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Editorials

Human Cloning

Medical research continues to break new ground and make advances in the name of science and for the future benefit of those in ill health. However, some scientific endeavors - regardless of how good the intentions may be - push to explore areas that should remain unexplored.Lawmakers in Ohio ...

Special Gesture

CHAMPIONS NEVER forget their roots.The Ohio Valley has been home to many individuals who have went on to achieve athletic greatness. Bridgeport High School takes a backseat to no one as the Bulldogs can claim a handful of alumni as hall of famers at various levels.One of the foremost is Bobby ...

Unsung Hero

CHANNELING grief into positive action can't be easy.But, it was done by an Ohio woman whose son was murdered while attending Franciscan University, Steubenville, in 1999.That same year, Rachel Muha began a foundation to help inner-city children growing up in surroundings much like those in ...

New Opportunity

A FORMER Bellaire school building is getting a new lease on life. It is one that will prove beneficial to the village coffers as well as to the vibrancy of the southern portion of town.First Ward School enjoyed a long and successful run in the Bellaire School District. But when the district ...

Joseph Holubeck

JOSEPH Holubeck, who died Monday at the age of 90, lived a long life but more important than his longevity was the fact that he touched the lives of many people in a positive way.He worked in several occupations during his lifetime, but it's evident that his efforts in establishing St. Clair ...

Green Dreams

Last week, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the addition of four Biomass Crop Assistance Program projects across the nation, including a major project in Ohio.These projects promote the cultivation of crops that can be processed into renewable energy. Instead of corn, these ...

River Sweep

AN ARMY of volunteers from the area will join forces this Saturday to help clean up the Ohio Valley's most notable natural feature - the Ohio River.This annual event brings together literally tens of thousands of volunteers from the six states that border the river and scores of corporate ...

Ormet Accord

KEEPING A good thing going. That is what Ormet Corp. employees did last week by overwhelmingly ratifying a new five-year labor agreement.United Steelworkers Local 5724 members passed the new deal 517-184, just days prior to the expiration of the then-current pact. A week earlier, employees ...

Political Distraction

The national media loves a feeding frenzy. The more they chase a big story, the bigger the story becomes, and it snowballs from there. It's a phenomenon that once interest really gets going, the spectacle is fueled by itself until it runs out of gas or until another train wreck draws the ...

Pay to Stay

Last week the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio spoke out against pay-to-stay jail policies which require incarcerated individuals to pay a fee based on the number of days they are locked up.The ACLU announced that it had sent a records request to Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black for ...

Out of Luck

THE DUST has settled in Morgantown. New Martinsville native Bill Stewart finds himself buried under that dirt, now out of a job he cherished.Stewart has done an admirable job as Rich Rodriguez's replacement in the role of head football coach at West Virginia University. He didn't do well ...

Soap Box Derby

LAST WEEK, the Hilltop. This week, the Purple City.The second local installment of Soap Box Derby competition this spring is scheduled to unfold Sunday in Martins Ferry.Just six short days ago, St. Clairsville staged its second annual Soap Box Derby. The St. C. event, which weathered nasty ...

St. C. Power

IT'S WORTH considering. That is how we feel about the possibility of St. Clairsville entering into an agreement with a soon-to-be completed power plant in Fremont.The natural gas facility offers a chance for operating savings and enhanced efficiency. So we believe it is in St. Clairsville's ...

Late Planting

It's hot now. In fact all weather forecasters predicted record temperatures today, as the recent spring heat wave continues.Before temperatures rocketed into the 90s on Memorial Day weekend, the trend was much different. The Ohio Valley and much of the Midwest was soaked with a barrage of ...

Severing Ties

When the National Governors' Association assembles next month in Salt Lake City, Utah, the state of Ohio will not be represented.Late last week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced that he would be dropping out of the bipartisan association, citing financial issues. While the Kasich administration ...

Enhanced Safety

9-1-1 IS a priceless safety network. Its efficiency and accuracy result in precious speedy response time. 9-1-1 has obviously saved countless lives nationwide since its inception.Now a similar system in reverse is also paying life-saving dividends. Its roots are traced right in Belmont ...

Senior Services

BELMONT COUNTY commissioners are committed to good financial practices.Belmont County senior citizens are deserving of quality services.We hope those two mesh following the commissioners' recent decision to have Belmont County Senior Services fall in with the Job and Family Services umbrella.As ...

Avoid A Strike

THESE ARE very prosperous times at Ormet Corp.'s Hannibal plant. They are also very perilous times.The aluminum producer has enjoyed an amazing economic renaissance the last few years. It wasn't very long ago the Monroe County facility was thought to be en route to extinction.That was then, ...

Relay for Life

WALKING HAS never been more in vogue. Its health values are immeasurable.Walking takes on added significance this weekend at two local venues.Both Bellaire and Connorville (Buckeye Local High School) will play host to Relays for Life. A week later, the Harrison County Relay for Life is ...

Vestless Buckeyes

HOW THE mighty has fallen.A year ago at this time, Jim Tressel was the king of the Buckeye Nation. His Buckeyes were experiencing the best of times on the gridiron.Tressel was riding the wave of a most successful nine-year run as OSU's head football coach, losing just 21 games in that span, ...