Opinion – 1st Place – by Andrea Cordle, The Messenger On a recent Saturday morning I sat in my car, driving my dog, Frankie to see the vet. It would be his last trip to the vet. It would be his last car ride. As I drove to say myRead More →

Personal Column – 1st Place Pipelines are webs of denial Last year I attended a workshop that demonstrated a free phone app called “Frac Tracker.” The instructor explained this app was started by a nonprofit organization of the same name. Its purpose was to share maps, data and analysis relatedRead More →

Personal Column – 2nd Place Senior Vets Can Receive Healthcare And Financial Help According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), there are over 9.5 million veterans over the age of 65 in the country. The VA helps senior veterans address financial and health obstacles through funds, programs, andRead More →

Personal Column – 2nd Place Ease, Don’t Sneeze, Into Spring! Spring is finally here and there’s much to celebrate! One, the days are brighter and warmer. Two, birds are chirping, rabbits are hopping, and colorful flowers are blooming. And three, Mass will be attended, eggs will be dyed, and basketsRead More →

Personal Column – 3rd Place Ready for Deployment: An Organization Dedicated to Animal and Military Welfare Have you ever had a pet that was your constant companion, your child, and your other half? Have you ever imagined what it would be like to suddenly have to part with such anRead More →

Personal Column – Honorable Mention COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU Now that summer movie season is in full swing, am I the only one who feels a little underwhelmed? And that’s not just because Avengers: Endgame swept all the box office records. Blockbuster season isn’t quite what itRead More →

Trying to determine what’s working at community papers by: Kevin Slimp I will remember fall ’19 as a season of research. I was involved in two major newspaper studies: one related to Millennials for North Dakota Newspaper Foundation and one to determine how community newspapers benefit (or suffer) from theirRead More →

By Dedra Cordle, Columbus Messenger Featured Story – 1st Place Like many children his age, Jaiden Gray is just looking to make a connection. He tries to strike up conversations about popular subjects, is always willing to share his beloved Legos, and generally loves sharing in the company of hisRead More →

By Rick Palsgrove, Columbus Messenger Featured Story – 2nd Place Some giants are hidden in plain sight. Recently Marc DeWerth of the organization Big Trees Ohio came across two such giants in southern Madison Township. The Bur Oak “I was driving home from Tar Hollow and was heading toward GroveportRead More →

By Rick Palsgrove, Columbus Messenger Featured Story – 2nd Place Sailor the horse earned his retirement after 10 years of pulling the plow and performing other heavy farm work. On July 6, Sailor, an 18-year-old Percheron standard bred cross gelding who has worked closely with the public at Metro Parks’Read More →