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Monday, August 13, 2018 7:25 PM
Given Highland County’s current political landscape, one thing is certain: Randy Mustard will either need Republican cross-over voters in order to win (much like Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera received cross-over support from many Democrats en route to his impressive, county-leading vote total of 14,017 less than two years ago) or Randy will need a number of Republican voters to skip over their central committee’s chosen candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Democratic Party has a solid candidate for county commissioner on Nov. 6 in Randy Mustard.
  • Monday, August 13, 2018 7:25 PM
    Given Highland County’s current political landscape, one thing is certain: Randy Mustard will either need Republican cross-over voters in order to win (much like Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera received cross-over support from many Democrats en route to his impressive, county-leading vote total of 14,017 less than two years ago) or Randy will need a number of Republican voters to skip over their central committee’s chosen candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Democratic Party has a solid candidate for county commissioner on Nov. 6 in Randy Mustard.
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  • Monday, August 6, 2018 5:52 PM
    After our weeklong vacation, I stopped by The HCP office to check business mail and other assorted obligations. The first thing that caught my attention was a handwritten letter from the Hon. Adams County Common Pleas Court Judge Brett Spencer. To be honest, letters from judges and lawyers always catch my attention. Some of my best friends are lawyers, too, and even their letters get my attention. (Not yours, Topper!)
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  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 7:20 PM
    Almost two years ago – on Oct. 5, 2016, to be exact – I reported on a meeting of the Highland County Board of Commissioners at which U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced on the commissioners’ office speaker phone the awarding of a U.S. Department of Justice grant of $843,498 for the Rocky Fork Lake Area Safety and Advancement Plan. I’m pretty sure that was the last time I heard Portman speak about the grant. Thus far, it’s been a pipe dream. (Opium pipe not required, of course.)
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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:56 AM
    This past weekend provided one of the more peculiar events since the day back in the summer of 2009 when I was debating about buying The Highland County Press from previous owner William Latham. My family and I were attending a Cincinnati Reds game and the stadium scoreboard message was “Happy Birthday, William Latham.” I saw it first. I nudged Pam and pointed toward the centerfield digital scoreboard. She saw it, too. Then, in a moment, it was gone. That was our “Field of Dreams” message along the lines of former Major Leaguer Moonlight Graham. The peculiarities have not stopped since.
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  • Saturday, July 14, 2018 5:02 AM
    Since all of us are sinners in varying degrees, it’s more politically expedient to practice from the Gospel of Matthew than the Book of Proverbs. This is reminiscent of Al Gore’s "settled science" on global warming. But as H.L. Mencken noted, “It is not what one believes about religion, but what one forgets about it.”
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  • Friday, July 6, 2018 5:29 PM
    As the nation celebrates its 242nd birthday, and as the city of Hillsboro celebrates its annual Festival of the Bells, there is cause for just a bit more celebration this week. On July 3, Hillsboro City Council member and council president pro tempore Justin Harsha informed me of his decision to run for mayor of Hillsboro in 2019.
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  • Friday, June 29, 2018 7:34 PM
    From all indications, the 30 or so elected officials of the Highland County Republican Party Central Committee will have what ought to be a rather arduous task in naming a replacement for former Highland County Board of Commissioners president Shane Wilkin. But are they rushing the process? Or is there a predetermined outcome?
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  • Monday, June 25, 2018 4:46 PM
    Walter Brennan also recorded a few popular songs, including the classic “Old Rivers" about an aging farmer and his mule. This was released in 1962. For an Ohio and a Ted Williams connection, on the flip side of the forty-five RPM was “The Epic Ride of John H. Glenn.” Glenn was in Williams’ flight squadron during the Forgotten War in Korea and the two remained lifelong friends in spite of any political differences.
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  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7:21 PM
    On his final day as a Highland County commissioner, new State Rep. Shane Wilkin thanked the newspapers for providing an important service to the community. He did not thank any television networks. He did not thank any radio stations. He did not thank social media or the internet. He thanked NEWSPAPERS and their ability to inform the community.
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  • Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:59 PM
    For the past decade, I’ve seen Shane Wilkin on more Wednesday mornings than I care to – or probably can – remember. From my perspective – with absolutely no entangling alliances – Shane has been a hard-working county commissioner. As president of the Board of Commissioners since 2009, he has been forged in fiscal fire on many occasions.
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