In-depth Features

Powell’s Premier League

Powell’s Premier League

70-year-old Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) legend Renee Powell defies expectations. For example, to presume her latest trip to the Bahamas was filled with leisure and relaxation would be a mistake.   In reality, Renee was there on business as a guest of ministry and tourism […]

Women’s Rights Activists Take a Stand in Millersburg

Women’s Rights Activists Take a Stand in Millersburg

Hidden on the outskirts of Appalachian Ohio, the predominately red Holmes County is home to a small group of liberal citizens attempting to find their place. Greta Monter, a resident of Millersburg and member of the local Democratic party, never thought she would be politically […]

Region LIGHTs with technology and innovation

Region LIGHTs with technology and innovation

  An innovative new program promotes job creation and collaboration in Appalachia By Wesley Ratko  Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty program began with a speech delivered in Athens, Ohio.  While addressing a crowd on Ohio University’s main campus in May 1964,President Johnson kicked off his push to pass the […]

Civil War Reenactors bring life (and gun powder) to Ohio history

Civil War Reenactors bring life (and gun powder) to Ohio history

Reenactors travel hours to re-live bits of the past. By Emily Bohatch Samuel Walgren quietly holds his breath as the P. A. Denny glides through the steady waters of the Ohio River, closer and closer to what, for some, could mean the end.Inch by inch, the atmosphere […]

Bicentennial birthday stories from the family farm

Bicentennial birthday stories from the family farm

Detwiler, Morgan Raid, and Sater Farms turn 100 and 200 years old this year. Traveling to a farm may not seem the most novel experience, for a lifelong resident of Southeast Ohio where agriculture is part of the regional tapestry. Even the most jaded Ohio local has […]

Ohio Valley Opry charms audiences with family-friendly entertainment

Ohio Valley Opry charms audiences with family-friendly entertainment

The Ohio Valley Opry (OVO) has been charming audiences at the Twin City Opera House in McConnelsville since 2000. Founded by Marvin Clark and his family, the 7-piece band puts on a show featuring traditional country tunes and old bluegrass favorites. Since then, the show […]

In Somerset, family-owned Kirby Farm makes breakfast staple: maple syrup

In Somerset, family-owned Kirby Farm makes breakfast staple: maple syrup

Maple syrup season is off to a delicious – if sticky – start at the Kirby Farm in Muskingum county.  Tim Kirby of the Kirby Farm, a family-run farm west of Somerset, stands in front of a maple tree adjacent to the sugar shack building used […]

The Mothman of Point Pleasant

The Mothman of Point Pleasant

Just across the Ohio River lurks a mystery that has gripped the town of Point Pleasant and its neighbors on both sides of their watery boundary. Nearly 50 years ago on November 12, 1966, five men digging a grave in rural West Virginia claimed they […]

Honoring Our Region’s Underground Railroad Legacy

Honoring Our Region’s Underground Railroad Legacy

Henry Robert Burke is a published author, historian, volunteer, lecturer and newspaper columnist. Burke’s work is viewed as valuable slave research. He was nationally recognized as an Underground Railroad scholar until his death in 2012. “He was such a great person and a huge loss […]

Roseville Prison is now a private manor

Roseville Prison is now a private manor

Located off of state Route 93 is Roseville Prison. Across a rustic steel bridge, the 27-acres of land opened in 1927, and operated until 1966. However, it has been decaying for the past 50 years. The allure of the decaying facade often attracts visitors, despite […]