Articles by Lauren Heaton

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  • New director at Coretta Scott King Center— Focus on diversity, social justice

    Mila Cooper began her work in September as the new director of the Coretta Scott King Center for Intellectual Freedom on the Antioch College campus. She comes to the village after 12 years as director of community outreach at Baldwin Wallace College. (Photo by Lauren Heaton)

    Mila Cooper was hired as the director of the Coretta Scott King Center for Intellectual Freedom at Antioch College this fall.

  • Group demands justice for Crawford

    Villagers, from left, Joan Chappelle, Cheryl Smith and Bomani Moyenda, and nearly 100 others attended a demonstration at the Greene County courthouse in Xenia on Monday evening to highlight the injustice of John Crawford’s death by police shooting at the Beavercreek Walmart in August. (Photo by Lauren Heaton)

    At 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, just as most workers were heading home for the day, a group of about 100 people, mostly from Yellow Springs, were just arriving for an evening protest at the Xenia courthouse.

  • Brookey leaves the college

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    Tom Brookey has served Antioch College since before it became operational in its most recent reincarnation. Brookey was the college’s business, operations, finance, information and HR director before those positions were officially created.

  • Village of Yellow Springs disciplines police officer for misconduct

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    The Village this week disciplined one of its police sergeants for improper conduct during a routine call to a local residence in November.

  • Local teacher expands yoga space

    Jen Ater will host a grand opening for the expansion of her yoga studio, Inner Light Yoga & Wellness, on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Beavercreek studio. The studio will offer free yoga from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. as well as refreshments and membership discounts at the opening. Ater welcomed students to the studio’s first class on Monday, Dec. 1. (photo by Lauren Heaton)

    Local resident Jen Ater has always been drawn to wellness — be it of the environment or the body. Starting out in the environmental studies field 15 years ago, she later moved into massage, then yoga, then counseling before opening her own center, Inner Light Yoga & Wellness, last year in Beavercreek.

  • Pining for Christmas

    Here, students Cecelia Comerford, left, and Anna Mullin cut and dragged one perfect spruce for an excited Lucy and her family Luke, Sally and Oskar Dennis (behind the tree).

    Yellow Springs High School students pulled on their boots and wool hats this weekend to reinaugurate the annual School Forest Christmas tree sale that’s been on hiatus for two years due to failing trees. The group of about 30 students, plus their fearless leader, teacher John Day, watched over their hand-planted forest from a teepee […]

  • Nonprofit wants new home

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    This month the owners of a home on Phillips Street asked Village Planning Commission for permission to use the property as the professional offices of the Morgan Family Foundation. The conditional use permit is needed to operate a business in the residential neighborhood behind Mills Lawn and just south of the Catholic Church.

  • Protest against mountaintop mining

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    Mining for coal by mountaintop removal has long been known as an environmental and health hazard for the Appalachian communities surrounding the mines in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and eastern Tennessee.

  • Local kits help girls. Period.

    Chris Powell, left, and Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp are shown sewing mentruation kits for girls in Ethiopia. Powell organized a sewing group to make the kits, sponsored by the nonprofit Days for Girls International, and Lackovich-Van Gorp started Enhance Worldwide, a nonprofit that supports orphaned girls in Ethiopia. (Submitted photo)

    It may be true that poverty does not discriminate, but there is at least one major difference between the way that males and females experience lack of wealth in poor countries around the world. Though it’s largely invisible, menstruation plays a major role in keeping adolescent girls and women at the very bottom socioeconomic rung in their communities.

  • New officers in second careers

    Four police officers joined the Yellow Springs Police Department this year and they, along with the rest of the local force and two police chief finalists, greeted villagers at a community gathering on Monday, Nov. 17. Shown from left are new officers Jeff Beam, Stephanie Spurlock, Jessica Frazier and Mark Charles. (Photo by Lauren Heaton)

    Jessica Frazier had a good idea of the things law enforcement officers could do when police helped her family on several occasions as she was growing up in Florida. Originally from Montgomery County, she moved back to the Dayton area as a teenager and took some criminal justice courses at a local career center, thinking she might like being a police officer.