Opinion Archive

A hike along the Clear Fork River, circa 1956

By George Brown At about the time Amish families first began settling in Ashland and Richland Counties, and nearly a decade before construction of the iconic covered bridge that now spans the Clear Fork River, my brothers, sister, and I roamed the well-worn trail that leads to Big and Little Lyons Falls in Mohican State [ Read More ]

The fight against human trafficking

By Brad Wenstrup Bring Back Our Girls. This phrase is echoing around the world as we learn more about the horror in Nigeria, where hundreds of school girls were kidnapped. Boko Haram, an Al Qaeda-linked terror group, has claimed responsibility and now promises to sell them into slavery. It’s sickening. It is vile. It is [ Read More ]

Paper gave cover for nuts

By Paul Schwietering Ted Dealey got his newspaper the old-fashioned way: he inherited it. His father, George B. Dealey, founded the Dallas Morning News in 1885, seven years before Ted was born. In the 1920’s, when the Ku Klux Klan chose Dallas for its national headquarters, the Dallas Morning News, thanks in part to young [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Intestinal parasites are hazards for your pets

By Dr. Dan Meakin The major intestinal parasites of dogs and cats are hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Three of these can potential health hazards to people. Contrary to popular belief (old wives tales, etc.), dogs and cats do not get pinworms. Hookworms and roundworms both produce microscopic eggs that are passed in the pet’s [ Read More ]

The brave home guards

By Rosanna Hoberg An account by James B. Swing of Batavia of his experiences in the American Civil War, related in 1916, began two weeks ago and continues here. “I remember well the Morgan Raid in 1863. There was great excitement in Batavia for several days before Morgan’s soldiers reached the village. We knew of [ Read More ]

A hike along Kokosing Gap Trail – circa 1958

By George Brown On Sunday, Labor Day weekend 1958, warm rays from the sun and a soft breeze drifted through an open bedroom window beckoning my brother, sister, me, and two of our cousins to pull ourselves out of bed. Our cousins would return to their home in Marion the next day and the day [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘1954’ is a book for fans who love history of baseball

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You know the rules. Each base must be touched, each ball hit within bounds – or so you hope. No spitballs, corked bats, pine tar, or steroids. Four bases to run. Three strikes, you’re out. Those are the basics of baseball. But rules, of course, can be changed, just like the game [ Read More ]

Batavia meetings and funerals

By Rosanna Hoberg An account by James B. Swing of Batavia of his experiences in the American Civil War, related in 1916, began two weeks ago and continues here. “All through the years of the war there were war meetings held at the Court House — some of them intensely exciting. I remember one such [ Read More ]

Thank goodness for tourist shop benches

By George Brown Our visit with friends in Knoxville a couple of weeks ago included the obligatory journey to and through some of those Gatlinburg candle and gift shops. Just thinking about it is enough to make me sneeze. Entrepreneurs long ago figured out who spends the money at shopping meccas like Gatlinburg. This is [ Read More ]

Major General Walker’s political career

By Paul Schwietering In January, 1960, Major General Edwin Walker sweeps into one of the elementary schools on the base he commands. During World War II he became a daring commando officer, parachuting behind enemy lines to lead bloody night raids. He rose quickly through the ranks. He ended the war with a chest full [ Read More ]

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