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Bush starts busy week of 2016 maneuvering in S. Carolina

Columns

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) - On his first extended trip to South Carolina this year, Jeb Bush blasted President Barack Obama as a failed leader and pitched himself as a principled conservative who gets things done."It's the president's responsibility to reweave the web of civility and to improve the ...

NJ Gov. Christie’s tax breaks reward political insiders

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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Under Republican Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey has authorized more than $2 billion in economic development tax breaks since 2014, often to corporations with notable political connections. One grant went to a developer who owes millions of dollars on an unpaid state loan, ...

St. Patrick

Editorials

ANYONE planning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day tonight with green beer better have a designated driver or call a taxi.The Ohio State Highway Patrol began a few days ago to have extra troopers on duty because of overzealous celebrants.It's unfortunate and can lead to tragic consequences, but ...

Walker draws scrutiny from Republican rivals

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scott Walker's rivals see him as an up-and-comer in the Republican race for president, so they are focusing on the Wisconsin governor's changing positions on a number of issues.The still-unofficial campaigns of several Republicans have assembled internal memos, research papers ...

Beallsville Closing

Letters to the Editor

Dear?Editor,The administration of the Switzerland of Ohio School District had previously reported that "Belmont College is seeking a satellite facility at an early college high school" and "these opportunities may not be available if we delay our decision." A few days later, the administration ...

Your Choice

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,The night Jesus was born Satan trembled. He sought to slay Him before He was born and tried to slay him as soon as He was born. When the decree went forth from Herod ordering the slaughter of all the children its one purpose was to make certain of the death of Jesus.The days of His ...

Secret Service

Editorials

COMPARED to the March 4 actions involving two top-ranking Secret Service agents suspected of being under the influence when their car slammed into a White House barricade, Barney Fife looks like a model for law enforcement.In addition, the agents drove through an active bomb investigation and ...

Peril, promise of Clinton candidacy both on display

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - All the peril and promise of Hillary Rodham Clinton's expected presidential campaign played out in high relief this past week.In one hour, really.There she was, in her element, enjoying a hero's welcome at a U.N. conference on women. Cellphone cameras snapped away as she spoke ...

Obama joins in jokefest with Walker at Gridiron dinner

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Getting older changes a guy, President Barack Obama says, and he admits he's getting crankier."Next week I'm signing an executive order to get off my lawn," Obama joked Saturday night at the Gridiron Club and Foundation's annual dinner. On top of that, the nation's graying ...

Obama Supporter

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:One of your contributors thinks its "time for Obama to go". He obviously forgot the fact that the majority of us voted for our President......twice. It's called democracy, which is not to be confused with anarchy, as in every individual "ruling himself", no matter how deluded he ...

Blessed

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,My GOD, I am so very BLESSED! I went to bed last night instead of passing out! I awoke this morning instead of coming too! I didn't have to put a needle in my arm to start my day. I arose from bed and went to the bathroom instead of being confined to a bed. Took a shower, washed my ...

Helping Youths

Editorials

WHEN IT comes to summertime, youths most often think of no school as well as outdoor fun.Such it not the case for all. Some youngsters, however, benefit from a worthwhile program offered by Belmont County.The Summer Youth Employment Program is scheduled to get under way in June. It is operated ...

Library seedfolks help to grow a vibrant community

Columns

As a librarian, I am obviously a big reader. I've always been someone who likes to reread my favorite titles, just as another person would watch a beloved movie over and over. There are certain books that I read every year. In the spring, my thoughts turn to books about gardens. "The Gardener" ...

UL, St. C. school audits draw praise

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TWO LOCAL school districts have received impressive recognition from the state.Both the St. Clairsville-Richland and Union Local districts were recipients of Auditor of State Awards for their clean audit reports. Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost made that announcement last week.To earn such a ...

Spring will finally arrive this Friday

Columns

SO LONG winter of 2015. The long wait for spring is almost over. It arrives on Friday at 6:45 p.m.We have gone through a very harsh winter and I think all of us are happy to see it come to an end. Now, let us pray and hope for a mild spring, free from severe windy weather and destructive ...

Bridgeport

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,As Mayor of the Village of Bridgeport, I want local businesses to know that I speak to the people of the Ohio Department of Transportation almost on a daily basis and they keep me informed as to the progress on the Marion Street Bridge Project. Jim Graham, of ODOT, has been in touch ...

No Nukes

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,This last week, Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a speech about keeping Iran from getting nuclear weapons. He made his speech to our U.S. Senators and Representatives in Washington, D. C. Some fifty-eight Democratic Senators and Representatives did not go to hear his ...

Hillary Should Go

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,I had to laugh at your article on page A4, 2-21-15!It's time for Hillary to hit the road ... allright!Catch the "Siberian Express" right on out of here!As Bill Clinton put it, "Hillary is totally washed out" I quote.She could not handle the Secretary of State job now.She wants the ...

Ferguson Episode

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,I noticed that when the liberal media brings up the Ferguson incident on live TV, they frequently display a picture of the 18 year old who was killed as he appeared when he was a very young boy.Why don't they display his photo as he appeared prior to the incident (a six foot five, ...

A brighter legacy of the Selma scenario

Columns

The morning after President Barack Obama delivered his soaring speech in Selma, former Gov. George Wallace's 65-year-old daughter stood on the steps of the Alabama Capitol and -- in a soft, sometimes quivering voice -- renounced the acts of hate committed there by her father."It was here," ...