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Use caution and be vigilant

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist If you see a suspicious bottle, often a two-liter bottle that contains a suspicious substance say, white sludge with black spots, in the gutter or at the edge of your property along a street or road, call the Sheriff’s Office. ...

Sometimes ‘intellectuals’ are anything but that

The problem with people who say things that make us scratch our heads — we call them “intellectuals” — is that too often, we accept their ideas simply because they are credentialed members of the deep-thinker community. It helps if they hold doctorates and have been published. They ...

Bullies aren’t born, they are made

School is about to begin. Summer surely has flown, hasn’t it? And with classes about to resume, there are a lot of things to do in preparation. Shopping for clothes, shoes, pencils, pens, notebooks, book covers and a lot of other things is high on the list of priorities. Preparing children to ...

Mosquito bites pose risk of West Nile infection

Walking along the midway of the 174th Columbiana County Fair, you may have noticed a new tent. The Columbiana County Health District is there to help you learn more about the services of the health district, a resource for the health and well being of all residents it serves. There is still ...

Combating mental illness and substance abuse

The more you learn about substance misuse, the better your understanding of why people begin to misuse substances in the first place. Sometimes substance abuse brings to light mental illness a person may not have realized he or she had. Having two mental illnesses, known as co-morbidity, ...

Second hand alcohol studied

Secondhand alcohol? How can that be? Secondhand effects of alcohol are the negative experiences directly resulting from someone else’s drinking, things like being insulted or humiliated by the drinker, a serious argument or quarrel, being pushed, hit or otherwise assaulted, sexual assault ...

Fifty years later, walk on the moon still inspirational

50 years ago, one of Ohio's greatest sons, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to walk on the Moon. On July 20, 1969, the world watched in awe as grainy footage beamed in from the lunar surface 289,000 miles away to millions of TV screens around the globe. As a 13-year-old, I will never ...

Availability: Drug abuse thriving in Appalachia

“Heroin and opioids contributed to ‘significant increase’ of workplace overdose deaths: NIOSH.” “Working Toward Recovery: Ohio Town Fights Addiction With Focus on Economy” “The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.” “Drug Abuse ...

Witness to domestic violence

Domestic violence usually happens where there are no witnesses. But occasionally you might see something as it unfolds, like Tess did. She tried to write it off as a hot, humid summer day that brought out heat-related short tempers. But that didn’t feel right to her. Tess parked her car at ...

GUEST COLUMN: Bring people together this Independence Day

As any grocer knows particularly well, the days leading up to the Fourth of July are filled with excitement and anticipation of the festivities to come. In our store, we see it as an opportunity to help make sure the people in our community have everything they need to partake in the family ...

Fighting resurgence of meth and cocaine

Here in Ohio, we are finally making progress on stemming the tide of opioid abuse that’s been hitting our communities hard. In fact, from June of 2017 to June of 2018, we saw 21 percent drop in overdose deaths, the highest percentage decrease in the nation for the most recent time period for ...

Fighting resurgence of meth and cocaine

Here in Ohio, we are finally making progress on stemming the tide of opioid abuse that’s been hitting our communities hard. In fact, from June of 2017 to June of 2018, we saw 21 percent drop in overdose deaths, the highest percentage decrease in the nation for the most recent time period for ...

Extreme heat: Slow down and drink more water

The heat is on. The thermometer is climbing around us, reaching close to the 90s again, and the humidity can make it even more uncomfortable. Even if you are an avid Pokemon Go fan, you still need to be aware of the risks of heat-related illness. Extreme heat is defined by www.ready.gov as ...

Preventing attacks on religion in U.S.

By MIKE MEYER Executive Editor, The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register We in modern America must be doing pretty well for ourselves. Otherwise, why would some of us be preoccupied with imagining threats that don’t really exist to our freedom, health and wellbeing? U.S. Supreme ...

I am proud to have supported HB 6

Recently in the Ohio House of Representatives I voted to pass Ohio House Bill 6. This legislation passed with 10 Democratic votes in a rare but important demonstration of bipartisan cooperation. While it seems the two parties in Washington can find little to nothing to work together on, here in ...

An update on Alzheimer’s

After the recent article about Alzheimer’s, when I shared some of my family’s experience with Alzheimer’s, I received an invitation from the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, to attend an event in Ravenna with the opportunity to sit down, one-on-one, to talk with ...

Info meeting on health care and aging planned

My position as a state representative allows me to meet with advocacy groups that represent a variety of organizations ranging from local funding and farming to education and health care. Many times, these meetings provide me with information on resources available at the local level for the ...

Measles: A highly contagious, serious disease

By Cathy Thomas Brownfield Health District publicist Many people think measles is a harmless rash. If you grew up during the era when vaccine was in development, when everyone got measles, you may remember having to stay in your room, the windows darkened to protect your eyes. You and your ...

Sales tax cut are coming for glasses, contact lenses

Next month the State of Ohio will eliminate the sales tax on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. This change is a result of legislation that I supported and helped pass in 2017. It’s estimated that it will save Ohio taxpayers nearly $30 million annually. Elimination of the sales tax ...

Talk to your kids

It’s summer vacation for many students. Schools and libraries around the county invite students to “join us for lunch” or for a snack. But there are periods of time when your children are on their own, running with their friends with less supervision. In spite of the strong influence of ...