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An Athens businessman has purchased a 32-acre site off East State Street, but plans for the property have not been announced.

Don Wood bought the land from Century National Bank for $350,000, according to records in the Athens County Auditor's Office.

Wednesday marks the start of the 161st Ohio State Fair, which features new attractions and some big-name musical acts. Ohio Gov. John Kasich kicked off the festivities and went on his traditional tour where he’s been known to brainstorm ideas for future fairs.

A suburban Columbus school district wants to replace scheduled teacher raises with merit pay and bonuses. And it wants to eliminate its group health care coverage. The contract proposal has caught the attention of labor experts, school administrators, and teacher unions.

Federal health officials will conduct more animal studies on the chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest drinking water supply in January.

Though sales tax revenue is projected to be up for the 2014 year, county officials will be looking to trim $810,000 from department requests for 2015, according to reports offered at the county budget meeting held Tuesday at the Brooks-Yates School.

A Jackson teen has lost his life following a traffic crash Tuesday night.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a one vehicle fatal crash that occurred at 10:09 p.m. on Tuesday. The crash happened on State Route 139, south of State Route 32.

Ohio University representatives Kris Adam and Greg Hollback visited the Hocking County Commissioners during their Tuesday meeting. They stated their mission is “to bring Ohio University back to Logan and Hocking County.”

Ohio University ranks in the top three percent of higher education institutions worldwide for its quality of education.

The university ranked 464 among the world’s 22,000 degree-granting institutions by the Center for World University Rankings.

The Ohio University Police Department will be stepping up enforcement of speed limits starting in August.

Law enforcement officials from several departments within Athens County have officially joined with officers from Fairfield County and Hocking County to form a major crimes task force.

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