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THEY LIKE THOSE TABS —  With a purple tub of donated beverage can tabs totaling 57,727 are members of Girl Scouts Troop 51383 at Richmond United Methodist Church, including, from left, Madilin Householder, Leila  Cable and Kloe Riley. They are with their troop leaders Dawn Cable, back left, and Mindie Riley. The troop is continuing to collect tabs through May 9.
-- Janice Kiaski

Farewell to 57,727 aluminum can tabs

The purple tub has been a fixture in the house for at least 10 years, all the while welcoming — ping by ping, drink by drink — something little that over time can add up to something pretty big. It’s the container Better Half has dutifully monitored the past decade, patiently and ...

Looking forward to watching some new leaders

Leadership Weirton kicked off its program year this weekend, bringing together 12 individuals from our area’s business community. In its 25th year, the program, offered by the Weirton Chamber, is designed to expose participants to different parts of our local communities, and encourage them ...

Odds and ends and a special outfit

The Norma Freer Woman’s Missionary Society enjoyed a Christmas luncheon at the Farm Restaurant near Mount Pleasant, with Rhonda Hannan sharing a writing by Mother Teresa. Donna Cronn read a poem titled “Snow from God,” followed by the singing of “White Christmas” by Donna Cronin, ...

Preparing ourselves for a victory

1 Cor 9:24-27 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last ...

Providing entertainment through tragedy

It started with a box of drowned Q-tips. Actually, it started long before that, but it wasn’t until I saw the cotton swabs that it all came together into one horrible, I-must-scrub-the-walls picture. Why is this my life? It would be awesome if we could get through maybe an entire month ...

Happy Sunday and come back next week

Happy Sunday. And here you are, bless your hearts. Getting the paper. Thank you. Reading this column. Thank you again. And here I am, part of a page waiting to line a bird cage, to embrace your heaps of coffee grounds or await a trip to the recycle bin. Or if you’re old-school like my ...

The pendulum cannot continue to swing this hard

Battle lines are very obviously being drawn no matter which political arena you may be observing. Whether viewing all of the news, non-news or whatever leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday, or you’re focusing a little closer to home, it would seem there are those ...

Odds and ends in a nonsocial month

With January being one of least social months of the year, I had to search my picture files to find photos I had not presented in columns before. ----- The Cadiz Lions Club is getting quite skilled at flipping pancakes, with not one falling to the floor in the process. They hold pancake and ...

Being real while sharing the gospel with others

I was once asked, "How can I be more relaxed when I share the gospel with others?" Let's look into the basics of sharing the gospel effectively. We must be real with people whom we seek to reach. The first step is to pray and ask God to give you a burden for the lost. Thus, God's love will ...

The dangers of politically-minded children

I was never interested in politics when I was younger. I was busy calculating how many black pieces of clothing I could rock at once without turning into a literal black hole, perfecting heavy cat’s eye liner — never did nail that one down — and listening to music consisting mostly of ...