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Consultants Say Main Portion Of The Ridges Structurally Sound

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Those in attendance at Wednesday’s public meeting with the architecture firm selected to aid Ohio University in The Ridges master plan appeared to be relieved as the firm announced that the main portion of the former Athens Mental Health Center is structurally sound. Last month, OU announced that it had selected Schooley Caldwell Associates, a… Read More

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Judge Orders 3 Early Voting Days Restored

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Earlier this year, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted had directed the 88 county boards of elections to hold uniform voting hours – and they did not include the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before November’s gubernatorial election. Democrats challenged that, saying it disproportionately affects their voters, who dominate early-in person voting on those days. In… Read More

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Ohio Leading Group Of Drilling States Exploring Human-Made Earthquakes

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Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts at energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes. The initiative follows Ohio's discovery in April of a probable link between the drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and five small tremors… Read More

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Southwest Ohio City Is Trying To Push Out Its Poor Citizens

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A southwest Ohio city has been trying for several years to push out poor residents, threatening tenants with losing assistance if they have delinquent water bills and discussing putting some landlords of low-income housing through extra bureaucracy in hopes they’ll leave, according to an investigation by The Cincinnati Enquirer. Officials in Middletown, about halfway between… Read More

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Judge Questions West Virginia Spill Company’s Fees

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A federal judge is questioning whether highly paid lawyers are helping keep money in a bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson in Charleston on Tuesday questioned Freedom Industries' almost $2 million in consulting and legal bills from January through March. Specifically, Pearson expressed concerns that two… Read More

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Commissioners Asked To Weigh In On Injection Well Complaint

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The Athens County Commissioners were asked Tuesday to lend their support to a complaint filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding two injection wells near Torch. Andrea Reik and Heather Cantino of the Athens County Fracking Action Network asked the commissioners to write a letter of support for the complaint filed June 4 by… Read More

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Audit: Some Athens County Officials Are More Compliant Than Others In Following Law

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Public employees asked to provide common records during a statewide test of Ohio's open records laws in April followed the law in nine of every 10 requests, according to audit results that found much higher compliance than a similar survey a decade ago. In Athens County, like most others, compliance among officials in following the… Read More

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‘Wee Cats’ Former Coach Is Suspended From Another Position

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A former Trimble cheerleading coach now facing a felony theft charge has been suspended from another post within the township. Christa Shutts was suspended indefinitely as secretary/treasurer of the Trimble Township Wastewater Treatment District at an emergency special meeting of the district's board of trustees on Monday. "The board decided … to suspend Christa Shutts… Read More

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Food Conference Being Held In Athens County For 3rd Year

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The third annual Real Food, Real Local food conference will be held at Kiser’s Barbeque at Eclipse this week – sharing success stories from Athens County’s local food movement and teaching locals and guests how they can get involved. The Real Food, Real Local Institute supports the development of local food systems through education, mentoring,… Read More

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The Woman Who Wants To Be Ohio’s Next Lieutenant Governor Wants Answers

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The woman who’d like to be Ohio’s next Lieutenant Governor said she’s concerned about two resignations that took place recently in current Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor’s office. Sharen Neuhardt, the running mate of Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, said she wants more information about why one of the women who resigned from Taylor’s office claimed… Read More

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The Expansion Of The Pay-As-You-Earn Student Loan System

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Ohio’s college graduates carry an average of $29,000 in student loan debt, according to The Institute for College Access and Success. So President Obama’s recent call to expand the already existing Pay-As-You-Earn, or PAYE, plan by basing monthly payments on borrowers’ incomes could offer some breathing room to those struggling with that debt, said Randy… Read More