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Local Columns

Getting ready for ‘inspection’ can be exhausting

I spent the better part of Labor Day laboring, getting ready for “inspection.” You know that saying about how your company isn’t coming to give your house a good going over or the white glove test to see how much deeper the dust is since the last visit, that they’re coming to see you ...

Guest column/Cutting costs for Ohio’s local government projects

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought no shortage of unforeseen challenges to our state and country; but through resilience and bold leadership at all levels of government, I believe we can keep our economy moving forward. By collaborating with those who know their communities best — local ...

Guest column/Your kindness in September will last a decade

In my 13 years as the president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, I have repeatedly witnessed the unyielding kindness of the people of Appalachian Ohio. We care deeply about others, and when asked to help, we step forward. Amid the challenges we face today, it is easy to feel ...

We’ve reached Labor Day

Labor Day traditionally has been a day to remember and a day to relax. There is plenty to remember — the day itself was created to recognize the contribution workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Exactly ...

Laboring in a chronic state of something or other

Imagine yourself being in a chronic state of constipation. You always feel a little uneasy, uncomfortable, not quite right, bloated, full of angst, looking for relief. Shall I go on? Nothing really cures this condition completely — nothing over the counter, nothing under the counter, ...

History in the Hills: An appetizing food past

The people of the Ohio Valley have contributed greatly to history both nationally and locally. From the mills that supplied the steel to win world wars, to professional athletes competing in a variety of sports, the people of the Ohio Valley excelled. This also is true in food history. The ...

Here’s to a revival of pure worship in the church

Psalm 111:1 — “Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, in the company of the upright and in the assembly.” Psalm 96:9 — “Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth.” Psalm 29:2 “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due ...

Guest column/Our future lies in clean, renewable energy

Most Ohioans who have lived in the state for more than 50 years have noticed that our weather is definitely changing. We have warmer winters overall, hotter summers, less snow and less rain, and in general when we do get rain events, they tend to be accompanied with extreme winds. This ...

A ‘National Day’ for just about everything…

There is a “National Day” of observance and celebration for just about anything and everything under the sun. Earlier this week, for example, it was National Dog Day, and I’m all for dogs having their day. Cats, too, naturally, and horses, of course. Giddyup. Dogs are adorable and ...