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Local Columns

History in the Hills: Veterans and mill workers

Veterans Day is a time to remember and honor all those who have served in our military. Those who have said yes to service and have given of their time and energy to protect our country deserve our heartfelt thanks! Truly it is due to their sacrifices that we have the nation we live in today. ...

It’s a very important evening question

It’s an important post-7 p.m. question in our household. What are we gonna’ snack on? We’re in settle-down mode, parked on the couch or in the recliners, mastering the art of watching television with our eyes closed, but we awaken long enough to talk serious stuff, to engage in ...

Your vote does matter

If you are among those people who choose not to participate in elections because you think you are just one person and your vote really won’t matter, know that your assumption is wrong. We received another reminder of that Tuesday, when residents of Wells Township approved a 3-mill levy that ...

Opportunities to learn

It’s easy to forget that a single moment in time can have a big impact on a person. That’s one of the lessons that was shared by Matthew Charles. Charles, the first person to be released from prison under the First Step Act, delivered an interesting talk Oct. 23 when he appeared as part ...

Some things you just have to live with

Some things you just have to live with. This reality of life occurred to me when weird weather prompted a change in Halloween trick-or-treating in many communities, including Richmond. Instead of Halloween candy collecting being on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., it’s been ...

History in the Hills: Chilling stories of the past

Halloween is a very special time for us in the Ohio Valley. In October, we seek out spooky, chilling or scary things which we don’t typically go for at other times of the year. Some people like to be scared by movies or walk through haunted houses. As for me, I get a chill from stories of ...

Guest column/Ohio must move forward on sentencing reform

Ohio has become ground zero in our national opioid epidemic. In September, in just one county, a staggering 10 people died in the span of 26 hours from drug overdoses. Until recently, Ohio’s response to the crisis consisted mostly of handing out lengthy prison sentences to both dealers and ...

Returning things can involve a long process

I must have looked at the big blue empty vase on my desk at work a hundred times or more since it had been delivered. And with every glance came great guilt. What’s wrong with me that I can’t return things in a timely fashion, I’ve asked myself every time my good intentions to do so ...

Something to chew on

Clark Bar vs. Butterfinger. Candy vs. popcorn ball. A classic cola vs. a classic bar. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups vs. every other confectionery treat known to man. With Halloween just a few days away, discussion and new stories often turn in the direction of candy. Whether it’s a ...

Guest column/Teaching strength of character still calling

What’s in a name? It’s been more than 400 years since Juliet first asked this question of Romeo, but even in 2019 it seems as though we still don’t have a clear answer. This summer, after a series of changes at the academic and administrative levels, Wheeling Jesuit University was ...