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It’s Up to Adults To Prevent Abuse

One in 10 children will be sexually abused by the age of 18, according to Darkness to Light, a prevention organization that has compiled five evidence-informed steps for parents to follow in order to help prevent, recognize and take appropriate action if abuse does occur. I first attended ...

Woman’s Past Still Haunts Her

Dear Annie: I want to tell you my story. My father was an alcoholic wife-beater. My crib was in a corner of my parents’ bedroom, and I have a vivid memory of him beating her as I stood in my crib crying in terror. He turned to me and warned that if I didn’t shut up, I would get some of the ...

Carter Taylor Seaton Examines West Virginia ‘Hippies’

Mountain State author Carter Taylor Seaton, visiting Wheeling again last week, offered an insightful presentation on “how a bunch of hippies came to West Virginia and made a difference.” She returned to Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library Tuesday to discuss her 2014 book, ...

Room and Board Stiff Price to Pay For Independence

DEAR ABBY: My daughter is graduating from high school and will be starting college. It was always her plan to go to a school away from our small town, and I supported that decision. However, six months ago she started dating her first real boyfriend. His parents have offered to pay all ...

Carter Taylor Seaton Examines ‘Hippies’ in West Virginia

Mountain State author Carter Taylor Seaton, visiting Wheeling again last week, offered an insightful presentation on “how a bunch of hippies came to West Virginia and made a difference.” She returned to Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library Tuesday to discuss her 2014 book, ...

It’s My Life

Dear Annie: I am a 20-year-old woman, and I feel that my family is toxic for me. My grandfather, aunts and uncles have raised me since I was 3 years old. I do not know where my father is, and my mother is not supporting me. (It goes without saying that she and I don’t have a great ...

Addiction Affects Entire Household

Dear Annie: My 52-year-old stepdaughter is on drugs and has been for 20 years. Her mom has had her removed from our home four or five times, but she is now back living here. She is causing so much stress to the whole family, and we do not know where to go for help. She refuses to go to any type ...

Virgin Fears She’s Waited Too Long

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 29-year-old female and still a virgin. This decision is mostly based on my religious beliefs, but also because I haven’t met the right guy. I have been struggling with this for several years because it seems my religious views and that of society are at odds. Rather than ...

Virgin Fears She’s Waited Too Long

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 29-year-old female and still a virgin. This decision is mostly based on my religious beliefs, but also because I haven’t met the right guy. I have been struggling with this for several years because it seems my religious views and that of society are at odds. Rather than ...

Father’s Habit Of Returning Food Hard to Swallow

DEAR ABBY: I am in my 30s and moved out of my parents’ home 10 years ago. Last week I decided to visit them, and we went out to eat. Dad has a habit of sending his food back to the kitchen — “My steak isn’t cooked enough,” or “My food is cold. Could you warm it up?” He even does ...

Man’s Cancer Secret Could Impact Others

DEAR ABBY: I’m writing in response to the man who wants to keep his cancer prognosis secret until he nears the end (“Keeping It to Myself,” Jan. 11). My mother was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer that had spread to her brain. Her dizziness is how we found out. She didn’t want ...

Urine Has Medicinal Properties

DEAR DR. ROACH: Regarding urine collection in boot camp, I had the same experience in the fall of 1962. As I remember the story, after a few weeks in “captivity,” our systems were cleaned out and our urine had medical value. A nearby drug company used it. I often have wondered about this, ...

Take a Spring Hike to Make Most of Season Change

Spring is here! The weather and temperature are changing. As the seasons change, so do our exercise needs. Many of us may have enjoyed our fitness indoors over the cold winter months, or perhaps you were not as active as you liked and just hibernated. Soon we will be able to get outdoors ...

Plan Ahead For Prom Expenses

Dear Readers: Prom season is almost upon us. This is a time of excitement, butterflies and magic for all high schoolers. There can be a problem, though. Paying for the prom can be a big obstacle for young ladies and young men, and their families. For the girls, there’s the dress, the ...

Facebook Affair With Ex Threatens Marriage

DEAR ABBY: My wife of 20 years has been electronically unfaithful. There have been covert telephone calls and late-night text messages to a boyfriend from long ago. He’s divorced and found her on Facebook, telling her he needed “advice on dating.” She admits to the phone calls and ...

Husband Packing On The Pounds

Dear Annie: My husband has gained about 15 pounds in as many months. “Robb” has been a naturally thin person all his life, or at least in the 10 years I’ve known him. I know he realizes he’s gained weight, because he’s mentioned how his clothes aren’t fitting well anymore, and ...

Second Thoughts After Boyfriend’s Condition Worsens

DEAR ABBY: I have been in a relationship for four years. My partner has fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. When we met, he had just found out. He was still active, working, and we had sex regularly. Fast forward: He is now on disability, not working at all, we rarely sleep together and he ...

Adventures In Tween Parenting

Because my 12-year-old daughter doesn’t have a phone (yet) and we don’t have a land line, communication when she’s at home and we’re not can be tricky. She’s doesn’t have a Facebook account (God forbid). Her iPad is too old for FaceTime and Instagram. We tried Hangouts, but while ...

Younger Wife Scams Family

DEAR ABBY: My elderly father remarried after my mother died two years ago. He married an acquaintance who is 30 years younger at the courthouse with no friends or family in attendance. He told this woman beforehand that there was a large widow’s pension he’d paid into for decades that he ...

Ensemble Performs In London

Happy Easter, readers! Peter Walker, son-in-law of Cheryl and Marc Harshman of Wheeling, has spent a memorable Holy Week in England. Walker’s musical group, Skylark Ensemble, was invited to perform in concert at St. John’s Smith Square in London on Good Friday. The concert was part of a ...