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A bill recently signed by Gov. John Kasich will force third graders to be held back if they do not meet certain reading standards. Superintendent Charla Evans of Gallia County Local Schools says the third-grade reading guarantee policy has been in place for more than 10 years in her district. "We believe that it’s critical… Read More
Your update of state and regional news from the WOUB Newsroom.
Saturdays and Sundays are race days at the Fast Traxx Motoplex north of Athens. But the track is open on Wednesdays, too, for practice. And that's when I paid a visit to find out more about the sport and the riders. "Ever since I was five years old, I've been racing motorcycles. I'm 18… Read More
Fast Traxx Motoplex is between Athens and Nelsonville along US 33. "When I was 16 years old, I started working here, at this track, weed eating and mowing grass and anything I could do to make money and motorcycle racing, and in doing that I met the right people you know, to get me to… Read More
The Ohio Valley Coal Company says it's laying off 29 workers in Belmont County. The announcement Friday affects employees of the Powhatan Number 6 Mine. Ohio Valley General Manager Ronald Koontz says "excessive and unnecessary regulatory actions of the Obama administration" are to blame. He says those actions have, in his words, "taken… Read More
A Marietta man originally arrested on a charge of gross sexual imposition is now facing a charge of rape. Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says Wilburn Bever, 47, was arrested in June for sexual acts committed on six and eight year old females in 2011. Bever was freed after posting bond. Mincks says… Read More
Two new books about Athens County history will hit shelves this week.
Ron Luce, executive director of the Athens County Historical Society and Museum has written a brief history of the area, titled Athens County, Ohio, featuring a diverse collection of images and stories.
Local historian Cyrus Moore is also presenting a new book about the Ohio National Guard, titled The Athens Maneuvers: The Ohio National Guard Maneuvers in Athens County, August 17-23, 1904, and the Remaking of the Guard.
In a struggle to get the bats going, the Southern Ohio Copperheads fell to the Licking County Settlers 5-2. With a wild throw from short stop to first base, the Settlers' center fielder Parker Gibson started off the night with a double in the bottom of the first. And with the help of his teammates,… Read More
Wednesday's bombing of Syria's National Security Building is "terminal" for President Bashar al-Assad, That's the assessment of Amr Al-Azm, of Athens, an active member of the Syrian opposition. The attack killed at least three security chiefs and Al-Azm calls it a "severe blow" for Assad. "It put the regime at a huge disadvantage,… Read More
Two men are in custody in connection with a series of armed robberies in the Athens area. Bond has been set for a Morgan County man charged with murder. And two Athens County school boards are placing tax levies on the November ballot. Details in your morning audio update.
Athens is going after an operating levy, and Trimble is setting its sights on passage of a permanent improvements levy. The school boards of both districts voted in separate meetings Thursday night to place tax issues on the November ballot. The Athens proposal is for 7.4 mills. That would bring in $3.7 million… Read More
Bond has been set for a Morgan County man charged with murder. Timmy Stevens, 39, of has been charged in the slaying of John Davis III on June 12 in Morgan County. A Morgan County Common Pleas judge set Stevens' bond at $1 million on Thursday. Witnesses say Stevens and Davis were arguing… Read More
UPDATE 1:15 p.m. An Athens municipal court judge set bond Friday morning for two men accused in a string of armed robberies in Athens County. James Whiteman and James Geer appeared via video conference on charges of aggravated robbery and complicity to aggravated robbery, respectively. Whiteman faces three counts of aggravated robbery, stemming from incidents on… Read More
UPDATE 1:50 p.m. A man who lives next door to the California family of a man suspected of shooting dozens of people at a Colorado movie theater says he was a loner. Tom Mai is a retired electrical engineer who is neighbors with the family of 24-year-old James Holmes on a quiet, well-to-do San Diego… Read More