A new report released by the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) reveals that over the last two years, the nations 1,200 free and charitable clinics have seen a 40 percent increase in patient demand, despite the implementation...
Dear editor,Sprucing things up is usually seen in the spring, but in Mount Sterling fall seems to be just as good for getting things done.
Dear editor,Citizens, don't you all think it is about time that the truth is told about Benghazi?
Hello to everyone, both near and far.After spending the past four weeks with family in Ohio it feels good to be home again. The weather has been perfect since we're back.
My daughter Heather once said, “It's a good thing everybody doesn't like the same things, or we'd all live in houses that looked just alike. Everybody would have the same painting hanging over the same sofa covered with a...
This year we have an overabundance of green beans from our garden. If we eat them with rice, will they make a complete protein like other beans do?
Recently, I've spilled a lot of ink articulating the importance of natural marriage and strong families for a healthy and prosperous society. I have attempted to illustrate the role of law in protecting marriage and proposed that Ohio adopt...
Summer is over and winter is beginning to give us her cold shoulder. The only way I can really handle winter is the hope of summer coming again in all her warm embraces. I can only take the shivers for so long.
Have you ever been on a driving vacation and ended up over a thousand miles from home; far, far away from family, friends; far from all of your familiar surroundings?
Someone has said, “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.” Think about that for a minute. Let that roll around in your mind and see if you agree. “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.”
If you want a good reputation, you must habitually act with virtue. Virtues are learned habits to do good. At a young age we are encouraged to act in particular ways. Our parents remind us of how important our reputations are. We will be judged by our...
Here we go again.
It may just be a long shot — or a “Hail Mary” pass, if you'd prefer — but our hats are off to officials at Ohio Wesleyan University and the city of Delaware for collaborating on a proposal to lure the Cleveland Browns...
Dear editor,We need a strong library to keep a place of knowledge of books in the area for the people. But the Mount Sterling Public Library does not only have books, but also computers for people to use.
Sept. 25, 1914Madison County Democrat — West Jefferson High School notes. The seniors expect to take up Shakespeare's “As You Like It,” in the near...
I like to take short photo trips. It's usually out my driveway or a walk down my road. Sometimes I make a right turn onto a neighbor's farm to see how things have changed since my last walk. All the while I am taking pictures for possible...
Everyone in our home has “attained the age of majority” right now, which is a legal way of saying the youngest, Alex, turned 18 last week.
The financial crisis devastated homeowners and investors in Ohio and across the country. In the years since, we've made great progress but we know that the economy cannot fully recover until the housing market does.
Not so long ago I wrote a column about how my parents, during my formative years, often said I was hard-headed. They, of course, were talking about my mental state of mind. But it very well could have applied to the physical version, too.
One hundred years ago, Americans across the eastern United States could have looked up into the sky and seen it filled with passenger pigeons. Their flocks numbered in the billions and could turn day into night. Now they are extinct, the victim of...
How many fruits and vegetables should children eat every day?
Hi to all of you.
This year, all at once the nights are chilly. Last week, so were the days. Seems like a trend. It took the summer of 2014 a long time to really warm up but a short time to slide into fall. A sure sign is the song of the cicadas at night as they say...
Recently I had to travel involving changing planes, which involved spending a night at the Orlando airport. Checking in at the front desk, I then went to my room and settled down for the evening.
Certainly, we've all done this one during a job interview.
The Farm Science Review was held this week, and for the first time in 15 years, I participated in it.
Most people think of the commandment to honor their father and mother as a commandment for children. None of the commandments were limited to “some” of God's people. Our life long goal is to keep all of the commandments. All of our...
Even healthy people need a flu vaccine.
Sept. 18, 1914Madison County Democrat — No news for Sept. 18.
Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise in toxic algal...
The faucet of creativity seems to be turned off so what should I do?
As treasurer of Ohio, I'm a watchdog for Ohioans' hard-earned dollars. As a fellow taxpayer and Marine Corps veteran, I believe we the people have a right to know how our tax money is being spent. That's why I'm spearheading...
As a diehard Cleveland Indians fan, and a London Red Raiders booster, I hate writing this.
Dear editor,If anyone happens to see a London City Council member, thank them. It is not often council members receive praise for what they do, however, this is one of those times.
It's the season for school buses, backpacks, notebooks and students heading off to school. For many students, the journey of a new school year began several weeks back as many families began purchasing the required school supplies needed for...
Hi to each of you!Can it really be true that three years have swiftly passed since the birth of our darling daughter, Julia? Julia certainly has blessed our lives in so many ways.
We had a cookout at my sister's house last weekend and I noticed she rinsed off her chicken in the sink before preparing it for cooking. Are we supposed to do that?In a word, no. In three words, no, no, no!
Are you ready for some football? The weather's getting there. The days are a little cooler and the nights are downright comfortable.
Dear editor,I am so glad to have a new H&R Block in our Village of Mount Sterling. It adds a lot to our downtown.
One of my favorite shows on television today is the “Big Bang Theory.”
I think every American can recount where they were on Sept. 11, 2001.
It is worth a few moments to reflect upon how the Catholic church teaches. Every doctrine or teaching of the church is part of a coherent whole, meaning that everything is woven together. For almost 2,000 years, the church has relied upon the Holy...
I really love going down the creeks around here in my small canoe. I study the shoreline to find trees that have exposed their essence, their roots. Some look like tangled messes, others show great power as they fight against seasonal flood waters.
For those of you who have not heard, PAX is an ancient Latin word that stands for peace. It also was used by the Romans as an expression of good will or “kiss of peace.”
Question: How many of you fathers out there really wanted to be in the delivery room when your wife, or the mother of your children, was giving birth to your babies?
I still remember the conversation. Andrew, my big brother, was in the top bunk, and I was in the bottom – he was 11, and I was 10.“Hey,” he mumbled. “You remember that kid from earlier?”
Many are aware of how families and individuals can be prepared for the types of disasters that can happen in Ohio. But how can businesses prepare?
Funny how dates cue us to look around and notice our surroundings. It's still really dark at 6 a.m. That little bit of light in the early morning that reminds me of summers in Sweden is already gone.
Greetings from the Yoders.