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Local Columns

It’s time for the Harrison County fair

If July is here, could the Harrison County fair be far away? Actually the junior fair segment starts Monday with all livestock weighed in starting at 8 a.m. - a nice early time to get the animals up and primed to climb upon the scales. For me that is a scary thought at any time of the day.A ...

Doubling up on a photo

Sassy Saint and I were lolling around the house, because the Long Suffering Husband and Professor had gone off to Boy Scout camp to learn about first aid and finding your way through the woods with a compass and run around on zip lines. (I'm still not convinced it isn't a doom's-day prepping ...

Guest column/Some thoughts about times when life goes sideways

What's wrong? Why so uneasy?There are moments when you suspect deep down you're not whole, when you feel you have somehow misplaced a portion of your soul. Nothing is clicking, joy seems a stretch or you're just going through the motions in a haze of detachment.And you're not sure what to do ...

Keeping the summer in June 20, 2016

This is a column about how I spent Monday, June 20th, 2016, the first official day of summer.I devoted the bulk of it working to maintain a positive attitude despite doses of daily-life interference.Me being me, I like summer. Sunshine. Heat. Humidity. Sandals. No coats. Green grass. Flowers. ...

Preserving area’s mining heritage

Many residents in Harrison, Jefferson and Belmont counties have had grandfathers and dads who worked in the deep, dark confines of the coal mine. Coal was king in the area for many years before it took a sharp decline. But the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park group decided to ...

Different view of the Curse

I will be the first person to tell you that even though I consider myself to be a sports fan, my allegiances clearly are with Pittsburgh, and I have a passing interest - at best - in Cleveland sports.The big stories, of course, are interesting. The LeBron James saga, for instance, from his ...

Mission to rescue Space Cat

Space Cat is made of equal parts hair and evil. The hair is obvious, especially when I'm wearing anything black. The evil is slightly more subtle, but not much, since he decided his life's purpose is to reduce my furniture to rags and kindling, regardless of the number of times I tell him no or ...

Guest column/Livestock exhibitors must know what Ohio’s laws ask for

Summer marks the beginning of fair season - a time when thousands of 4-H youth all across Ohio showcase the animal projects they have spent so much time perfecting.As these hard-working kids gear up to show their animals, I want to encourage all exhibitors to be aware of livestock tampering ...

Guest column/Be respectful of veterans when enjoying holiday fireworks

As the Independence Day holiday approaches, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind its customers, friends and all those who use consumer fireworks to be mindful of the fact that some veterans can be startled and upset by the noise of fireworks.Chelsey Zoldan, a licensed clinical mental health ...

‘Gotcha’ moment calls for dad jewelry

The day began with a "gotcha'" moment.They come with less frequency now given my dad passed away very unexpectedly more than 22 years ago.But in the initial emotionally raw weeks and months after his death on Oct. 22, 1993 - a warm and sunny bonus kind of fall day - it was not uncommon for me ...