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Maintain Ferry pool

Editorials

Essentials such as street repair, keeping water lines in good shape and ensuring the police department is staffed adequately have to be priorities for any local government official. Recreation has to take a back seat. That should not be the case in Martins Ferry, where the municipal ...

Dewine for governor

Editorials

When Ohioans go to the polls on Tuesday, they have many important choices to make. At the top of the list is a decision about who will be the Buckeye State’s next chief executive. Republican Gov. John Kasich is term-limited and cannot seek re-election. During his eight years in office, ...

Scaring up some holiday spirit

Columns

I can hardly believe it’s November already, but this year I am feeling happy that the holiday season is approaching. Actually, in many ways, it’s already here. I’ve heard a couple of friends complain that they already have heard Christmas carols playing in stores and restaurants. I’ve ...

Getting off to a fresh start

Editorials

Now that Melody McClurg has been hired legally as the new executive director of the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority, she will have quite a mess — both literally and figuratively — to clean up. Obviously, McClurg is entitled to begin with a clean slate. She had nothing to do with ...

Hate crimes act unwise and unconstitutional

Columns

After showing off his swastika tattoo, Randy Metcalf became involved in a barroom brawl. One of his opponents was an African American, who he and his friends knocked unconscious. Metcalf repeatedly kicked him in the head and, according to a witness, said, “Die, [N-word], die.” Metcalf was ...

Awareness saves lives

Editorials

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is winding down. What have you done to increase your understanding of this potentially deadly disease? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in American women; only skin cancer is ...

The amazing power of community

Columns

Leadership expert John Maxwell said, “If there is hope in the future, there is power in the present.” I saw a lot of power this week at the Belpre (Ohio) Annual Chamber Dinner and Awards Banquet last week at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna, W.Va. Belpre had a good year and is ...

Hope for region’s economic future growing

Columns

Hope. It’s something that hasn’t always been easy to come by here in the Upper Ohio Valley. It appears to me, though, that is no longer the case. Merriam-Webster defines hope as the feeling of wanting something to happen or be the case. It is an expectation, a desire — anticipation. ...

What you should know about guns in schools

Columns

Since the late 1990s when school shootings first rose to the forefront of national concern in the United States, school districts have struggled to find effective ways to keep students and staff safe while on school property. More recent events, such as the shooting in Parkland, Florida and ...

Obama rips Trump, GOP in speeches for Midwest Dems

Columns

DETROIT (AP) — Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump’s tenure in office Friday in fiery speeches in Milwaukee and Detroit that took aim at him and other Republicans for “making stuff up.” The speeches were among Obama’s sharpest and most direct takedowns of ...

Sometimes a ballot issue isn’t really about the issue

Columns

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The outcome of one of the nation’s most critical Senate races could come down to an unrelated question: how North Dakota residents feel about blocking noncitizens from voting — even though such voting is already illegal. Conservatives have placed the issue on the ...

Lions Club thanks supporters

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The Warren Township Lions Club would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all who have supported our efforts and projects during the year. We loved your attendance and feedback at our summer “Concerts in the Park” season as we tried our best to provide a ...

Jesus still heals

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am here to tell you that there is nothing too impossible for the Lord to do! He is still in the healing business. On June 7, 2012, I was told that I had stage 4B sinus cancer. That was a day that I will never forget. Six different doctors at UPMC in Pittsburgh told me I was ...

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 ...