Expecting the impossible

Expecting the impossible

Over the last few weeks, local news articles have been reporting on school treasurers presenting the state mandated five-year financial forecasts to t...

June 6th, 2019 |  


He just wanted to belong

He just wanted to belong

A woodworker in our town had a little sign posted on his wall that said, “No job too large. No job too small.”The same philosophy served m...

June 5th, 2019 |  


Alas, Old Toro, I knew ye well

Alas, Old Toro, I knew ye well

It was time. When we got there, I asked Dr. Mills how old the old boy was.Let me look, his assistant said, checking something on the body. Twenty-eigh...

June 4th, 2019 |  



He who wears the pants

He who wears the pants

I grew up in a time when men were men and women were women, and I suppose I received a strong helping of “machoism” that has not always se...

June 3rd, 2019 |  


Congrats, grads … here’s some advice

Congrats, grads … here’s some advice

Congratulations, graduating class of 2019:I never got a chance to give a speech at my own high school graduation, but I was close. Had 138 other membe...

May 30th, 2019 |  


Stolen saddles and a death

Stolen saddles and a death

Linda Watson, a longtime friend, was chopping wood on a Martinsville farm when she came upon an eerie discovery — something she said she would n...

May 29th, 2019 |  


Politicians should be ashamed

Politicians should be ashamed

Anyone who reads my articles knows I am hyper critical of the Ohio legislature’s insistence on meddling in the world of education despite their ...

May 28th, 2019 |  


By pausing to remember, you honor

By pausing to remember, you honor

I’ve become a stickler about some things after years of editing stories for newspapers and summing them up for a headline. Maybe that’s wh...

May 27th, 2019 |  


Sweet days of long ago

Sweet days of long ago

Not so long ago one of the columnists we publish regularly in this newspaper wrote about a book his sister, Rita Haley Butcher, authored. It is called...

May 24th, 2019 |  


One of the greatest gifts of love

One of the greatest gifts of love

The natural human instinct is to run away from danger. That panicky, heart-pounding urge to turn tail and flee is often good — it’s part o...

May 23rd, 2019 |