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US Sen. Manchin Blasts NRA, Says Group Has Changed Its Focus

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Again facing heat from the gun lobby, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is criticizing the National Rifle Association, saying it moved from promoting gun safety and culture to being “big business.” The West Virginia Democrat made the comments Tuesday to The Associated Press. Recently, the NRA criticized Manchin for opposing a state measure to drop permitting… Read More

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Commissioners Take Action Requested By Fed Hock In Holzer Tax Case

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Actions requested by the Federal Hocking School Board, which is embroiled in a tax dispute with Holzer Clinic, were taken Tuesday by the Athens County Commissioners —  at least in part. School board member Tom McGuire met with the commissioners last month to reiterate his request that the commissioners take three actions relating to Holzer…. Read More

State Testing Water After Northeast Ohio Chemical Spill

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Residents in northeast Ohio are waiting to hear from state environmental officials whether their water is safe to drink following a chemical spill at an injection well facility. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has been testing water in Vienna Township near Warren after residents last week reported dead animals near a local pond and a… Read More

Groundwater Tests Considered Near Injection Wells

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A proposal to do baseline groundwater testing at a K&H Partners injection well site near Torch is being considered by the Athens County Commissioners. K&H Partners of West Virginia received a state permit March 18 to drill its third injection well in Troy Twp. near Torch. Injection wells are used to dispose of saltwater and… Read More

Mandel Pushing Local Governments To Post Spending On Ohio Checkbook


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Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is asking local governments to post their expenditures online. Mandel’s office sent letters to more than 18,000 government officials and local school boards around the state urging them to join OhioCheckbook.com. Mandel said his objective is simply to let Ohioans know how their tax dollars are spent. “What we’re trying to… Read More

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Broader Marijuana Legalization Measure Detailed In Ohio

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Supporters of marijuana legalization in Ohio have finalized their proposal and begun collecting signatures for a 2016 ballot campaign. A spokesman for the Cleveland-based group Ohioans to End Prohibition says petition circulators were at baseball’s Opening Day in Cincinnati on Monday. Jason Wagner says his group’s proposed amendment would provide more cannabis access than a… Read More

The Ridges Master Plan Nearing Completion

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The Ridges Master Plan Committee is expected to wrap up its recommendations for what Ohio University should do with the former Athens Lunatic Asylum in the coming months. In the meantime, a $300,000 stabilization project to help preserve some of the buildings will be undertaken. Last week, The Ridges Advisory Committee — made up of… Read More

Sheriff Smith Added to Lawsuit

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Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith has been added as a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by a former deputy sheriff. The Athens Messenger previously reported that an attorney representing former sheriff’s deputy Shannon Sheridan filed a motion in U.S. District Court  to add Smith to a lawsuit Sheridan filed last year against then-sheriff Patrick… Read More

Student Research And Creative Activity Expo Set For Thursday

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On Thursday, more than 800 Ohio University students will fill the Convocation Center with presentations and exhibits of their original research, scholarship and creative work. Ohio University’s Student Research and Creative Activity Expo, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will feature projects on topics such as the role of newspapers in examining… Read More

Kasich Picks Minority Business Chief For Commerce Director

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Ohio’s governor has named a new commerce director as the state agency’s current leader is set to return to a regulatory board. Gov. John Kasich said Monday he has picked Jacqueline Williams to lead the Ohio Department of Commerce. She will replace Andre Porter, who was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in… Read More

State Awarded More Than $500K For Marine Patrols In Ohio

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Ohio will award more than a half-million dollars to support local marine patrols in 23 communities around the state. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the grants totaling more than $575,000 are intended to enhance safety and recreational boating on the state’s waterways. The money will help local law enforcement agencies provide emergency response… Read More

Students Construct Path To Information At Stroud’s Run

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Those visiting Strouds Run State Park near Athens will have a new place to find information before venturing out onto one of the park’s numerous trails. Located near the trailheads of Thunderbunny Trail, Hickory Multi-use Trail and Trace Trail, a new information kiosk was constructed earlier this week by students from Hocking College. Putting their… Read More