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Local Columns

ARC and West Virginia: Partners in a state of improvement

For every home improvement project, big or small, you need the right tools to get the job done. That’s one way to think about the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Since 1965, ARC has been committed to investing in Appalachia by providing essential resources to build our communities, ...

Small Business Administration’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

According to SBA Office of Advocacy’s 2020 Ohio Small Business Profile, for the most recent year of small business reporting, there were 965,576 small businesses in our state, making up 99.6% of all Ohio businesses. The 2.2 million employees of these companies comprised 45.3% of all Ohio ...

Take a deep breath and release

Everyone has dealt with stress over the long term, nearly two years! Now, as parents and their children prepare for the return to the classroom there likely isn’t anyone who is not concerned about the safety and well being of their children. Nobody is sure about anything, or who to believe. ...

Investments in Appalachia help make Pa. a better place to live, work and play

With 52 of our 67 counties calling Appalachia home, Pennsylvania is no stranger to the rich geography of the region filled with stunning mountain views, rivers and streams, and wildlife. It’s home to tremendous cultural and historical resources and 5.6 million Pennsylvanians who live, work, ...

Enlightenment moves forward

There was a time when we did not know the effects of certain substances on the human body. For instance, Coca Cola. When it was launched in 1885 the two main ingredients were cocaine (taken from the coca leaf) and caffeine (from the kola nut), explains NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse at ...

Federal-state-local partnership helps tap into Appalachia’s potential

The hit country song “Mountain Music” by the band Alabama may recount fond memories of many Alabamians growing up in a rural mountainous area where life is simple and family bonds are strong. “Oh, play me some mountain music; Like grandma and grandpa used to play.” While a similar ...