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Friend’s Singing Hits Sour Note

Dear Annie: I go to a small school, with only a handful of people in my graduating year. We’ve all known one another since kindergarten and first grade, and we all spend our time talking and interacting as a group. Sometimes at the lunch table — or when a conversation dies down and ...

The Favorite Child

Dear Annie: It has been over a year since my sister and I had a falling-out. She used to live with me but moved in with my mother. I have tried to reconcile with her to keep harmony within the family. I have been unsuccessful. It appears that our mother has taken my sister’s side in our ...

College Corner

Bret Nadolski graduated cum laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in sport management and a minor in business administration. He has accepted a position with the Boy Scouts of America Ohio River Valley Council, as a district executive of the National Trail ...

Area Native Draws Praise For Rap Art

An Ohio Valley native is shining in the limelight for his creative collaboration with a Grammy award winner known professionally as Chance the Rapper. O.J. Hays, son of Judy and Okey Hays of McMechen, serves as art director for Chance, who was honored during the Grammy ceremony last Sunday ...

Bride Wants Guests To Be Accepting

DEAR ABBY: My fiance and I are getting married in a year. We have some very close gay friends, and I have gay family members on my mom’s side. The majority of our family is gay-friendly, but a few of them on my father’s side are very open about their dislike of the LGBT community. Our ...

Placebo Can Work Minus The Deception

DEAR DR. ROACH: I happened to come across your recent article on the placebo effect. As a professor of physiology, I understand perfectly your advice. And I sort of feel that the placebo effect can be a good one. If someone feels “relief” from taking a harmless substance, what’s the ...

Grandpa Foils Kids’ Vegetarian Diet

DEAR ABBY: I have been a vegetarian for 12 years. My husband has been one on and off for five years. I thought our children, 7 and 3, had never had meat in their lives. I recently found out that my father-in-law has been feeding them chicken nuggets from fast food. I was, and still am, ...

What a Mom Wishes for Her 13-year-old Daughter

On this, the occasion of Grace’s 13th birthday, I write to her. Grace, I love you unconditionally. There is nothing else I can tell you more important than that. I have been telling you since you were eight weeks too early —I love you to the moon and back. Today you are 13. There are ...

Developing An Exit Strategy

Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 34 years. He’s been emotionally and verbally abusive for the whole 34. He hit me a few times when we first got married (he was physically and verbally abused as a child), but he hasn’t hit me since then. However, he’s very bossy and ...

Mom of Two Heroin Addicts Seeks Support

DEAR ABBY: My daughter and son are heroin addicts. After living through this hell for 11 years, I have reached my breaking point. My daughter, who just turned 18, is in jail. My heart is broken. Therapists, parent sessions, etc. haven’t helped. I’m 60 years old and should be retiring, ...

Health Ad Gone Wrong

The other day, I noticed an interesting advertisement in a New York City subway. The ad showed an upside-down croissant with a sail inserted to make it look like a sailboat, along with the slogan, “WIND IN YOUR SAILS! FREE. HEALTHY BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM.” At first glance, I thought ...

Toxic Family Relationships Continue To Be Poisonous

Dear Annie: My ex-husband was emotionally, verbally and physically abusive, and he was a womanizer from the very beginning. So I divorced him in the 1980s; I then kept custody of our daughter. All was good between my daughter and me for 10 years — before my ex managed to work his way back ...

Friend Gets Overlooked

Dear Annie: I am so upset I’m beside myself. Every time I think about it, I get so angry I could spit! A neighbor and walking buddy of mine for many years, “Marie,” died last year, and no one in our circle of friends knew about it. We knew she was in failing health with Alzheimer’s ...

Many Paths Lead to Love

February is a month when many people show others that they love them. Maybe they buy gifts or cards, or take them out for a nice dinner. Feeling emotionally loved and cared for is one of the most important factors in any relationship. But have you ever done something special for someone and ...

Affair With Younger Woman May Be More About Money Than Love

DEAR ABBY: I am 68 and my husband is 80. I just found out he is involved with a 40-year-old woman. He says it is not an affair because they haven’t actually had sex! I don’t know what to do. Can you help me? — HEARTBROKEN IN NEW MEXICO DEAR HEARTBROKEN: Your husband may not be having ...

New Year’s Eve Kiss Shocks Her

Dear Annie: My husband and I went out with another couple for New Year’s Eve, “Bob” and “Sheryl.” Bob is a longtime friend and has been seeing Sheryl for the past year. Here’s the issue: After the clock struck midnight and everyone was sharing well-wishes and kisses and hugs, ...

She Wants More From Relationship

Dear Annie: I will very soon turn 68. I was with my ex-husband for 42 years before we divorced eight years ago. I dated several men in the first four years, but four years ago, I connected with a man I had dated in high school. We spend three nights a week together and a little of the day ...

Seems Like a Bad Way Of Breaking the News

Dear Annie: I am in the process of getting a divorce after 38 years of marriage. I’m wondering whether you could help me understand the way in which my husband “announced” he is having an affair. We went to a small-town festival, and he introduced me to a woman. I could tell there was ...

Lady Gaga Shares Fame With Family

Wheeling resident Ronnie Bissett now holds two distinctions that no one else in the Friendly City can claim: she has been “hit on” by former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw and her granddaughter starred in the Super Bowl halftime show. Bissett’s granddaughters include Stefani ...

Teen in Rut Seeks To Liven Things Up

DEAR ABBY: My life is boring, repetitive and I am often depressed. I have trouble talking to others, which makes things harder. Every day is the same: Get up, go to a long day of school, come home, do homework, play video games, draw, go to bed. The weekends aren’t much better. My family ...