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Quality People, By Bob Robinson
They keep talking about “The Golden Years.” I’m not sure who came up with the phrase, but I don’t think it was anyone in their “golden years.” According to Sandra Snider, faithwriters.com, it was strictly economic. Financial service providers and retirement community builders coined it to spin the myth that old age is a lot like childhood… no more responsibilities. Sit back and enjoy! “The life you’ve waited your… read more.
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State Representative Richard Adams… Ohio House Will Continue Focusing on Jobs, Education
 It is custom at the beginning of every legislative term for the legislature to lay out goals, as well as ideas for how best to achieve them. These ideas focus on issues that are most important for the state. Often, while other issues obviously surface along the way, the top policy issues that are established at the beginning of the General Assembly require the most time and attention. The biggest priority of House Republicans under Speaker… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… But white girls are always on a diet, aren't they? By Aprill Brandon
You guys...I don't know. Is it just me or does this new year just seem...I don't know...a bit lackluster? A bit blah? I mean, 2013? Thirteen itself is just a crappy number. Unlucky, even. And was anyone happy when they turned 13? Of course not. You had acne and hair sprouting in weird places and were the very definition of awkward and everyone hated you because you were SUPER annoying. Even the end of the world Mayan prediction… read more.
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Life with Levi… Levi’s first hotel stay, By Amanda Rodeheffer-Olson, Assistant Editor
This past weekend, our little family ventured to the big city of Indianapolis to visit my grandmother, aunt and uncle.  Normally, we would have stayed overnight with them, but since this was Levi’s first official night away from home, we opted for a hotel instead. When we first arrived at the hotel, Levi thought the elevator ride was cool. He giggled when it took off and again when it stopped on our floor. Next was the hallway. For… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Death Tax Now a Part of Ohio History
A few weeks ago, while people around the world counted down the end of 2012, around here the celebration could have been counting down the elimination of Ohio’s death tax. The estate tax, or “death tax,” in Ohio dates back to the late 19th century, when it was first adopted. This regressive and outdated taxing method has become a major impediment to economic growth and has cost companies and family farms a great deal of money, sometimes forcing… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… The Pizza Principle, By Aprill Brandon
You know, I often wonder what it'll be like when I'm old. You know, like, when I'm 35. Ha! I kid. Thirty-five is now the new 12. You're not technically old until 44. Everyone knows that. But seriously, I do often wonder how things will be when I'm in my 70's and I'm (hopefully) a grandmother to grandkids who are way less messed up than my actual kids. And they all gather around their Ninja Gammy (<-----trademarked) and ask "What was it like… read more.
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Life with Levi… Lambie goes into hiding, By Amanda Rodeheffer-Olson, Assistant Editor
It finally happened. The dreaded flu bug has finally made it’s way into our house. We’ve all been getting by pretty well. Had some sniffles, coughs, and a couple of colds, but nothing as bad as this. And, of course, the baby would have to get it first. Poor little Levi. He went to bed last night just fine, and woke up this morning with tummy troubles. And poor Daddy was home alone with the baby when the flu bug reared its ugly head… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… A Simple Principle: No Budget, No Pay
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following column discussing legislation that will require both the House and Senate to pass a budget, and withhold member pay if they fail: “When I and my Republican colleagues were entrusted with the majority in the House of Representatives in 2010, we committed ourselves to addressing our nation's debt problem and re-establishing trust between the American people… read more
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A Darke County Editorial Icon… Paul Ackley joins CNO
Paul Ackley has been an active Editorial Cartoonist for over thirty years. In 2009 and 2010, he was awarded ‘Best Editorial Cartoonist' by the Ohio Associated Press. Ackley has a drawing displayed in House Speaker John Boehner's Washington D.C. office... Click below for the complete biography. Paul will be joining CNO each Monday. You never know what he has on his mind, so you won’t want to miss a single post… click here.
