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Guest column/What you should know about crowdfunding

Crowdfunding generally describes the funding of a project, business venture or charitable cause through a series of small contributions from a large number of people. Although crowdfunding as a concept has been around much longer than the term, its use has expanded rapidly with the advent of ...

History in the Hills: Local haunts to ‘scare’ us

What is our fascination with stories from the past? I am not talking about the history we learn about in school, but stories we hear from our loved ones. Anecdotal, and often personal, these stories connect us and help make the past not so distant. In museums our goal is to tell the stories ...

From the Pulpit: Nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away sin

Don’t try to outsmart the “father of lies.” Forget about using Freudian psychoanalysis to counsel yourself, or someone else from the clutches of sin. Stop looking for solutions, or angles, or strategies or other options — and start looking at the cross of Calvary. Behold the Lamb of God ...

Guest column/There are many options when it comes to voting

Last week, former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and I joined forces to encourage all Ohioans to vote in this upcoming election. We both served as Ohio’s secretary of state, the chief elections officer in Ohio, and know how crucial it is that all Ohioans make their voices heard at the ballot box. Bob ...

Halloween carries on

One of the biggest issues that has been debated since late summer has been whether children would be able to trick-or-treat this year. Certainly, the concerns are real, especially because there are signs that COVID-19 could be making another surge. Community leaders around the country think ...

Shining some light on light bulb pet peeves

I hate being in the dark. And that explains why I’m out of my well-lit comfort zone when a light bulb stops doing its job. That’s a big pet peeve of mine — burned-out light bulbs that don’t get changed in a timely fashion, like right now or better yet, yesterday. Some people can ...

From the Pulpit

Be Be who God created you to be, Fearfully and wonderfully made. Be whom He has declared to be free, Not in bondage, or easily swayed. ∫∫∫ Be in the world, but be not of it Be transformed by renewing your mind. For the world’s wealth is counterfeit, And of God’s ...

Guest column/You can help fight cancer

Women often put the needs of their loved ones before their own. That may be truer than ever this year, as mothers juggle working from home, virtual learning and child care along with the usual everyday responsibilities. As a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families ...

Guest column/Let’s put civility in forefront

Discussion and debate always have been a part of rural America. From coffee shops to the local co-op, rural residents aren’t afraid to show their loyalty for one candidate or another, share their thoughts on the issues of the day, and voice their distrust of the government. Sometimes ...

An ongoing search for pens that actually work

Sometimes you just have to use what you have on hand. In this case it was a pencil with barely enough lead to write one letter of the alphabet let alone an entire line that constituted a checkbook ledger entry. Better Half noticed the pencil scratching in a routine state-of-finances ...