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Guest column/Resolving public records disputes without a lawsuit

Ohio's Public Records Act was enacted in 1963 to promote open, transparent government through orderly access to public records. However, disputes sometimes arise when those who ask a government agency for public records have their request denied or feel the response is delayed unreasonably. ...

Going on ‘stupid rolls’ occasionally

I go on "stupid rolls" from time to time.When I mentioned to Better Half that maybe I ought to zero in on that for a column topic for today's space, he responded with more than moderate interest, that inspirational man of mine."I should be able to help you out with that one," he brightened, ...

Reflections on Great Trail Festival

Lamont and I have been visitors to the Great Trail Festival for more than 20 years, missing a few now and then but pretty much faithful to at least one of those end of August or start of September weekend events.It started by seeing an ad for the adventure when we went to the Carroll County ...

Family can hinder personal relationship with God

People in the service professions, such as ministry, medicine, law, school teachers and police work, seem to have the greatest stress in their personal family life. Abraham's greatest trials and problems came from his family. His root problem and pitfall was allowing family influences to hinder ...

Quiet of Kentucky town filled with angry voices now

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Kim Tabor sometimes wears a bright orange T-shirt bearing a slogan she's found herself repeating for weeks: "Hello my name is not Kim Davis."Tabor works for the Rowan County Circuit Court Clerk, the office that handles court filings. Across the street is the Rowan County Clerk, ...

Life is short — have some fun

So, when I was given my first baby, I was scared spitless. She didn't come with an owner's manual. I was just expected to know what to do. I didn't have to pass a test or have my vision checked or have insurance or anything!"Here," they said. "Keep this helpless infant alive. It can't do ...

Series leads to discussion

If you didn't have the chance to read Dave Gossett's three-part series about prostitution in Steubenville, you must make time to do so.And if you did read it, you owe it to yourself to look at it one more time.The series, which began last Sunday, offered an in-depth look at a problem most ...

Guest column/Is doctor-prescribed suicide really a choice?

Ann was a vocal advocate of doctor-prescribed suicide, called "aid in dying" by its proponents. She and her husband co-founded the Hemlock Society - the organization now known as Compassion & Choices.We were definitely adversaries. But a phone call changed that relationship.I was in ...

Resting on this Labor Day weekend

On this Labor Day weekend, I'm resting, still catching my breath from having had a houseful of company the previous weekend that included a repeat visit from my oldest sister, Linda, and her husband, Bob, who live in Clover, S.C., and a gang of other family members stopping in.Now that was ...

Great to see fall event happening

It was great to see the two blocks of Main Street closed off and teaming with people for the Smithfield Fireman's Festival on Aug. 29. Volunteers of the department decided to pick up on a fall event, such as the now gone Apple Festival, and are making a real try at having something for everyone ...