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Articles by Lauren Shows

Lauren Shows was born to a preacher and a preacher's wife, and spent the majority of her earliest childhood years rollin' 'round the bible belt, to end up in Panama City, Florida. After graduating from Florida State University in Tallahassee, she spent the next several months in existential crisis, making lattes for snowbirds and spring-breakers, before moving to Kentucky to get an MFA in writing from Spalding University. A chance meeting at Spalding landed her in Yellow Springs. She was graciously hired by the News, though her only previous dealing with newspaper publication was in third grade, when she wrote a story about a bunch of skeletons rising from the dead on Halloween, which was printed in the Owenton News-Herald. Lauren enjoys cheese, giant squid, and Michael J. Fox.

More Articles by Lauren Shows
  • Council passes “all-clapping” resolution

    This week, Village Council reversed its decision to ban clapping in Council meetings. In place of that decision is a new one: beginning Monday, April 1, all attendees of Village Council meetings will be required to clap for everything.

  • Abecedary by Mills Lawn first-graders inaugurates Gaunt award

    A is For "AME Church"; from the book, "Wheeling Gaunt’s ABCs"

    For those who don’t know much about the life of Wheeling Gaunt, the Yellow Springs man who bought his own freedom from slavery and for whom Gaunt Park is named, there’s a handy resource out there — and it was written by Mills Lawn’s 2017–18 first-grade class.

  • Villager to take plastics for a ride—Recycling program slated

    Vickie Hennessy is spearheading a volunteer pilot program to take difficult-to-recycle No. 5 plastic from areas around the village to recycling centers that will take it. (Photo by Lauren “Chuck” Shows)

    If you’ve ever lamented the amount of recyclable plastics that end up in your trash every week, take heart: One of Yellow Springs’ own is coming to the rescue.

  • Dr. John E. Fleming — Dedicated to preserving history

    Dr. John E. Fleming in his office at home on Corry Street. Fleming is currently working on establishing the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, Tenn., which is set to open next year. The museum will be the last major project for Fleming before he retires.

    Dr. John E. Fleming’s office at his home on Corry Street is a testament to his decades-long body of work: the walls are decorated with art by celebrated African-American artists, and his bookshelves are packed with books. Numerous plastic bins of papers and photos are neatly stacked against two walls. He sat comfortably in his office discussing his life’s work during a recent interview.

  • From ‘Vampire Diaries’ to ‘Blue Book’ — YSHS alum Malarkey’s new role

    Michael Malarkey, left, as Captain Michael Quinn in the new drama “Project Blue Book,” which premieres on Jan. 8 on the History Channel. (Photo courtesy of Ed Araquel/History Channel)

    Within the first few minutes of “Project Blue Book,” a new show premiering next week on the History Channel, villagers watching may recognize two familiar sights: the ubiquitous acronym “WPAFB” emblazoned on an aircraft hangar, and the face of Michael Malarkey.

  • Commentary — Life finds a way after hurricane

    Aftermath: my parents’ front yard and the remains of part of their porch mingled with those of an unidentified boat house.

    On Oct. 10, Florida’s Gulf Coast was assaulted by Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm with winds sustained at 155 miles per hour — 2 miles per hour shy of being classified as a Category 5.

  • Miami Valley events, donation drives to honor Native American Heritage Month

    Left to right: Danny Blackgoat, Guy Jones, Victoria LaPoe, Aslan Tudor. All four will speak at two upcoming events this weekend in Dayton. Blackgoat and Jones are also collecting donations for the Dineh on Black Mesa in Arizona and for Standing Rock Reservation. (Submitted photos)

    Dual supply drives to benefit both the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakotas and the Dineh on Black Mesa in Arizona are being held, leading up to two events this weekend in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

  • YSTC’s scary-funny offering

    Robb Willoughby, left, and Troy Lindsey rehearse a tense scene from “Bro” over a pair of aging bananas in the Sunday school room at First Presbyterian Church. “Bro” is one of the short plays that will be performed as part of the YS Theater Company’s production of “W3 — Three Humorous Tales of Horror,” opening this weekend, Friday–Saturday, Oct. 26–27, at 8 p.m. and continuing the following weekend. (Photo by Lauren “Chuck” Shows)

    On a Tuesday night at the First Presbyterian Church, Ellen Ballerene held her script in her lap as Kayla Graham and Shekinah Williams rehearsed a scene from “Dirty Laundry,” one of three short plays that the YS Theater Company

  • Brothers to present film — Political satire propels ‘Oath’

    In Ike Barinholtz’s “The Oath,” a politically divided family gathers for Thanksgiving dinner the day before all Americans have been asked — under some duress — to sign the titular oath of loyalty to the United States. As tensions rise around the holiday table, the family is threatened when two federal agents drop by to question Chris (Ike Barinholtz), who is a vocal opponent of The Oath. Clearly enjoying their Thanksgiving meal around the table are, from left: Abbie (Meredith Hagner), Pat (Jon Barinholtz), Alice (Carrie Brownstein), Chris, Kai (Tiffany Haddish), Eleanor (Nora Dunn) and Hank (Chris Ellis). (Submitted photo)

    On the day after Thanksgiving — Black Friday — all Americans have been asked to sign a pledge of loyalty to the United States. This is the central conceit of “The Oath,” a dark comedy/horror/political satire film starring Ike and Jon Barinholtz, and written and directed by Ike.

  • Incubator sparks food interest

    Chef Amber Tipton of The Neighborhood Nest rolled out dough recently at the SPARK Gluten-Free kitchen incubator in Fairborn. Several local businesses are anchored at the incubator, which is informing local discussions to create one here. (Photo by Lauren “ChucK” Shows)

    If you look at it the right way, a new business is like a seed: it needs a good, fertile place to grow.