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Long campaign comes to an end

THE GENERAL election stumping, save for one day, is over.While thousands of local voters have cast their ballots early, me being one, we urge those who haven't done so to get to the polls Tuesday. While no presidential contest is being decided, this election has taken on a passionate and ...

Military support group packing gifts

THE HARRISON County Military Support Group will be packing Christmas packages for troops overseas on Dec. 7. Mark your calendar so you can become a part of this event that lets our service men and women know that we support them!The packing will take place at 6 p.m. at the Cadiz Volunteer Fire ...

New fee to light up Bellaire in December

A SMALL price to pay for a better Bellaire has unfortunately been laid to rest.Two weeks ago, a village councilman proposed a $6 monthly fee be implemented to create funds to help operate the All-American Town. I was very supportive of that motion, as it would have generated possibly $140,000 a ...

Mine rescue team receives recognition

CONGRATULATIONS TO the Hopedale Mine Rescue Team which earned top honors at the Third Annual Mine Safety Competition held in late September at the newly named Jerry L. Stewart Mine Safety Training Center in Cadiz. The group garnered a first place finish in mine rescue and third place in the ...

Politicians need to state own beliefs

I'M NOT sure about the rest of you, but Election Day can't get here fast enough.My excitement, however, has nothing to do with the actual act of voting or the possibilities of many potential outcomes that voting can bring.I'm just tired of politics in general.Don't get me wrong. I fully intend ...

A whisper sends Festus on his way

JUST CALL me the Horse Whisperer. Well, maybe my talent isn't just with horses!I didn't know I had such a connection with equine until Monday evening when I was standing in my kitchen and looked out the window to see what I thought was a huge deer in my yard.OK...maybe I needed to have my ...

Safety fee could provide much help

I MAY be in the minority, but I would have no problem paying $6 a month to help Bellaire escape its financial plight.Village council's latest attempt to generate much-needed revenue for the All-American Town came in the form of a proposal to invoke a monthly safety fee.Bellaire is starved for ...

Washington elites squeezing us at home again

As American taxpayers, we usually have no direct voice when it comes to setting our own levels of taxation. Federal taxes are imposed by what has become an arrogant and uncaring United States Congress, and I mean both the House of Representatives and the Senate.When the 535 members of Congress ...

Car & Bike Cruise in 4 Freedom on tap today

THE HOPEDALE America Legion is holding a Car & Bike Cruise in 4 Freedom today at the Legion Hall.Registration is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The show is from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a 50/50 drawing and in addition, prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes. Music by DJ Tommy ...

Octoberfest ready to unfold in Bellaire

BELLAIRE WILL be rolling out the pumpkins Saturday.The third annual Octoberfest unfolds in the All-American Town that day. The Octoberfest Committee is a passionate bunch, planning the ever-growing event nearly year round. Committee members have done a superb job of cultivating the autumn ...

Ohio bow hunters launch deer-hunting season

IT'S OFFICIAL! Approximately 300,000 bow hunters, representing more than half of all Ohioans who hunt deer, were expected to participate in the statewide archery deer hunting season that opened Sept.25, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.During last ...

Oktoberfest on tap next weekend

THE CADIZ Oktoberfest 2010 is coming to Sally Buffalo Park on Oct. 2-3 with something for young and old alike.Sponsored by the Cadiz Business Association, the event will run Saturday until 8 p.m. and Sunday until 4 p.m. and offer a variety of food and craft vendors, games, entertainment and a ...

Super hero and the glass box

SUPERMAN HAS met his match and it doesn't have a thing to do with Kryptonite! Well, ok, maybe it wasn't really Superman. Maybe it was just ol' Super Raymond. This local "super hero" was nearly done in by the summer heat, a few pieces of glass and some rusty hinges.My friend Raymond recently was ...

Recalling a fateful day nine years later

IT IS hard to fathom that the 9-11 tragedy took place nine years ago yesterday.That fateful day is one that you always remember where you were at when the news broke.I can remember finishing up on deadline next to wire editor Stan Pawloski. As always, we had the Today Show on the tube.Once the ...

The Wal-Mart approach to school savings

Not long ago, we used the analogy of the "Lindberg method" to advocate greater efficiencies among Ohio's 612 traditional public schools, as well as the 320 or so charter public schools.Charles Lindberg had figured out how to reduce fuel consumption and increase aircraft efficiency during WWII ...

New Athens hosts?Steam?Threshers

TODAY MARKS the return of a Harrison County tradition...the 48th annual reunion of the Stumptown Steam Threshers.The event is held the second weekend of September just west of New Athens on Ohio 519 which is also known as Stumptown Road.The annual event, which was first started on the Raymond ...

A Green Day dawns in South Bellaire

You build it and they will come.And come they did.A seven-year construction project and a lifetime of dreams came to fruition Saturday in South Bellaire. A more impressive debut of St. John Central's new football complex could not have been scripted.Perfect weather, huge crowd, a strong alumni ...

Freeport celebrating Bicentennial

RESIDENTS OF Freeport will be celebrating the community's Bicentennial with a musical revue this weekend.The event will be presented on the stage of the former Lakeland High School on Sept. 3 and 4.The revue will begin at 8 p.m. nightly, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is ...

Future of Forest Hills again in limbo

WE HAVE been down this road before. It is not one we like to travel.The Forest Hills Community Association is on the brink of extinction. Such was the case at about the same time a year ago.The association's leadership plans to step down.The problem is the continuing lack of support from the ...

Oral rabies vaccinations available

THE OHIO departments of Health (ODH) and Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services program and local health departments (LHDs) began fall oral rabies vaccination (ORV) operations Tuesday in 14 ...