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Guest Columnists

Electric vehicle infrastructure funds support region

It’s been a truly exciting few years for economic revitalization in Warren, and we believe it’s just beginning. In this “Voltage Valley,” small businesses are reinvesting in their community, young people are signing leases, and innovators are reaching out to us daily. It’s a vibrancy ...

Collaboration key to plugging local workforce gap

Various public and private entities across the Mahoning Valley are collaborating to execute a state-organized initiative to fill the workforce talent gap. And it’s working. It’s working because of structure, communication, strong local leadership and funding. Many area organizations are ...

Be aware of teen dating violence

When their 18-year-old daughter, Tina, was brutally murdered by an abusive ex-boyfriend in 1992, Jim and Elsa Croucher, who lived in Monroe, Ohio, picked up the pieces of their shattered lives, determined to do all they could to prevent a similar tragedy for other families. They became ...

Cold weather brings challenges to farm life

It’s wintertime y’all. I’m going, to be honest here and tell you all that I still have the blood of a southeastern Ohioan. The years keep adding up that I’ve lived in Ashtabula County, and I’m still surprised how cold it is, how much snow we get, and how much I dislike being cold. ...

Let games begin in Pittsburgh-Cleveland

I’m sleep deprived. And while I enjoy my new job, I try not to work all nighters at it. No, I have been losing sleep over the last two weeks because I love watching the Olympics, and to do so live. The last three Olympics, two winter games and one summer, have been hosted by Northern Asian ...

Razing of historic church follows its role in uniting community

Recently, after a long effort to save the Old Welsh Church on Elm Street and years after the church fell into dangerous disrepair and ceased being used for religious worship, the Diocese of Youngstown filed paperwork with the city in preparation for razing the building. Naturally, this news has ...