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Jan 19, 2017 12:18 PM

Guest column: Discovering the National Park's Virginia Kendall Hills

When snow finally comes this winter, you won’t want to miss your chance to get outside to play and enjoy the natural wonder of winter with your kids. Consider taking them sledding at the Virginia Kendall Hills in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

By Jennie Vasarhelyi
Jan 19, 2017 12:15 PM

Capital News: Kasich offers potential preview of 'State of the State'

COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich offered what was called a “looking ahead” speech a few days ago before an audience of business leaders near the Statehouse.

By Marc Kovac | Rpc Capital Bureau Chief
Kaleidoscope: A look at Advocate's most read stories in 2016
Jan 18, 2017 1:00 AM

Kaleidoscope: A look at Advocate's most read stories in 2016

In this digital age, Aurora Advocate readers, and those of our sister newspapers, frequently check out our stories and other content online, and it's always fun for us to see which stories are the most read each year.

By Ken Lahmers | Editor
Jan 18, 2017 1:00 AM

LETTER: City should lighten up roadways

The Aurora Advocate reported recently that City Council enters 2017 with a $1 million surplus. I agree with the changes the city will institute to boost the local economy, but I also request that City Council consider important changes toward increased safety.

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Jan 13, 2017 11:16 AM

Smoke Signals: An open birthday letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Birthday Dr. King.You didn’t know me.I was just 5 years old on April 4, 1968 when you were assassinated standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.But sir, you’ve influenced my life, and made me a better person.

Jan 12, 2017 12:26 PM

Guest column: Discovering the National Park's Virginia Kendall Hills

When snow finally comes this winter, you won’t want to miss your chance to get outside to play and enjoy the natural wonder of winter with your kids. Consider taking them sledding at the Virginia Kendall Hills in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

By Jennie Vasarhelyi
Jan 11, 2017 1:00 AM

OUR VIEW: Developing empathy is key to achieving Dr. King's dream

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. How close are we to achieving Dr. King's dream?

Kaleidoscope: Caverns were a physical challenge for out of shape guy
Jan 11, 2017 1:00 AM

Kaleidoscope: Caverns were a physical challenge for out of shape guy

On Labor Day weekend, I became a spelunker for an hour, and I'll be truthful with you -- it nearly killed me! Two years ago on Labor Day weekend, I explored Olentangy Indian Caverns near Powell, just north of Columbus, and had a pleasant experience.

By Ken Lahmers | Editor
Jan 10, 2017 4:52 PM

Capital News: Tragic story of Columbus' first homicide victim of the year

Columbus — I don’t know a whole lot about Tarak Andrew Underiner.Reading the incident report posted by the Columbus Police Department a few day back, I know he was 20 years old and probably an Ohio State University student.And around 12:30 a.m.

Kaleidoscope: Hooray for all those who aid needy
Jan 4, 2017 1:00 AM

Kaleidoscope: Hooray for all those who aid needy

It never ceases to amaze me how people come together over the year-end holidays to help those who are not as well off as most of us are.

By Ken Lahmers | Editor
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Dec 28, 2016 1:00 AM

Reflections: Finding the right word to describe the past year

How can I describe the past year? It's difficult to narrow it down into one word. Actually impossible. What do you think of when you think of 2016? I'm going to go alphabetically and come up with 26 words. AWESOME My son, who beat brain cancer, turned 4 this year.

By Steve Wiandt | Cuyahoga Falls News Press Reporter
He's back for the holidays again -- Elf on the Shelf
Dec 28, 2016 1:00 AM

He's back for the holidays again -- Elf on the Shelf

He said he'd be back. And he is. No, not Arnold Schwarzenegger. Elf on the Shelf. Yes, Santa's little helper in the red outfit is back in my house to keep an eye on 3 1/2-year-old Andrew and 19-month-old Jack. A quick summary about how Elf workd.

Dec 23, 2016 5:44 PM

Capital News: Is Husted setting a tone for possible gubernatorial bid?

COLUMBUS — In what could be considered one of the first salvos of the 2018 gubernatorial contest, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted announced this month that he doesn’t want any taxpayer money in the next biennial budget cycle to pay for his office expenses.

By Marc Kovac | Rpc Statehouse Bureau
Dec 21, 2016 11:57 AM

LETTER: Put the cell phones away for the holidays

My personal holiday challenge - when spending time with friends, family, coworkers, neighbors this holiday season, please put your cell phones away!It is extremely rude constantly responding to messages or checking Facebook or...no excuses.

GUEST COLUMN: Hanukkah stories focus on miracles
Dec 21, 2016 1:00 AM

GUEST COLUMN: Hanukkah stories focus on miracles

There are few holidays which have a richer history than Hanukkah. This year, Jews around the world will begin to light tapers and place them in their windows. We do this so that we can proclaim the miracle of the Maccabees to the world, but the nature of that miraclethis is the rest of the story.

By Rabbi Jim Egolf Temple Beth Shalom
Kaleidoscope: 'Christmas Light Fight' a great show
Dec 21, 2016 1:00 AM

Kaleidoscope: 'Christmas Light Fight' a great show

One of my favorite television shows during the Christmas season in the last few years has been "The Great Christmas Light Fight" on ABC. It debuted in December 2013 and is in its fourth year.

By Ken Lahmers | Editor
Dec 21, 2016 1:00 AM

OUR VIEW: This holiday season, renew faith in the goodness of humanity

"We are not enemies, but friends ... The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." -- Abraham Lincoln So what exactly is there to be merry about this Christmas, anyway?

Dec 16, 2016 3:05 PM

Capital News: Does the Heartbeat Bill still have a heartbeat moving forward?

COLUMBUS — Random questions that come to mind, following the enactment of a 20-week abortion ban and the line-item veto of the Heartbeat Bill amendment, which would have prohibited the procedure about six weeks after conception:• Was this all a setup from the start?

By Marc Kovac | Rpc Capital Bureau Chief
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Dec 14, 2016 4:43 PM

Capital News: Yet another session ends without more committee broadcasts

COLUMBUS — State Reps. Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) and Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) live on different sides of the political aisle.

By Marc Kovac | Rpc Capital Bureau Chief
Dec 14, 2016 4:34 PM

LETTER: Thanks to those who served on the front lines of Democracy

As we reflect on one of the smoothest presidential elections in recent memory, I want to thank everyone who was involved in this success, beginning with the poll workers who answered the call to work on the frontlines of our democracy.