Drew’s father-in-law visits Hillsboro

Drew’s father-in-law visits Hillsboro

Since the criminal investigation into Mayor Drew Hastings became public on Dec. 16, I have tried to remain open to the notion that there might be real...

February 8th, 2016 updated: February 8th, 2016. |  


South Central Ohio League re-forms

South Central Ohio League re-forms

Editor’s Note: This is an ongoing series on the history of the South Central Ohio League as penned in Paul Edwin Maple’s 1964 seminar pape...

February 5th, 2016 |  


Iowa firsthand, & a sad passing

Iowa firsthand, & a sad passing

The political world’s focus was on Iowa over the weekend, and Hillsboro’s mayor had a firsthand look at all the excitement leading up to M...

February 1st, 2016 updated: February 2nd, 2016. |  



The early years of the SCOL

The early years of the SCOL

Before it disbanded from 1993 through 2002, the South Central Ohio League was often referred to as the oldest continuously operating conference in the...

January 29th, 2016 |  


Right now is what we’ve got

Right now is what we’ve got

On Saturday with the forecasted snow of Friday I planned nothing more than to stay home, tucked away indoors with nothing at all to do. It was nice, a...

January 26th, 2016 |  


Trump and the wistful right

Trump and the wistful right

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine who works in Republican politics called me. He will likely be involved in the GOP convention in Cleveland late...

January 25th, 2016 updated: January 25th, 2016. |  


An old friend I never knew

An old friend I never knew

When the office telephone rang one day last week, Paul Edwin Maple’s 1964 book, “A History of the South Central Ohio High School Athletic ...

January 22nd, 2016 |  


For all the critters in your freezer

For all the critters in your freezer

I know gun season was last month and the normal week plus those two extra days netted some venison for my fellow Highland Countians, but I’m sti...

January 19th, 2016 |  


Holmes’ consistency is assuring

Holmes’ consistency is assuring

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories have been among my favorite literary pastimes since I was a child, spurred originally by the old mo...

January 18th, 2016 updated: January 18th, 2016. |  


It was a fall Friday night

It was a fall Friday night

It was a fall Friday night like many during my teenage years, with a football game unfolding at Richards Memorial Field in Hillsboro. I had no plans a...

January 15th, 2016 updated: January 15th, 2016. |