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Auditor Thompson Sworn In To 5th Term

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Calling public service a “blessing,” Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson was sworn in to a fifth term Friday, cementing her status as one of the county’s longest-tenured auditors. The ceremony at the Athens County Courthouse was highlighted by the presence of Dave Yost, Ohio auditor of state, who administered the oath of office. Thompson thanked… Read More

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Ohio Online Charter School Spent More Than $2.27M On Ads

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Ohio’s largest online charter school reported at least $2.27 million spent last school year on advertising to attract students. The Columbus Dispatch reports that’s about 2 percent of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s revenue for the school year, which was $112.7 million. About 90 percent of that revenue was funded by the state. The charter… Read More

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Thousands Attend Union Rally At West Virginia Capitol

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The West Virginia AFL-CIO estimates that about 7,000 people attended a rally protesting actions and proposals by the state’s Republican Legislature. The “Mountaineer Workers Rising Rally” at the state Capitol Saturday was organized to protest Republican proposals that union leaders say are bad for workers. Labor groups are opposing the introduction of charter schools, changes… Read More

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Ohio’s Attorney General Warns Consumers Of Phone Scams

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Ohio’s attorney general says one of the top phone scams reported to his office includes callers posing as employees of the IRS and asking for immediate payment. Attorney General Mike DeWine says the scams often involve detailed and believable stories.  Last year, his office received roughly 1,200 complaints about phone scams. Prevalent scams include those… Read More

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Bike Path Grant Application Withdrawn, Another Pending

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An application to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for funding to help build a bike path extension from Athens to Athens County Road 24A (South Canaan) has been withdrawn. Whether it will impact the proposed project remains to be seen. On the recommendation of interim county planner Bob Eichenberg, the county commissioners recently voted… Read More

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Kasich’s Budget Proposal Leaves Questions In School Funding

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Gov. John Kasich released his 2016-17 state budget proposal in February, and while more than $7.5 billion has been proposed for education funding, the impact on local schools is a bit unclear. The proposal by the governor is far from final, as the budget will likely see many changes from the House and Senate before… Read More

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Sex Ed Possible For Athens Schools

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After a difficult start to 2015 centering around allegations of sexual misconduct and failure to report, Athens City Schools is focusing on prevention of these matters in the future. Following a training for teachers and staff last month on reporting inappropriate relationships, Athens City Schools is looking to add sexual education curriculum for middle school… Read More

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Flu Hospitalizations Increase In Ohio

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Ohio health officials say the number of flu-related hospitalizations rose slightly last week as an unusually severe season winds down. The Ohio Department of Health reported 135 hospitalizations from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, up from 119 a week earlier. Those figures brought the season’s total hospitalizations to 7,985, compared to 2,870 during the same… Read More