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Strengthen your defense…vaccinate!


The start of a new year usually features talk about resolutions and changes that can be made to support a healthier way of living. One way to strengthen your defense in remaining healthy is staying up-to-date on vaccinations. Vaccines serve as a safe and reliable defense against serious illness, protecting the health of individuals, their loved ones, and others in their community.

Ky. legislators look toward creating budget


FRANKFORT— Despite the snow and inclement weather that led many schools and several businesses in the district to close their doors last week, the Kentucky General Assembly reconvened on Tuesday. We rounded off Week 3 of the 2024 Regular Session, completing a fifth of our 60-day legislative journey. As the temperatures outside turned frigid, Frankfort was heating up with legislative activity. Reignited after a reflective pause for MLK Jr. Day, the legislature now looks to tackle the heart of our agenda, constructing a budget that addresses the pressing needs and aspirations of our people.

Safer Kentucky Act seeks to tackle crime at multiple levels, modernize statutes


Ensuring the people of Kentucky are safe and able to go about their lives without fear of becoming the victims of crime is a fundamental role of government. This week, members of the House filed HB 5, legislation aimed at preventing crime through common sense changes.

JJ is a hero, Sharia is a saint, and others impacted by the Grant...


Three weeks ago, I was helping my lovely neighbor, Sharia, by unloading her SUV with Christmas decorations fit for a king to adorn the house her five children call home. Two weeks ago, I watched as she excitedly installed them inside and out. Fast forward to this weekend, 1 a.m. after Black Friday, and her family was in tears in my living room as firefighters worked to put out flames engulfing their attic and rear side of their home.

Hair never stops growing


Hair never stops growing, barbering is recession and time proof, so you will always be in demand! So was the lesson learned when an Arthur Mowery started a Barbershop in 1923 making this year the 100th Anniversary of that business startup.

September is Kinship Care month


In Ohio, over 200,000 children are living in kinship families. Research shows that when they must be apart from their parents, children do better with family whether it be their biological family, or their family of choice such as lifelong family friends, teachers, coaches, or mentors. They do better in school and have fewer physical and mental health challenges. Beyond that, being with family allows children to remain connected to their culture and community. They may be able to remain connected to their friends, their school communities, and their activities.

Social media in times of crisis

My heart is breaking for the village of South Webster. When tragedy hits in a small community, it hits hard. I don’t really have...

Skin Cancer awareness month

What if I told you that there is a certain type of cancer that was 100 percent preventable? Now, what if I told you...

Welcome to the Welcome Center

As I write this, Jason Kester, executive director of Southern Ohio Port Authority, is asking Executive Director of the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce...

We aren’t just a strong community, we are family

A reoccurring comment I receive from people, from my past days as a staff writer for the Daily Times, to my current position as...


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