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Black Lips, Tim Easton Join Nelsonville Fest Lineup


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With just two months to go until show time, Nelsonville Music Festival organizers have announced another round of acts, including garage-rockers The Black Lips and Americana singer-songwriter Tim Easton. Other performers announced today include Bassholes, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Weird Science, The Summoners, Darrin Hacquard, Ben Stalets and DJ Barticus & John E. Clift. Those… Read More

WV Governor Signs Bill To Scale Back Law After Chemical Spill

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill to scale back a law safeguarding against chemical spills from aboveground tanks. A January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days prompted the legislation. The Legislature overwhelmingly approved the bill, which will deregulate about 36,000 aboveground storage tanks from the tank law…. Read More

Ohio Prisons Agency Reviews Programs To Help Freed Inmates

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Officials with Ohio’s prisons agency are emphasizing the importance of preparing inmates for life outside bars. Mark Hooks, warden at Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe in southern Ohio, says the agency wants to release people better off than when they entered prison. The Chillicothe Gazette reported Thursday that a conference hosted by Ohio University’s Chillicothe… Read More

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Updated Charter School Regulations Clear Ohio House

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The Ohio House has approved a bill cracking down on low-performing Ohio charter schools and imposing a host of new accountability standards on sponsors. The legislation cleared the chamber in a 70-25 vote Thursday. It heads next to the Ohio Senate. It calls for additional financial, enrollment and attendance reporting from charter school sponsors and… Read More

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Dutch Creek Residents Petition For Road Repairs

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Petitions with signatures of more than 60 residents and property owners on Dutch Creek Road have been presented to the Athens County Commissioners in an effort to get road and bridge improvements. A half dozen residents, with Butch Mitchell as their spokesman, met with the commissioners Thursday, a meeting also attended by County Engineer Jeff… Read More

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West Virginia Getting $5.6 Million US Dollars For Sidewalks, Trails

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More than $5.6 million in federal funding is headed to 42 alternative transportation projects in West Virginia. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the funding is from programs administrated by the Federal Highway Administration. The money will pay for a variety of projects. They include sidewalk improvements, train depot restoration, bicycle signage, and recreational trails.

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Ohio Democrats Host US Senate Rivals Strickland, Sittenfeld

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Recapturing the U.S. Senate will be the unofficial theme as Ohio Democrats gather for their party’s annual legacy dinner. Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is scheduled to be Friday’s keynote speaker at the Athenaeum in downtown Columbus, with 2016 Senate candidates Ted Strickland and P.G. Sittenfeld each also getting stage time. Strickland, the former Ohio… Read More

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Non-Profit Education Center Closes, Language Center Changes Hands

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  The Athens-based nonprofit Appalachian Progressive Education Center, which over the years has offered language classes and arts and anti-bullying programs, has ceased operation. However, its Athens Language Center remains open under new management. The Appalachian Progressive Education Center was formed in 2006, an outgrowth of art and theater programs launched at ARTS/West by Dominika… Read More

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MedFlight Launches First Responder Mobile App

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A new mobile application launched by medical helicopter company MedFlight will help connect first responders to MedFlight crews and dispatchers in situations where a helicopter may be needed. The MedFlight Metro Alert app allows for those on the scene of an accident or other emergency to connect directly with MedFlight relaying necessary information. There is… Read More

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House Again OKs ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban; Senate Fate Dim

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A ban on most abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat has once again cleared the Ohio House, leaving the rest of the two-year session for advocates to lobby the bill’s opponents in the Ohio Senate. Wednesday’s approval followed a startlingly emotional floor debate in which one veteran female lawmaker revealed she’d been raped and… Read More

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Ohio Governor’s Police Relations Panel Holds Next Meeting

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The panel commissioned by Gov. John Kasich to study police and community relations in Ohio is getting closer to a final report. Kasich formed the 24-person committee of city council members, religious leaders and law enforcement officials after several police-involved shootings in Ohio and across the country raised concerns. The task force has collected information… Read More

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Athens County Democrats Appoint Smith As Sheriff Once Again

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Athens County Democrats have appointed a new sheriff for the fourth time. After being appointed for the first time one-year ago this month, Rodney Smith was appointed to Acting Athens County Sheriff by the Democratic Central Committee on Wednesday. The county commissioners and the democratic committee chose Smith as Interim Athens County sheriff to take… Read More

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House Panel OKs New Charter School Regulations

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A bill cracking down on low-performing Ohio charter schools and imposing a host of new accountability standards on sponsors has cleared its first legislative hurdle. After extensive debate and several rounds of revisions, the Ohio House Education Committee approved the bill 13-6 Wednesday. A House vote could come Thursday. The legislation requires additional financial, enrollment… Read More