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Easter certainly looks a lot different than it did one year ago. Churches are open again, and residents throughout the Tri-State Area will have the opportunity to attend services in person, something that was not possible last year as we were in the first couple of weeks of working through ...

History in the Hills: Sugar Camp Hollow

One of my favorite books growing up was a children’s book by West Virginia resident and Weirton native Anna Egan Smucker. Her book “No Star Night” was enchanting, and one I personally resonated with since it takes place in town. The book is still in print, and I encourage anyone who grew ...

Guest column/Tax renewals will benefit residents of Steubenville

Every five years, the voters of Steubenville are asked to renew two issues (operating levies) on the May primary ballot. This year the renewal issues are No. 1 and No. 2. These involve taxes from wages only, and do not involve those who are on a fixed income. Issue No. 1 is a renewal of the ...

Guest column/Working to protect Ohio’s students from hazing

In March, another Ohio family is grieving. Stone Foltz, a 20-year-old sophomore at Bowling Green State University, died after alleged alcohol-induced hazing at a fraternity event. Hazing isn’t a “rite of passage,” it’s not just fun and games, and it’s not something everyone does in ...

Guest column/A teamwork approach to overcome opioid abuse

Opioid abuse is a blight that has impacted thousands of West Virginians — a deadly scourge so large that beating it will require a holistic, team approach. Every culpable actor must be held accountable. This includes the pharmaceutical supply channel, consulting firms and the government ...

Some odds and ends thoughts come to roost

Lots of odds and ends came to roost in my thoughts this past week before taking flight to settle elsewhere. Good old TV westerns from the 1960s and ‘70s were among them, mainly because I realized how much they make me laugh. Now they weren’t created to do that, I figure, but I can’t ...

Ohio open for business

It would be difficult to argue that the past several years have not been tough on small businesses. Owners were having a tough enough time dealing with the changes that were happening as more and more brick-and-mortar locations were being forced to deal with a trend toward online ...

A ‘Live and Let Die’ transport back in time

I’m driving along earlier this week to work, monkeying with the radio and on comes this song. “When you were young and your heart, was an open book .... You used to say live and let live ... you know you did, you know you did, you know you did ...” Instantly, I’m singing along, the ...

Different feel to spring

By the time you are reading this, spring very likely will have arrived. Winter, in fact, actually was scheduled to come to an end at 5:37 a.m. Saturday. This no doubt will be the most interesting spring most of us will ever have gone through. It was just one year ago when we heard about ...

History in the Hills: Artistic accomplishments

I never have considered myself very creative. The times spent in art classes in school seemed to me to be part of some penance I was tackling for being a less than perfect pupil. It wasn’t until I went off to college that my art classes changed from “creating” art to “appreciating” ...