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Local Columns

Guest column/Chamber asks businesses, customers to follow protocols

Given the recent increase in COVID cases in the Tri-State Area and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s comments at his Wednesday press conference, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is asking that local businesses enforce the state-mandated safety protocols pertaining to masks ...

History in the Hills: Under a lot of history

Historic research is exciting to me. The thrill of the hunt, the discovery of the story and the sharing of it are something I look forward to every time I descend the historical “rabbit hole” following a lead to a great story. I fall victim to leads in history all the time. One story leads ...

From the Pulpit: Put trust in the Lord, his Word during these uncertain times

To say that we have had an unusual year is a huge understatement! We have experienced a pandemic that has altered our way of life and brought hardship, and financial difficulty to thousands, a campaign/election unlike any others in our history and are now facing a very uncertain future. What is ...

Chips, westerns good coping mechanisms

Everybody experiences stress of some sort, of one kind or another. How we respond to it is another story. I’d like to think I handle it well, but I don’t, truth be told, although I try. I’m probably a lot like my horse Thunder — uptight when normalcy takes a vacation. Last ...

An interesting Tuesday

While it’s a guarantee that this year’s presidential election will be the topic of debates for days, weeks, months and years to come, there are some things that stand out: • Polling on the national level proved to be less than accurate for the second presidential election cycle in a ...

Guest column/Consider your rights during a traffic stop

Today, many people are feeling discouraged at the state of relations with law enforcement. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the most common reason a person has an encounter with the police is in a traffic stop — and traffic stops sometimes require prolonged one-on-one contact ...

Guest column/Ohioans are proving it’s easier than ever to vote

Empirically, it is easier to vote in Ohio than at any time in state history. Our 216 hours of early voting rank us ahead of 43 states. We’re one of 20 states with Saturday voting and one of just five that allow Sunday voting. The Brookings Institute ranked Ohio ahead of every other state ...

A ‘clean’ costume for this Halloween event

If I invested as much energy in my normal day-to-day living as I do in the weeks leading up to Halloween as I contemplate what costume I’ll don or create, my life probably would be pretty amazingly mapped out. However ... When trunk-or-treat draws near in the church parking lot, I plunge ...

Now’s the time to vote

Are you tired of all of the political fighting we’ve been subjected to for the past several months — even years? There are some people who have said they can’t wait until Tuesday, because that’s when all of the bickering and sniping will come to an end. When you look at politics on ...

Guest column/It’s time we took steps to close the digital divide

Ohioans have been standing strong through long months of COVID-19 disruption. But the pandemic also has pushed a glaring Ohio weakness into the spotlight. That problem is the wide gap between the haves and have-nots of high-speed Internet access. The Internet is, of course, an important ...