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Ohio Governor Appoints Athens Judge

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich appointed a new judge Monday to the Athens County Common Pleas Court.  George McCarthy will assume office on May 28th, and must run in November 2014 to retain the seat for the unexpired term.  McCarthy is replacing Judge Michael Ward, who recently retired.  According to a press release, McCarthy received a… Read More

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Vinton County Gets New Marketing Director

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Vinton County’s new marketing director was introduced at Monday’s meeting of the Vinton County Commissioners. Sam Davidson, 23, replaces Brandi Betts who resigned the position in February. Davidson was introduced by Vinton County Chamber of Commerce President Vicki Maxwell. “I think Sam is going to bring a youthful outlook to the position and he’s going… Read More

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Accurso, Thompson Named All-MAC

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Ohio junior distance runners Juli Accurso and Melissa Thompson earned All-MAC honors after their successful seasons and performances at this past weekend’s MAC Outdoor Championships. Melissa Thompson earned second team honors and this is the fourth All-MAC honor of her career.  She broke the Ohio school record in the 1,500m Run at the MAC Outdoor… Read More

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Nine Pioneers Earn All-OAC Honors


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Nine Marietta College Pioneers earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors Monday. Catcher Alex Toth, outfielders Jordan Grilliot and Aaron Hopper, and pitchers Jason Byers and Mike Mulvey were all selected to the first team. Toth started 39 games for Marietta and led the team with a .403 batting average. This season, Toth had a knack for… Read More

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False Calls Leads To Marijuana Bust

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Athens County Sheriff’s deputies shut down an indoor marijuana grow operation Sunday after receiving false phone calls about a possible kidnapping. According to Sheriff Pat Kelly, deputies first received a phone call from a person claiming his daughter was in a domestic situation with her live-in boyfriend at home on Shade Rd. Deputies arrived at… Read More

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Suspect Named In Fire Truck Theft

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The Ross County Sheriff's Office reports a 19-year-old Lawrence County man is believed to have stolen a Chillicothe fire truck. Police say Brentley Montgomery is suspected of breaking and entering the Harrison Township Fire Department in Ross County last Friday. The truck later crashed around midnight Friday. The vehicle was traveling westbound on Charleston Pike… Read More

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Pioneers Earn At-Large Bid


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The Marietta College Pioneers, despite losing the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament as the top seed, were selected as the No. 2 seed in the Mideast Regional in the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament. Marietta dropped two games to the Otterbein Cardinals in the OAC Tournament to lose the postseason event for the first time in… Read More

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Bike Tour Attracts Thousands

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Thousands of cyclists took part this weekend in Ohio's celebrated cross-state bicycle tour, the Tour of the Scioto River Valley. The event has grown from a father-son outing in 1962 to the largest bicycle touring weekend in the nation. About 2,500 riders were expected for its 52nd run. Riders began their journey from the Statehouse… Read More

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New Restrictions At Wayne Forest

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The Wayne National Forest is putting new restrictions on activities that include camping, hunting and boating to protect the forest's natural resources. A spokesperson says an order signed April 30 is intended to protect both the park's natural resources and visitors. The prohibitions affect campfires, off-highway vehicle operation, camping, hunting, boating and other activities. Rules… Read More

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Black Lung On The Rise

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A new scientific paper details the growing evidence that black lung is on the rise among Appalachian miners. The report arrives as the Obama administration is saying little about any progress on finalizing a rule it proposed more than two years ago to reduce exposure to dust that causes the deadly disease. The research has… Read More