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  • Filmmakers win Sundance honor

    Steve Bognar and Julia Reichart are shown in Park City, Utah, where they last week attended the prestigious Sundance Film Festival to show their documentary, “American Factory.” The filmmakers brought home one of the festival’s top honors, the “Directing Award: U.S. Documentary.” (Submitted photo)

    Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar brought home one of the highest honors from the Sundance Film Festival last week. The couple received the “Directing Award: U.S. Documentary” for “American Factory,” their feature-length documentary, at Sundance, the most prestigious American film festival.

  • Former villager pens children’s books

    Author and former Yellow Springs resident Fred Rexroad wrote the Whiz Tanner mystery series for kids, which is set in the very Yellow Springs-like fictional town of Jasper Springs. (Submitted photo)

    Jasper Springs, the imaginary setting for Fred Rexroad’s mystery book series for children, looks a lot like Yellow Springs.

  • Antioch College steps up diversity, inclusion

    The reality of a relatively robust percentage of students from diverse backgrounds living together on a small campus can make for a uniquely challenging college experience, according to Antioch leaders. And those leaders, including faculty, staff and students, are aiming to help students address those challenges.

  • Village filmmaker is honored by industry

    Founding members of the New Day Film cooperative, a group founded by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein for the self-distribution of films, are, from left top, Amalie Rothschild, Reichert, Klein, Joyce Chopra and Claudia Weil; and bottom, Liane Brandon. (submitted photo)

    Each year the International Documentary Association, a professional group for documentary filmmakers, selects a filmmaker to receive its highest honor, the Career Achievement Award.

  • Home, Inc. senior apartments— A closer look at developer

    The grand opening of the Riverside Senior Lofts, a Dayton affordable senior housing project developed by St. Mary Development Corporation, took place Friday, Nov. 16. The project, shown above, includes 48 units, both apartments and cottages. St. Mary Development Corporation will also be the developer and property manager of the proposed affordable senior rental project in Yellow Springs, in collaboration with Home, Inc. That project would feature 54 units on 1.8 acres on Xenia Avenue, behind the new fire station and across from Friends Care Community. (Submitted photo)

    Created in 1989, St. Mary Development Corporation grew from a partnership between a Catholic nun and a Centerville parishioner. Within a few years, they had purchased their first site for affordable senior housing. For the pending Yellow Springs project, Home, Inc. will provide most of the service component.

  • Six villagers vie for vacated Council seat

    Six villagers have thrown their hats into the ring in the hopes of being chosen next week by Village Council to fill the seat left open by the resignation of Judith Hempfling. The person chosen will serve on Council for a year; their seat will be up for re-election in November 2019.

  • The Great War that transformed the village

    This 1918 photo shows some of the Antioch College students who joined the Student’s Army Training Corps, a federal program in which male college students were given military training while taking college courses. To be part of the national World War I program, the college had to turn a dormitory into a military barracks. Fifty-four students took part in the training, which included marching around campus in formation. (photo courtesy of Scott Sanders, Antiochiana, Antioch College)

    On Feb. 14, 1919, the Yellow Springs News published a long list on its front page, spanning the entire length of the paper. It was the “Roll of Honor,” a list of all villagers who had served, or were serving, in the Army during the First World War, which had recently ended.

  • A good year for new Friends Care director

    Mike Montgomery has been director of the Friends Care Community for almost a year, having begun in early December 2017. Since beginning the job, he's most proud of making some changes that contributed to raising staff morale, and adding new staff. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    While Mike Montgomery is the executive director of Friends Care Community, he takes a modest position regarding how critical he is to the functioning of the local continuing care center.

  • Senior rentals move forward

    Home, Inc. leaders recently presented plans and designs for their proposed 54-unit senior affordable rental housing project, to be located between East Marshall and East Herman streets and across from Friends Care Community. If funding comes through for the project, those 55 and older whose income is up to 60 percent of area median income, or about $27,000 for a single person, will be eligible to rent an apartment. (Rendering courtesy of Home, Inc.)

    A significant senior affordable rental project more than 10 years in the making is moving forward, according to Home, Inc. leaders at a recent community meeting.

  • Sanctuary explored as ICE activity increases

    Edith Espinal, an undocumented Mexican-born woman who has lived in the Columbus area for decades, is shown here being welcomed by the Columbus Mennonite Church, which for the last year has provided her sanctuary to protect her from deportation. Pastor Joel Miller, pastor of the Columbus church, will speak this Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., at Rockford Chapel, of his church’s experience in offering sanctuary. (Submitted photo)

    When friends of Dayton attorney Kathleen Kersh express their outrage at the Trump administration’s practice of separating immigrant families at the U.S./Mexican border, Kersh reminds them: the very same activity is taking place in Ohio, and at an ever-increasing rate.

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