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Kerri Bond and Jodi Carter at the auction of property owned by Bond and mineral rights.
Brian Peshek / Allegheny Front

A decade ago, people in Ohio hadn't heard much about fracking for natural gas in the state. But since then, the ups and downs of the gas industry have literally changed the rural landscape of eastern Ohio.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

William Wood answers the door to his suburban Columbus home with a Glock 19 on his hip. His two toddler-aged children, Daisey and Wesley, peak out from behind his legs.  

Abdilahi Hassan started Hoyo's Kitchen on Cleveland Avenue five years ago. He opens a North Market location this week.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Abdilahi Hassan shakes hands with a contractor before getting back to unpacking boxes. It’s a busy time for the restauranteur, who’s leaping into the downtown Columbus food scene by opening Hoyo’s Kitchen inside North Market this week.

The Red Men Sioux Tribe No. 128 in the Old North is actually a social club that dates back to the 1700s.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Caitlin McGurk lives in Clintonville. Every day on her way into work, she passes a sign on High Street in the Old North: "Red Men Sioux Tribe No. 128."

A selection of produce at the Veggie Van in Linden. The project launched this summer, bringing fresh fruit and vegetables to Columbus' food deserts.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Monique Williams McCoy greets everyone walking down Cleveland Avenue like a neighbor.

"Hey y’all!" she calls out. "You coming over to check it out today, right? Over to the mobile market?"

Elizabeth Heiser holds the concretion she found in her garden.
Michael De Bonis / wosu

In Columbus' Clintonville neighborhood, Elizabeth Heiser was working in her backyard when she made an unusual discovery. While removing some unwanted bushes, she found an almost perfectly sphere-shaped rock. 

Illustration by Tamara Cubrilo

When José moved his family to the U.S. from Mexico nearly two decades ago, he had hopes of giving his children a better life. But now he worries about the future of his 21-year-old-son, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder last year.

A rendering of a proposed North Market tower, which would be 28 stories tall.

A previously-shelved plan to build a tower in the North Market parking lot is back, with some significant revisions. At 28 stories tall, developers’ second draft of the building will be seven fewer than the original, and about $75 million more expensive.

Ed McCants gathering signatures for Marion's "Sensible Marijuana Ordinance."
Nick Evans / WOSU

Ed McCants is making the rounds in Marion, walking door-to-door with a clipboard collecting signatures for a local marijuana decriminalization initiative. He says the responses are hot and cold.

Clockwise from upper left: Sarah Hudson, Honey & Blue, WYD, Native Glory, All Powerful Sungoddess, and October Ember.

Too much of a good thing is still a good thing. Though we were only able to choose one band as WOSU's local favorite from the NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest, plenty of other bands could have easily taken the title. So we're going to give out some more accolades.

Saraga International Grocery is opening its third Columbus location soon on Hamilton Road across from Eastland Mall.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

When Kroger closed its Linden store last year, it created a food desert in the north Columbus neighborhood. Many residents suddenly lost access to affordable and healthy food - that is, until Saraga International Grocery opened a store in the Northern Lights Shopping Center last month.

Joel Hunt, head of ODOT's Pollinator Habitat Program, stands in front of a patch of milkweed planted near MAPFRE Stadium.
Steve Brown / WOSU

Semi-trailers zoom by on I-71 near MAPFRE Stadium as Joel Hunt points to a patch of milkweed, adored by monarch butterflies. It's flanked by Oxeye Sunflowers and Ohio Spiderworts, which share the same purpose: bringing in pollinators.

Zoo Trippin' performs in the WOSU studios for Broad & High. The band was named WOSU's local favorite from the 2019 Tiny Desk Contest.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Zoo Trippin's Tiny Desk submission featured the five band members wearing sunglasses in a cement underpass, performing a stripped down version of their 2016 song "Great White Buffalo."

Zoo Trippin' is WOSU's local favorite from the 2019 NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest.
Zoo Trippin'

This year brought the toughest competition yet for the Tiny Desk Contest – and for WOSU to choose our local favorite. That's both a consequence of both quality and quantity: 50 Columbus-area bands submitted original music to NPR Music's competition.

Gov. Mike DeWine talks to farmer Kris Swartz in Perrysburg on June 19, 2019.
Nick Evans / WOSU

In Perrysburg on Wednesday, Kris Swartz hosted Gov. Mike DeWine and a couple dozen local famers to explain how badly this spring’s rain has derailed planting. Swartz says this year he’s had only one day—June 12—where he was able to plant.