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Former T-L writer honored as novelist

A FORMER Times Leader sports writer is now an award-winning novelist.Robin Yocum, a Brilliant native and Buckeye North High grad, has been honored for his great work on his debut novel "Favorite Sons."The book was named the USA Book News Best Books 2011 Award for mystery/suspense.Yocum was a ...

Crowning a new domestic goddess

The first time my now husband, then boyfriend, Justin, suggested we make dinner at his house rather than go out to eat, I was mortified. Me? Prepare a meal? I remember my apprehension as I confessed I was not much of a cook and that we would need to prepare the meal together. Justin was fine ...

Cera: A good fit to replace Gentile

THE POLITICAL landscape in Eastern Ohio is undergoing rapid change.When State Sen. Jason Wilson opted to accept Gov. John Kasich's offer to become director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia two weeks ago, it sparked fast-paced maneuvering within the Democratic Party.The Dems, as has been ...

Christmas season rapidly approaching

Even though the weather is trying to trick us to believe that it is still autumn, the Christmas season is fast approaching. Children are attempting to be on their best behavior and people are planning, shopping and hoping as always, to make this the best Christmas ever. Whatever your beliefs, ...

It’s OK to say?Merry?Christmas to me

Yes, it really is okay to say Merry Christmas to me!But, how would you know it is really okay, if I didn't tell you?Although Christians account for about 86 percent of America's population, the other 14 percent has been making significant progress in using the law and extensive lobbying to have ...

OSU football to undergo Urban renewal

THERE IS no question the week's top story emanated out of Columbus.Late Tuesday, reports began to surface that Urban Meyer had reached a deal to become Ohio State's new football coach. Those reports continue to mushroom.Meyer maintains that he has not reached agreement to guide the Buckeyes. He ...

Challenging presidential year looming

With the November 2011 election behind us, the voters have spoken and left Belmont County and the State of Ohio with some interesting results and decisions.We too now, very quickly after the holiday season, will face a very unusual and challenging 2012 presidential election year.First, a ...

America:?It is time to finally wise up

As a healthcare administrator during the 1980s, I had the rewarding experience of serving as a private sector representative to Lamar Alexander during his service as Tennessee's governor. Then, as now, the economy was stagnant and the Governor wanted to do something about it.As business ...

AARP Chapter 3773 staging party Dec. 5

The AARP Chapter 3773 will have its annual catered Christmas Party at the Dillonvale Municipal Building Senior Nutrition Site on Monday, Dec. 5. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will be served promptly at 5 p.m. and will be catered by Lunches with Love from Smithfield, Ohio. Menu ...

The name game

By the time you read this, it will all be over. The ceremony, the cake, the dancing...I am now a married woman. March 25, when Justin proposed to me in front of the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, was just last week, right? Regardless of the fact that time moved at warp speed these past eight ...

Celebrate separate seasons

I'VE NEVER been one who can shop for tree ornaments and Halloween candy at the same time. I want to be immersed in the special, separate season, smells of pine and baking cookies wafting through memories to a soundtrack of traditional music. It's spiritual, a time of reflection and hope. This ...

Election surprises no where to be found

TUESDAY'S ELECTION yielded few surprises.As expected, Bob Vincenzo and Paul Riethmiller rolled in their respective mayoral races.Vincenzo is a St. Clairsville institution while Riethmiller essentially became mayor after defeating incumbent Phil Wallace in the primary.The two Bellaire school ...

Back in black

Yellow is not my color. But this past Sunday, I found myself engulfed in a sea of it.You may recall that as part of an agreement that sent me to a game in Pittsburgh with my fiance, Justin, last season, he agreed to accompany me to a game in Cleveland this year. Unfortunately, I'm starting to ...

Relay for Life meeting set?Wednesday

The next regularly meeting of the Relay for Life Team Captains / Committees will be Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Administration Office in Dillonvale. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.Please visit www.relayforlife.org/buckeye for more information about this annual Relay for Life event. Please note ...

Bridgeport native thriving as author

A BRIDGEPORT native is writing an impressive literary resume.Liz (Roth) Lipperman had another book published last month. "Liver Let Die" hit the streets Oct. 4 and is already climbing the charts. It is the first in her Clueless Cook Mystery Series. The book has been critically ...

The angel on my shoulder

I've never been much of a believer in ghosts. Nor do I put much stock in "summoning spirits" and talking with the dead. However, I suppose that when I really think about it, I do believe in spirits of a different kind. Call me naive, but I believe that when our loved ones die, they still ...

Speaking photography digital vs. darkrooms

Before there was color photography, there was black-and-white photography.Early color film, processing and printing was expensive, much more expensive than black-and-white. Worse still, the quality of the images was often poor, so, the majority of photographs that were reproduced in print were ...

Scooter’s special trait

IT'S A bird....a plane.....a werewolf! None of the above (or so I think)....it's my cat....Magic Scooter!Scooter has learned a special trait.....metamorphosis! I'm not really proud about his latest trait, but he is able to 'shape shift' to whatever form he needs to succeed and get the upper ...

New Ferry ministry to aid senior citizens

A NEW ministry targeting senior citizens has opened its doors in Martins Ferry.The Promised Land Compassionate Ministry Center is located at 709 Broadway St. and is open to all Ohio Valley seniors who are encountering tough times.Rev. Cheryl Lawson is the director of the ministry. She said it ...

Doing what we have always done

Bellaire native and distinguished Bellaire High School and Ohio State University alum, Dr. Walt Calinger, oversees a school district in the Pittsburgh area with more resident students than all Belmont County schools combined. He transports more than 8,000 students per day, including those who ...