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State needs to keep closer watch on charter schools

June 3, 2012 State oversight of private charter schools in Ohio has increased during the past few years, but it is clear more needs to be done to prevent fraud. more »»

Memorial Dayis a holiday well worth remembering

May 27, 2012 The origins of the holiday have been debated throughout much of our nation’s history, but we all recognize Memorial Day as a time to honor our war dead and as the unofficial kickoff of the summer... more »»

Do not let this be the worst time of your child’s life

May 25, 2012 You know the old schoolyard chant, “No more homework, no more books. No more teachers’ dirty looks ...” Yes, school will soon be out for summe. more »»

Schools should tighten their belts before asking for more

May 20, 2012 School districts which consider placing levies on ballots before taking serious belt-tightening measures may risk losing credibility with their residents. more »»

Biden’s schedule should have included Salem’s mayor

May 19, 2012 Wednesday’s visit to Salem by Vice President Joe Biden helped draw Columbiana County into the national spotlight and we’re grateful for that, but we can’t help but feel that the campaign’s snub of... more »»

Even Mother’s Day is not without controversy

May 13, 2012 Today is the day set aside to give our mothers the royal treatment they deserve, but Mother’s Day itself is not without controversy. more »»

Duelling re-enactments could hurt county tourism

May 6, 2012 For the next three years, Americans will continue to mark the 150th anniversary of the darkest period in our nation’s history — the Civil War. more »»

Changes needed soon in state's pension system for teachers

April 30, 2012 A plan to help relieve an under-funded statewide educators' pension system has potential, if passed by the Ohio legislature. more »»

Alleged inappropriateness calls for action by board

April 29, 2012 At long last the East Liverpool City School Board has begun the process of terminating the contract of a teacher whose career in the district has been fraught with complaint. more »»

Beware ballot issues

April 22, 2012 Nine groups of Ohio voters appear to prefer government by ballot issue rather than allowing our duly elected officials to govern. Supporters of nine ballot issues are currently gathering the 3. more »»

Drunk driving could make the prom a tragic night

April 22, 2012 Every year as prom time approaches, we have graphic photos on our front page of young accident victims. more »»

Project will bring historic district into modern world

April 15, 2012 The city of East Liverpool has been down, financially, for some time after the closing of Crucible Steel and slow-down of the pottery industry, but down has never meant out for the river city. more »»

Manager is not the problem, East Palestine's charter is

April 4, 2012 While it's no secret that at least two East Palestine council members would like to fire Village Manager Gary Clark, council may want to focus its attention on making changes to the current village... more »»

County engineer was worth his weight in road salt

March 26, 2012 Hats off to Columbiana County Engineer Bert Dawson whose alertness and vigilance may result in this county, as well as several others, recouping some of the money we allegedly overpaid for road salt. more »»

Local governments passed this year’s open records test

March 25, 2012 Sunshine Week— a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information, was observed March 11-1. more »»

Opportunity is here, but you must play it straight

March 20, 2012 The economic news for our area just keeps getting better. more »»

Common sense is best policy in some situations

March 20, 2012 Sometimes common sense has to supersede policy. Usually, we would agree with a zero tolerance policy regarding weapons or ammunition being brought onto school property. more »»

Kudos to those who are following the law

March 12, 2012 Perhaps some of our nagging and preaching about the virtues of the Ohio Sunshine Law is beginning to pay off. more »»

Laws on animals may be well-meaning, but not right

March 11, 2012 Do animals have rights? Are they entitled to the same care and treatment as humans? Should government have the right to tell us how many pets we can have and how we should care for them? And, should... more »»

It may be a primary, but it is still an election

March 4, 2012 Tuesday is primary day in Ohio. more »»



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