While photographing children excitedly receiving new winter coats at Church of the Nazarene in Sandusky, one adorable little girl caught my eye.

The 5-year-old was showing her new coat to a friend. “It has fur on it,” I heard her say as she did a little twirl.

6:06 PM Dec 23, 2013
I wrote a story recently on why Great Lakes shippers want the Army Corps of Engineers to do more dredging of Lake Erie’s shipping channels, and my piece included a quote from Glen Nekvasil praising the energy efficiency of Great Lakes freighters.
2:05 PM Dec 23, 2013
Maschari Brothers Wholesale Fruits and Vegetables is a fourth-generation tribute to the history of small-town, community business.
 
12:10 PM Dec 23, 2013

Naomi Twine found herself a rose between two thorns Friday when she was a guest on “Between the Lines Live” at sanduskyregister.com. She and commissioners-elect Dennis Murray and Dick Brady will be sworn in Jan. 3.

6:37 AM Dec 23, 2013

Call it a wave, a craze or an epidemic, cheap heroin on city streets and in rural areas of Ohio has become too common, and too costly to ignore. Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said alcoholism and drug addiction account for a majority of expenses to taxpayers for county jail services.

6:30 AM Dec 23, 2013

I live in Ohio now, but I'm originally from Oklahoma. I noticed some news from my old state this week.

9:03 PM Dec 22, 2013
For the last month, virtually everywhere I go and everything I do reminds me of my dear friend who passed away five years ago tomorrow.
6:33 PM Dec 22, 2013
The ground is frozen. The north winds are blowing. The trees, the shrubs and the flowers have gone into dormancy. There’s no getting around it – digging in the dirt is done for at least the next couple of months.
3:36 PM Dec 22, 2013
President Lincoln received a very important gift on Christmas Eve in 1864.
3:14 PM Dec 22, 2013
 
(Here's a guest post by Chicago writer Lynda Barckert, a native of Birmingham in Florence Township in Erie County. Hope everyone's local college kids had an easier time getting home than she did -- Tom)
 
10:02 PM Dec 21, 2013

Here is my annual "best books of the year" blog post, in which I ask some of my favorite people, including authors and pundits, which books particularly impressed them in the past year.

10:40 AM Dec 21, 2013
With U.S. military action in foreign lands becoming an almost common occurrence, what, exactly, might be our interests in these remote regions?
3:39 PM Dec 20, 2013

The following real estate transactions were the highest for the week ending Dec. 14, in Erie, Ottawa and Huron counties.

12:00 PM Dec 20, 2013
‘How to be your own health care advocate’
 
11:02 PM Dec 19, 2013
Are you ready to urge the sun to return to the sky?
 
3:00 PM Dec 19, 2013

A tradition that started with a small child on Santa's lap in 1980 has transformed into two grown men with children of their own smiling from Santa's lap.

2:57 PM Dec 19, 2013