• Community Stories

    The Scoop on the Town Store

    The Scoop on the Town Store Campbell's Market ended a four-year trend and started improving a community calling for help A food desert is defined as an area lacking a full-service grocery store within a 20-mile radius. They afflict areas as populated as urban Cleveland, according to Campbell’s Market co-owner Rick Campbell, and as rural as McArthur, where his newest market resides. “Everybody was just tickled to death when they heard [Campbell’s Market] was coming in,” McArthur resident Forney Harper said. As an outlet for fresh meat and produce for the first time in more than four years, “it really is a big asset for the community,” Harper said. Since…

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    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…

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    Why Don’t “Big Bands” Come To Athens?

    What is a “Big Band?” “When I think of (a big band) I think of a band that can sell out an arena.” That’s Chris Pyle. He’s a band member and the owner of Donkey Coffee.  Pyle has lived in Athens for more than two decades and has seen a shift in big bands coming to Athens.   Athens lacks the infrastructure to support thousands of fans, he said.  The largest venue in Athens is the Convocation Center at Ohio University and that can only hold 13,080 attendees.  Arenas like U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati can hold up to 17,556 people, and Nationwide Arena can hold up to 20,000. Big bands…

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    OHIO Giving Day

    Today was the first annual OHIO Giving Day at Ohio University! If there’s one thing Bobcats love, it’s being a Bobcat and supporting Ohio University. The 24-hour online campaign is designed to create funding for multiple Ohio University causes, such as: sustainability, community, student support, bobcat spirit, diversity and inclusion, and academic excellence. It encourages alumni, students, faculty, friends, and family to donate to the cause they care about the most. According to the OHIO Giving Day website, almost 1,000 Bobcats have raised over $143,000 to their favorite causes at Ohio University. However, the campaign runs until midnight tonight, and the hope is to raise $200,000 before the day is…

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    Ohio Valley Icon: Moss Miller

    While researching the skateboarding community around Athens, Ohio, there was one name that came up consistently: Moss Miller. Miller is the owner and operator of the Flipside Skate Shop in Athens, and is a local mascot for the sport.             Miller moved to Athens when he was ten years old and began skating with his brother during their formative years.             “I think I got my first board in like ’88 or ’89,” said Miller “I used to just like, what’s called butt-boarding, which is where you sit on the board and just go down hill. It’s almost like riding a sled.”             Miller’s older brother and his friends who…

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    A Place to Call Home for the Jewish Community

    Walking around Athens, Ohio, there is a prominent presence of churches. In fact, there are more than 30 in the city. But where do those who practice minority religions go, specifically Jews? This was a question I asked myself when I entered Athens as a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed freshman ready to soak in what the college world had to offer.  Moving to a new place means having to find new places to shop, new doctors to see, new places to eat and, for some, a new religious institution to attend. When you grow up attending church, mosque or synagogue your whole life, it becomes a part of who you are and…

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    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…

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    Dive into the Ohio University Aquatic Center!

    Forget the hot and crowded Ping Recreation Center; there’s a better way to get a workout. Behind Bird Arena and attached to Grover is the Ohio University Aquatic Center, also known as the OUAC. The Olympic-sized pool has 22 25-yard lanes, 10 50-meter lanes and a pair of one-meter and three-meter diving boards. Approximately 645,468.75 gallons create 12,300 square feet of surface water. In the ceiling above the water are 13 wooden timber-beams of Douglas fir, Western Larch, Southern Pine, and California Redwood. The pool is free to use for any Ohio student. Faculty and other members of the community can purchase affordable daily, semester, or annual pool passes. In…