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The Athena Grand at night

Two Local Movie Theatres Prepare To Reopen June 19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Two movie theatres in Athens County are reopening Friday after being closed for three months due to COVID-19.  Under guidelines from the state of Ohio, theatre employees must wear face coverings and perform a daily symptom assessment. Theatres must also ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between customers and… Read More

Ohio Department of Health conducting tests for COVID-19 with testing equipment.

DeWine Warns Of Flare Up In COVID-19 Cases In Southwest Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the state as a whole has seen a steady trend in decreasing cases of COVID-19, but he’s warning of possible trouble in southwest Ohio which is not following that trend. Health officials are following what DeWine calls “worrisome” trend lines in the region with flare ups in COVID-19 cases… Read More

Columbus City Hall

Columbus Statue To Be Removed From Namesake Ohio City

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther says a statue of Christopher Columbus will be removed from the Ohio city named after him. The statue located by City Hall will be removed immediately and placed in storage as monuments to Confederates and other historical figures who repressed or oppressed other people are being dismantled… Read More

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Group Gathering Petitions For Voter Reform Ballot Issue Gives Up Its Effort

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group that wanted to put voter reforms such as guaranteed 28 days of early voting, same day registration and voting and automatic registration at the BMV on the fall ballot has dropped its effort. Getting more than 440,000 valid signatures needed by July 1 to put an issue on the November ballot… Read More

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Nursing Home Residents Still Majority Of Ohio’s Coronavirus Deaths

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New data shows that coronavirus deaths in nursing homes continue to make up the vast majority of pandemic fatalities in Ohio. Wednesday marks at least the fifth week in a row that seven of every 10 COVID-19 deaths have involved long-term care residents, according to state records. Health Department statistics say… Read More