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Caring about the land

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SABINA - Good luck trying to put a label on Samantha Allen.You might call her a “Sabina farm girl.” That’s true. She’s a 2006 East Clinton graduate.She’s also a proud former Marine. She served a four-year tour of duty that included a year in Iraq.She’s a proud Ohio State University graduate, just recently receiving her bachelor’s of science degree in Environmental Policy and Decision Making.And she’s a proud environmental activist, employed by the Sierra Club. She works on issues of climate and the environment here in Ohio, especially in how it relates to farming and agriculture - something with which she is very familiar.


Another down year expected for Celtics

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics didn’t get the franchise player they need from the draft.Now general manager Danny Ainge must decide whether to buy another ticket for the NBA lottery or put together a package of picks and players like the ones that brought Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to Boston in 2007. Until he does, the Celtics will likely be stuck in the middle again: Too many wins for the lottery’s grand prize, and not enough for a long run in the playoffs....

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LeBron eyeing his third title, first for Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Four years away from home changed LeBron James. He came back more mature, more focused, more complete — in a class by himself as a player.More significantly, playing with Dwyane Wade in Miami taught him how to be a champion, and James won two titles while making four straight trips to the finals with the Heat.Now that he’s returned to his Ohio roots, he wants No. 3, the title that would top them all.Cleveland hasn’t exp...

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Treats for Trick or Treaters

Do you have your treats ready for Trick or Treat night? Have you thought of giving other items besides candy? Everyone says children get too much candy on Halloween, so you might want to consider giving them a different kind of treat this year.In fact, a study by Yale University found that children enjoy getting a small toy as much as getting candy. Children were given the choice of choosing a toy or a piece of candy. Half the children chose the toy; the other half chose the candy....

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WCH dancer cast in ‘The Nutcracker’

From Clara and Fritz to angels and mice, 151 children will share the stage with BalletMet’s professional dancers during its annual holiday production of The Nutcracker, Dec. 12 – 27 at the Ohio Theatre (39 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio). Washington Court House resident, Tori Pontious, daughter of Vic and Carole Pontious, has been selected to join the talented cast of professional dancers, students and gymnasts who will perform Gerard Charles’ The Nutcracker 15 t...

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Blue Lion youth basketball sign-ups Sunday

Any boy or girl in grades 3-6 in the Washington City School district wanting to play basketball may still signup up Sunday at the high school.Boys will practice from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and girls will practice from 4-6 p.m. Any questions can be directed to Tony Jenkins at 740-207-7488 for the girls, or Greg Tillis at 740-505-1455 for the boys.

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Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys released defensive end Michael Sam from the practice squad Tuesday, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time.Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after signing to their practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason.The Rams drafted the former SEC defensive p...

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‘Two Scoops’ open for business

The Fayette County Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon-cutting at Two Scoops of Sugar, located at 249 E. Court St. in Washington C.H., on Oct. 16.The new bakery specializes in cookies, cakes, pies and cinnamon rolls. They take special orders for all holidays and events. They are taking orders now for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stop by and sample some of their delicious baked goods.Two Scoops is owned by Jill West and Joan Stone. They are open Tuesday through Thursday, 6 a...

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Brady Hoke knew that having a bye week before taking on No. 8 Michigan State could be a good thing for his struggling Wolverines.He just needed to make sure that he didn’t try to fix a bad season in one quiet weekend.“The bye week came at a good time for us, because we were able to rest some guys who have a lot of bumps and bruises after four weeks of camp and seven straight games,” he said Monday. “We also had some v...

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Frantic flurry helps Steelers salvage season

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The bounces and big plays piled up so quickly, even the Pittsburgh Steelers were stunned.For one glorious stretch late in the first half of Monday night’s 30-23 victory against the Houston Texans, the Steelers looked like the team they’ve been talking about since training camp. The offense crammed three touchdowns into 73 dizzying seconds. The defense forced a pair of Houston turnovers and a season that fluctuates between hopeful and hopeless too...

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Many absentee ballots already cast

With two weeks until the 2014 General Election, nearly 810,000 Ohioans have requested and/or cast their absentee ballots, according to Secretary of State Jon Husted.Based on an informal survey of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, as of Friday, Oct. 17, 773,241 voters requested absentee ballots to vote by mail, and of those, 238,330 ballots have been cast. There have been 2,635 military and overseas ballots requested with 563 having been cast so far.

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Husted deserves reelection

Dear Editor,I am writing to encourage everyone in Fayette County to vote for Jon Husted for Ohio Secretary of State. I’ve known Jon for several years and know him to be a quality guy, the kind of person we look for in our officeholders.

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Predatory Journalism

The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls “predatory lending.”Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking — or lack of thinking — the answer is to have the government set an interest rate ceiling at a level that will be acceptable to third parties like the New York Times.People who believe in government-s...

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Off to War We Go

Here we go again — into yet another war in a tumultuous swath of the world we still don’t comprehend. For a preview of what we’re stepping into in Iraq and Syria, let’s remember Afghanistan.In the yesteryear of the Cheney-Bush regime, the promise was that our Afghan excursion would promptly dispatch the Taliban, give al-Qaeda the boot, and create a stable democratic government.But it turned into both the longest war in American history and a costl...

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Mobile food truck visits county

Volunteers help to pass out food for the first Mid-Ohio mobile food bank truck that visited the county at Jeffersonville Church of Christ Friday. The church had a large turnout and will be hosting other food trucks in the future.

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Gas prices dip four cents

According to AAA, gas prices have fell in South Central Ohio by four cents to $3.09 a gallon.This week’s South Central Ohio average price is $3.093. The average price during the week of Oct. 14, 2014 was $3.136 and the average price during the week of Oct. 22, 2013 was $3.409. The average price for unleaded regular gasoline in Ohio is $3.044.On the National FrontToday’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.09 ...

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Area gas prices highlighted

The local gas prices from Tuesday, Oct. 21 were:Washington C.H. and area:Murphy USA - $3.09/gallonMarathon - $3.07/gallonKroger - $3.09/gallonUnited Dairy Farmers - $3.09/gallonPettit’s - $3.15/gallonShell - $3.09/gallonFlying J - $2.95/gallon (cash)Speedway - $2.95/gallonLove’s - $2.95/gallon (cash)Travel Centers of America (BP) - $2.95/gallonShell (...

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Sheriff arrests and citations

The following individuals were arrested or cited by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. They are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.OCT. 14Phillip Draves, 37, Washington Court House, domestic violence.OCT. 13Tyler Cressonie, 28, Columbus, driving under suspension.James Wilson, 38, Washington Court House, probation violation.Chasity Davis, 29, At Large, failure to register....

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