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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 […]

No Access to Fresh Food

No Access to Fresh Food

Vinton County residents seek supplemental assistance The United States Department of Agriculture defines a “food desert” as an urban or rural area without access to fresh produce and healthy food. The USDA measures rural access as within 10 miles, placing Vinton County squarely in this […]

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 […]

The Driving Force of Superloads

The Driving Force of Superloads

Most Southeast Ohio drivers have probably experienced the displeasure of driving disruptions caused by superloads. These gigantic vehicles haul oversized loads of goods on Ohio highways.  To move these enormous shipments, the state highway patrol must evacuate the roads to make way.  While some see the […]

Local College Student Strives to Raise Awareness About Cystic Fibrosis

Local College Student Strives to Raise Awareness About Cystic Fibrosis

Danie Dane doesn’t have much free time. In the past year, she’s earned her EMT paramedic certificate from Hocking College, trained for a bodybuilding competition and entered her last semester of college, all while working two jobs. Last May, however, Dane found time to organize […]

Back on Track

Back on Track

A couple years ago, miles of railroad were overgrown with trees springing up in between the tracks—almost symbolizing the loss of its original purpose and foreshadowing the derailing of a major player in Monroe’s economy. Originally built by Pennsylvania Railroad to service Ormet—an aluminum smelting […]