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Going with and without Lamont

October 13, 2013 My days seem to be filled with quick stops at home to fix something to eat, walk the dog and coax Lamont to come with me somewhere to do a story or go to a benefit I feel is important. more »»

Looking to change habits

October 12, 2013 Grandmama is on a new diet. Recent doctor visits have revealed her cholesterol is high and her sugar is, if not borderline-diabetic, borderline-borderline-diabetic. (Whatever that means. more »»

Guest column/Is the central government coming for you next?

October 12, 2013 To paraphrase the late German pastor Martin Niemoller, who will be left to speak up when the central government comes for you? Our own central government is inexorably coming for us, dividing us... more »»

Spielman a powerful speaker

October 6, 2013 Looking back at the last week or so: ¯ If you didn’t attend Monday’s annual dinner meeting of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, you missed an opportunity to hear a powerful speech delivered... more »»

Playing catch-up is a losing battle

October 6, 2013 The e-mail from a friend was apologetic in its tone, an electronic explanation that a response to an inquiry was late in coming because she’d recently returned from a trip and was trying to play... more »»

Guest column/We must do something to stop senseless carnage

October 6, 2013 Hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy, we are a nation of hypocrites. more »»

Church a part of Smithfield history

October 6, 2013 I am always amazed when I see a 150th church anniversary on our religion page, but was invited last Sunday to an anniversary that was even older — 177 years to be exac. more »»

Singing the bake sale blues

October 5, 2013 I’m a full-out disaster in the kitchen. more »»

Guest column/You can do good, feel healthy

October 5, 2013 How far would you go to be a good neighbor? A regular Joe was driving home to be with his family after a hard day. He came upon a beat-up, broken-down car along the side of the road. more »»

Grass seed and thrift shopping delights

September 29, 2013 We were standing in the checkout line, Better Half beside me holding this big bag of grass seed, when it struck me funny. more »»

Caring about our community

September 29, 2013 If you are looking for proof that a relatively small group of people can have a great impact on an area in a relatively brief amount of time, you need only consider what happened Thursday. more »»

Rain didn’t dampen festivities

September 29, 2013 Rain did not stop the festivities that went on as planned for the Smithfield Fire Department, with the autumn fest that was held Sept. 21. more »»

The world has gone really batty

September 28, 2013 As the sun has begun to go down earlier and the Little Professor’s Boy Scout Troop has started meeting later, I’ve noticed small, vaguely bat-like shapes lurking. more »»

Guest column/Our government is too large

September 25, 2013 As this fiscal year comes to a close on Monday, there is passionate debate in Congress, and throughout America, about how best to continue funding our government while dealing with Washington’s... more »»

Never mind the ladders and black cats

September 22, 2013 They say stay away from black cats and ladders on Friday the 13th. For me it was the office water cooler. more »»

Manager search continues

September 22, 2013 While many residents of Steubenville were disappointed to learn Wednesday that council’s choice for the next city manager, Gerald C. more »»

Smithfield pastoral anniversary

September 22, 2013 There is no song to sing for 20 years of faithful service at the same church, but Carol Ann Garcia and Judie Phillippi, deaconesses, did the next best thing. more »»

Battle of the band very intriguing

September 21, 2013 Apparently, woodwinds and brass don’t get along? I’m Not 100 percent sure on this — it’s news the Sassy Saint brought me from band cam. more »»

Content knowing useless information

September 15, 2013 “That’s some bad hat, Harry.” I recognized those words immediately. The comment rang familiar, very familiar. more »»

Our Community Stars shine

September 15, 2013 Every year for the past 15 years, the staff at the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times has put out a call to residents of the Tri-State Area, asking them to help us find 10 unsung heroes, those... more »»

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