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Guest column/Some ambulance service questions answered

Recently, it has been reported that residents of Wallace Heights in Island Creek Township have been considering annexing into the city of Toronto. With these conversations, questions have been raised regarding ambulance service in this area. As the chief of the TEMS Joint Ambulance District, I ...

Gentile staying connected

Lou Gentile is leading a hectic life these days.The state senator, who calls Steubenville home, has been using his summer break to visit all parts of his 30th District.That's a lot of ground to cover, says the Democrat who has held the seat since 2011. His constituents live in an area that ...

Nine more months to go

School started, and I am tired. We haven't even really got into the swing of things yet. We are still in the eye of the storm, so to speak.All summer, I slept in until 7 a.m., got up, noodled around with some of the house work, made breakfast - also known as shoving toaster pastries into the ...

Guest column/America has chance to lead at Arctic conference

Chances are, most Ohioans are not thinking of the Arctic Circle. But something big is going on up there, something that could set our nation on a course for serious energy discovery, and sustain Ohio's own energy economy far into the future.President Barack Obama is traveling to Alaska to join ...

Different views on the world

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson and Sen. Joe Manchin both represent parts of our region in Congress, and both sometimes bring a different perspective to issues that affect us.Johnson, the Marietta Republican, and Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, each had a lot to say about what's happening in ...

Tough on toasters and coffee machines

In my house, we're tough on toasters and coffee machines.It seems as though sooner than later, we're always in the market for one of the two must-have, can't-live-without kitchen appliances.Last week it was the toaster.Suddenly - probably out of part abuse, part exhaustion - the toaster went ...

A busy and memorable fair week

Well here it is the last day of the 144th Jefferson County Fair. This week I reminisced about the fairs of old in my Boomers section, and now I am closing up on the up-to-date event that was titled "The Happy Fair."Tim Walters brought the opening ceremonies to a close by singing a song about ...

Shopping trips try patience

We went school shopping.Last year, we took Grandmama, and she took my Sassy Saint's side in every single argument over clothing. After she bought a little black dress to wear with jeans - with Grandmama's full encouragement, I might add - I was done."She'll start a trend," Grandmama said."No, ...

January’s creeping closer

We're just heading into the heart of the pennant races of Major League Baseball, and it's way too early to even begin to predict how far the Pirates will play into the postseason.That doesn't mean, however, that it's too early to start to look at what could lie ahead in the postseason. While ...

Guest column/Teachers are most critical part of education system

It's the onset of fall and that means, as it does every year, that school is about to start. This is a process we take for granted.Because we take it for granted, we underestimate its complexity. But the sheer size of the undertaking is mind-boggling. Here in the United States, our K-12 public ...