×

Local Columns

Our stars will shine

There are many different awards programs and recognition events held throughout the Tri-State Area each year. And that’s a very good thing, because they all remind us that there are many people and organizations in our region who are doing great things and are deserving of praise. Our ...

A week of communication discoveries

So this is how my week of discoveries went… Our landline phone in the kitchen decided it had had enough of us. Despite battery changes, wire jiggling and mild expletives, it refused to function. And that’s a problem, given the old-time “gossip table” I’d bought in recent months ...

Yet another sure sign

We are into September and the now-cliched scourge of pumpkin-spiced everything has returned, which means fall and winter are really not that far off. Another couple of not-so-subtle reminders came last week, when the Farmers’ Almanac and its arch-rival, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, released ...

Thought of retirement does cross my mind

On Labor Day, the thought of retirement does cross my mind. Actually, the thought sometimes crosses my mind when I’m writing this Sunday column some weeks, often because I’m thinking, did I already write about this last month or last year or a decade or more ago? Chances are your memory ...

Guest column/The sanctity of marriage bonds civilization

My wife, Mena, and I confidently took to the dance floor, hoping we would emerge as “the winner.” The occasion was the Italian-American Cultural Club’s Marital Dance Marathon, conducted during the club’s Aug. 9 meeting at the Knights of Columbus in Mingo Junction. The couple married the ...

Spicing things up in the kitchen brings results

They say variety is the spice of life. Well too much variety of spices can pepper life with problems. Such issues can be managed, even resolved, however, a lesson Better Half and I learned last weekend when we decided our “spice station” in the kitchen needed a new game plan. It was ...

Tradition continues

When you think about high school football in our region, the word tradition almost always comes to mind. Whether it’s a game against an old rival, gathering with friends and family each week at a familiar stadium that generations have played in or grabbing that favorite shirt or hat that ...

Actions of betrayal and evil … and it was night

By ELDER REX BAKER Covenant Presbyterian The following is a scriptural reference and point by point analysis of scripture. John 13: 21-30 21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” 22 His ...

Trying to get caught up

Getting caught up: ¯ When you consider organizations and activities that touch the lives of thousands of people who live in our region, the United Way certainly comes to mind. This year’s campaigns for all of the United Ways that serve our area — the United Way of Jefferson County, the ...

Making an exception to the no-racing edict

When you have a particular hobby or interest, you can quickly discover you’re not alone. Participating in races is proof of that. Ditto for going to estate auctions all the time or car shows or yard sales, for example, where you’ll find a lot of the same people there all the time. The ...