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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 […]

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 […]

Guesthouse and studio offers area float meditation

Guesthouse and studio offers area float meditation

Bodhi Tree offers an unlikely form of meditating in a sensory deprivation tank to the region by Sarah Weingarten  Bodhi Tree Guesthouse and Studio, located in Athens County, is the only studio in Southeast Ohio that offers float meditation. The wellness retreat’s owners, Liz and Russell Chamberlain, […]

Don’s Prawns and More brings seafood to locavore scene

Don’s Prawns and More brings seafood to locavore scene

Don Maloney isn’t a typical corn-and-cabbage farmer; rather he’s testing Fairfield County waters with some fishy aquaculture. By Alex Warner “If you like shrimp, then you’ll love prawns,” is a phrase Don Maloney is accustomed to saying now. On this fall day, stationed at Maloney’s prawn sorting table is 8-year-old Zoe […]

Sudzy’s Pin-Up Palace

Sudzy’s Pin-Up Palace

As you walk through the doors of Sudzy’s Pin-Up Palace, a red and white polka dot dress beckons for your attention. But before you can even touch its fabric, racks featuring dresses of seemingly every color interrupt your gaze. This cacophony of color, pattern and […]

Salt Fork State Park’s unrefined elegance

Salt Fork State Park’s unrefined elegance

By Michael Slevin Webster’s New World College Dictionary defines “gem” in two ways. “A cut and polished gemstone or a pearl, used for ornamentation,” and “Anything prized for its beauty and value, esp. if small and perfect of its kind.” Within the parameters of these definitions, Salt Fork State […]