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Local Columns

Some dull things on the shopping list

A Christmas shopping list can contain some so-so, kind of not-very-exciting gift requests.My daughter, for example, put in a plug for a microwave of a certain wattage or more.And, oh, yeah, some light bulbs, too.Light bulbs?Well, I did ask her if there was anything she wanted or needed, but I ...

A tea party for the ‘ladies on the lane’

How could it be only a few days until Christmas? I haven't written but half of my Christmas cards, still have a few little gifts to buy, need to plan for a dinner today for Darin, Missy, Jackson and Maggie, and another on Christmas Day for Jay, Margaret, Amber, Jessie, Mattthew and my ...

I’ll do anything to promote library

If you know me and have ever asked me about the library system, you know that I will do anything to promote our libraries to the public.I love libraries and will do whatever is possible to educate people on their purpose, resources, locations and operations.With that in mind, this year's ...

At the Library

New Blu-Rays- "The End of the Tour" - The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, right after the publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, "Infinite Jest."-"Trainwreck" - Since she was little, it's been ...

The true joy of cooking

Our newsroom Christmas covered-dish dinner is something we look forward to all year long. Everyone has a signature dish.Everyone except me."What do I bring?" I asked Food Editor Esther, our benevolent newsroom celebration czar. "I don't know what to bring. Tell me what to bring." I thrust the ...

God’s promise is there, waiting to be spring forth

It's crazy. We live in a world where it seems as if life is suddenly cheap. It's easier to get a gun than to see a doctor in many places. There's something wrong with that. It seems as if every day we hear or read about some new atrocity rising up to replace the one from the previous day. ...

Give the best of all gifts: Forgive one another

We are living in a day where in San Bernardino, Calif., a group of co-workers went to a holiday party, but did not know they were risking their lives celebrating love. A couple of homegrown terrorists came in and took their lives.Violence in America has become an everyday event and if we ever ...

Making a difference in our area

There have been several events recently held throughout the region that help to show that there are many good things happening.One happened on Nov. 19, when the Community Foundation for the Upper Ohio Valley held its donor appreciation luncheon. The annual event, which was held in Wilson Lodge ...

Guest column/Let’s all volunteer to support our troops

As Christmas approaches, I've been reflecting on all of the blessings I've received. As someone who grew up in a small farm house without indoor plumbing, I am grateful that I actually lived the American Dream.Today, the world is a very different place than on that small mule farm - the deadly ...

Guest column/We should embrace opportunities to show kindness

Ever feel impelled to give the world a big hug? We thrive on kindness. And though we frequently witness examples of callousness both in our own lives and in the news, displays of intolerance and indifference should only strengthen a desire to resist such behavior and encourage respectful ...