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Happy New Year to all of you

December 28, 2015 Another year already! I’ve been writing the New Year greeting for Family Recovery Center for at least 20 years. more »»

GUEST COLUMN: Overcoming the blight of vacant properties

December 26, 2015 In many impoverished neighborhoods, vacant homes can play a detrimental role in preventing the community from overcoming the cycle of poverty. more »»

Some words from the FRC director

December 21, 2015 Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you. It is that time of year when I take the helm of this column to personally wish each and every one of you a very special holiday seaso. more »»

Happiness: Found inside

December 14, 2015 By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist There was an older woman who decided she had tolerated enough abuse from her husband of nearly 50 years. more »»

Start Talking! initiative takes off in Ohio

December 14, 2015 By Patricia Ross Administrative Assistant, Columbiana County MHRS Board LISBON — Under the leadership of Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. more »»

GUEST COLUMN: A challenge for Americans to volunteer

December 13, 2015 As Christmas approaches, I've been reflecting on all of the blessings I've received. more »»

Substance abuse: The damage done

December 7, 2015 Neil Young sang about the “Needle and the Damage Done” more than 40 years ago. You can listen to it online at YouTube, and when you do, concentrate on the words he sings and what they describe. more »»

Think smart, act wisely

November 30, 2015 Marijuana is in the news again … or maybe still. And it’s certain that it will remain a controversial topic of discussion for a very long time to come. There are some things to think about, however. more »»

My first Thanksgiving as your state representative

November 25, 2015 The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping and we are at a time of year when we are greeted with an assortment of pumpkin flavored treats and spices that assure us Thanksgiving is just... more »»

Scratching the surface of teen gambling problem

November 23, 2015 Many people have their holiday shopping well under way. Sometimes there is that person that you just aren’t quite sure what to get for them. more »»

Homelessness: Risks go higher

November 16, 2015 Where did you go “home” to last night? Where did your children sleep last night? Did they have a good supper of healthy nutrition? A homeless person is someone who lacks a fixed, regular and... more »»

What about this sandwich?

November 9, 2015 The sandwich generation. You may be a part of it and not even realize it. Or maybe you’ve been there, done that (BTDT) and hope never to be there again. more »»

Legalizing marijuana: Educate yourself

November 2, 2015 It’s natural, harmless, won’t hurt you and it has medicinal value. It’s not a gateway drug, proponents of the legalization of marijuana want you to believe. more »»

Both Democrat and Republican Chairs: Yes to Salem streets measure

October 31, 2015 How rare is it that voters are given the opportunity to actually vote on the rate at which they will be taxed? How rare is it that they get the chance to limit the time period of any given tax rate... more »»

Visit to Colorado reaffirms ‘don’t legalize marijuana’

October 26, 2015 As a former county prosecutor, I feel that the best way to get the truth about something is to get out and observe it firsthand. more »»

Ohio addresses human trafficking

October 26, 2015 Ohio is ranked fourth in the nation for strengthening its human trafficking laws. more »»

Test scores lagging despite technology

October 22, 2015 For decades, there has been a vision of an education system transformed by technology. more »»

Senior Services: Everyone needs a little help sometimes

October 19, 2015 What if it was within your power to provide better services to the elderly in Columbiana County who are at risk of harm? What if your help made it easier for the elderly to remain safe in their home... more »»

Teens perceive prescription drugs as not being risky

October 12, 2015 Do you know why teens abuse prescription drugs? You might be one of the many who believe they are interested in experimenting with drugs, partying and getting high. more »»

Attraction: Love or something else?

October 5, 2015 Think back to when you met the person of your dreams. more »»



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