Local Columns

Networking benefits Columbiana County

How do you leave the job at the office at the end of the day if your name is Eileen Dray-Bardon and you are the director of Columbiana County Jobs and Family Services? “You don’t.” Bardon retired May 3 after 40 years of service to the people of Columbiana County, about 20 of those years ...

Tax reform is working but we must do more to strengthen economy

We have a strong economy today, thanks in part to the pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief Congress has put in place. Companies like Kroger in Cincinnati, Tremco in Cleveland, ProMedica in Toledo, and Wolf Metals in Columbus are creating jobs, raising wages and reinvesting ...

Older Americans Month: What is elder abuse?

Every year FRC provides information relating to Older Americans Month which is observed during the month of May. As I read reliable resources regarding elder abuse, I learned that there are diverse definitions for the term “elder abuse.” There is no definitive definition. Laws vary from ...

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to share information about alcohol misuse. This year’s theme is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.” Alcohol use disorder is “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse ...

Thoughts on schools like West Branch and taxation

I am thankful to have this opportunity to add a few thoughts to the recent information provided regarding the upcoming ballot initiative impacting West Branch schools. Before those of you who have no dog in this fight move on to another story, my comments relate to everyone who will need to ...

Why I voted in favor of the State Transportation Budget

Many constituents have reached out to my office in recent weeks to better understand why I voted in favor of the State Transportation Budget that included a 10.5 cent increase of Ohio’s motor fuel tax. Let me explain some of the reasons why I voted as I did: I Am Still Working — In my ...

Why I voted in favor of the State Transportation Budget

Many constituents have reached out to my office in recent weeks to better understand why I voted in favor of the State Transportation Budget that included a 10.5 cent increase of Ohio’s motor fuel tax. Let me explain some of the reasons why I voted as I did: I Am Still Working — In my work ...

Affordable, reliable broadband critical to economy, job growth

Over the last two years, Congress has put in place pro-growth policies that are growing our economy, creating jobs and raising wages for families across Ohio. Ohio’s unemployment numbers are low and wages are up overall. Yet, I’ve also seen firsthand that parts of Ohio haven’t ...

Affordable, reliable broadband critical to economy, job growth

Over the last two years, Congress has put in place pro-growth policies that are growing our economy, creating jobs and raising wages for families across Ohio. Ohio’s unemployment numbers are low and wages are up overall. Yet, I’ve also seen firsthand that parts of Ohio haven’t ...

Parents, teach your children

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist Someone said, “A child’s job is to be loved.” As we near the end of Child Abuse Awareness Month, it seems like a good time to talk about ACEs, otherwise known as Adverse Childhood Experiences. “We at Family Recovery ...

Developmental assets: Youth as resources

There are 40 developmental assets designated for youth, “building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.” Periodically, 7th, 9th and 10th graders across the nation are surveyed by Search Institute to see where they stand with these 40 ...

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

“Sexual assault and domestic violence co-occur in many relationships,” says Nickie Ostick, outreach coordinator for the Christina House domestic violence program. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and abuse is an ongoing problem. “As a domestic violence services provider, the ...

The JOBS Act will connect Ohioans to good-paying jobs

With the help of new pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief, the economy is growing and many businesses across the state are expanding their operations and putting “workers wanted” signs in their windows. We are experiencing both job gains and the strongest wage growth ...

Hepatitis A: National outbreak affects Columbiana County

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised of a hepatitis A outbreak that affects people who use drugs and people who are experiencing homelessness across the country. “In this outbreak,” said the CDC, ...

‘Us’ is comfortably uncomfortable

“Us” is writer-director Jordan Peele’s sophomore outing. And it’s a doozy. This follow-up to his Oscar-nominated “Get Out” is a rabid, manic film filled with murderous doppelgangers and potent themes. It’s a haunting medley of horror and levity that shapes an unforgettable ...

Address infrastructure reform from top to bottom

Almost no single issue better personifies Washington gridlock than the sorry state of America’s failing infrastructure. Our roads, bridges, ports, airports, water treatment plants, waste disposal systems and electricity grids are individually and collectively crumbling. There’s unanimous ...

Controlling HIV can extend life expectancy

Many of our older population can recall the fear and panic of the awareness of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency virus (AIDS) in the early 1980s. HIV-AIDS terrified people because there was no cure, and the most a person with HIV could expect was about three years ...

Let Trump’s love of Fox News work for us

If you’ve wondered how to get the president’s attention on issues near and dear to you, just ask United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green or former Ohio Sen. Capri Cafaro. They seem to have figured it out. Here’s a hint: Fox News. You know by now that President Donald Trump ...

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 ...