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How a paintball park in Southeast Ohio stays alive

How a paintball park in Southeast Ohio stays alive

On an unusually warm day last fall, Frank Casto fired paintballs at a target latched onto a tall tree near his shop. The dye-filled capsules zoomed through the humid air. As they ricocheted off the target, the paintballs splattered and burst into a cloud of […]

Two of Pomeroy’s most familiar faces have been delivering mail for more than three decades

Two of Pomeroy’s most familiar faces have been delivering mail for more than three decades

7:30 a.m.—As street lamps finish their midnight shift and flicker off one by one, the double front doors of the Pomeroy Post Office hold back the only visible light source on a sleepy 2nd Street. For 31 years, Jim Pullins and Jan Davis have been […]

Regional artist brightens Belmont County Juvenile Court with local landmark paintings

Regional artist brightens Belmont County Juvenile Court with local landmark paintings

Railroads and bridges now line the walls of Belmont County Juvenile Court thanks to the work of regional artist Barbara Eiben. Eiben, known to Belmont residents as an impressionist painter of the county’s landmarks, was commissioned by a judge who wanted to showcase the scenery […]

Latta Earthworks cultivates better compost for Athens County

Latta Earthworks cultivates better compost for Athens County

Wearing brown from head to toe, Chad Latta of Latta Earthworks seems to blend into the piles of compost that surround him. “Welcome to my sandbox,” Latta says with a smile. The compost site sits just outside the county seat of Athens. “This is where […]

Making Moonshine in the Hocking Hills

Making Moonshine in the Hocking Hills

Hooch. Mash liquor. Mountain dew. Known by many names, moonshine is one of the oldest and most famous spirits in the U.S. Its flavor is distinctly sweet and deceitfully potent. And today, moonshine maestros like Brian St. Clair, owner of Hocking Hills Moonshine in Logan, […]

Region’s last local record store continues tradition

Region’s last local record store continues tradition

On West Union Street in Athens sits an empty storefront that once served as a haven for vinyl collectors. The former shop, Haffa’s Records, closed in late September after nearly two decades of patronage. However, the region finds hope in the success of Chillicothe’s Apollo […]

Discover Benjamin Lundy and the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing

Discover Benjamin Lundy and the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing

Children’s books and old yoke worn by slaves during the Middle Passage can be found among other mementos of history inside a building on the corner of East High and Market streets in Flushing. “There are still thousands and thousands of stories to be told […]

Couple builds on recycled material

Couple builds on recycled material

Down a winding back road in Philo sits the home of Annie and Jay Warmke. But this isn’t an average house made of brick, siding or stone. The Warmke’s house is made of trash. The walls are filled with mud-packed tires and covered with a […]

Climb Athens Center Brings Bouldering to the Community

Climb Athens Center Brings Bouldering to the Community

Ted Welser pushes aside a vacuum plastic curtain and climbs a set of steep stairs that lead to the loft of his garage on the residential east side of Athens.  The plywood walls are barely visible under interlocking nobs and bits. Polyurethane climbing holds make […]

Zanesville’s Bryan Place designed for business

Zanesville’s Bryan Place designed for business

From the outside, Bryan Place in Zanesville looks like a large, old building. White columns and archways support its brick exterior and multitude of windows. But behind the black, iron fence and through the trees and flowers is a seemingly out-of-place sign that teases Sunday […]