Local Columns

How an obituary sparks thankfulness

It probably sounds odd, but reading an obituary this past week ignited a wave of thankfulness in me. Of course, I felt sad at first when I learned that the Rev. Jack Clouston had died. He had served as the pastor at Richmond United Methodist Church from 1989 to 1993, during a particularly ...

Spend your money here

Whether we are ready for it or not, we are already well into the Christmas shopping season. We had barely handed out the last piece of Halloween candy when the push began. Retailers have been hitting us with information about pre-Thanksgiving sales, Thanksgiving Day sales, Black Friday sales ...

Guest column/Indians, turkeys and other boyhood memories

I grew up about the happiest boy in the world, raised, as aunt Catherine Cheeks once put it, “in a shoe box” — she meant tucked away each night like a valued Christmas ornament by Dad, the bravest of men, having fought in World War II, and my mother, the most loving woman ever born. My ...

Bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness afflict all

As this Thanksgiving season is upon us, give thanks for what Jesus did for us on Calvary. He was the substitute for you and me and all our sins. In the book of Luke 23:34 Jesus spoke from the cross, saying, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Over the years ...

Everybody’s got to be good at something

It was column-writing time, and as routine would have it, I was thinking out loud about what topic to tackle. I generally do this with weekly frequency, at home in the presence of Better Half, my husband who so often is a great source of encouragement, a man who is a flowing fountain of ideas ...

Some election thoughts

Some thoughts on an interesting week: ¯ We learned again that no matter how hard we try, it’s difficult to be able to judge how elections will turn out. Consider the race for mayor in Steubenville. While longtime business owner and community supporter Jerry Barilla was considered by many ...

Guest column/Service reflects nation’s best

Generations of patriots have dedicated themselves to the defense of the United States. On this Veterans Day, we honor our brave men and women, past and present, who have proudly served this great nation. We should also take time to honor veterans’ families, because they too have served and ...

Ho, ho, ho and a merry, hairy Halloween

One column about needing a Santa Claus beard warrants a follow-up column about getting one. As I mentioned in last Sunday’s space here, I had a game plan to dress up as Santa Claus for our church’s annual trunk-or-treat on Halloween, because I’d come across a sweet Old St. Nick suit at ...

Get ready for Election Day

There are few things that we can know for sure, but if you live in the city of Steubenville, there is at least one thing that is guaranteed: Come Wednesday morning, residents will have elected a new mayor for the first time in 25 years. It will be the end of a campaign season that started in ...

Guest column/Chamber of commerce seeking change in 2018

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has always been a work-in-progress since its inception in 1908. Although many don’t quite understand what a chamber of commerce does, they benefit from its existence without ever realizing it. The mission of our chamber is to strengthen and grow the ...