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Modern Day Pied Piper, That’s My Opinion By Bob Robinson
The so-called “Fiscal Cliff” was averted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The Senate passed the legislation in the early hours. The House, after much groaning and complaining, passed it just before midnight. Income tax was raised on those the Democrats referred to as “the rich” from 36 percent to 39.6 percent. “The rich,” by Dem definition, were single income filers earning $400K a year and joint filers earning $450K a… read more
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Staying Healthy During Flu Season
Following tragic reports of deaths from the flu in Ohio, Connie and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who have lost a loved one to this terrible and sudden illness. At the same time, we must actively take steps to prevent the illness from spreading. My office has been briefed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on new information about this season’s flu and the preventive steps Ohioans can take. Through sharing… read more
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Two Years of Targeting more Gun Rights and Freedoms
The issue of our gun possession rights remains paramount in this state. The importance of protecting the Second Amendment and improving concealed carry laws was a key topic of the Ohio General Assembly over the last two years. In west central Ohio, we know it is a matter of freedom. To our benefit the Ohio government passed three pieces of legislation in the gun owner’s favor. In the past two years, we fought tirelessly to enact laws that keep… read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… I don't know how she doesn't do it, By Aprill Brandon
Once upon a time (2010), in a land far, far away (exotic South Texas), there lived a woman (for lack of a better term) who was an expert at juggling many balls (not as dirty as it sounds). From dawn to dusk, the woman ran around (in a most elegant woman-like style), like a giant chicken with its head cut off (albeit in stylish and really, really painful heels). And then, suddenly one day, the woman… read more
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Life with Levi… The life of the party, By Amanda Rodeheffer-Olson
On Sunday afternoon, I hosted a Thirty-One party. Or should I say, Levi hosted a Thirty-One party. When I decided a few weeks back to host this party at my house, I knew that Levi would be at it, and I figured that he would be pretty good since my mom and sister would be there. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Thirty-One is a company that sells purses, bags and storage containers in cute, colorful patterns that can be personalized (and for… read more
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Magic coins in wonderland? By Jim Surber
I’ve decided that it is unfortunate that Lewis Carroll wasn’t born a century or so later than he was. Think of how much more inspiration he could have gleaned for his satirical works from our modern US government than from Victorian England. Consider this conversation between Alice and the Cheshire cat in his “Alice in Wonderland.” “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said… read more
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State Representative Jim Buchy... Two Years of Steps Forward in the Pro-Life Movement
The issue of life remains paramount in this state.  Governor Kasich and state leaders have made protecting and enhancing life an emphasis during the past two years.  While our team worked to balance a budget that included an $8 billion hole and put Ohioans back to work, we continued to provide a focus on the issue of life concurrently.  That focus was driven by the pro-life community, which has played a… read more
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Life’s Challenges, By Kathy Magoto
Life is busy and it seems that we all walk a thin line in life.  It’s a constant balancing act between our civic responsibilities, our personal and physical well being, as well as our spiritual growth.  For most of us we lose our peace when we struggle to find enough time, energy or money to accomplish the goals we deem important. For example, a friend of mine has been working lots of overtime, they have no personal… read more
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Removing Obstacles to Quality Education in Ohio
In the past two years you have heard a lot about changes to Ohio’s education system.   Through a cooperative effort between lawmakers, teachers, parents, and students, we have passed several bills that increase and improve educational opportunities for young Ohioans.  As we near the end of this General Assembly, I am proud to look back at everything the Ohio House has accomplished to strengthen Ohio’s schools… read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… It's the end of the world as the Mayans know it, By Aprill Brandon
Even though technically I'm writing this before the supposed end of the world on Dec. 21, I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that we didn't all meet our fiery doom simply because the Mayans got lazy with their math homework. And if I'm wrong, well, pffft... what are you going to do about it? Judge me? Shove it in my face? You're freaking dead. But even though this prophecy is complete bunk… read more
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Life with Levi… The Great Lambie Swap of 2012, By Amanda Rodeheffer-Olson
Meet Lambie. Lambie is Levi’s bestest friend in the whole wide world. If he were allowed, Levi would take Lambie everywhere! Lambie is a must at bedtime, and when Levi is sick. This poor lamb has been through it all… He’s been puked on, peed on, but thankfully never pooped on. And after a half dozen washes (even though the tag strictly forbids machine washing), Lambie stinks! Here’s a little background on Levi’s little lamb… read more
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Key to our success: Youth, Family & Community, By Bob Robinson
An Editor’s Perspective: Sports photos, Letters to Santa, Student Accomplishments & More
County News Online was “conceived” as a fundraising project for the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund. Net proceeds from CNO are used to provide scholarships to help our young people reach their college goals. We’ve made no bones about the fact that our purpose is unique… our goal is not to compete with other information sources… read more
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Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall… Joint Fire/EMS Districts: Are we Ready?
