A sense of community makes a difference

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Dear West Branch and Crestview Communities: We are extremely grateful for all your support over the last few months. Our daughter Maria got extremely sick in February. We did not know if she would live. Then we worried if she would regain use of her limbs. However with the ...

Need to be working together for the people

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to ask why it is when someone writes a letter to the editor or writes a political article, they blame the Republicans or the Democrats? The whole purpose of a two-party system as created by our forefathers is (one was) one side presents its ideas and the other side ...

Newspapers vital to our communities


Newspapers and reporters have had a rough few years, as they’ve been lumped in with those in newsertainment who led too many to become distrustful of real journalists. For the men and women working in our state’s weekly and daily newspaper newsrooms, the objective is to avoid that twisting, ...

Republican candidates boast financial leads

Local Columns

Money isn’t the only thing that matters in political races, but just ask those running for elected office and — if they’re being truthful — they will tell you it’s much better to have more than their opponents. There are five state legislative races between Mahoning and Trumbull ...

Introduced measure aimed at puppy mill operations


When Ohio’s General Assembly heads back into session, it will have a host of important matters to resolve. But among those that must not be forgotten is a measure introduced by state Reps. Laura Lanese, R-Grove City, and James Hoops, R-Napoleon, to ban puppy mills and other commercial dog ...

Numbers showing Ohio is a deadlier place to live


Ohio is becoming a deadlier place to live, according to data from the state health department and analyzed in a report by the Ohio Capital Journal. Last year saw the highest number of fatal overdoses, gun deaths, homicides and motor vehicle fatalities in the past 15 years. It was also the ...