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Additional opportunities await

Editorials

Education is a cornerstone of a happy, productive life. Fortunately, we have a lot of options here in Eastern Ohio when it comes to obtaining a good education. And those opportunities are still expanding, especially for those who live and work in Jefferson County. Last week, Eastern ...

There is help for domestic violence victims

Columns

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For some people, they wonder why we need to have such a month; others feel it is a very important time in which the spotlight is on the victims needing help with this issue and celebrating the survivors. I fit into the latter group — I ...

The tale of Mr. White — a sad story turned happy

Columns

This is the tale of Mr. White. Well, at least it is a story about my little friend’s journey so far. A few months ago, I mentioned in this column that my neighbor, Jess Lucas, had passed away. Jess was well known in the Belmont community and the surrounding area. Many knew him as “the ...

Find ways to improve ‘grades’

Editorials

Schools across the Buckeye State received some feedback from the Ohio Department of Education last week in the form of annual “report cards” issued to assess the progress and performance of each district and the individuals schools within them. Unfortunately, the marks local schools ...

Saving the planet with natural gas

Columns

Last week I was the guest on the student run radio station at the University of Colorado. They wanted to know about energy in general and oil and natural gas in particular. They are very concerned with the environment because they live in it. The show was focused on rock climbing. They know ...

Seasons not the only thing changing

Columns

Autumn has officially arrived in Eastern Ohio, and the weather changed right on queue with a cloudy sky and cooler temperatures. I have noticed, though, that more than just the season is changing. It seems activity related to the natural gas and oil industry is picking up again. The first ...

Time to build St. C.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, It is a great honor and privilege to be a social studies teacher at St. Clairsville High School. During my 14 years of service, I have witnessed many changes in state curriculum and testing requirements, along with the expansion and addition of many programs and opportunities ...

Hard work on quilt show appreciated

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, On September 15, the Sedgwick House Museum hosted an open house event, “Quilts and More.” We want to thank Cathy Zimmerman for her quilting experience and John Applegarth for his hard work on the project. Also, we appreciate those who purchased tickets for our quilt raffle. ...

Resident supports building plan

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I love the city of St. Clairsville and the communities that surround it. The foundation of communities like ours is formed from the relationships that we build with one another — relationships that provide the support and friendship we lean on the rest of our lives. This ...

Establish veterans’ court

Editorials

More than 5,200 veterans of military service live in Belmont County, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Some of them have had — and will have — brushes with the law. A substantial number of them might not have gotten into trouble but for the physical and mental stresses ...

Provide Explanation

Editorials

Someone must have made a mistake. Otherwise, the Buckeye Local Board of Education would not be paying out $70,000 to make a lawsuit go away. Taxpayers have a right to know what happened. During a special meeting Monday night, board members agreed to pay Angela Hicks $70,000. She had been ...

Cooperate and collaborate

Editorials

St. Clairsville officials and Belmont County commissioners are off to a good start in a plan to freshen up the appearance of the city’s downtown business district. Located in the middle of the district high atop a hill on Main Street, the courthouse was renovated extensively over the past ...

Proceed cautiously jail

Editorials

Several local communities share a common problem, and they need to use creative, cautious approaches in their efforts to solve it. Jail overcrowding is common in area counties. It’s an issue that continues to worsen as jail facilities age and as drug abuse and addiction problems grow. ...

Making the most of your talents, whatever they are

Columns

What talents do you have? Really think about that for a moment. Can you draw beautiful pictures? Are you able to write moving poetry or flowing prose? Maybe you can juggle or do complicated math problems in your head. Or, perhaps you have a special knack for calming little children or for ...

Addressing sexual discrimination and violence in schools

Columns

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and high schools, school districts, colleges and universities that receive any ...

Resolve Dispute in Bellaire

Editorials

It appears trouble may be brewing in Bellaire, and action should be taken now to avoid more problems later. Village Council members seem to be at odds with the mayor over who gets to be the boss. The fact is, however, that the people of the community should be in charge. The mayor and council ...

Protecting ‘God’s temple’ from worry

Columns

Nerves of one kind or another control literally every part of your body. Every function of your entire body is under control of the nervous system. Every organ, tissue, cell is controlled by nerve impulses traveling from the brain to every part of the body. Nerves make possible all ...

Start of school signals end of summer

Columns

I don’t want to accept that summer is winding down, but with children all across Eastern Ohio headed back to school this week it is undeniable. Sure, temperatures and humidity will remain high for a few more weeks. IN fact, students who attend classes in older buildings without air ...

Importance of focusing on your strengths

Columns

We have all heard that we should determine our strengths and weaknesses. Some people might tell you to focus on your weaknesses and try to fix them. The crowd that I run with says just the opposite. As a leader work on your strengths to make them stronger. Find someone whose strengths are your ...

Rural Ohioans deserve political reform

Columns

In many ways, the greatest strength of Appalachian Ohio has also been our greatest cross to bear. Our beautiful rolling hills are blessed with an abundance of natural resources, which have formed our economic and cultural identity. Over the past 150 years, we have seen our ore quarried, our ...