Local Columns

Wearing a smile, clothed in amazing grace

The Easter outfit I'll be wearing today is nothing special.It will be a pair of jeans, probably a sweatshirt, boots, most definitely a coat and maybe even a pair of gloves and long johns, given "church" will be Richmond's outdoor community sunrise service set for 7 a.m. at Richmond Park.Our ...

Wishing all of you a Happy Easter today

It is Easter Sunday, and many have been up early to attend sunrise services or will be attending church services soon. There is a good feeling about Easter. I think it is my favorite holiday of the year in feeling like it is a new beginning. This is a time when the Earth puts forth green grass ...

Laundry remains perplexing

It's amazing how much laundry four people can produce in one day. I'm doing laundry every day, and every day, I'm losing socks. It's not like back in the day where I had to worry about baby socks. Those are tiny and easy to lose.These are regular-sized socks. That's a lot of socks. Where do ...

Guest column/April a time to give gift of life

April is Donate Life Month, a time to reflect on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.I'd like to tell you about Shelby, an outgoing, 27-year-old day care teacher who lives in Central Ohio. She's a newlywed - she married her sweetheart Ryan in 2013. She and her husband should be ...

Showing faith in our area

At one point during the 2014 Faith in the Future Prayer Breakfast, Tracy McManamon offered an interesting goal for the organization."We don't want this just to be an annual event," McManamon, president of the group, told the more than 100 people who were in attendance at Froehlich's Classic ...

Off and running, lipstick or no lipstick

I am 56.My sister Cathy is 66.We made a pact that in 2015, the good Lord willing, we would return to participate in the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic, a 13.1-mile run in Wheeling always on the Saturday of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.The event starts and ends in the downtown of the ...

Present-day event, olden-day memories

Have you ever had an incident occur that took you back to something in your childhood? It could be something good, bad, funny or sad, but for a short time you are back in the days of your youth.It happened while attending the meeting of the Smithfield United Methodist Woman, a great group of ...

Lessons have been learned

I'm still in touch with my best friend from middle and high school. To hear her tell it, I sat beside her at lunch one day and announced she was coming to a party I was having that weekend.She's wrong. I asked her if she was going to drink her milk, then I told her she was coming to my party. ...

Guest column/It’s time to take charge of how we respond

"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." John Wayne's on and off-screen persona has wide appeal. His pick-yourself-up, shake-off-the-dust attitude made him a super star.Many of us have something in common with Wayne's movie characters; we have had to bounce back from ...

I don’t always respond to the memo

I didn't wear green on St. Patrick's Day, but it's not because I forgot.It's mainly because I have never quite wrapped my brain around wearing certain colors for certain occasions.It never really occurs to me until after the fact, usually when I see people around me are doing the special ...