Local Columns

A special time of year

Can it really be nearly seven months since the football season came to an end? At least for most fans in our area, that came at either the end of December or right after the first of the year. The Steelers, remember, closed their 2018 campaign with a 16-13 win over Cincinnati on Dec. 30, in ...

Guest column/Zoning laws can affect you and your property

Real property ownership is a wonderful thing for many reasons. For instance, owning property is thought to allow for great freedom and latitude when it comes to how land can be used and developed – as opposed to renting, where tenants must typically receive permission from a landlord for even ...

Doing what you can, to infinity and beyond

You do what you can do. If my week had a theme to it, that was probably it. I was commissioned to make Rice Krispies treats/a.k.a marshmallow treats as the dessert for one night of our church’s Vacation Bible School program this past week. The theme was “Farm Fresh Faith” so our ...

Standing test of time

There are many great events held throughout the Tri-State Area each year. And, while there always are some new ones that come along and some just naturally run their course and disappear, there are those that have become annual traditions. They’re the ones that people start to look forward ...

Making some good use of waiting spells

Waiting forces you to do a lot of things. To exercise your patience muscle, which can be painful, especially if it’s atrophied or out of shape. To be constructive and productive with your time. To re-evaluate your life. To expand your horizons. I was thinking about all this when I ...

Guest column/Another look at the planned Belmont cracker

Most of those opposed to the Belmont Cracker plant and the buildup of the petrochemical industry are worried about air and water pollution and all the other externalities that come with plastics manufacturing as well as petrochemicals. Appalachians have been hearing the same mantra for ...

History in cardboard boxes

One of the great things about working at a newspaper is that you will from time to time have the opportunity to sort through files that have been compiled by reporters and editors of the past. You’re never quite sure exactly what you’ll run across. In same cases, the notes are meticulous. ...

Appreciating the freedom of a July morning

It’s July!!! And the seventh already at that, as far as today’s date of publication. Great Earth! I swear I blinked a time or two in between periods of rain and more rain and cool temperatures and then steamy ones and boom, June was history. Didn’t I just hang up my patriotic flag ...

Guest column/Fighting the resurgence of meth and cocaine

Here in Ohio, we are finally making progress on stemming the tide of opioid abuse that’s been hitting our communities hard. In fact, from June 2017 to June 2018, we saw 21 percent drop in overdose deaths, the highest percentage decrease in the nation for the most recent time period for ...

Celebrate independence

There’s no doubt that politics is getting stranger and stranger. We’re not even at the end of June and the races are really starting to heat up. Not for the 2019 elections, mind you — the campaigns of those who would run for president in 2020 are well under way. We got a good dose of ...