Big South Fork isn’t just for whitewater paddlers

When you slow down long enough to listen, it can be somewhat surprising just how loud nature is — especially this time of year, when thousands of singing insects,...

Taking a look inside Big South Fork’s increased visitation

Hard work yields results. That might be the best way to assess the current increase in visitation to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, which park superintendent...

Discovering Hazard Cave’s glow worms

Inside Hazard Cave at Pickett State Park, you’ll find something that you can almost never find anywhere else: glow worms. Located just a little more than a tenth of a...

Red Paw Comics: Filling a niche

For Larry Bledsoe, opening a shop centering around comics and trading card games was as much about filling a niche as anything. The California native, who moved with his family...

O&W Cafe: Oneida’s niche restaurant

When Randy Schork and Brittany Boswell decided to leave the ski resort scene in Colorado and head back to the East Coast, they weren’t exactly sure where they wanted...

Collaborative effort will save O&W Bridge

“We all have to realize that this bridge could wind up being closed. And if it’s deemed unsafe, we may never get it back.” Those were the words of warning,...

Forgotten Times: The rise of Oneida’s prosperous motel

On Page A1 of the Feb. 9, 2017 edition of the Independent Herald, a story recounted the frequent police presence at the Oneida Family Inn, which was formerly Tobe’s...

Scott County primes for busy tourism season

With the days growing longer and temperatures warming, it won’t be long until the northern Cumberland Plateau’s tourism season is underway. And local tourism promotors are excited about what...

Summertime sweets: B&B perfects homemade ice cream

For Sandra Sproles, something of a watershed moment occurred earlier this year: she perfected a recipe for nutty-coconut ice cream. That moment — which resulted in a tub of fresh...

D.A.’s shooting clays tourney benefits children

Fundraisers are a dime a dozen. So when 8th Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler started looking for a way to help raise funds for the child advocacy centers...

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