Local Columns

Tradition, guilt powerful motivators

Tradition and guilt. Guilt and tradition. Such powerful motivators. We do a lot of things based on those two nouns, I was reminded during a recent phone conversation with my sister Cathy, who lives in the Columbus area. She called me the other evening, and when I saw her name on the ...

It takes a community to find a new path

The City of Weirton is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Development Plan. This is a document, required by state law, which directs zoning in the city and provides a guideline for future growth. The current CDP was crafted around 2000, and then used to establish the city’s ...

Reasons to be a Farm Bureau member

Jefferson County Farm Bureau members were reacquainted with reasons to become a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau at the dinner meeting held at Murray’s Restaurant in Wintersville. John Grafton, membership committee member, was in charge in the absence of Duayne Wetherell being late due to his ...

Sin — turning away from God

Then one of the Twelve — the one called Judas Iscariot — went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. (Matthew ...

Turning holidays into a competition

I won at Valentine’s Day. Every holiday, the Long Suffering Husband and I make a pact not to go overboard. We’re old, we’ve been together for 20 years and I don’t need anything else cluttering up the house, especially if it is something that needs dusting. I hate to dust. Giving me ...

Life as a couple of old married people

I think it’s official as we feed into the week that brings us Valentine’s Day and all things lovey-dovey-gooey. Better Half and I are an old married couple. There’s plenty of evidence to convict us among a jury of our been-together-a-long-time peers. Weary of being cute for ...

We are all walking a fine line these days

The nation is angry. I’m not entirely sure when it happened. I don’t know what caused it. Perhaps it always has been that way and we’re only now taking notice. More and more, I see or read of the anger of people over the various issues going on in the U.S. It is no longer limited to ...

A February tradition for foundation

I remember walking up to the Smithfield Theater with a friend on a Saturday night to see the movie “Gone with the Wind” when I was about 9. Since the movie was so long, my mother got worried and drove up to the movie house to check on me. I remember watching the scene where Rhett is ...

God is on the move. Are you?

Some of us older Christians can remember in the late 60s and early 70s a wonderful move of the Holy Spirit in the Ohio Valley. From the Billy Graham Crusade to the Campus Crusade for Christ's, I Found It campaign, and from the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship to the Women's Aglow ...

Trying to keep up with the times

When you get to a certain age, you talk less about the adorable things your children do — except for me, I’ll never stop, and you can try prying that from my cold, dead hands — and more about the utterly baffling things your parents do. It’s like aliens come down and replace your ...