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A Washington County man is facing two first degree felony rape charges stemming from sexual acts involving a nine-year-old child. Washington County Sheriff, Larry Mincks says 29-year-old Daniel Pottmeyer of Lowell is accused of performing two types of sexual acts on the child between five and seven times. In a statement released today, Micks says… Read More
Former Ohio Gov. and U.S. Rep. John J. Gilligan, a liberal Democrat who won creation of the state income tax, has died. He was 92. His death Monday was confirmed by his caregiver Frank Kennedy. Gilligan's daughter Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, in 2009 became Health and Human Services secretary under President Barack Obama…. Read More
The state's attorney general says an eastern Ohio grand jury is waiting on outside forensic work before reconvening in a rape case. The grand jury adjourned earlier this month after three days spent considering whether other crimes might have occurred in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl a year ago. A judge in… Read More
UPDATE 8:55 p.m. The Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a Monday afternoon semi-tractor trailer fire that closed down U.S. 33 East of Nelsonville. According to a release, Benjamin T. Davidson, 43, of Cornelius, North Carolina was driving westbound on U.S. 33 when the driver side rear tire blew out. Investigators… Read More
Reduced income tax rates for businesses are about to kick in. The buzz happening in prisons across Ohio. Details in your afternoon update.
The Ohio women’s golf team begins its fall season at the Redbird Invitational, and head coach Kelly Ovington believes they are ready to break out as a threat in the Mid-American Conference once again, saying her team is going to “play without fear this year.” Ovington plans to preach themes such as “confidence” and “preparation”… Read More
Police are searching for an armed bank robber who stole an undisclosed amount of money from the East State Street Chase Bank in Athens Monday. The bank was robbed around 2:30 p.m. Monday. A suspect is described as being a white male in his late-30s, early 40s, wearing a blue ballcap, sunglasses, a light tan… Read More
Ohio will begin putting out baits laced with rabies vaccine on Monday in the eastern part of the state in an effort to stop the disease from spreading. Counties in the WOUB coverage area include portions of Monroe, Belmont, Jefferson, Harrison and Carroll counties. The Ohio Department of Health says the baiting will continue through… Read More
Ohio's attorney general is convening group of judges, prosecutors and others to study whether the state should have additional protocols in place for law enforcement officers using facial recognition technology. Attorney General Mike DeWine says that since June, local and state law enforcement officers could use the facial recognition software to match images of possible… Read More
D.J. Cooper has signed with Paok BC, a professional basketball club located in Thessaloniki, Greece, his agent Mike Naiditch said Monday afternoon. The former Ohio guard joins Ivo Baltic and Reggie Keely as members from the 2013 Ohio men’s basketball class to continue their basketball careers overseas. “Paok will participate in the Greek championship as… Read More
Ohio is sending another fire crew to help fight forest fires on the West Coast. Officials in eastern Kentucky are joining an effort to increase the declining population of the Monarch butterfly. Details in your afternoon update.
Host Danielle Echols introduces us to the world of Steampunk with The Athens Historical Society and Museum's Laura Farrell and Amber Brooks. On September 7th, the Historical Society is hosting the Steampunk Spectacle, as a way to attract a new, younger audience.
The Ohio University Men's cross country team has a goal to improve on a now solid foundation of runners. The new season brings collective excitement for all of the runners to step up into new roles and excel for the team's benefit. The team hopes to rally behind the experience it gained in the 2012… Read More
The non-profit organization that was created to oversee University Courtyard Apartments is now facing a $210,000 bill from the creditor from which they borrowed the money. In documents filed Aug. 6 and 7 in Athens County Common Pleas Court, Housing for Ohio, Inc., a 501©(3) organization, Judge L. Alan Goldsberry granted a judgment against HFO… Read More
There are 62 Lego bricks for every person in the world, according to National Geographic. In the small town of Bellaire in Belmont County, more than one million of those Legos were used in 2008 to create the world’s largest Lego castle. The castle wall was made almost entirely with yellow one-inch-by-two-inch bricks and runs… Read More
A husband and wife are behind bars in connection with a major marijuana bust. Deputies arrested Dennis C. Butcher and Tammy L. Butcher early Saturday morning. During the search, deputies seized 100 pounds of packaged marijuana and more than $750,000. It happened at the couple's home on Zuspan Hollow Rd. along the Gallia – Meigs… Read More
Officials in eastern Kentucky are joining an effort to increase the declining population of the Monarch butterfly. The Southern Hills Garden Club in Ashland partnered with the city, the library and Crabbe Elementary School to plant a habitat called a Monarch Way Station at Central Park. They planted butterfly friendly plants including different varieties of… Read More
An Ohio organization is among recipients of grants helping plant more than 1 million trees around the world by the end of the year. Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful and the UPS Foundation recently announced the $5,000 grant, among 30 totaling $150,000 nationally. UPS will also provide volunteers as part of the program. The money will… Read More
Ohio's squirrel hunting season opens Sunday, Sept. 1. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters can take as many as six squirrels a day. A department release says a cold winter may have reduced squirrel densities, but a good season is still expected for hunters of fox, gray, black and red squirrels in Ohio…. Read More
Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park in Parkersburg is offering two nature programs later this year. The programs focus on the area's native plants and wildlife. On Sept. 7, volunteers will help participants identify insects observed along a walk. On Oct. 5, participants will learn about fish, mussels and the ecology of the Ohio River. Participation… Read More
Local educators say the state’s new and more rigorous school report cards is well-intended, but the verdict is still out on whether they think it’s a better or worse system from before. George Wood, superintendent of Federal Hocking Local Schools, called it another “dead-end road … designed to make our schools look bad.” The Ohio… Read More
An Athens man convicted of the 1983 aggravated murder of an Ohio University student has a parole hearing scheduled for next month. Merlin Ryan, 49, has a hearing set for Sept. 19, according to a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Ryan is being held in London Correctional Institution, and has been… Read More