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Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Smoke Signals: An open birthday letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Birthday Dr. King. You didn't know me. I was just 5 years old on April 4, 1968 when you were assassinated standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. But sir, you've influenced my life, and made me a better person.

By Tim Troglen | Reporter
Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Thanks for support, fellowship of Christmas visitors

Over the last several years I have created a large Christmas lighting display and 2016 turned out to be quite a memorable one regarding my lights in a number of different ways. For the second year in a row I entered the Cleveland.

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Something Else: Chamber speaker makes case for importance of employee wellness

The Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon is always a relaxed gathering of friendly people, many of whom are in business for themselves, living the American Dream.

By Eric Marotta | Editor
Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Kasich offers potential preview of State of the State

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich offered what was called a "looking ahead" speech a few days ago before an audience of business leaders near the Statehouse.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
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Guest Column: Discovering the National Park's Virginia Kendall Hills
Jan 12, 2017 10:26 AM

Guest Column: Discovering the National Park's Virginia Kendall Hills

When snow finally comes this winter, you won’t want to miss your chance to get outside to play and enjoy the natural wonder of winter with your kids. Consider taking them sledding at the Virginia Kendall Hills in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

By Jennie Vasarhelyi | Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Capital News: Concealed carry activist was year's first shooting victim in Columbus

COLUMBUS -- I don't know a whole lot about Tarak Andrew Underiner. Reading the incident report posted by the Columbus Police Department a few day back, I know he was 20 years old and probably an Ohio State University student. And around 12:30 a.m.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Developing empathy is key to achieving Dr. King's dream
Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Developing empathy is key to achieving Dr. King's dream

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. How close are we to achieving Dr. King's dream?

Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Changes in kindergarten program set for next year

Happy New Year! May 2017 be filled with peace and blessings for you and your families!

By Dr. Joe Clark Superintendent Of Schools
Jan 6, 2017 12:03 PM

The tragic story of Columbus' first homocide victim of the year

COLUMBUS — I don’t know a whole lot about Tarak Andrew Underiner.Reading the incident report posted by the Columbus Police Department a few day back, I know he was 20 years old and probably an Ohio State University student.And around 12:30 a.m.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Letter: Thoughts on Christmas Our View editorial

The recent Our View, (Dec. 21, "'Tis the season to have faith in one another") states. "We've slipped a little in 2016...[W]e pray that you rediscover the goodness of humanity." Curious. The News Leader slipped? Our local officials slipped? Ohio slipped? Our nation slipped? Did you slip?

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Jan 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Capital News: Grab some popcorn and get ready for more political drama

COLUMBUS -- The next six months are going to be fascinating, for so many reasons: Tight Budget: Gov. John Kasich and his administration have been warning for months that spending over the next two fiscal years is going to be tight.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
KALEIDOSCOPE: John Glenn: Looking back at a great American hero
Jan 4, 2017 12:00 AM

KALEIDOSCOPE: John Glenn: Looking back at a great American hero

Dec. 8, 2016, was a sad day for Americans who are old enough to remember back to the 1960s, when the United States and Soviet Union were battling for supremacy in outer space.

By Ken Lahmers | Aurora Advocate Editor
Jan 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Note of Thanks: Grateful for holiday donations

Thank you to the Twinsburg and Nordonia Hills community. The seventh-annual Santa's Smiling Elves drive is complete and was another great success. Approximately 620 presents, 50 gift cards and more than $500 in cash donations were collected.

Jan 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Kasich's leadership supercedes politics

Gov. John Kasich has vetoed an ill-advised decision by the lame-duck legislature that would have effectively put a mandate on renewable energy development on hold for another two years.

Dec 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Reporter travels from home to go home for Christmas

Growing up, Christmas was always about family at home. We never traveled. We woke up in our own beds, went down to our own tree in our own living room and home was where we were for the day.

By Jeff Saunders Reporter
Dec 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Thanks to those who served on 'frontlines of our democracy'

As we reflect on one of the smoothest presidential elections in recent memory, I want to thank everyone who was involved in this success, beginning with the poll workers who answered the call to work on the frontlines of our democracy.

Elf on the Shelf back for Christmas again
Dec 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Elf on the Shelf back for Christmas again

He said he'd be back. And he is. No, not Arnold Schwarzenegger. Elf on the Shelf. Yes, Santa's little helper in the red outfit is back in my house to keep an eye on 3 1/2-year-old Andrew and 19-month-old Jack. A quick summary about how Elf workd.

Dec 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Finding a right word to describe 2016

How can I describe the past year? It's difficult to narrow it down into one word. Actually impossible. What do you think of when you think of 2016? I'm going to go alphabetically and come up with 26 words. AWESOME -- My son, who beat brain cancer, turned 4 this year.

By Steve Wiandt Reporter
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Dec 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Letter: Put the cell phones away for the holidays

My personal holiday challenge - when spending time with friends, family, coworkers, neighbors this holiday season, please put your cell phones away! It is extremely rude constantly responding to messages or checking Facebook or...no excuses.

Dec 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Does Heartbeat Bill still have a heartbeat moving forward?

COLUMBUS -- Random questions that come to mind, following the enactment of a 20-week abortion ban and the line-item veto of the Heartbeat Bill amendment, which would have prohibited the procedure about six weeks after conception: Was this all a setup from the start?

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief