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Local Columns

Ancestry.com a key library resource

For several years, our library system has contracted to be part of Ancestry Library Edition online services to allow the public to search the databases provided by the world’s largest genealogical system. It must be used at the library, the only way they contract the services of the library ...

Keep money away from the mower

Mowing the grass is a good feeling, a sense of accomplishment. Mowing a $20 bill — one that doesn’t even belong to you in the first place — now that’s not such a good feeling, not really cause for celebration on a job well done. I never know what conversation topics await me when I ...

Guest column/Smile … it could help you live longer and smarter

“I am only grouchy and moody on days that end in Y.” My family and I were walking the sidewalks of the Big Apple eons ago when without warning ... bam! A woman smacked right into me, startling us both. Before I could get out an apology, she blurted out in a foul tone, “Watch where ...

A salute to patriotic events, parades

It was patriotic events and parades that filled my Aug. 12 and 13 schedule. And despite the extreme heat that could have faltered a lesser person, the people taking part in both stood up to it very well. State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, was walking the route on both days, stopping to ...

Kitten interesting addition

There was something moving in the middle of the road. I habitually eye leaves skittering across the road, pushed by the wind, or rocks and tree limbs laying in or near the road. I don’t want to hit an animal. Once, I came to a complete stop without hitting the deer who bounded off a ...

We’re seeking some stars

There are few local awards programs in our region that can say they have been honoring area residents for nearly 20 years. That’s what makes the Community Stars program the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times has conducted since 1998 special. Some things have changed during that ...

Life revolves around food, lack of it

I came home from work the other day reminded anew that life revolves around food — or the lack thereof. I’d been complaining to Better Half about the fact that the chicken cacciatore I’d made recently didn’t turn out so hot. It was no way near as good as it usually is, and that’s ...

Guest column/Changes on the horizon in higher education

In a matter of weeks, yes, weeks, our colleges and universities will be in full swing for the 2016-17 school year. And what can we expect? A survey of 12 college presidents and a review of the literature give us pretty clear insights. If pushed to define the upcoming academic year in a ...

Youth making a positive difference

I am always impressed when young people of the community do things to help others or to improve themselves. I have seen it through the many 4-H programs; FFA at Edison and Harrison Central; Smithfield baseball and softball teams; and Kara’s Kids, a program through the Brightway Center. The ...

Mapping out a trip to the amusement park can be fun

The sun was bright, there was a cool breeze, and I had the day off. I was miserable. We were at Kennywood with our children, because they — and the rest of the marching band — were marching in the parade that evening. I didn’t have to be there, because their father was there, ...