Business

When faced with adversity, leaders remain calm

In April 1983, my brother, Jack, and I were trapped on the uninhabited side of the Current River by a historic flood. None of the weather forecasts from Poplar Bluff, Missouri where we began this adventure, even hinted at the scale of this flood. The rain did not let up for eleven hours ...

It may be time to stop itemizing your taxes

Around this time of year, many taxpayers begin the annual ritual of pondering The Big Question: Do I take the standard deduction or spend time hunting for receipts and filling out extra forms to itemize? The decision largely boils down to whether itemizing will reduce your taxable income more ...

Experience life to better understand situations

In July of 1995, I flew to Seattle and took a bus to Vancouver to catch a Holland America cruise to Alaska by way of the Inside Passage. The bus overheated once but with some rest on the side of the road and some comic relief from a guy from Tennessee and me, we finally made it. My third day ...

Explore new ideas in the workplace, adventure awaits

My brother, Jack, and I spent a week in Tobago off the coast of Venezuela in 1998. Every meal of the Caribbean cuisine was impressive and delicious. Some of the fantastic food I enjoyed included flying fish with butter and wine sauce, salmon, kingfish, pumpkin soup, and rotis, an Indian dish ...

The measure of a leader is action in a crisis

In April of 1983, my brother, Jack, and I were beginning a 10-day archaeological survey of the banks of the Current River in Southcentral Missouri. In the middle of the night, a steady rain began. By 4 a.m., we decided that, with the first rays of light, an evacuation was in order. With ...

Local design firm earns 10th excellence award

From local reports Copper Leaf Interior Design of Marietta recently earned its 10th Design Excellence Award at the Ohio South/Kentucky chapter of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) annual design competition. This group is the oldest and largest professional association for the ...

Washington Electric Cooperative names Triplett general manager

From local reports The Washington Electric Cooperative board of trustees has appointed Jeffrey M. Triplett as the cooperative’s general manager/CEO. He succeeds Jack Bragg, who has accepted a position as president and CEO of Shelby Energy Cooperative, Inc., in northern Kentucky. Triplett ...

Electric co-op celebrates re-build project

From local reports Washington Electric Cooperative, Inc. celebrated the completion of its South Olive substation rebuild project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 26. AEP Ohio, AEP Ohio Transmission Company Inc., Buckeye Power, and Washington Electric reached an agreement in 2014 to ...

Learn from the successes, failures of the past

As an anthropologist, my brother, Jack, has always been interested in the stories of people, especially those of his own family. For several years, he urged Mom to write her stories. Each time she dismissed his request and did nothing to document her stories. Finally, in 1988, Mom wrote a ...

The Times publishing two books on Marietta’s history

The Marietta Times is publishing two books this fall that showcase Marietta's past with hundreds of photos. More than 600 photos are presented in "Around Town" and "Picturesque Past," hard-back books showcasing the people and places that have added to the fabric of life in the area since the ...

Keep calm in chaotic situations

In 1997, my brother Jack and I were in transit to San Jose, Costa Rica, when the plane was abruptly redirected to Panama City, Panama. After the plane landed in Panama City, the airport and ground transportation were not ready for 208 people arriving unexpectedly. It took about an hour to ...

Leaders learn to be flexible in all circumstances

My family moved to Malaga in 1961. The old farm house only had three bedrooms so sleeping arrangements were cramped at times. Mom and Dad claimed one bedroom upstairs and Joe and I had separate beds in the other upstairs bedroom. Sylvia and Jack slept in the downstairs bedroom. Jack was 5 and ...

Good leadership requires an ability to incite the desire to learn

A number of years ago, my nephew, Adin, expressed an interest in learning how to make an arrowhead from my brother Jack. Jack learned how to make stone tools (flintknapping) 40 years ago. In the late 1970s, there were not a whole lot of people who knew how to flintknap. My brothers and I had ...

Leaders must rely on their problem-solving skills

The barn is the hub of activity for any farm. I spent my share of time there playing with the cats. Twice a day at milking time they all gathered around the feet of the cows and begged for some milk, which they always got. The young ones soon learned to sit although impatiently until I directed ...

Leaders must pass their values on to their workers

When I was a boy, the air of early August days were filled with the screams of the cicada and the wail of the katydids. Around football practices, our days were consumed with harvesting and selling sweet corn. Dad and we boys planted and cultivated about five acres of sweet corn. Several times ...

Threats from a leader indicate failed leadership

While a production foreman in an underground coal mine, I had to mediate a conflict between two crew members. I had two roof bolting machines on my section. The scoop car man, who supplied the bolting machines, and the roof bolter operators were aggravated with each other because the scoop car ...

Marietta Main Street seeking new director

Marietta Main Street announced today that Executive Director Cristie Thomas has accepted a new position, with her final departure coming mid-September. “I absolutely love Main Street and am proud of our board, our committee volunteers, and our collaborative partners for the work we’ve ...

Leaders must encourage open, honest communication

Coal mining throughout most of the 1970s was filled with various types of strikes. Wildcat strikes were the most unpredictable. The actual signal to strike or not to strike often occurred at the elevator doors. A strike leader would emerge who had the confidence of the union members. This ...

Briefcase

Board certified in addiction medicine Raymond Bruce Henthorn, M.D., was recently awarded board certification in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. The newly recognized Board of Addiction Medicine began physician board certification process in 2017 and Dr. ...

Business summit in Piketon

The Workforce & Business Development Program, a division of the Community Action Committee of Pike County and OhioMeansJobs-Pike County are partnering with the OSU Endeavor Center, the Small Business Development Center, and the OSU Extension Agency to offer a one-day business summit, ...