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Local Columns

Some applause for youth, events

I am amazed and delighted at the way the youth of our area take an interest in doing things to help others.Take the situation with Amanda Boring, daughter of Dave and Julie Boring, a member of the Country Friends 4-H Club. She performed duties around the Boring home to earn an allowance that ...

Tasty way to spend an evening

We read and hear on an almost daily basis that one of the big problems facing towns large and small is that Americans have lost their sense of community.You certainly can find plenty of examples to back that line of thought, and it has become quite fashionable for many people to do just that. ...

It’s all Greek to her

Every year, I miss the Weirton Greek Festival.I don't do this on purpose, mind you. It's only that Grampy Grumpy schedules the family vacation each year, and he really likes taking trips in early- to mid-July.Grampy doesn't take much instruction when it comes to planning the family vacation. I ...

A ‘babysitting’ request hard to refuse

It was a babysitting request I couldn't refuse.After all, they were two "grandchildren" - actually a "grand-dog" named Leo and a "grand-cat" with Ellie as her given name.Our vacationing daughter was headed for a primitive camping experience not really suited for these two four-legged critters, ...

Adena Lions Club celebrates 70 years

I know that a 50-year celebration of anything is golden, but I am not sure what something lasting 70 years would earn.Well I am wrong on that - it has earned loads of respect in Adena for the work done in the community by the Lions Club. You can't ask for more than a group of men and women ...

Remembering our values

It's a sure bet that Jerome Bettis has not been asked to come in off the bench too many times in his life.His successes on the football field are well known by fans across the Tri-State Area. He did not play football before high school, but before he graduated from Detroit's MacKenzie High ...

Guest column/It’s time for Ohio to loosen grip on consumer fireworks

The time is overdue for Ohio to follow the lead taken by New York in legalizing the sale or use of certain consumer fireworks. New York is the 47th state to make some level of consumer fireworks legal for sale and use.The facts are clear that residents of the Buckeye State do not need ...

Trying to make homemade treats

I thought it would be a sweet gesture for the children to make the Father's Day gifts for the Long Suffering Husband and Grampy Grumpy this year: homemade and made with love.You know what they say about best intentions, right?So, I made plans with my sister, Foo-Dog, to get together and have ...

Guest column/Empowering taxpayers to hold politicians accountable

As treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are spent. All too often, we the people aren't able to follow our money once we write a check to city hall, the state capital or Washington, D.C.The concept is simple. When government is big, the people are ...

Memories from a promoter

If you are of a certain age and have grown up in the Tri-State Area, the words "Produced by DiCesare-Engler Productions" more than likely hold a special place in your memories.They stand for entertainment, they stand for rock 'n' roll - they stand for how area residents had the chance to ...