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Opinion

Still sharing holiday spirit

Editorials

While the spread of COVID-19 has put many events that have come to be staples of our region on hold this Christmas season, there are more than a few communities that are willing to try to keep the holiday spirit alive. In Steubenville, for instance, the Nutcracker Village and Advent Market ...

Decision can’t take hard work away

Editorials

Their year didn’t end the way anyone would have liked. With only one regular-season loss, the Oak Glen football team has spent the last few weeks battling their way through the West Virginia Class AA playoffs, with a game against Robert C. Byrd High School this past weekend the only ...

Shopping local helps our area

Editorials

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season can wear thin on some people, and they might become tired of having to battle the crowds of all those other people who are searching for that perfect gift. Many of those people have given up — and decided it is better to purchase gifts ...

Guest column/Providing no-cost vaccines critical for health

Local Columns

In recent weeks, the American people have received encouraging news about a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines and the public health efforts to get people vaccinated are one of our country’s greatest accomplishments — but they didn’t happen on their own. Vaccination efforts take ...

Beware signs of holiday depression

Editorials

The pace of the holidays is starting to speed up. Some people revel in the spirit of the holidays, humming Christmas songs as they go about the holiday preparations. Throw in a whole new set of concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s easy to see how those who already ...

Decorate for holiday with safety in mind

Editorials

Winter is the peak season for home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration. Cooking and home heating are the leading causes of fire during the winter months. Candles, decorations and Christmas trees are among other causes of fires in ...

‘Somebody’ is always messing with our stuff

Local Columns

Life at our house is like a never-ending scavenger hunt. We’re always looking for something we can’t find, and clues rarely help in a cold-now-you’re-getting hotter-kind of quest for everything missing. That would be everything from our car keys and our cell phones to even our wits ...

History in the Hills: A snowstorm remembered

Local Columns

Certain events in the life of a community seem to stick around. On a national scale I think that is common. For my grandparents, it was remembering where they were on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, or for my parents when JFK was assassinated in November of 1963, or ...

Guest column/Exactly what is mental health court?

Local Columns

In the 1950s, Ohio began a process required by state law to close many of its psychiatric hospitals. For most people with a mental illness, deinstitutionalization has been successful. New medicines and extensive community outreach allow even the seriously mentally ill to live rich and ...

Take steps to make sure it’s a safe shopping season

Editorials

The rush for holiday shopping has officially begun. It is a shorter shopping season this year for many who wait until after Thanksgiving to begin their gift buying. The constant running that surrounds the holiday shopping season means shoppers need to practice common sense and have an ...