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Kasich getting ‘more serious’ about presidential bid

Columns

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday he's getting "more and more serious" about jumping into the 2016 presidential race, a contest in which he said he would be the most experienced candidate.Kasich just made visits to the key Republican primary states of New Hampshire and South ...

N. H. Republican voters are relishing crowded field

Columns

NASHUA, New Hampshire (AP) - For New Hampshire Republicans, the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign feel like an embarrassment of riches.The state's notoriously fickle, independent-minded voters are relishing a wide-open Republican race and are in no hurry to crown a front-runner. ...

Longtime Rubio-Bush alliance fades in GOP contest

Columns

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up.In public, mentor Bush and protege Rubio have avoided criticizing each other since Rubio announced ...

Special Unit

Editorials

EASTERN OHIO streets have gotten much cleaner the past few days. Not from the removal of dirt or litter, but rather drugs and those suspected of trafficking them.A host of drug busts were staged late last week. They were conducted at various sections of Belmont County.As a result, large amounts ...

Only boring people are bored

Columns

"I'm bored!" was a pretty common refrain through my childhood and teen years, and maybe it was in yours, too. Growing up here in the Valley, there never seemed to be anything to DO. Of course, looking back from an adult's perspective, I wonder how I ever managed to fit everything in; living on ...

Fiorina aims to keep Clinton from playing the ‘gender card’

Columns

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race.But to do so, Fiorina is taking a page from the gender politics playbook herself.A former business executive ...

Bellaire council makes prudent move

Columns

Finally!Bellaire Village Council stepped to the plate Thursday night and delivered a grand slam for employees of the All-American Town. It was a much-needed move.Some village workers have gone more than a decade without a spike in pay. That leads to low morale and frustration.The pay raises are ...

St. C. Library chosen for summer grant

Columns

THE St. Clairsville Library has been chosen as one of 20 libraries to receive the 2015 Summer Teen Intern grant. The library was chosen by the Young Adult Library Services Association, (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.The grant will allow the library to hire a teen ...

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Columns

ATLANTA (AP) - Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. Some ...

Michelle Knight — call her Lily, please

Columns

Her name is Lily now, named for her favorite flower.To appreciate how startling it can be to first meet this confident, effusive young woman, consider this excerpt from her memoirs, written under her former name, Michelle Knight:"Do you have any idea what it's like to wake up and realize that ...

GOP contenders gather in NH: 5 things to watch for

Columns

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Nearly 20 Republican White House prospects will court presidential primary voters in New Hampshire this weekend at a state GOP meeting in Nashua. It's the first gathering of its kind in the first-in-the-nation primary state this year and offers no shortage of intriguing ...

Fracking Dangers

Letters to the Editor

Dear EditorGulfport's suit against Barnesville (TimesLeader, March 19) demonstrates one of many negative consequences of fracking: it uses water unsustainably at a time when fresh water shortages and water disputes are increasingly common nationwide. The water Gulfport buys comes from a ...

Economic Rebirth

Editorials

IT HASN'T been the best of times for Monroe County.The county saw its biggest employer (Ormet Corp.) cease operating in 2013. It was a painful blow to the local economy as nearly 1,000 well-paying jobs were eliminated.Currently, the county is watching a school district dispute play out, as the ...

Walker’s budget shows his conservative ideals

Columns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Best known nationally for his struggle with unions, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is staking out conservative ground in broader ways as he prepares for a likely run for the Republican presidential nomination.These ways are stuffed into his recent budget proposal and some of ...

Washington auditor pleads not guilty to federal indictment

Columns

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, the elected official charged with rooting out government fraud and waste, pleaded not guilty Thursday after a federal grand jury indictment charged him with filing false tax returns, attempted obstruction of a civil lawsuit and ...

Ted Strickland

Editorials

It should come as no surprise that Ohio's Democrat Party leaders have endorsed former Gov. Ted Strickland as nominee for a U.S. Senate seat - without bothering to consider whether that may be the choice of Democrat voters.But what is surprising is that the party machine believes Buckeye State ...

Rubio draws from past despite future focus

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio launched a Republican presidential campaign this week with a promise to reject "the leaders and ideas of the past."It was a not-so-subtle jab from a 43-year-old fresh-faced, senator at his likely 2016 competitors, Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat ...

Audit finds wide mismanagement at Philadelphia VA

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unreasonable workloads and poor leadership at the Veterans Affairs facility in Philadelphia have led to mismanagement and delays in handling veterans' disability and pensions claims, according to a government audit released Wednesday.In a blistering 78-page report, the VA's ...

Three Strikes

Editorials

JUSTIN DUDZIK was back in Jefferson County court last week. It has become a familiar venue for the Adena resident.Dudzik also happens to be the village mayor, at least for the time being.His latest court appearance was for his third OVI offense. The case was resolved as Dudzik pleaded guilty to ...

Clinton candidacy prods board to consider limits

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision to step down from the board of her family's foundation will be followed this week by a Clinton Foundation board meeting to consider limiting international fundraising and improving transparency.Her resignation and the changes under discussion ...