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Local Columns

There’s plenty to do

We seem to hear it all of the time — the familiar complaint that there’s nothing to do. And, while that’s not true during the other 10 months of any given year, that sentiment rings especially hollow as we head through the last six or seven weeks of 2019. Whether you’re looking to ...

Nothing quite like a good Chinese auction

I love a good Chinese auction, and I have occasion to be in the midst of many of them in my newspaper-related outings and adventures. Nearly any group or organization having a fundraiser these days has a Chinese auction. And that, of course, would be in addition to having the ...

History in the Hills: Veterans and mill workers

Veterans Day is a time to remember and honor all those who have served in our military. Those who have said yes to service and have given of their time and energy to protect our country deserve our heartfelt thanks! Truly it is due to their sacrifices that we have the nation we live in today. ...

It’s a very important evening question

It’s an important post-7 p.m. question in our household. What are we gonna’ snack on? We’re in settle-down mode, parked on the couch or in the recliners, mastering the art of watching television with our eyes closed, but we awaken long enough to talk serious stuff, to engage in ...

Your vote does matter

If you are among those people who choose not to participate in elections because you think you are just one person and your vote really won’t matter, know that your assumption is wrong. We received another reminder of that Tuesday, when residents of Wells Township approved a 3-mill levy that ...

Opportunities to learn

It’s easy to forget that a single moment in time can have a big impact on a person. That’s one of the lessons that was shared by Matthew Charles. Charles, the first person to be released from prison under the First Step Act, delivered an interesting talk Oct. 23 when he appeared as part ...

Some things you just have to live with

Some things you just have to live with. This reality of life occurred to me when weird weather prompted a change in Halloween trick-or-treating in many communities, including Richmond. Instead of Halloween candy collecting being on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., it’s been ...

History in the Hills: Chilling stories of the past

Halloween is a very special time for us in the Ohio Valley. In October, we seek out spooky, chilling or scary things which we don’t typically go for at other times of the year. Some people like to be scared by movies or walk through haunted houses. As for me, I get a chill from stories of ...

Guest column/Ohio must move forward on sentencing reform

Ohio has become ground zero in our national opioid epidemic. In September, in just one county, a staggering 10 people died in the span of 26 hours from drug overdoses. Until recently, Ohio’s response to the crisis consisted mostly of handing out lengthy prison sentences to both dealers and ...

Returning things can involve a long process

I must have looked at the big blue empty vase on my desk at work a hundred times or more since it had been delivered. And with every glance came great guilt. What’s wrong with me that I can’t return things in a timely fashion, I’ve asked myself every time my good intentions to do so ...