Several months ago I ask the question “Is now the time for joint fire and EMS districts in Darke County?” I wanted to set up a group to study the situation, but since this was such a hot button issue, I decided to do the research myself. I want to restate that I have no dog in this fight one way or the other. I was just trying to figure out if we are doing everything we can in the County to save lives and dollars. I do not hate firemen, (I helped start a fire department… read more
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Time to Fight Back, By Jana Kolling
There comes a time occasionally when a “tipping point” is reached and something has to happen.  It’s here.  26 people were killed in Connecticut, and the media spent 2 weeks up there uncovering the most gruesome details possible.  All the usual leftwing suspects go on their tiresome tirades about racism, hate, fear, guns and our despicable nation.  Now, any well-schooled conservative already knows the ends to their means.  Liberals MUST perpetuate racial… read more
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Speaker John Boehner… 2013 Must Be About Cutting Spending and Reforming the Tax Code
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement following passage of the Senate agreement on the fiscal cliff: “The federal government has a spending problem that has led to a $16 trillion national debt that threatens our country’s future. On the day after the election, I proposed that both parties work together to avert the fiscal cliff in a manner that would ensure 2013 is the year we finally enact entitlement reform and… read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… The 10 Canine Commandments, By Aprill Brandon
There comes a time in your relationship with your pet where you have to lay down the law. For me, that time was last week, when my dog, Buffy, almost ripped my arm out of its socket because he saw a SQUIRREL! Ignoring my pleas of "Stop it! Now! You are so grounded!" as I half-stumbled/half-ran behind him, Buffy broke the silent agreement we had (or at least I thought we had) that he would obey… read more
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2012: A Year of Good Times and Not so Good Times, That’s My Opinion By Bob Robinson
Good times. Where do I start? Family first. Always. Those of us who are so blessed need to remember that not everyone is so fortunate. Be grateful for the loved ones who surround you, and be compassionate toward those who may be suffering. County News Online. Nearly two and a half years ago this month, three Senior Scribes – Lyn Bliss, Kurt Fritsch and yours truly – sat at a table in the BRC cafeteria having a… read more
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Thoughts for the New Year… Share your time and your talents, By Kathy Magoto
Happy Holidays!  How did this phrase go from being preferred to barely acceptable?   This is just another example of the pendulum swinging too far left before it heads toward the right.   Personally I have nothing against the “all encompassing terminology.  We have Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years closely together and these are the holidays that affect the majority of us locally, but perhaps we know or… read more
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Life with Levi… Daddy’s Little Helper, By Amanda Rodeheffer-Olson
Well, we survived the “Blizzard” of 2012. Mommy and Levi didn’t leave the house until Thursday after the level 3 was dropped, but just because we didn’t leave the house doesn’t mean we didn’t have any fun! Since we got snowed in on the day after Christmas, that meant that Levi still had a few Christmas gifts that still hadn’t come out of the box (some assembly required). So once Daddy got home… read more
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