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A mother who always loved being a Hilltopper

This photo of my mother is a candid shot, one of those genuine pictures where you’re not posing or facing the camera, on the verge of complying with an oh-so-original order to “say cheeeeese.” And, boy, does she look happy in this picture as a young adult embarking on the next chapter of ...

Turnout was pretty low

We knew going in that turnout for Tuesday’s primary election would not be that great. What we did not know then was just how low it would be. In fact, Bob Gale, who was navigating his first election after being named as the next executive director of the Jefferson County Board of ...

Guest column/Working to help Ohioans get a second chance

Spring is a time of new beginnings, so it is a fitting time to hold up those who have started new lives of meaning and purpose after being convicted of a crime and serving their time. Helping formerly incarcerated individuals overcome their past mistakes and re-enter society as productive ...

There’s no welcome sign but I’m glad to go

I took a personal day Tuesday and went to “Amish country.” That’s code for Sugarcreek, Ohio, and Berlin, Charm, Walnut Creek, etc. Whenever I’ve mentioned this get-away destination to some of my relatives in the South who have never been there, they imagine it’s one of those ...

We’re back to meeting

If you haven’t noticed, things are really starting to open up. In case you’re still not sure, take a look at the daily pages produced by our community editor, Janice Kiaski. They are filled with details about events and gatherings that recently have been held, and, even more important, ...

History in the Hills: More art in the valley

I will never be so boastful to say that I know most of the history of our area. How can any one person ever come close to knowing all there is to know about our history? Doing these articles, I am constantly reminded of, or rather astounded with, all the connections, stories, topics and ...

Guest column/This week’s an opportunity to recognize our teachers

The first week of May is set aside each year as National Teacher Appreciation Week. But there’s something very special about this observance from Monday through Friday, a time when education in Ohio and the nation are finally moving back toward normal. After a long and trying year of ...

Happy birthday with big fluffy snowflakes

I don’t think I’ve ever awakened on my birthday to discover that big fluffy snowflakes are falling and accumulating on the ground. Especially since my birthday is April 21, and snow is generally out of the forecast at that point. It might be muddy, moist and sweatshirt springy kind of ...

Helping area plants

Throw out Wednesday’s late-season snow and the wintry temperatures that lasted through Friday morning, and it’s time to resume looking toward late spring and summer. And that made Wednesday’s presentation to the Steubenville Rotary Club all the more timely. Members of the club, which ...

Guest column/Takeout alcoholic drinks? One for the road

Now that Ohioans can buy three takeout margaritas with their enchiladas to go, is it OK to sip one on the way home? If not, can a passenger drink it? And if that’s not allowed, where in the car should the drinks be placed during the drive home? No one wants to get charged with open container, ...