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Shopping can be an experience

I took my mother shopping. That was my first mistake, and one I should have seen going in.She called me and casually mentioned she was going clothes shopping - a red flag right there, she hasn't willingly spent money on herself since 1983 - and would I like to go?It wasn't really a question, ...

Today, honor those who have fought

We hope everyone will take a few moments to think about the meaning of what Americans are asked to remember today.It's Memorial Day, and it's a time to remember that the freedoms we take for granted have come at a very steep price. It's a day set aside to recognize the more than 1 million ...

Beating stressful moments can make life less complicated

(EDITOR'S?NOTE: This article was provided by the Family Recovery Center.)May is Mental Health Month. This year it's all about wellness, B4Stage4. Wellness is not a new term for you if you're a reader and have been following the status of well being in this modern world we live in. If you have ...

Showing some r-e-s-p-e-c-t for veterans

I have the hat to my dad's Army uniform on a bookshelf in the living room.It's pretty much in plain view although sometimes what's always in our range of vision isn't necessarily something that we always notice or pay any attention to.Our eyes see what they want to see, whether it's something ...

Communities prepare to honor vets

Monday is Memorial Day, a day to honor the memory of all fallen soldiers. Many areas will be commemorating this day with prayer, giving thanks, songs and rifle salutes.It is a time when many past residents come back to their hometowns to observe the program and to see old friends. Those in the ...

Area fairs, festivals some of the best

The things that make a fair or a festival a summertime highlight - delicious fare, carnival rides and spending time with family and friends - are about to get under way in the Ohio Valley.Some events are just for fun, while others offer a look at our region's history or a chance to celebrate ...

Guest column/Local mineral rights case raises interesting questions

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources owns a 651-acre tract of land in Brush Creek Township that became the subject of a case that we reviewed here - at the Ohio Supreme Court. When the property was transferred to the ODNR, the seller - Ronald Snyder -"reserved all mineral rights, including ...

Some interesting events

The past three weeks or so have been exceptionally busy, but the many events help to show off many positive things about our area.For example, those who attended the ninth-annual Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center Gala on April 26 had the opportunity to enjoy a night out with friends, ...

A day to decompress after visitors leave

There's something you need after stay-over visitors leave.I call it a day to decompress, a little blip of time to return to Earth and to whatever your "sane" slice of normalcy and routine was before it got interrupted by the craziness that having company creates.You probably are familiar with ...

A busy weekend with lots to enjoy

The past weekend was a busy time for me, but it was about things I enjoy doing. Therefore, I didn't complain to Lamont about being overworked and asked would he jump in and run the new sweeper that is harder to push than a wheelbarrow full of cement blocks.Saturday morning I got up and traveled ...