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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 »»

Perry Township responded correctly on request for funds

February 20, 2012 Perry Township Trustees last week wisely told firefighters that the township cannot provide public funds for a first responder progra. more »»

Interviews for chief should be open to all councilmen

February 19, 2012 Apparently members of East Palestine Village Council need a refresher course on the Ohio Sunshine Law. more »»

Former Beaver superintendent was a leader district needed

February 16, 2012 Congratulations to the Beaver Local Board of Education, staff members and fiscal commission for leading the school district out of financial emergency. more »»

Tax collection proposal by state could have merit

February 14, 2012 At least two Columbiana County municipalities have taken a stand against a state proposal to centralize the collection of local income taxe. more »»

Commissioners are not Brown’s bosses; you are

February 12, 2012 Several online readers commenting about our stories on the latest controversy involving Columbiana County Recorder Craig Brown have called for his resignatio. more »»

Lawmakers should act on distracted driving bills

February 6, 2012 A bill that should have been a slam-dunk for passage continues to languish in the Ohio Senate and now another important safety bill has been introduced there as well. more »»

Have a safe Super Bowl Sunday celebration

February 5, 2012 It’s Super Bowl Sunday again, and much to the chagrin of many tri-state area football fans, neither the Steelers nor the Browns will be playing tonight. more »»

Now is not the time to talk raises for council

January 29, 2012 Members of Columbiana City Council are long overdue for a raise, but now is not the time for an increase. more »»

Salineville's new mayor cleaning up an old mess

January 23, 2012 Newly elected Salineville Mayor Mary Smith has hit the ground running since she took office at the beginning of the year, and it's a good thing — she has a pretty big mess to clean up from the last... more »»

County is better off when politics stay at the doorstep

January 21, 2012 The choice of John Payne to fill Penny Traina’s recently vacated county commission seat was a good one. Traina left at the end of last year to take a job in the private secto. more »»

Budgets should not be based on drilling revenue

January 15, 2012 Local municipalities should be wary of treating money from drilling leases like manna from heaven. more »»

Fracking water must be disposed of safely

January 8, 2012 When an area which has never been prone to frequent earthquakes suddenly experiences 11 quakes in nine months everyone starts paying attention. more »»



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