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GOP blocks Democrats’ minimum wage try in Senate

May 1, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic drive Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage, blocking a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s economic plans and ensuring the issue... more »»

Casting a yes vote for new polling site

April 27, 2014 IT IS good to see that the Martins Ferry School District has signed off in allowing Ayers Elementary School be used as a polling sit. more »»

Is time running out on Bellaire parking meters?

April 20, 2014 THE BIG ticket item for discussion in the village of Bellaire these days is parking meters. Should they remain or be removed? That issue dominated Thursday night’s village council meeting. more »»

It always pays to be well endowed

April 20, 2014 Alaska has a really big one. So does Harvard and many other public and private American colleges and universities. more »»

Drilling activity thriving in Carroll County

April 13, 2014 THE OHIO Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil & Gas Resources is a veritable gold mine of information concerning the oil and gas industry. more »»

Making effective use of a $3 million check

April 6, 2014 At this past Wednesday’s regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners received a Rice Energy check, for $3 million dollars, representing the county’s bonus/rent monies for a approximately 405... more »»

Martins Ferry committed to police force

April 6, 2014 MARTINS FERRY officials have once again reaffirmed their commitment to their police department. more »»

Job fair proves resounding success

March 30, 2014 GOOD JOBS are part of the American Dream. In recent times they have not always been the easiest thing to find in the Ohio Valley. But times are getting better. more »»

Learning should not be optional

March 23, 2014 In many of today’s schools, learning is allowed to be optional and variable while time and teaching methods are constant. Think about it. more »»

Bellaire Chamber undergoing chamber

March 23, 2014 THE BELLAIRE Chamber of Commerce bid adieu to its secretary - Pam Nyles -- at its monthly luncheon Thursday. Nyles has served in that post for more than three years. more »»

Fire deals Bellaire a tough blow

March 16, 2014 A PRODUCTIVE segment of Bellaire's economy went up in flames Thursday. Literally. Electronics Recycling Services was a feel-good story, until three days ago. more »»

DNA is tough to beat in court of law

March 9, 2014 DAN FRY hit a grand slam with his first major case as Belmont County prosecuting attorney. Fry led the state's case in the capital murder trial of Devin Wayne Fuller. more »»

New Bellaire Move Makes Sense

March 2, 2014 I LIKE a move the village of Bellaire made late last month. An administrative position was created. The new post makes sense and will save dollars. more »»

Time to put Winter Olympics on ice

February 23, 2014 THE WINTER Olympics are winding down. For me that is no big deal. I did tune in to watch some hockey and bobsledding this past week. Unfortunately, the U.S. more »»

The year-round choice for success

February 16, 2014 During a recent conversation with public policy makers about the advantages of year-round education (not necessarily year-round schools), my thinking went almost immediately to traditional Asian ric... more »»

School district now facing stark reality

February 16, 2014 THESE ARE tough times within the Switzerland of Ohio School District. Should an income tax measure the district is seeking fails in the November election, schools are being targeted for shutdow. more »»

Bellaire enters the oil & gas boom era

February 9, 2014 THE GAS and oil boom has finally found its way to the All-American Town. If any Eastern Ohio community needs to cash in on drilling money, it is Bellaire. more »»

Peyton stamps himself as best ever

February 2, 2014 MUCH OF the world will be focusing on the Big Apple today as the first outdoors cold weather Super Bowl plays out. Staging the NFL's biggest event in wintry weather is just dum. more »»

Making the choice to be outworked

January 26, 2014 After spending several days with a large group of business executives in the heart of Appalachia, I came away impressed. more »»

Take the handcuffs off the Bellaire police

January 26, 2014 THE WEEK that just played out in Bellaire reinforces the need to better compensate and beef up the village's police force. more »»



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