Plenty of work to do as session winds down

This fall, the Ohio Legislature moves into “lame duck session;” the period between the election of our new legislators and the beginning of the...

Big government hurting drug market

In recent weeks, much concern has been raised about the EpiPen, an epinephrine auto injector produced by the pharmaceutical company, Mylan. Epinephrine is an...

I deserved the prize for wearing tights

As The Early Bird/Bluebag Media was getting ready for its annual Halloween Parade in downtown Greenville my mind raced back to my younger days...

Has Ohio conquered the Third Frontier?

Initially authorized by Ohio voters in 2002 with a $1.6 billion state investment and reauthorized in 2010 with an additional $700 million, the Ohio...

Former Little makes impact as Big Sister

Though it seems like not long ago Amanda was involved as a Little in the Big Brother Big Sisters program, she has now transitioned...

Predictable scandal & schizophrenic box of chocolates

As this election season goes on, it seems to me that this is getting more and more clear that our nation is so torn...

Deer season is now underway in Ohio

For motorists, a deer hunter is the best defense between you and an auto insurance claim. In Ohio, hunters are a critical part of...

The Whiny Baby, Thumb Sucker

This week would have been a good week for my daughter to volunteer to write this column. It's not been a horrible week, but...

Commissioners’ Corner

Sept. 22 was the official first day of autumn. Autumn means cooler weather, high school football is going strong, and it won’t be long...

Increasing the limit for Small Claims Courts

Small businesses make up a large pillar of our western Ohio economy. For that reason, I am always supportive of all proposed measures that...

My kids wonder why I’m grumpy

I don't know if it's age or if it's because I'm grossly out of shape. Maybe it's because it seems like I jump from...

Volunteer mentor inspired by TV show

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County can thank talk show host, Kelly Ripa for their new Big Sister, Mindy.  Mindy was...

Looking at the future of Ohio Agriculture

Last month, thousands of Ohioans from across the state flocked to their annual county fairs and the Ohio State Fair to showcase the best...

Senior Year and the Dog Made It

This year is going to be one like my wife and I have never experienced. We have a senior in high school and in...

Commissioners’ Corner

August has come and gone. Hot, humid weather, followed by flash rain storms and in some places flooding, the start of high school football,...

Ruminations at one year

I’ve had a lot of fun with the “Tourism Talks” column since its inception several months ago. My editorials thus far have focused on...

Greenville welcomes students to the new school year

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. Our administration and staff are eager to begin another year with the students, parents, grandparents, and community members...

Rolling out online voter registration

This past spring the General Assembly was hard at work writing a bill to create an online voter registration system.  This legislation was extremely...

If Surber says we need – we need it

In my 20-plus years of working at The Early Bird I've had my share of ups-and-downs with the county's elected officials and when I...

September is a safe driving reminder

Life is full of distractions. Driving can offer a rare moment of escape from the buzzing of our smart phones and the demands of...