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Local Columns

They’ll care about a pandemic time capsule

I’m not entirely sure why I had some thoughts this past week about a time capsule. But of all things to think about and crowd my head for room and attention, there it was. My only connection to such things is having written a few stories about them in the past. What prompts them being ...

Weather can be fickle

No matter which winter forecast you saw and felt was the most accurate when they came our way in October, November and even December, not a single one was able to accurately predict the kind of weather we have seen in the past month. A look back as February comes to a close shows we had snow ...

Guest column/Who cares about public notices? You should

One of the great things about living in the United States is that our city and county governments are required to keep their citizens informed about their actions. One of the ways they do this is through public notices — the informational notices that have been deemed to be of importance to ...

Guest column/W.Va. should fund students, not institutions

West Virginia policymakers have a golden opportunity to finally put the educational needs of the state’s students front-and-center. House Bill 2013 — which just passed out of the House and is currently on its way to the Senate — would allow nearly all families in the state to take a ...

One thing I know — it won’t always be winter

It won’t always be winter. I thought about this during a snowy, icy walk to the barn early, early the other morning after we’d been hammered with some of that stinky February weather we can’t seem to shake. It wasn’t even 5 a.m. yet, and I was pumping my legs in and out of crunchy ...

City moving forward

Jim Mavromatis has faced a lot of challenges during the five years he has been Steubenville’s city manager, but he says there also are a lot of positive things happening in the community. That’s the message he shared with members of the Steubenville Rotary Club during Wednesday’s ...

History in the Hills: Civil War impacted area

February is typically a slow time at Historic Fort Steuben. We are generally recovering from the excitement of the holiday season and looking forward to months of warmer weather. This year, though, we are getting ready to unveil an exhibit on the Civil War that will open Sunday and run ...

Guest column/Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator, leader

Mary McLeod was born in Mayesville, S.C., in 1875, the 15th of 17 children. She was an educator and civil rights leader. McLeod spent much of her childhood picking cotton and taking in washing and ironing. Determined to get an education, she walked five miles to and from school each day for ...

Guest column/The big, fast payoff of higher education

At a time when the pandemic recession continues to present strong economic headwinds, especially for lower wage earners, having the skills to better compete in the job market, contribute in the workplace and provide for ourselves and our families is more important than ever before. For those ...

Guest column/People still make the United States work

As we work to defeat and recover from this pandemic, we must avoid the mistakes of past economic recoveries, and build back better for all families, in all communities. In Ohio, we remember how after the last economic crisis in 2008 and 2009, the biggest corporations and the biggest cities on ...