As crispy coolness fills the air with the return of the sweet tang of apples and fresh pumpkins, there is no doubt that summer is fading into fall. At the Yoder home, this season is a welcome change.

At Walnut Elementary School, a student from each homeroom is chosen as the “Student of the Month” by the staff members at Walnut. The students are recognized for improvement in grades or good grades, good attendance or improvement in attendance, character, behavior, attitude toward others/le…

The Teays Valley Educational Foundation recently awarded Scioto Elementary School first grade teacher Dawn Wasem a $360.59 grant to continue her problem-based learning project focused on conservation. The project centers around reducing consumption, as well as recycling some of the waste the…

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The Pickaway County Retired Teachers Association presented its annual “Tools for Schools” to the Logan Elm School District for the 2019-2020 school year. Marcia Smith went to each of the schools in the Logan Elm District with the school supplies. The supplies were very well received. Picture…

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Each month, Teays Valley West Middle School staff members recognize students for being “On a Roll.” Each staff member, including bus drivers, teachers, cafeteria workers, aides, etc., can nominate a student for demonstrating qualities that are respectful, responsible and/or remarkable. Congr…

It’s early in the morning. I was up with two of the children at 4:30; after a while, they settled down, so I decided to stay up and enjoy a few quiet hours. My usual quiet moments in the morning had fizzled out the last few weeks as the children had a little cold, just enough to disturb thei…

At South Bloomfield Elementary School, a student from each grade level is chosen by the staff members as the “Champion of the Month.” The students are recognized for knowing their “ABC’s”... good attendance, behavior and character. Congratulations to the September “Champions of the Month!” K…

The Teays Valley Educational Foundation recently awarded Teays Valley East Middle School school counselor Mary Langenfeld a $180 grant to purchase books that address a range of social-emotional issues teens face, including common issues such as depression and anxiety, as well as more specifi…

The Teays Valley Educational Foundation recently awarded Scioto Elementary School 5th grade teacher Kimber Bandy a $1,700 grant to purchase four Node chairs to add to the flexible seating options that she added to her classroom last school year through a TVEF grant.”Thank you to the Teays Va…

Repeatedly we hear from you readers whose favorite topic is the one I enjoy writing about the most (that is next to writing about hubby, of course). So this week I’ll plunge into the topic of our rapidly growing children.

Dear Abby: I live in Atlanta, and my family lives four hours south. My brother travels here often to visit his girlfriend and their son. I never know he’s in town unless another family member mentions it or he posts a photo of himself at a local landmark.

Dear Abby: I am a female in my mid-20s. My whole life I have been in a constant state of exhaustion. When I was in school, I’d try so hard not to fall asleep in class. (I actually enjoyed school and got good grades.) But when I got home, I’d have to take a nap before doing my homework or cho…

Dear Readers: Dockless Electric Scooters are a new, environmentally safe, cheap and convenient method to quickly get around town, but there are concerns. Laws vary from city to city; everyone’s safety is paramount. Here are a few things to know about dockless scooters:

After battling cancer courageously for six years, my 74-year-old Uncle Paul passed away. We knew he had been losing out and that he was longing to go to his Heavenly home. Paul and his wife, Naomi, held a special place in my heart. Way back when I was 17 years old, I had been their maud (mai…

Dear Readers: School is well underway, kids are outside walking to class, and of course the big yellow school buses are out and about. Here are some safety hints and rules for the road for the typical motorist, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov):

Angela Marie Snyder and Michael Jason Withem invite you to share in the joy as they exchange wedding vowels at 3 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2019 at Lake Alma State Park at the lakeside gazebo. A celebration will follow with family and friends. The couple plan to honeymoon in Florida at St Pete’s Beach…

CHILLICOTHE — Ohio University Chillicothe plans to host the third annual Health & Safety Fair on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at the Shoemaker Center. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Approximately 35 local agencies will be participating in the event.