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You probably have fond memories of trick-or-treat as part of Halloween, wearing some sort of costume, simple or elaborate, and going door to door to fill a bag or plastic jack-o’-lantern with candy and snacks.

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Last week many people noticed a strange, smokey sky over much of the country, not realizing why it was there. The haze was smoke carried across the U.S. by the jet stream from the giant wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington.

Each week the Times-News features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.

The following, written by Sean Dietrich, as part of his Sean of the South blog, details a stopover in Cumberland while navigating the Great Allegany Passage and C&O Canal earlier this week. It was released to the Times-News with the author’s permission.

It’s always best to right a wrong whenever humanly possible, to rectify a situation in which someone has been treated unfairly. With his signature, President Donald Trump can correct a mistake made more than seven decades ago and pay tribute to a soldier who showed great courage and selfless…

The Preamble to our Constitution begins with a significant pronoun, “WE, the People of the United States,…” The danger, perhaps for all of us is in not looking beyond the pronouns “me, myself, and I.” Whether entering the voting booth or simply making the everyday decisions of life, a mindse…

Earlier this week, the American Lung Association placed Washington, D.C., in the top 10 metro areas in the U.S. that would reap the benefits from a gradual transition to electric vehicles by 2050.

Fire companies, rescue squads and other nonprofit organizations in the region are having a difficult time finding enough volunteers to cover the bases.

As the West Virginia Mountaineers toppled the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky at home this past weekend in their season opener, they had the dubious distinction of the only football game in town.

The following editorial appeared in the Herald of Sharon, Pennsylvania, a CNHI newspaper. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Times-News.

One of our reporters, Greg Larry, recently wrote a story about Frostburg resident Albert Raley, who threw his hat in the mix for the presidency, managing to get his name on the ballot as a write-in candidate in 42 states. Raley is not alone in this, as hundreds of people across the United St…

Each week the Times-News features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.

Our 15-year-old, a junior in high school, just started his online remote schooling today. I’m so very, very grateful! I’m grateful that he and his teachers and the rest of the school don’t have to expose themselves to the dreadful risk of contracting COVID-19. I’m grateful that we live in a …

Americans viewing morning TV shows on Sept. 11, 2001, watched with heightened interest, and then shock, as what first seemed like a freak accident quickly turned into a coordinated aerial attack against the United States.

You likely have heard some version of the rhetorical question, a bit of jokingly delivered sarcasm given as an answer when something is obvious, concerning bears and their bowel habits in the woods.

Just as Memorial Day heralds the unofficial beginning of summer, with its time at the swimming pool or beach, family reunions and other outdoor activities, Labor Day marks the symbolic end of warm weather pursuits, bookends for a season.

Each week the Times-News features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.

Cellphones and social media have revolutionized the way families and friends connect and keep in touch, but their dark side of misinformation and outright lies has led to armed confrontations, injury and death.

Many people don’t have enough to eat during good times, but the global pandemic and accompanying economic downturn has multiplied the number of Americans who are unsure of when or what their next meal will be.

A family buys an old farmhouse flanked by pasture in an idyllic mountain community. While doing upkeep on the house, they find one of the walls has a termite infestation. However, before they can get it all squared away, a few days later, someone forgets to close a basement door and a soon-t…

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