• Community Stories

    A mission to save historical landmarks most overlooked in Marietta

    Even more than two centuries after the town’s founding, local residents still try to preserve the town’s history. At a secluded table in the local history and genealogy archives of the Marietta Public Library, an aged woman sits surrounded by stacks of tattered articles and photos. Jane Young was born in Marietta, Ohio, but her family left the town when she was an infant. Right now, many of Young’s days have been spent researching local residents who worked for the Red Cross during World War I. Local history can help people focus on the contributions of ordinary people. “We know how strong communities can be when they come together and…

  • Blogs

    New heartbeat bill proposed in Ohio House and Senate

    Republican lawmakers introduced another version of the “heartbeat bill” in the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives on Feb. 12. If the bill becomes a law, women will no longer be legally allowed to have an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected. Limiting options at that stage has caused outrage from people on both sides of the political spectrum. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks, which is before many women even know they’re pregnant. Former Gov. John Kasich vetoed similar bills twice, stating that it was inconsistent with previous Supreme Court rulings. However, Gov. Mike DeWine has expressed intentions to sign the heartbeat bill…

  • Blogs

    Is uptown’s landscape changing too much?

    Big Mamma’s Burritos could see major changes from new owners, further altering the main strip of Athen’s uptown. After a visit during Ohio University’s Sibs Weekend, D.P. Dough executives Matt Crumpton and Jerry DePizzo were impressed with the restaurant’s atmosphere. They bought the Athens location on Feb. 5. There haven’t been any concrete changes made to the business so far because the owners want to focus on getting to know the staff and operations. The ultimate goal is that Big Mamma’s remains “an enjoyable place to work,” DePizzo said in an article from the Post. The news has received some outcry from local residents on social media: “They didn’t do…