Palindromes and semordnilaps

A phenomenon in our family is over and if all goes well it should happen again, but it doesn't bring me much excitement. My...

Commissioner’s Corner

May has certainly been an entertaining month in the Commissioner’s office. It seemed like every day there was a new challenge to deal with....

10 Reasons Why 4-H Camp Matters

Imagine this, laughter, stories, crafts, swimming, games, snorkeling, exploring, rope climbing, sleeping under the stairs, dancing, fishing, friendships, campfires, silly songs, and a really...

Kudos to Riffle, McCabe on top awards

I think the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and Darke County Visitors Bureau did a great job in selecting Marty McCabe and Andrew Riffle,...

Grant programs drive broadband expansion

As part of a largely rural community, I understand the challenges that still exist regarding dependable internet access, even in the 21st century. Technology...

I’m done with being a shade tree mechanic

I'm putting out a help wanted notice for Dodge. I have nothing to do with hiring, but I can tell they are in desperate...

Summer can be a problem for some students

Now that school is out, graduates have received their diplomas, and summer break is underway; many people are looking forward to vacations, family gatherings,...

Take time to hug those close to you

This week, which in the past has always been special as my wife Peggy and I normally celebrate our wedding anniversary, took on a...

Next of Kin legislation 10-years in the making

I have dedicated the past 16 years to serving Ohioans in the Statehouse, and I can remember each piece of legislation I have introduced...

Your daughter is just like you

When I get a phone call from my beautiful bride of 20-plus years and the first words out of her mouth are not hello...

Honoring my mother on Mother’s Day

It's Mother's Day, and it's time to reflect on what my mother, Bea (Riffell) Moody, has been like. This 90-year-old woman was a strong woman,...

Building a Better World Together

In only 7 days…policies were proposed, friendships formed, laughs were shared, memories were made, and lives were changed during the annual 91st National 4-H...

Big day is approaching

Since my column is scheduled for today and not next Sunday, I'll reflect on the future. Next Sunday is May 6 – a big day...

Big Buddies already preparing for next year

As the school year draws to an end, our 2017-2018 Big Buddies program comes to an end as well.  Big Buddies is a nine-month...

Protecting Net Neutrality

High-speed Internet is an absolute necessity, and the free flow of information is vital to our everyday lives. It impacts the way we live,...

Church won’t be the same

Rose Hill Country Church lost a good pastor, Don Brode, on March 26. We attended church there for several years and really enjoyed going there....

This week’s column isn’t going to kill me

I'm alive, but just barely. And now I'm living every day like it could be my last. I've always thought my last breath would come...

4-H: A Passport to Possibilities

What is 4-H? Believe it or not that is the most common question I hear, but always my favorite to answer. I feel delighted...

Strengthening efforts to access services

We all know the universal number to call in the event of an emergency but what about a non-emergency number that can help guide you to local resources,...

What’s ahead for this spring?

Spring has sprung and it's now time to think of more positive changes in our lives. Son Jamie and I have lost some weight and...