Local Columns

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 ...

The act of illuminating can be a dark topic

It was a validating visit. And it unfolded when a friend stopped by for an impromptu back porch chit-chat session that included a casual, innocent comment. She mentioned how pretty she thought the house looked whenever she’d drive by at night and see all the lights on through all the ...

Guest column/Trump’s policies a gift that keeps giving for Ohio

President Trump’s economic policies are a gift that keeps on giving — especially for states like Ohio. The Buckeye State’s economy has come a long way in just two-and-a-half years, and it’s not hard to figure out why. President Trump’s pro-growth economic policies — particularly ...

Priceless expressions from children’s faces

His expression was priceless. On Sundays at church, there’s a children’s chat given with a message that typically runs parallel to the sermon theme itself. It’s a little people’s sermon, brief and to the point. The preacher invites the kids to come forward and gather around, and ...

Summer’s finally here

Depending on who you talk with, the start of summer came right after Memorial Day, it came three weeks ago — on June 1 — or it happened at 11:54 a.m. Friday. For many, the Memorial Day weekend has long marked the unofficial start of summer. The temperature has started to heat up, children ...

Guest column/Questions need to be answered about marina

I would like to comment on the marina controversy although I don’t understand why it is one. The marina has been there for years with little or no attention. Periodically, a cleanup effort would be made with no follow-up, and now there is a concerted effort by some to accept a $100,000 grant ...

Write it down in hopes of a future column

Write it down. This is a command I tell myself and hear from Better Half from time to time when something seems to be a potential tidbit, a theme or an idea for a future column. Truth be told, if I don’t write myself a note, the thought could well be history, lost in a haze of Janice this ...

Holtz makes impression

If you study the names of the men and women who have been inducted into the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame since it welcomed its first class on July 5, 1998, you will find there is at least one thing they have in common — they are people who have made a difference in the lives of ...

A few questions we need to ask ourselves

This is Trinity Sunday. We often use this Sunday to explain the “what” of the trinity. We may use resources like the Athanasian Creed in our worship service. There is a different approach to talking about the trinity. This focuses more on the “why” of the trinity. We teach that God is ...

Guest column/Remembering day of valor

Our country just commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a momentous date in history when more than 160,000 Allied soldiers—mostly Americans—invaded Normandy to liberate Europe from Hitler. That morning, our fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers set forth from Britain on ...