Last month, while attending the spring conference of The Apostolic Churches of the Lord Jesus Christ, we enjoyed two meals at a Bob Evans restaurant in Boardman, Ohio.
The book of Ecclesiastes is often attributed to King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. Though he was wise in many ways, King Solomon was not perfect. But he did realize that there has to be a balance in our lives, and perhaps his most recognized writing is that in the third chapter, in…
The Brookville Borough Council had one of its native sons propose a Riverwalk project this week. Many seem to be already in favor of it and it would beautify the area along the rivers that converge in Brookville.
Not everyone is drawn to small town living. Some people prefer the anonymity of city living. And while I will grant that city living may offer a wider variety of restaurants or more chances to attend top star performances, it still doesn’t have what we find here in Jefferson County.
I had the pleasure a week or so ago to sit down with Ellen Neyman for a chat. I had heard her comment that she lived on the family farm and that the farm had been in her family for more than 100 years. That fact prompted me to reach out to Ellen to learn more. She graciously agreed to talk w…
Do you know anyone who has a treasure chest, where they keep mementos of special moments from their past? Those hidden treasures might be a flower, a ribbon, a card, a coin – anything that brings back memories of a person or time that we want to remember always.
Time doesn’t stand still. That very true phrase was brought home to me as I had a chance to see the Jefferson County Emergency Center and talk to the people who work there.
There is nothing like a Holy Ghost filled church convention to shake out the cobwebs that may have accumulated in heart, mind and soul over the winter months.
Saturday was a beautiful day in Brookville. The day itself was cold despite the sunshine, but the weather wasn’t what made it such a beautiful day. The people who braved the cold to do for others is what really warms the heart.
With the recent school shootings and even threats of violence in our own high school, safety for those in the schools has become a daily topic of conversation. The questions I hear most often is “Why” and “How could this happen?”
This morning the daily thought on my desk calendar asked a question: “If it were against the law to be a Christian, would there be enough evidence in your life to convict you?”
How often have we heard in recent years about the dangers of texting and driving? Alas, nothing seems to change though as we drive along. People are forever looking at their cellphones.
Because Randy Bartley had been the editor of the Jeffersonian Democrat for a quarter-century, and a staff member for even longer, it follows that some readers took his editorship and his weekly "A View from Main Street" essays for granted, much as we expect to see the courthouse clock tower …
BROOKVILLE — My perspective of Randon “Randy” Bartley, as editor of the Jeffersonian-Democrat newspaper, initiated in November of 1994 when one of the several freelance writers at the time, Joey Ann Payne, introduced me to him.
Teaching a young child — whether in the home, a school, a Sunday school class or other setting — is one of the greatest blessings an adult can enjoy. When that child chooses you as his/her confidant, you have been entrusted with the most tender of feelings.
News is not a popular word. Sometimes the news can make us feel scared. Sometimes the news can make us feel angry. Sometimes the news can make us argue with each other. And all too often, our media administrators use the news to manipulate the public for all of those intended effects. It’s a…
Over the course of my career as the editor of the Jeffersonian-Democrat, I have written approximately 1,460 Views from Main Street. This will be the last. I am leaving the paper at the end of this month.
I very seldom visit Facebook, because there are too many tidbits posted that I don’t need or want to know. But occasionally I do find myself checking the site, especially when I get a notice that one of my nieces or a special friend has posted a comment.
As we begin a new year, perhaps it would be wise to look back over the past year and see where we need to make changes in our life. One such place might be the source(s) of our information.
Given the current toxic political climate the 2018 congressional elections are likely going to be among the most divisive, hardest fought mid-term elections in U.S. history. Penn’s Woods will be a significant, possibly decisive battlefield as the GOP fights to maintain its majorities in both…
As I sit in my office the snow is gently falling outside. This snow is the first significant accumulation of the season. For me, it is not a time of celebration. I do not look forward to shoveling sidewalks, scraping windshields, stepping into hidden puddles and sliding on icy walks and road…
We’ve had a couple weeks now to recover from the Thanksgiving festivities which filled our homes, followed by the near-madness of Black Friday. Sunday the countdown began. Young and old alike are turning the tabs on their advent calendars, counting the days until Christmas.
Recently Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill that expanded gambling “opportunities” in Pennsylvania. This was part of the deal to try and balance Pennsylvania’s budget. It was a bad deal.
Veterans Day is an event that is often overlooked these days. It wasn’t always so. Not so very long ago the streets would be lined with people honoring veterans. There would be a parade and marching bands.
History is a great teacher. History shows us the problems faced by our ancestors and how they resolved those problems. A study of history also illustrates two things: We seldom learn from our previous mistakes and, secondly the human condition, in spite of our great advances in technology, h…
We are hearing a lot about plans these days. Having a plan is a good thing. Hopefully having a good plan will avoid pitfalls and save the government, that is to say you and me, money.