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Buckeye school days drawing closer

July 27, 2012 Although the very warm temperatures are no indication, summer is on the downswing. more »»

Penn State in line for NCAA death penalty

July 15, 2012 PENN STATE is anything but Happy Valley these days. The Nittany Lions will be picking up the pieces from the Louis Freeh report for years, if not decades. more »»

YTR & More, one year and counting

July 14, 2012 On July 2, it was one year that I began to write the YTR & More column. I would like to thank those who support me in any way. more »»

The cat's meow

July 8, 2012 Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to put your foot down, you just can’t resist a cute little face. For quite a while, I’ve remained very stubborn about adding a new pet to my home. more »»

Where is Bill Clinton when you need him?

July 8, 2012 FRIDAY'S US jobs report did little to boost President Obama's re-election efforts. More than likely, it dealt another damaging blow, a setback his campaign definitely didn't need. more »»

It counts to count all the kids

July 1, 2012 According to a recent report released by the United States Census Bureau, about 5% of the 55 million or so school age children in our country have a disability. more »»

Union Local BOE strikes (out) again

July 1, 2012 NO BOARD of education in the Ohio Valley is more dysfunctional in dealing with coaching personnel than Union Local. more »»

Reaffirming the kindness of strangers

June 30, 2012 My mother-in-law, Louise, recently lost money while shopping at Kroger’s in Martins Ferry. more »»

A little assistance doesn't hurt

June 24, 2012 I’ll never forget the day a good friend of mine found out I was taking antidepressants. “What is a happy, bubbly person like you doing taking antidepressants?” he asked, sounding astounded. more »»

Dropping gas prices fueling activity

June 24, 2012 GAS PRICES make the world go round. While that may be a stretch, dropping prices have pumped life into Ohio Valley motorists. more »»

Local skater gains national honors

June 17, 2012 National titles don't come down the Ohio Valley pike very often. A talented Yorkville teen is the exception. Giovanna Marie Loccisano is now a two-time national figure skating gold medalist. more »»

Quiet times good for relaxation, family

June 16, 2012 Things are peaceful in YTR. Not many organized events or fundraisers are occurring now. Residents just seem to be enjoying the low-keyed days of summe. more »»

Walking is a sport

June 10, 2012 I’m not sure how I managed it, but somehow, I talked my husband, Justin, into walking the Ogden Classic 5K with me on Memorial Day weekend. more »»

All-American Days: Soggy, successful

June 10, 2012 NOT EVEN rain can dampen a good thing. Case in point: The Bellaire All-American Days Festival. The festival was staged May 31, June 1-2. more »»

A strong start for all students

June 3, 2012 At or near the start of every school year, I get calls and notes for parents demanding a waiver in order to get their children into kindergarten early, even though the children are too young to meet... more »»

Bellaire High grad reaps N.H. awards

June 3, 2012 FROM STANDOUT athlete to award-winning coach. Such is the saga of Emily (Fetters) Blahnik. She was graduated from Bellaire High School in 199. more »»

YTR taking on appearance of summer

June 2, 2012 The approach of summer is evident in YTR. Neighbors are planting flowers and vegetable garden. more »»

The head drummer

May 20, 2012 My great uncle, Uncle John Major, was one of the greatest storytellers I’ve ever know. more »»

Commencement: An exciting beginning

May 19, 2012 Throughout the valley, graduation ceremonies are scheduled, seniors are anxious to begin a new phase in their lives, and parents sense the bittersweet tug of the “empty nest” and never wanting to le... more »»



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