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Do cats get heartworm?

The Bookworm Sez
‘Dog Gone, Back Soon’ is a humorous, heartwarming and enjoyable tale

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You were sure that everyone was in awe. There you were, poised, confident, and in control. You had a handle on things and you were workin’ it. All eyes were on you, watching, and you were sure they were impressed with the razzle-dazzle you displayed. And then things went wrong. Horribly, publicly [ Read More ]

The Governor of Batavia

By Peter A. Barnes In 1911 Judge Hugh Nichols of Batavia was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Ohio. While Judge Nichols’ tenure as Lieutenant Governor stands as the highest public office ever attained by a Batavia resident, Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes may just go down in history as Batavia’s most important friend in Columbus. James [ Read More ]

Military service academy process open to students

By Brad Wenstrup One of the most enjoyable aspects of representing southern Ohio is working with high school students who are interested in serving their nation. Through the military academy nomination process, exceptional high school students have the opportunity to attend a military academy, earn a four-year college degree, and serve their nation. At a [ Read More ]

I’m looking forward to my 50th class reunion

By George Brown Looking back, I can say with certainty my junior and senior year of high school were the two most important years of my life. The only other two years that might compare would be my second and third year of life when I was in the care of foster parents, but I [ Read More ]

Protecting your future by stopping credit report errors

By Sherrod Brown Your credit report has an enormous impact on your financial future. Banks, credit card companies, and employers all reference credit reports when they decide whether to make a loan to a potential customer or offer a job to a prospective employee. That is why it’s critical that credit reporting agencies maintain and [ Read More ]

Batavia’s trouble with wolves

By Peter A. Barnes “The trouble with wolves,” my grandfather would say, “is that they eat little children.” Wolves were the stuff of fairy tales and fables in my childhood. “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs” were stories read to small children, like me, partly as entertainment and partly as a lesson [ Read More ]

Adventures at Blackwater River State Park – Part I

By George Brown Of all the close encounters I’ve had over the years, without a doubt the most frightening of all occurred while hiking at Blackwater River State Park in Florida. Even though it happened over four years ago, the memory of that day remains embedded in my mind as though it happened yesterday. They [ Read More ]

Ohio court deals with union picketing

By Paul Pfeifer When is it an unfair labor practice to picket? That’s the question that we – the Ohio Supreme Court – had to answer in a case involving the employees of the Mahoning County Board of Development Disabilities (“MCBDD”), who are represented by Mahoning Education Association of Developmental Disabilities, a public union. MCBDD [ Read More ]

Through national service, we can strengthen our communities

By Sherrod Brown Five years ago this month – during the height of the economic downturn – Democrats and Republicans came together to invest in a bedrock of the American spirit: serving others. Five years later and Ohioans have truly exemplified what it means to serve. 10,000 Ohioans work to improve their local communities by [ Read More ]

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