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Guest column/Providing no-cost vaccines critical for health

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 ...

‘Somebody’ is always messing with our stuff

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

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?

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 ...

Here are ten truths for which we can be thankful

We are living in tumultuous times. We can be tempted to focus on the negatives we see all around us. But even when times are tough, there are still moments to be thankful for, the simple things in life that we can be grateful for in times of turmoil. 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice ...

The times foster new holiday shopping traditions

One thing about many holiday traditions is that they eventually evolve into, well, new traditions. Consider the time-honored tradition of Black Friday, that day after Thanksgiving that was said to make or break the holiday season for shoppers who were eager to snag a particular gift at a very ...

Helping local businesses

If you tell anyone that this has not been a difficult year, it’s very likely you are not being honest with yourself. From missed birthdays, graduations and weddings to lost chances to spend time with friends and loved ones to conducting meetings through video conferencing, the challenges ...

Giving thanks for the gift of encouragement

At the end of every church service, our pastor references a particular scripture that sticks with me from Sunday to Sunday. It bears repetition. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ ...

Guest column/Vaccines are a key tool in COVID fight

Ohio, like the rest of the country, is currently experiencing an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases. The number of new cases per day in Ohio has more than doubled during the last three weeks. In short, the trajectory is not good, with not just more cases, but more hospitalizations, more ...

Guest column/Now is the time for us to give thanks

There is a children’s picture book, “The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin.” Through the story, all Papa Bear can think about is besting his friend, Farmer Ben, in the great pumpkin contest. Farmer Ben has a pumpkin farm. He has won every year for about 10 years. Mama Bear repeatedly ...