Opinion

Address odor problem

Editorials

Complaints about foul odors emanating from the Apex Sanitary Landfill in Jefferson County are nothing new. Though the company has taken steps to address the issue, it is a continuing headache for the Jefferson County Board of Health. Resolving the problem may require intervention by the ...

Protect owners’ rights

Editorials

Officials in many cities are frustrated at owners of buildings who allow them to deteriorate instead of tearing them down and making the land available for development. When structures become safety and/or health hazards, local governments can order owners to do something about the ...

Politicians take notice

Editorials

The eyes of Ohio will be on Martins Ferry today as the four Democrats who hope to be our next governor gather here for a debate. Set to take the stage at Martins Ferry High School at 7 p.m. are the four current candidates who have declared their intent to run so far — former congresswoman ...

Lives in our own hands

Editorials

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on ... ourselves. Safety-related ...

Ohio’s political future is taking shape

Editorials

If you care about the future of the Buckeye State, pay close attention to what happens in Martins Ferry on Tuesday. That is when some of the people who hope to become Ohio’s 70th governor will hold the inaugural debate of the campaign. The Ohio Democratic Party is hosting the event, slated ...

Has President Trump lost faith in Congress?

Columns

By PATRICK BUCHANAN Creators Syndicate Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer, not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, “At least he gets things done!” And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his ...

Broadband access is key to future economy

Columns

To me, it’s fairly simple. Better internet access means more economic and educational opportunities, and a higher quality of life. There are currently several barriers to high-speed internet access in many parts of our Appalachian region. Many of you know this unfortunate fact all too well. ...

Bellaire tradition ends

Columns

Fifty-four years is a long time to do any one thing, so it is little wonder that Clara Rigas was ready to retire from the restaurant business last week after more than five decades of running a staple of downtown Bellaire. During that lengthy span, the owner and her late husband, Mike, ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Couple commended Dear Editor, Bob and Robin Harper of Beallsville, Ohio, are a very community-minded couple. Although they would never brag, or probably don’t even think twice, or realize it., Bob and Robin are a treasure to the town of Beallsville, the outside community, the friends who ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Make your choice Dear Editor, As Americans we have the freedoms most other countries don’t have, to express ourselves freely, but at what cost? Our words have enormous power! They can build us up or tear us down, be a blessing or a curse. Every day we listen to vicious, bitter, hateful ...

New experiences to enjoy and share

Columns

It is rather gratifying to grow enough food to have plenty to share. I’ve always grown flowers and ornamental plants. I think my grandmother’s petunias inspired me, and my mom relied on me to help care for — and occasionally save — all of her flowers and house plants. Prior to the ...

Parents and teachers beware The Blue Whale

Columns

As the summer season closes, school bells are starting to ring. I wish all area schoolchildren a safe, happy and memorable school year. I can’t believe all of my grandchildren will now be in school. Time certainly flies! If you follow my column, you know I recently spent some time in ...

Schools thank community

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: Wednesday, Aug. 23, was an exciting day for our Harrison Hills City School District community. Three events were held this day beginning with our open houses, followed by the Back to School Rally, and the day culminated with the ground breaking for Harrison Central’s PK-12 new ...

Family thanks valley

Letters to the Editor

Dear Ohio Valley Community, Words cannot even begin to express our family’s appreciation for your love, support and generosity. We lived through the most heart-breaking and difficult time of our lives following Dominic’s cancer diagnosis. We would not have come through this battle in one ...

A ‘purrfect’ cause

Editorials

Recent developments in Belmont County have brought bad news and good news for our feline friends. Due to budget concerns and space constraints, the Belmont County Animal Shelter has stopped accepting cats. Officials there are seeking homes for the cats already housed there, Dog Warden Lisa ...

Get connected for safety

Editorials

It seems we are all connected to one another all the time these days. People of all ages have cell phones in their pockets everywhere they go. Children carry them at school, their parents carry them at work, and their grandparents take them shopping or out for the daily walk they enjoy during ...

Enjoying a day of shopping at the mall

Columns

When was the last time you took a walk through the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville? I had the chance to do that on Friday. It was my husband’s birthday; Mike was in the market for some new shirts and ties for work, and I was happy to get those for him since I hadn’t taken time to ...

A final thank-you

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The last chapter is in the history books. “The Final Cruise” was held July 22, 2017, at the former Quality Motor Cars by Butch Miller. We awoke to a very dreary Saturday morning anticipating a low turnout. Registration was at an all-time low, but spirits would not be ...

Thanks for support

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Kudos to the St. Clairsville Public Library and its staff for opening up this year’s summer reading program, “Build A Better World,” in grand style. All of the library engineers and operators reported to the site to make sure that everyone was being taken care of and ...

Giving proper credit

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Recent articles regarding Great Western School and the renovations made possible by Ohio University and the Belmont Tourism Council were interesting to read. However, as a former student of that school, I noticed that they failed to mention Ann Rattine, who has been a driving ...