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For the love of history

For the love of history

Washington Court House museum offers a peek into the past Story and photos by Jennifer Woods The Fayette County Museum provides travelers of all kinds a peek into different historical aspects of Fayette County and surrounding areas. The Washington Court House museum is housed in the history-rich Morris Sharp House that was constructed in 1865. […]

In the Kitchen With … Andrew McManus

In the Kitchen With … Andrew McManus

Story and photos by Adam Black The saying, “A dog in the kitchen desires no company” could not be farther from the truth for Andrew McManus and his dog Watson. McManus and Watson have been building their social media presence, hosting cooking segments from their kitchen and making meals weekly on their show “Cooking with […]

April Spencer creates art with sugar

April Spencer creates art with sugar

Story by Adrienne McGee Sterrett Like every mom, April Spencer just wanted a nice birthday cake for her baby. “It all started when my oldest had her first birthday party,” Spencer said. “I did a pretty epic cake for my oldest’s first birthday.” Epic is the correct word. The theme was “Under the Sea,” and […]

Front Porch Profile: Andrew McManus

Front Porch Profile: Andrew McManus

Portsmouth 4th Ward City Councilman By Ivy Potter What is your favorite television series? There are so many! All time would have to be “The Office,” “Game of Thrones,” “Sherlock” or “The Twilight Zone.” I could give you a whole list on this. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Chocolate chip cookie dough […]

Small but mighty: Moths have a big role to play

Small but mighty: Moths have a big role to play

Story by Jane Beathard Photos courtesy of Tim Daniel, ODNR Moths are one of the most underappreciated creatures in Ohio gardens, according to naturalist and author Jim McCormac. “They underpin food webs due to their sheer numbers and by providing a great source of protein,” McCormac said. Spiders, frogs, toads, lizards, shrews and bats, as […]

‘People really gravitate toward’ Champion Trees

‘People really gravitate toward’ Champion Trees

‘People really gravitate toward’ Champion Trees By Sarah Allen Photos courtesy of Alistair Reynolds Ohio’s largest trees are rooted in something far richer than soil — national history. The Champion Trees program is a state-by-state effort to preserve our grandest resources for generations to come. The Ohio Division of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry is […]

In the Kitchen with … Sinamon Cluxton

In the Kitchen with … Sinamon Cluxton

Story and photos by McKenzie Caldwell Sinamon Cluxton isn’t White’s Cake Box’s first owner, but since the White family opened shop around 66 years ago, Cluxton has been the Hillsboro bakery’s second-longest owner. White’s Cake Box has had a total of four owners and has moved its storefront a few times, though it’s always been […]

Find your peace at Cowan Lake State Park

Find your peace at Cowan Lake State Park

Find your peace at Cowan Lake State Park Story and photos by Tom Barr It’s surprisingly quiet … and quite relaxing. Birds are singing as a few families ride their bikes around the lake and through the woods, where others are hiking. Many of those families are outside their RV’s or tents having their morning […]

A home run for every sweet tooth

A home run for every sweet tooth

Leesburg’s Batter Up Bakery a staple of the community By Sarah Allen In the village of Leesburg, the local bakery isn’t just a place for sweet treats — it’s a place where interactions are a grand slam for community and camaraderie. Batter Up Bakery has been a part of Leesburg since 2000, when it moved […]

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