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Articles by Audrey Hackett

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  • Invasive of the month— Japanese stiltgrass moves in

    Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) is on the move in Yellow Springs, creeping into yards and forested areas. It’s prolific along the shadier margins of the bike trail south of town. And it’s spreading rapidly in parts of Glen Helen and other area preserves.

  • Greene County— New jail, bigger jail?

    Does Greene County need a new jail? The consensus of county officials is yes. What are the key issues? And does the new facility need to be 30% larger than the existing jail? The third article in a series.

  • John Crawford III memorial — Turnout, resolve at 5th anniversary

    John Crawford III is not forgotten. That was the main message Monday evening at a memorial along Pentagon Boulevard, outside the Walmart where Crawford, a 22-year-old black man, was shot and killed by a white Beavercreek police officer five years ago.  

  • EDITORIAL — Because of guns

    In shooting after shooting, there is one common denominator. Guns. [Editorial republished from the Aug. 8, 2019, issue of the News.]

  • Antioch College: Couple donates historic building

    Villagers Dr. Esther and David Battle recently donated their multi-use historic building at 403 Xenia Ave. to Antioch College. The Battles have owned the building for more than 30 years, and seek to benefit Antioch College with the gift, which also includes a historic preservation conservation easement through Tecumseh Land Trust. Antioch plans to sell the property. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    Villagers Dr. Esther and David Battle recently donated their historic downtown building at 403 Xenia Avenue to Antioch College.

  • Antioch College — Kevin McGruder new academic affairs VP

    Associate Professor of History Kevin McGruder steps into the role of vice president of academic affairs at Antioch Collage later this month, replacing Lori Collins-Hall in that position. A tenured faculty member, McGruder was hired by the college in 2012. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    A widely respected history professor at Antioch College is stepping into a new role. Associate Professor of History Kevin McGruder has been named vice president of academic affairs at the college, replacing Lori Collins-Hall.

  • First Lines — The world of objects

    What do objects want? This month’s poem by Reilly Dixon enters the world of objects.

  • Invasive of the month— climbing vines

    Two invasives: Wintercreeper/euonymus, left, and Asian bittersweet, right, are two non-native invasive climbing vines widespread in Yellow Springs. (Photos by Audrey Hackett)

    If you see something green in winter, it’s probably wintercreeper, a non-native invasive species of euonymus. Asian bittersweet is a little harder to identify. It’s most noticeable in the fall, when its leaves are off and bright red berries and yellow seed capsules make the plant attractive to some.

  • Back to the land, 40 years on

    A film still from “Hippie Family Values,” showing children in the early days of the Ranch, an intentional community in New Mexico that is the focus of Bev Seckinger’s 2018 documentary, playing at the Little Art Theatre on Monday, July 29, at 6 p.m. The film was edited by villager Jim Klein. (Submitted Photo)

    The year was 1976. Fifty people pitched in $1,200 each to purchase a former ranch in southwestern New Mexico. In the language of the age, they sought to go “back to the land.”

  • Pickleball champ brings home gold

    Longtime villager Tjioe Kwan, 78, came home from the National Senior Games in Albuquerque last month with a gold medal in pickleball. He plays locally at several gyms, including the Wellness Center at Antioch College, where he’s pictured on a pickleball court. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    Yellow Springs has a new national gold medalist in its midst. Pickleball player Tjioe Kwan, 78, won the men’s singles competition in his age category at the National Senior Games, held last month in Albuquerque, N.M.