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Bipartisan consensus: Repeal no child left behind

One of the best ways to get rid of an unpopular or unjust law is to enforce it assiduously and vigorously. No Child Left Behind, the well-intended but poorly executed attempt to raise the educational achievement for America's school children, has become almost universally unpopular with both ...

Stumptown?Steam Threshers nearing

THE 43rd ANNUAL Stumptown Steam Threshers will get under way Sept.10 and 11, featuring the usual array of activities including demonstrations of farming activities from days gone by.Held on the Stumptown Steam Threshers grounds just outside of New Athens on Ohio 519, the event is always a ...

Election filings generate interest

WEDNESDAY marked the filing deadline for the November general election. Belmont County Board of Election officials were inundated with a slew of filings.I see that as a positive. More people running for office means more people care.Several races and issues caught my attention.The mayoral race ...

A multi-cup girl in a single-cup world

A FEW weeks ago, the carafe to my coffee pot broke. Most of you are probably thinking, "Big deal. Buy a replacement." Why yes, a replacement carafe - a simple solution to a simple problem.Except not quite.You see, the fractured carafe kicked off a lengthy discussion between me and my fiance, ...

Entertainment abounds this weekend

IF YOU are looking for something to do this weekend, Harrison County has a lot to offer.Beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 4 p.m., the members of the Bethel Methodist Church located on S.R. 151 between Jewett and Hopedale will be hosting its annual Fun Fest.The event will feature gospel ...

WANTED: A cat whisperer!

Just when I thought that I've seen (and heard) it all, Scooter decides to surprise me with something completely different. This happened recently when he joined me with one of his toys.Scooter only had one toy that he enjoyed playing with, a stuffed velcro monkey, so it amazed me when he ...

Germ warfare: My battle plans

Two Christmases ago, my sister Rhonda gave me a hanging ornament with a drawing on it of cute-looking, smiling germs. "Be nice to bacteria," it read. "We outnumber you 100 trillion to 1."Last year on my birthday, a friend bought me a T-shirt that read "Germicidal maniac," complete with an ...

Buckeye Local?Alumni Band taking shape

The Buckeye Local Band is hosting an Alumni Band!!!Any former band member who graduated from Buckeye Local, Buckeye South, Buckeye North, Buckeye West and Buckeye SouthWest is welcome to join the alumni band. The band will perform at the Aug. 27 football game. If interested contact Mrs. Emery ...

Valley native to circumnavigate Lake Erie

A Bridgeport native is poised to embark on a most ambitious mission.Bryan Fialkowski is planning a more than 700-mile bicycle trek. The former Linsly School football and baseball star now resides in Cleveland.Bryan will begin his massive undertaking on Aug. 13 rain or shine. He will leave his ...

Peach festival unfolds at?Tappan Lake

THINGS WILL be just "peachy" when the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church on Tappan Lake holds its annual peach festival.The event will begin at 4 p.m. on Aug. 5 and runs until 7 p.m. that evening.Folks will be able to enjoy this delightful fruit fresh and also in ice cream. Other foods ...

Weather may be factor in all-star clash

TONIGHT PROVIDES the Ohio Valley the social event of the summer season as the Rudy Mumley OVAC Charity Football Classic unfolds at Wheeling Island Stadium.It is often taken for granted that Ohio rates the favorite tag and will subsequently prevail. Such may be the case again this year.West ...

‘Youthenasia’ for No Child Left Behind

Two years ago, I was honored to appear as a presenter and panelist at a national forum for school improvement and student achievement at The Ohio State University, along with colleagues Dr. Walter Calinger and distinguished educator, Dr. Richard Wallace. I always referred to the latter as the ...

Driver’s license first, CPR training later

THERE IS legislation currently in the Ohio House that ties getting a driver's license with learning CPR.Buckeye State lawmakers should put the brakes on such plans immediately.I am a big booster for CPR certification for as many people as possible. I am CPR certified.However, there is a time ...

A Path I Didn’t Expect

Five years ago, I said goodbye to The Times Leader. Although I really loved my job at the TL, I'd recently been offered my first job as a graphic designer, and I had big plans to get started on my next exciting challenge.What I didn't plan on was, the day before I started my new job, finding a ...

A Path I Didn’t Expect

Five years ago, I said goodbye to The Times Leader. Although I really loved my job at the TL, I'd recently been offered my first job as a graphic designer, and I had big plans to get started on my next exciting challenge.What I didn't plan on was, the day before I started my new job, finding a ...

Local school district focus of confab

A SPECIAL joint effort between Harrison Hills City and Buckeye Local school districts will be the focus of a statewide educator's conference this fall, according to district leaders.Harrison Hills School Superintendent Dr. George Ash, Buckeye Local School Superintendent Mark Miller and director ...

Working hard in Belmont County

Dear Belmont County,It has been a long and interesting month in Belmont County. As usual we are busy working hard, but this past month has certainly brought some new and challenging issues to the forefront. As always, I find myself amazed at the quality of people who live and work in this ...

Bickmeier on the fast track to the top

A BELLAIRE native is on the fast track to success.Dennis Bickmeier, a St. John Central graduate, has been named the new president of Richmond International Raceway.The track is owned by International Speedway Corp. which also owns several other NASCAR tracks. Bickmeier, 44, launched his career ...

McFarland: A perfect purple police fit

PHIL WALLACE has done many good things during his mayoral tenure in Martins Ferry.He will be leaving office in the coming months, but his most recent move will pay positive dividends in the Purple City for many years to come. Wallace put an end to years of controversy within the city's police ...

Hopedale Sportsman’s Club barbecue on tap

THE HOPEDALE Sportsman's Club will hold its annual barbecue on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lou's Fish in Hopedale.Available as carry out or eat in, the dinner will feature half chicken for $8 or half a rack of ribs for $10 and includes cole slaw, scalloped potatoes, green beans.Call ...