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Local Columns

Looking at the numbers

When you stop to think about it, numbers play a pretty important role in each of our lives. If you’re a sports fans, you might immerse yourself in numbers. Statistics, after all, offer a way to measure performance and compare the attributes of individual athletes. Odds, meanwhile, present ...

Thoughts of what I’m not and what I am

My thoughts have turned recently to what I am and what I’m not. The latter would include not being a world traveler or even a U.S. one for that matter, which sometimes makes me feel a bit guilty or at least a little uncomfortable in circles where the conversation flows freely about joyful ...

Guest column/Merriman event a success

The second-annual Josh Merriman Foundation Golf Outing was held Aug. 17 at the Steubenville Country Club. It was a huge success due to an outpouring of support by our wonderful community, competitive golfers, generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers. We would like to thank the ...

An interesting story

Each of the previous presenters in the Herald-Star Speaker Series has been able to share an interesting story from a unique perspective. That’s something that will continue when Matthew Charles takes the stage at 7:30 p.m Oct. 23 at Steubenville High School when the series ...

Having a sibling who’s a year-round Santa

“Oh, that Linda!” That’s the reaction Better Half and I always say collectively or independently whenever a package arrives from my oldest sister, who lives in South Carolina. If ever there were a generous, gift-giving spirit it is Linda, and I have been the beneficiary of her good ...

History in the Hills: Our place in history

The place we live in is so important. It has the power to shape who we are and what we do with our future. The place I love and the place that has shaped me is the Ohio Valley. I grew up here, not during the boom years of the mills and factories, but during the so-called de-industrialization ...

Guest column/Follow Constitution or bring troops home

Some 1,600 years ago, in the year 410 AD, barbarian armies underneath King Alaric captured the ancient city of Rome, ransacking and pillaging the center of the Roman Empire. The fall of the once-great capital sent terrifying shockwaves throughout the Western world, triggering St. Jerome to ...

Pretty cool having Aunt Betty as my neighbor

It’s pretty cool being next-door neighbors with Aunt Betty. That’s a definite perk of returning to my roots and living in the family homestead where my father was born, where Houts have lived continuously since the house was built in the 1880s, and where my dad lived in his adult married ...

Powerful thoughts, words

Having a strong faith, believing in others, being thankful for the gifts in your life, never forgetting to help others and remembering the impact a single person can have on the life of another are things for everyone to remember. Reminders about how important those qualities are came ...

Guest column/Border home of a real, humanitarian crisis

Recently, I visited America’s southern border with Mexico at the El Paso crossing, which is the second busiest port of entry along our southern border. In every aspect, the reality on the ground is much different than how the national media and cable TV talking heads portray it. Here’s ...