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Past articles by Laura:

Carnation Festival back with some big changes

Several large events move to the city's historic downtown. → Read More

Canton speller falls out of Scripps National Bee

Nick Williams of Tuscarawas Central Catholic Junior High was competing in national event for first time. → Read More

12 veteran spellers pack Repository bee roster

Four-time competitor, others with previous experience to be part of virtual event set for Saturday. → Read More

Laura Kessel: A welcome gift to 'flush' the gloom of 2020

American Standard gives Americans the chance to dump all of the year's troubles along with its special TP. → Read More

Marlington staff gets its sailing orders

MARLBORO TWP. "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."It was one sentence in a 30-minute talk Michael Shreffler → Read More

COVID numbers falling at Stark region long-term care sites

As of Wednesday, Stark County had 99 deaths at long-term care facilities. → Read More

History list highlights Haines House

One of Alliance’s jewels has earned a spot in a new statewide program that will shine a spotlight on historic locations around the state.Haines → Read More

Queen handles loss of Carnation Festival with grace

Mount Union student will keep title until 2021 festival → Read More

Beech Creek gets creative to stay open

Management hopes sale of succulents will eliminate crushing deficit. → Read More

Emotions tense at Minerva protest; one charged

A 29-year-old Minerva man was charged with misdemeanor criminal damaging at Tuesday’s protest and counterprotest. → Read More

Alliance farmers’ market set for season

ALLIANCE Alliance’s farmers’ market will have another relocation this summer, but it isn’t moving far.The pantry, which kicks off Saturday, will sit on the west side of Giant Eagle Marketplace, along Beechwood Avenue.Concerns about COVID-19 forced the adjustment, according to Sarah Mastroianni, president of the market’s Board of Directors.Last year, the market was held in another part of the… → Read More

Scripps suspends National Spelling Bee

It may be rescheduled. → Read More

Repository speller eliminated after missed word

Jordan Schwartz, a 13-year-old Alliance Middle School student, missed 'maundy.' → Read More

Alliance student advances at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Jordan Schwartz, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Alliance Middle School → Read More

Taste Test: Breakfast bowls pack a tasty punch, but lots of sodium

I'm pretty new to the Aldi's world. My buddy Dan Kane — our restaurant and food expert extraordinaire — has been touting its benefits and → Read More

Taste Test: Six-cheese pasta a plus from Bob Evans

We tackled the main dish last week, and this week we'll hit on the side dish.It's true: Alongside the yummy beef brisket we wrote about last week was a → Read More

Taste Test: New Little Debbie snack cake just not worth it

What intrigued me about this week's taste test subject is, it turns out, what made me dislike it. Clearly, it should have been obvious that a snack cake that sells for $2.19 a box isn't going to have luscious white chocolate on the outside and fluffy blueberry cream inside. The name "Little Debbie" should have been a second hint about that, frankly.Ignore the photo on the package when you see it… → Read More

Taste Test: Taco Bell's Chicken Chips are just unnecessary

If you've not heard of Michael Pollan, you should look him up. The author of "Food Rules: An Eater's Manual" in 2009 offered up a groundbreaking guide to eating well. His rules were straightforward and grounded in the idea that junk is bad for you. He opens very simply: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."It moves on from there, encouraging readers to avoid manufactured foods and ingredients… → Read More

Taste Test: NutriGrain crumb cake missing a key aspect

One member of the taste-test team summed this week's product up in a way I'll need to clean up to share with you: "What the heck, NutriGrain? → Read More

Taste Test: Berry Cheerios a tasty, welcome surprise

If you're like those of us tasting this week's item, you likely have some preconceived notions about what's lining the shelves of the cereal aisle at the → Read More