The Tribune Chronicle is unveiling another year of community columnists beginning today.
Every 12 months, the Tribune seeks four Trumbull County residents to serve as community columnists on the Opinion page. Each one writes a column every two weeks. They appear mostly on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The goal is to increase the number of columns that contain topics of local interest. The newspaper wants to do this while displaying the local flair penned by friends and neighbors. The four columnists, after all, live right here in the community, unlike the syndicated pros.
Talented local writers have surpassed expectations. The Tribune Chronicle Editorial Board is excited about the new columnists doing the same.
This year's lineup includes:
Martha Yoder - The Farmington resident has spent most of her life in Trumbull County. She attended Lakeland Community College and Liberty University. She's the owner / director of Yoder Supported Living Services Inc.
James Dunlap - The Mineral Ridge resident is a Kent State University graduate with a degree in business management with an emphasis on economics. He also attended Carson Long Military Institute in New Bloomfield, Pa. He is an overhead crane operator in the V&M Star pipe mill.
Cynthia Beckes O'Connor - The Brookfield resident has a B.A. in American History from Cleveland State, an M.Ed. in higher education administration from Kent State and a B.L.S. in international education from Kent State. She has previously been published in the Plain Dealer, Dog Gone Magazine and Phi Beta Delta Medallion Magazine.
Dan Moadus - The lifelong Girard resident had served several terms as a city councilman. He has operated a family business - American Auto Painting - for the past 17 years.
Beginning today, Opinion page readers will get to know these Trumbull residents and in the process gain fresh perspectives on a plethora of topics.