Local Columns

Musty and the Water Nymph

Sitting in our favorite chairs at the Crawdad Club last evening, Wilson Hahn and I had just begun an interesting discussion of merits of slate for gravestone carving when Musty Groves burst into the room and collapsed into the chair beside us. “Bring me a Scotch,” he groaned to ...

Recent photo of the ellipsis mound group. Courtesy of the Kentunhe Hill/Ellipsis Mound Group Regional Historical Site. (You may also notice the tracks from Curly Dowd’s four-wheeler, even though he’s not supposed to ride it in the historic area.)

Life in the Shadows

SYCAMORE SHADOWS, Ohio.— Curly Dowd says that while deer hunting last week he shot at a buck with a pair of men’s underwear — boxers with the Milwaukee Brewers logo — wrapped around its antlers. He cannot imagine a scenario in which such a thing could happen. Nippy Keene says ...

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Clarence and the Bearded Lady

Clarence Rinehart, president of the Toby Tyler Circus Collectors Club of Castor and Environs, enjoyed a weakness for slim women and big tops, so it surprised no one when he hopped onto the circus train after falling for the bearded lady, leaving his wife and young son in the Shadows. Tatiana ...

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ROUTE 11 ACCIDENT

As truck drivers Clarence Wilkins (pictured above) and Doug Ruby rounded a curve on state Route 11 Friday, they found themselves facing a head-on collision with 75-year-old John Thomas of Youngstown, who was driving north in the southbound lane. With 50 years of driving experience Wilkins, who ...

Life in the Shadows

In anticipation of Father’s Day, I took a stroll through town and asked people to share memories of what Little Bull Burson calls the “Hairy Parent.” Space does not permit me to list them all, but here are some of my favorites: Wilson Hahn says he remembers his father telling him that ...

Commissioners approve transportation contracts

LISBON —Separate contracts that would continue providing subsidized transportation for Medicaid recipients and the working poor were approved this week by Columbiana County commissioners. The contracts are between the county Department of Job and Family Services and the Community Action ...

1930 Buttonballs baseball with the signatures of Lefty Berg and Looney Fossum in the “sweet spot.”

Woody Wheeler

September 12, 1930, promised to be a great day for baseball as the Sycamore Shadows “Fighting Buttonballs” took the field to the cheers of the local crowd. The leadoff hitter for the Castor County Poorhouse “Screaming Indigents” strolled to the batter’s box. On the mound for the ...

America’s divorce from the Paris Accord

Thursday afternoon in the Rose Garden, President Trump announced that the United States is exiting the Paris Climate Accord, a multinational pact dedicated to fighting climate change. We are the first nation to withdraw since the alliance of 195 countries was formed in 2015. Adding to his ...

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Museum of Sycamore Shadows

Experience the culture and folkways of America’s most unusual small town when the Museum of Sycamore Shadows begins its 80th summer season on May 21. Named one of the ten best small-town museums in the country by Folklust magazine. Admission to the museum is free. Limited parking is ...

Life in the Shadows

Herman Yost says he has trained his slohund, Lancaster, to locate ripe raspberries, and intends rent him out by the hour. Note: Seldom seen outside of rural communities, the slohund is a breed of hound developed in the late 19th century by Amish farmers in need of an intelligent, sturdy, ...