpose it serves to us and all the library users who utilize the page. more »»

Cheering for the Hockey Team That Must Not Be Named

May 7, 2016 I know we haven’t done this all season, but ... let’s talk about that Hockey Team Who Must Not Be Named. Oh my gosh, y’all. more »»

Honor your mother as long as you can

May 7, 2016 This Mother’s Day will be the 39th Mother’s Day without my mother being alive. I only had 17 Mother’s Days with her, and yet I can’t stop thinking about her from time to time. more »»

Family hit rough patch

May 7, 2016 Dear Annie: I am a 15-year-old boy and an only child. I get good grades and my social life is somewhat fair. I have no drama except for one thing — my mom. Mom is 40 years old and has a full-time job. more »»

Today in History

May 7, 2016 Today is Saturday, May 7, the 128th day of 2016. There are 238 days left in the year. more »»

Some plants aren’t pet-friendly

May 7, 2016 Dear Readers: April showers have brought May flowers, your yard should be in full bloom, and most of us have houseplants, too! Have you thought about what plants your pets might be curious about and... more »»


May 7, 2016 TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (May 8). Someone has found the way to your heart and will dance there in the weeks and months to com. more »»

Geist offers look at history

May 1, 2016 Books, magazines, newspaper clippings, transcripts and movies are all great tools when it comes to studying important events in history, but you can get a much better perspective on what happened... more »»

Insight shed on ‘How was your day?’

May 1, 2016 “How was your day?” It’s a question no doubt asked in households across America every day, every where, a simple question that prompts a simple answer or a detailed one. It just depends. more »»

Guest column/Many have stepped up to help A Caring Place

May 1, 2016 A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center sincerely thanks those who made sacrifices to celebrate the mission of A Caring Place at our 11th-annual fundraiser event on April 9. more »»

Remembering a friend, old products

May 1, 2016 I enjoy receiving the newsletter from the Puskarich Public Library of Cadiz, Freeport and Scio. more »»

Guest column/Area supported Charleston run of Madonna girls

May 1, 2016 More than one month has passed since the Madonna Lady Dons basketball team made its trip to Charleston for the W.Va. Girls State Basketball Tournament. more »»

It’s now eggplants or bust

April 30, 2016 Our Little Professor and Sassy Saint left me all alone for five days while they galavanted off on a school trip. Five days; I didn’t know what to do with myself. more »»

While awaiting the arrival of ‘royalty’ ...

April 24, 2016 “Are the king and queen coming?” Better Half asked, his voice thick with a healthy heap of spousal sarcasm that I have come to anticipate and appreciate in him through the many years of our being... more »»

Events bring us together

April 24, 2016 A strength of our area continues to be a sense of community. more »»

Taking a coal and court educational trip

April 24, 2016 Can you remember going on school bus trips in your youth and how excited you were to be getting out of school for even a short time? While it was not a far destination, the third-grade pupils in th... more »»

Guest column/Historic Fort Steuben commemorating 30 years

April 24, 2016 What are the qualities that guarantee success in any endeavor? I call them the Four P’s: Patience, Persistence, Perseverance and Planning. more »»

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