Month: May 2015

Jim McCormac is a “Natural” Philosopher

Jim McCormac is a “Natural” Philosopher

To be clear, a “naturalist” has nothing to do with nudity. Rather, a naturalist is someone who studies and unearths discoveries about natural history, and in Southeast Ohio, there are always new mysteries to solve. Thanks to the region’s rugged topography and abundance of woodlands, […]

Back In Print: BookMarx revitalizes bookstores, Steubenville

Back In Print: BookMarx revitalizes bookstores, Steubenville

Step inside BookMarx Bookstore, a double storefront property with event flyers plastered on its front windows, and one might recall a different time. The days back before free-shipping giants like Amazon took the literary marketplace by storm. Reading couches, placed near the streaming sunlight in […]

Monroe County is the Switzerland of Ohio

Monroe County is the Switzerland of Ohio

Driving around Monroe County’s jutting hills and past protruding cliffs of layered limestone, a world traveler might compare the region to Bern, Switzerland. In the early 19th century, the region’s geography is exactly what attracted Swiss and German immigrants. Remnants of Swiss and German traditions […]

Ohio University Professor Turns Fear Into Art

Ohio University Professor Turns Fear Into Art

The Idea The idea for The Fear Project was inspired by a kitchen table conversation. After Ohio University Professor Julie M. Elman asked her husband to describe a personal fear to her, she paired his words with a doodle. Now, three years later, the Fear […]

Portsmouth’s Bypass Basics

Portsmouth’s Bypass Basics

The Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway, a concept first discussed 51 years ago, will bypass Portsmouth in Scioto County. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, the highway is the largest project in ODOT history and also the first project to use the concept of […]

Region Pins Economic Hopes on Former Atomic Plant Site

Region Pins Economic Hopes on Former Atomic Plant Site

For nearly half a century the A-Plant, as it was known by locals, employed thousands of people in a region infamous for its chronic poverty. Today, nearly 2,000 people are employed to safely decommission it. The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Pike County, which for […]

Ohio’s Abandoned Schools Situation

Ohio’s Abandoned Schools Situation

A bright, red roof seems to float atop the condemned building’s ghostly aura. The windows, many of them broken, protect the desolate indoors with metal caging. A sign on the padlocked door warns trespassers to stay out. Nearby, a lone bulldozer stands silently atop a […]