Celebrating safely


A tradition that is a highlight of fall is under way as area high schools celebrate their homecoming events. Students get the chance at this early point in the school year to enjoy the company of their friends, family and alumni during one of the more memorable events of the school ...

Making memories at the Pumpkin Festival


Up until a few weeks ago, it had never crossed my mind that I would ever cut a ceremonial ribbon. But, now that it has happened, I could not be more thrilled that I got to have the experience. Thanks to the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Committee — and especially to longtime photographer ...

Deadly trends in Ohio


Ohio is becoming a more deadly place to live, according to data from the state health department and analyzed in a report by the Ohio Capital Journal. In 2021, there were the highest number of fatal overdoses, gun deaths, homicides and motor vehicle fatalities in the past 15 years. It was also ...

How are you thinking? Get positive


It was mid-August 1999. High school soccer practice was over. I was doing my “Leadership Minute” with our seniors. We only had four seniors that season. BJ was our captain and only returning starter. I asked them, “What’s your dream? Where do you want to be at the end of the ...


Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, From the beginning, God purposed Man (men & women) to be a part of the Godhead—“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping ...

Reevaluating Utopias

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, World literature is full of portrayals of Utopias. Each author depicted what he imagined to be unique about each phantasmagorical land. The Emerald Tablets depict a technologically advanced culture on Atlantis. There is a short section in Genesis where Eden was the ideal ...