Local Columns

Examining Ohio’s 2018 concealed-carry report

Even though we are well into March, reports that cover 2018 continue to be issued by government agencies and other organizations. One of those that was issued was the annual concealed-carry report from Ohio Attorney General David Yost. It showed that during the past year, sheriff’s ...

Opioid problem: Trying to understand

When you drive past Family Recovery Center you may notice a large banner above the entrance: “Naloxone kits available here.” When you see that banner, do you think about the people who made the wrong choices and got caught up in addiction? Do you think about the people who work daily to ...

Need a closer look at nutrition and addiction

Sometimes when you deal with your health issues, do you ever wonder how the things that affect your health also affect people who are in recovery for addiction? For example, nutrition. Not eating right can affect your weight, your brain, and how the organs in your body work … or not work. For ...

Some advice on navigating Ohio’s ‘Sunshine Laws’

The Ohio News Media Association and our related Ohio Coalition for Open Government frequently receive calls from citizens who need help navigating Ohio’s “sunshine laws” – the laws that ensure government is open, transparent and accountable. Sunshine Week is a national effort to raise ...

‘This generation is the next test subject’

Today’s discussion is sharing valuable information for health and well-being, particularly among youth and young adults. It’s important to have as many facts as possible so you can make informed decisions. If you would teach your child not to touch a hot burner on your kitchen range, ...

Raising awareness of eating disorders

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is raising awareness about the problems of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia this week, Feb. 25 through March 3. The theme is “Come as you are.” The message of awareness is for everyone: “Come as you are, not as you think you ...

Parenting skills needs from the start

New babies are tiny, snuggable, huggable, sweet-smelling bundles that most everyone thinks are adorable. But they also make messy diapers, spit up all over you, cry a lot when they are uncomfortable or unhappy – and often when you want to get some sleep. They are in a constant state of change ...

Marijuana: Just how safe is it?

A writer receives interesting pieces of mail, sometimes on controversial issues like marijuana. You have the right to disagree with the information we are going to share today, but please read with an open mind, reality based. Before you roll your eyes, ask yourself who your sources are and if ...

Teens: Relationships aren’t supposed to hurt

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. You might not think that domestic violence is a part of teen dating, but it is. One in 10 high school students reported in a survey that they have experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the past year, according to the CDC ...

February: Show how much you love her

February is Women’s Heart Health Month. On the first Friday of February, everyone is encouraged to wear red, dress up buildings in red, go all out for red to bring attention to the health and well-being of the women who are important in our lives. Although the symbols of love on Valentine’s ...

God bless America and God bless the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Coal entering a new era in 2019

For those who follow energy policy in the United States, these are intriguing times. A number of significant changes are under way, with natural gas occupying a newfound prominence in electricity generation. Some older coal plants are being retired, too. And more utilities are exploring wind ...

Stalking Awareness Month: Should you be afraid?

Stalking happens. Stalking is linked with sexual assault and domestic violence. Stalking has been experienced by approximately one in six women and one in 13-17 men, depending on the source to which you refer. Stalking is behavior directed at someone that is intended to cause fear for ...

Recognizing those serving the district

January is School Board Recognition Month, and it is my honor to acknowledge the five sitting members of the Salem Board of Education, as well as all of the many citizens who have served on Salem’s board over the past 165 years. In a recent press release, the Ohio School Boards Association ...

Some birth defects can be prevented

One in 33 babies are born with a birth defect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. January is Birth Defect Prevention Month across the U.S. Though all birth defects cannot be prevented. With knowledge and prevention in mind, some can. Every preventative measure ...

More grandparents raising children

Have you given any thought to what kind of grandparent you would like to be one day? Or, if you are a grandparent, is it all you had hoped it would be? When you think of your grandparents, what do you like to recall? What things are important to you about your grandparent-grandchild ...

Center for Hope celebrates joy

It’s time to “ring in the new.” A new year, a new start, a clean slate. Family Recovery Center’s Oxford House has been given a new name: The Eloise V. Traina Center for Hope, named for Eloise V. Traina, former executive director for FRC. “A lot of people find hope here,” Mrs. ...

Manchin, Kasich could be options

Democrat Party leaders have a problem leading up to the 2020 presidential election. They’ve been so busy following their hearts — toward socialism, that is — that they aren’t using their heads. Running someone like Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders against Donald Trump — or, even ...

As we say goodbye to 2018, thank you

As we say goodbye to 2018, thank you Happy Holidays from Family Recovery Center. The season promotes good will to all, something everyone wishes would last for the whole year long. Some new faces have joined the FRC staff this year. Stephen Vega began the duties of executive director of the ...

SRMC doctor offers holiday eating tips

SALEM — The holiday season is often a time filled with family and friends, festivities and ... food. With savory meals and sweet treats tempting at nearly every turn, it can be hard to maintain healthy eating habits during the holidays. “On average, Americans gain approximately one to two ...