Local Columns

Write it down in hopes of a future column

Write it down. This is a command I tell myself and hear from Better Half from time to time when something seems to be a potential tidbit, a theme or an idea for a future column. Truth be told, if I don’t write myself a note, the thought could well be history, lost in a haze of Janice this ...

Holtz makes impression

If you study the names of the men and women who have been inducted into the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame since it welcomed its first class on July 5, 1998, you will find there is at least one thing they have in common — they are people who have made a difference in the lives of ...

A few questions we need to ask ourselves

This is Trinity Sunday. We often use this Sunday to explain the “what” of the trinity. We may use resources like the Athanasian Creed in our worship service. There is a different approach to talking about the trinity. This focuses more on the “why” of the trinity. We teach that God is ...

Guest column/Remembering day of valor

Our country just commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a momentous date in history when more than 160,000 Allied soldiers—mostly Americans—invaded Normandy to liberate Europe from Hitler. That morning, our fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers set forth from Britain on ...

A special week in town

It’s probably a pretty safe bet to say that residents of our area anticipate few weeks on the calendar any more than this one. It’s festival week in Steubenville, a chance to get out and enjoy being outdoors. It’s an opportunity to renew our late spring traditions while participating in ...

You are often what your T-shirt says or not

“Do you still barrel race?” The question directed at me came from a stranger, a woman who operates one of the shops in the flea market in Sugarcreek. Better Half and I were roaming around in there during what constituted a part of our semi-annual trip to Amish country, a place where I ...

Story behind your paper

Every once in a while, Community Editor Janice Kiaski will share an item or two from the informal collection of Herald-Stars that was kept by her late mother, Ruth Hout. The clippings or sections cover a wide range of news that happened across our region for the better part of a century, and ...

Vintage gossip table something to talk about

I bought a vintage gossip table the other day. It was kind of a belated Mother’s Day gift to myself, which means I saw it on Mother’s Day but delayed the purchase of it until I celebrated “Janice Day.” First off, a gossip table is a piece of furniture that has two key features. It ...

Top spellers set to compete

At first glance, Zachary Kuntz might appear to be like any other sixth-grader. The recently turned 12-year-old likes to collect coins and baseball cards and keeps himself busy playing football and baseball. And while there’s really nothing unusual there, Kuntz also likes books and the ...

Dad’s dog tags are a unique piece of jewelry

I wear my dad’s dog tags with frequency. And that’s for a lot of reasons. I wear them simply because they were my dad’s dog tags from his time of service in the Army during World War II. He had served in a railroad battalion, running a locomotive in North Africa and Italy in what ...