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Portrait of Dr. Todd Fredricks

Ohio University Professor Leads Mental Health Initiative Within National Guard

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County resident Dr. Todd Fredricks is a jack of all trades. He’s taught family medicine at Ohio University for nearly a decade. For even longer, he’s dedicated himself to serving his community. He’s worked in emergency rooms, urgent cares and most recently as a psychiatric hospitalist for the Ohio Department… Read More

HAPCAP's Glouster, Ohio

HAPCAP Provides Free Air Conditioners Through Summer Crisis Program

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Some people in the region are struggling to stay cool as temperatures rise this summer. People in need can receive a free air conditioner for their home through the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action’s Summer Crisis Program from July 1 until September 30.  HAPCAP’s public relationship coordinator Claire Gysegem believes access… Read More

Gavel leaning against a row of law books

Former Athens Co. Deputy Pleads Guilty To Charges Related To Bellar Case

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB)— A former Athens County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty Thursday to a disorderly conduct charge related to the Bellar family case. Jimmy Childs, also a former school resource officer in the county, was arrested in May and originally charged with felony counts of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice. Prosecutors alleged at the… Read More

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National Blood Shortage Could Affect Southeast Ohio Supply

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NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio – Hospitals are dealing with a nationwide blood shortage, stemming from increased elective surgeries and injuries after pandemic restrictions were lifted. The shortage could affect local hospitals and people who live in southeast Ohio. O’Bleness Hospital became more thoughtful about how it uses blood donations shared through the OhioHealth network as a result…. Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in Spring

DeWine Signs Ohio’s New Two-Year Budget With 14 Vetoes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Nearly two hours past the midnight deadline, Gov. Mike DeWine put out a statement saying he signed the two-year, $75 billion state budget – while striking out 14 items. Most of the vetoes were technical and specific, but others were more notable. (Read DeWine’s full veto statement here.) DeWine struck the… Read More