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Athens to get its first transitional housing for women recovering from addiction

Athens to get its first transitional housing for women recovering from addiction

Teresa G. still receives support from other women who once sent letters to her at least twice a week. She had started receiving these letters after she joined a 12-step recovery program while in prison for forgery and check theft to fund her addiction. The […]

Pay-to-Play

Pay-to-Play

In January 2016, 49 percent of high schools in Ohio enforced a “pay-to-play” policy in which it costs money for a student to play a sport, according to a survey by Scott Grant at the University of Findlay. With that percentage, and the price, growing […]

Wisteria Reclaims Corporate Buisness Model; Abanonded Mine Land

Wisteria Reclaims Corporate Buisness Model; Abanonded Mine Land

For many, Wisteria is a nature preserve, a venue for private and public events, and a campground. However, the land doubles as a corporation that seven families call home.Located in Meigs County, the 620 acres of reclaimed mine land was founded in 1996 by Charlene Suggs and Todd Alan with […]

Newport family push beyond stigma

Newport family push beyond stigma

How three small-town women are thriving despite family’s history with drug abuse By Kelsie Rinard  The Dunn family has overcome more adversity than most. Despite drug abuse and incarceration surrounding their family members for years, the family’s three core women continue to lead extraordinary lives regardless of small-town stigmas. […]

New challenges for public school funding

New challenges for public school funding

Local Coalitions Grapple with New Challenges 20 Years after Landmark Case  By Megan Fair 20 years have passed since the first lawsuits were launched in Ohio to achieve equity in state-funded education. Administrator Cindy Hartman and lawyer Bill Phillis spent time in the thick of it, […]

Rural community seeks end to homelessness

Rural community seeks end to homelessness

Jackson County residents came together in October for a fundraiser supporting efforts against homelessness by Olivia Bower Jackson County approaches homelessness in a different way by acknowledging the problem and working to solve it, as evidenced by an Oct. 1 fundraiser.The idea for the fundraiser, the first ever […]

Perry County lacks fast, affordable high-speed Internet

Perry County lacks fast, affordable high-speed Internet

Internet in Perry county is disappointingly slow and expensive compared to the rest of the Ohio. Lynn Warner just wants faster Internet. At her home in Noble County, the Caldwell Public Library librarian subscribes to Frontier Communications Corporation’s Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) — a souped-up version […]

Bellaire Businessman Hopes to Build His Community

Bellaire Businessman Hopes to Build His Community

Belmont County resident Dan Brown is many things: a recycler, an Adult Fan of Legos, a local businessman, a would-be councilperson and the self-proclaimed Donald Trump of the Village of Bellaire. As a businessman, Brown owns a recycling company and the popular Toy and Plastic […]

Wild Honey

Wild Honey

She had worked for months to rebuild her job out of the pieces of her last one, and here was another chance. Meredith Allen, who previously managed Kismet on West Union Street, is now the co-owner of Honey—Athens’ newest lingerie boutique. If “kismet” refers to destiny or fate […]

Businesses on Buckeye Lake struggling financially after state-imposed low water level

Businesses on Buckeye Lake struggling financially after state-imposed low water level

Businesses surrounding Buckeye Lake suffering because of state sanctioned low water levels. Chris Alexander has spent his entire 60 years living and working on Buckeye Lake, which straddles the Licking, Fairfield and Perry County borders. Alexander—owner of the marina Alexander’s Landing—says the restaurants, bars and marinas […]