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  • Drug testing certain welfare recipients

    by - Oct 1, 2015
    Ohio, like many other states, has seen an increase in drug abuse and dependency. With this, we also see a correlation between drug abusers and poverty. The Cincinnati Enquirer recently did a story on an 18...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Sep 30, 2015
    September is the time for falling leaves, bonfires, harvesting of crops, cooler temperatures, and football games from Thursday until Monday. Smaller Counties like Darke County also include a lot of local festivals celebrating the harvest. Fall...
  • My plans always seem to go awry

    by - Sep 26, 2015
    Let me preface what I’m about to write with I love my mom and dad, I enjoy having them stay with me when they visit, it’s not their fault and this column really isn’t about them....
  • Budget accomplishes goals in education

    by - Sep 24, 2015
    As school begins again across the state, I can say with confidence that the state legislature has taken a positive step with House Bill 64. With its passage in June, the state operating budget in Ohio...
  • A fascinating two weeks

    by - Sep 20, 2015
    “Mr. Robinson, Mr. Robinson…” “Hey guys! How ya doing?” “Fine!” She was one of my Woodland students. Her brother – also one of my students – was at South, I think. I got hugs from them both....
  • I’m not a big fan of made up words

    by - Sep 12, 2015
    I like words! You might be thinking to yourself, “Well, duh? You are a writer.” Others are probably thinking, “You couldn’t tell by the crap you put in your column.” For those who were thinking the...
  • Raising awareness of Krabbe Disease

    by - Sep 9, 2015
    Krabbe disease is an often fatal degenerative disease that destroys the protective coating on nerve cells in the brain and the nervous system.  This rare disease has affected several families locally including that of Madison Layton...
  • Renewing commitment to Ohio workers

    by - Sep 9, 2015
    Labor Day is more than just a last hurrah of summer, a day for picnics and barbeques for many families. It’s also an important time for us to reflect on the labor movement’s proud history in...
  • A Grumpy Old Man’s Heart

    by - Sep 5, 2015
    “Mr. Robinson?” Hey, buddy. Glad to see you!! “It’s been a long time,” he said. Well, maybe to him it has. He was one of my tutoring students summer before last. For someone on the Grumpy...
  • Removing red tape and being consistent

    by - Sep 2, 2015
    A constituent brought to my attention the need to make access to Ohio’s birth and death certificates easier and more affordable. In the past the local County Boards of Health and the State Health Department have...
  • Love for the fair is hidden

    by - Aug 29, 2015
    Another fair week has come and gone. This was my 20th year covering the Great Darke County Fair. The smell of Italian sausages loaded with green peppers and onions. The sounds of children laughing and screaming...
  • We shouldn’t be left in the dark on trade

    by - Aug 27, 2015
    Ohioans have seen first-hand what so-called free trade agreements have done to our state and our economy. Bad deals have closed factories, torn apart families, and devastated communities. Americans have every right to be skeptical of...
  • Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Month

    by - Aug 26, 2015
    September is Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Month in memory of western Ohio’s own Corynna Strawser. Corynna dedicated her life to raising awareness for this rare and devastating disease and in her honor Senate Bill 300 was passed...
  • Parents, coaches, fans and officials

    by - Aug 25, 2015
    Some of you may not know this, but I once was a high school football player (Greenville), then college (Central Michigan University), then a high school football official for 27 years.  As an official, I worked...
  • Darke County kids are special

    by - Aug 22, 2015
    Vacation time! I hadn’t had a ‘real’ vacation in years so I was r-e-a-l-l-y looking forward to this one. My lady and I hit the road on Friday… Day 1 destination Atlanta to spend a day...
  • Agritourism is a growing trend in Ohio

    by - Aug 19, 2015
    When the Ohio winter ends and the warmer months come, you see many people moving outdoors for entertainment. A growing trend in Ohio is for Ohioans to take part in agritourism. Over the last 15 or...
  • My daughter…role model and mentor

    by - Aug 17, 2015
    If anyone has read my column for any amount of time or has seen my Facebook and Instagram posts, they understand my oldest daughter is unique. The comments my wife and I get from other parents...
  • Providing excellent constituent services

    by - Aug 14, 2015
    This year, the IRS dropped 8.8 million calls on taxpayers in the months leading up to Tax Day. Today, wait times for veterans are longer than 90 days at many VA facilities. And the Social Security...
  • Becoming more business friendly

    by - Aug 13, 2015
    Over the last five years the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has made changes to help it evolve from a problem, to a leader in economic development and job growth in Ohio. The growth is...
  • The skills for success

    by - Aug 8, 2015
    “Mr. Robinson! Mr. Robinson!” It was a small voice… couldn’t tell where it was coming from because of the crowd. Annie Oakley Parade (sure am glad it’s back). I looked around and there he was, waving....
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