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Jul 26, 2017 1:00 AM

GUEST COLUMN: Three types of scams to beware of during summer

Summer is a prime time for scams that target consumers who want to repair or improve their property, rent a house or apartment, or even buy a puppy.

By Mike Dewine Ohio Attorney General
Kaleidoscope: Springfield: Famous center of automaking, ag products
Jul 26, 2017 1:00 AM

Kaleidoscope: Springfield: Famous center of automaking, ag products

For the last four years, I've had Springfield, Ohio on my list of places that I wanted to visit on a weekend road trip. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I finally got the chance to go there.

By Ken Lahmers
Jul 26, 2017 1:00 AM

OUR VIEW: Saluting the legacy of U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula

Ralph Regula's lasting legacy of public service cannot be measured by all the buildings, centers and programs that bear his name. The 36 years he spent in the U.S. House of Representatives also fail to reflect with full accuracy his lifetime commitment to Stark County and the state of Ohio.

Kaleidoscope: Hiking, biking in Black Hand Gorge
Jul 19, 2017 1:00 AM

Kaleidoscope: Hiking, biking in Black Hand Gorge

One of my first Ohio road trips when I started writing about my travels in "Kaleidoscope" in 2008 was to Licking County, where the seat of government is in Newark, and where I worked for the Newark Advocate from 1981-84.

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Jul 14, 2017 3:19 PM

Capital News: 'About the goofiest damn question I've ever heard'

COLUMBUS -- First off, don't ask House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) if lawmakers included funding in the biennial budget for a new leadership institute at Ohio State University to provide a place for themselves to land after they leave office.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jul 5, 2017 1:00 AM

OUR VIEW: Continue to strive for freedoms

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

Kaleidoscope: An enjoyable visit to charming old towns of Harmony and Saxonburg
Jul 5, 2017 1:00 AM

Kaleidoscope: An enjoyable visit to charming old towns of Harmony and Saxonburg

Many Aurorans are familiar with the small town of Zoar in northern Tuscarawas County. It was a communal town settled by German Separatists, and it is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Many of its original homes still stand. On my trip to Butler County, Pa.

By Ken Lahmers | Editor
Kaleidoscope: Trip to Mars, zombieland was not out of this world!
Jun 28, 2017 1:00 AM

Kaleidoscope: Trip to Mars, zombieland was not out of this world!

During my May 13 road trip to Butler County, Pa., I spent a few hours with Martians and zombies. What more can you ask for than that? Two of the small towns I visited were Mars (population 1,700) and Evans City (1,800), quaint small places in the southwest portion of the county.

Jun 26, 2017 2:12 PM

Something Else: Why do many people break the law to celebrate independence?

It's been a long time since I've set off fireworks. I don't have to nowadays, as several of my neighbors choose to purchase and illegally fire off starbursts, mortar bombs and other explosives just a half a block or so from my back yard. The explosives never used to be so big.

By Eric Marotta News Leadereditor
Jun 25, 2017 6:14 PM

Capital News: Wouldn't Be a Budget Debate Without Some Talk of Fracking and Taxing

COLUMBUS -- It wouldn't be a biennial budget debate without a little final talk of raising taxes on oil and gas produced via horizontal hydraulic fracturing.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
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Jun 21, 2017 1:00 AM

Something Else: Note to recent area graduates: Time is on your side

The end of this school year marks the beginning of a new phase in your life. You've made it this far, but you've still got a long way to go. You may or may not have been one of the top achievers -- those with the gold and silver flair on their caps and gowns at graduation.

By Eric Marotta | News Leader Editor
Jun 21, 2017 1:00 AM

Kaleidoscope: Economic news promising; too many young lives lost

The last six months have produced some great economic news for the city of Aurora, as a handful of companies are planning big projects, and residents should be thankful for that. The Advocate reported the latest news last week, as Trelleborg Sealing Profiles Inc.

By Ken Lahmers | Editor
Kaleidoscope: Bantam Jeep's birthplace not far away in Butler, Pa.
Jun 14, 2017 1:00 AM

Kaleidoscope: Bantam Jeep's birthplace not far away in Butler, Pa.

For several Saturdays in April, I wanted to start my road trip season by heading 90 miles east to Butler County, Pa., just north of Pittsburgh. But the unusually rainy weather prevented me from doing so until May 13.

By Ken Lahmers | Editor
Jun 12, 2017 2:15 PM

Capital News: 'Insane' still in, commission may be out 

COLUMBUS -- There was a point during what could have been the final Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission meeting where there was a motion, a call for a vote, questions about a quorum and voiced confusion about the process.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Kaleidoscope: Hartman land potential is exciting
Jun 7, 2017 1:00 AM

Kaleidoscope: Hartman land potential is exciting

As readers can see on the Advocate's Page 1 this week, a lot of activity is about to commence at the city-owned former Hartman property on the west side of Townline Road, not too far north of Route 82.

By Ken Lahmers | Editor
Jun 7, 2017 1:00 AM

LETTER: Financial support is crucial to keeping Aurora school system strong

I want to address why my husband and I supported the recent Aurora schools levy. The explanation of the levy's need was well documented by the superintendent. Without any preconception, I listened to him speak one evening. Taxpayers asked informed questions and he answered forthrightly.

Jun 7, 2017 1:00 AM

NOTE OF THANKS: To supporters of buddy poppies campaign, veterans everywhere...

On behalf of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2629, we would like to express a heartfelt thank-you to all Aurora citizens who stopped over the Memorial Day weekend and donated during our poppy distribution. The poppy is the "national flower of remembrance.

'Treasure' unearthed through 'Questing' in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Jun 6, 2017 4:04 PM

'Treasure' unearthed through 'Questing' in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Do you like solving puzzles? Discovering the natural and historical gems of Northeast Ohio? If so, Canalway Questing might be for you. Quests are treasure hunts with rhyming clues that lead step-by- step to a hidden box.

By Jennie Vasarhelyi
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Jun 2, 2017 4:43 PM

Capital News: Senators turn attention to immigrant amendment in BWC budget

COLUMBUS -- You can generally count on a few hot-button issues surfacing during every general assembly. Abortion-, right-to-work and gun-related legislation come immediately to mind.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
May 31, 2017 1:00 AM

Note Of Thanks-May 31

To PTO backers... Thank you to all who supported the Aurora PTOs. This year, the Harmon-High School PTO earned $1,23 and the Elementary PTO earned $4,437 from collections of boxtops.