Local Columns

Clarence and the Bearded Lady

Clarence Rinehart, president of the Toby Tyler Circus Collectors Club of Castor and Environs, enjoyed a weakness for slim women and big tops, so it surprised no one when he hopped onto the circus train after falling for the bearded lady, leaving his wife and young son in the Shadows. Tatiana ...

ROUTE 11 ACCIDENT

As truck drivers Clarence Wilkins (pictured above) and Doug Ruby rounded a curve on state Route 11 Friday, they found themselves facing a head-on collision with 75-year-old John Thomas of Youngstown, who was driving north in the southbound lane. With 50 years of driving experience Wilkins, who ...

Life in the Shadows

In anticipation of Father’s Day, I took a stroll through town and asked people to share memories of what Little Bull Burson calls the “Hairy Parent.” Space does not permit me to list them all, but here are some of my favorites: Wilson Hahn says he remembers his father telling him that ...

Commissioners approve transportation contracts

LISBON —Separate contracts that would continue providing subsidized transportation for Medicaid recipients and the working poor were approved this week by Columbiana County commissioners. The contracts are between the county Department of Job and Family Services and the Community Action ...

Woody Wheeler

September 12, 1930, promised to be a great day for baseball as the Sycamore Shadows “Fighting Buttonballs” took the field to the cheers of the local crowd. The leadoff hitter for the Castor County Poorhouse “Screaming Indigents” strolled to the batter’s box. On the mound for the ...

America’s divorce from the Paris Accord

Thursday afternoon in the Rose Garden, President Trump announced that the United States is exiting the Paris Climate Accord, a multinational pact dedicated to fighting climate change. We are the first nation to withdraw since the alliance of 195 countries was formed in 2015. Adding to his ...

Museum of Sycamore Shadows

Experience the culture and folkways of America’s most unusual small town when the Museum of Sycamore Shadows begins its 80th summer season on May 21. Named one of the ten best small-town museums in the country by Folklust magazine. Admission to the museum is free. Limited parking is ...

Life in the Shadows

Herman Yost says he has trained his slohund, Lancaster, to locate ripe raspberries, and intends rent him out by the hour. Note: Seldom seen outside of rural communities, the slohund is a breed of hound developed in the late 19th century by Amish farmers in need of an intelligent, sturdy, ...

Miss Vivian

Miss Vivian moved to Sycamore Shadows just after World War II, beginning work in the lingerie department at Hibb’s Department Store the next morning. Sixty-eight years later, she still works every day the business is open at the only job she has known. The years have taken their toll and ...

Walk 4 Autism Donation

East Liverpool High School Job Training Program and Heritage Thermal Services (HTS) teamed up for a hot dog sale in early April to raise money for the Walk 4 Autism event, scheduled today at Thompson Park. HTS employees donated the food and grilled the hot dogs that were served by the students, ...