About The Oddfellow…

The Oddfellow is a mostly a group of displaced recovering journalists hell-bent on forcing our craft even if the world doesn’t much like newspaper types anymore. We’ve got a few columnists, creative writers, and historians hanging around the place too.

We don’t promise it’ll all be good. But it will be local, if nothing else. And hopefully — heaven help us — anything but boring.

About our name

In the early 1800’s, as Batesville was first founded and began to grow, a society called the Independent Order of Odd Fellows was formed to serve the many needs in the community. Over the years the motley group of everyday working folks cared for the community through charitable acts: taking care of the poor, housing widows, and most notably, constructing a beautiful orphanage. The structure sat on the hillside in West Side where an elementary is now located.

While The Oddfellow is not affiliated with the original chapter of the I.O.O.F, the name “oddfellow” was picked as an homage to this group of people who once roamed the dirt streets of Batesville.

Writers and other generally odd people welcome…

If you are a writer (or a photographer, or a videographer, or a podcaster), we’d like to find a spot for you here.

Email OFBatesville@gmail.com to inquire.