• 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…

  • Community Stories

    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…

  • Community Stories

    Keeping Skateboarding Alive in the Ohio Valley

    The Background The Ohio Valley is a surprisingly robust place for skateboarders to practice their extreme sport. Athens, Ohio, has a professional grade skate park built right behind the local community center. Forty minutes down the road in Parkersburg, West Virgina is another quality skate park and Meigs County, Ohio is home to one of the most notorious anarchist skate parks in the country.             The wide availability of skateboarding space has likely grown out of wider acceptance of skating. Some older skaters will say that skateboarding used to illegal. Back in the day, they had nowhere to skate but the streets, where it is illegal to ride. Due to…

  • Community Stories

    The Debate Between Local vs. Corporate Businesses Continues

    Is IHOP in Athens Affecting Union Street Diner’s Business? In recent months, the city of Athens has added multiple chain restaurants to their town, one being the infamous pancake house, IHOP. This has caused mixed emotions in the community since Athens has a strong foundation built on locally run businesses. Athens locals seem to really enjoy one local diner in particular, The Union Street Diner. Natalie Townsend, who has lived in Athens for a few years, says she would never prefer IHOP over USD, for several reasons. “Throughout my college career, I’ve had a lot of memories inside USD. I have a lot of good memories there with my friends,…

  • Community Profiles

    The Heart of Nelsonville

    Nelsonville was originally settled in 1814 in what would become the Hocking Hills region. Now, Nelsonville is known for the one-star brick, Rocky Boots and their historic town square. From an opera house to coffee shops the historic square has a place for everyone. The square has always been a hub for local commerce, and as the businesses have changed the members of the community value it all the same. Kids today and yesterday have used the square for a place of gathering and are now beginning to be a part of the local economy. Click the video below to experience a virtual tour of the Nelsonville square or click…

  • Blogs

    Pickle Fest Returns

    The annual pickle-eating contest makes its return on Friday, March 22. This wacky tradition takes place at Bagel Street Deli in Athens, Ohio every year. The goal is simple: eat as many pickles as possible within 10 minutes. However, there are a couple rules. Contestants cannot squeeze juice out of the pickles to make the process easier. Also, vomiting is an automatic disqualification. Water is given to contestants in hopes of avoiding a mess. Bagel Street Deli requires a $5 minimum donation as entry to the event. Whoever can manage to hold down the most pickles gets to donate all proceeds to the charity of their choice, which Bagel Street…

  • Blogs

    A Change in Leadership

    Jeff Boals is returning to his alma mater to lead the men’s basketball team at Ohio University. Before becoming the head coach of America East Conference’s Stony Brook University in 2016, Boals was an assistant coach under Thad Matta at Ohio State University for seven years. During Boals’s tenure, the Buckeyes won three Big Ten Conference titles, and made four Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament along with an Elite Eight and Final Four appearance in the 2012 season. Under the direction of Boals, the Stony Brook Seawolves had an overall record of 55-41 with an in-conference mark of 31-17. The Seawolves posted an impressive record of 24-8 (12-4…

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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…

  • 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…