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Doctor Tee Ford-Ahmed poses for a portrait next to the stain-glass window inside of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church that has since become the symbol for the church, in Athens, Ohio, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Historic Black Church Receives Grant To Begin Major Renovation Project

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Mount Zion Baptist Church in Athens is one of 40 historic sites in America to receive part of a $3 million grant that will help preserve African American landmarks. The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund announced July 15 that Mount Zion was among the grant recipients. Competition for the grants… Read More

A man pours water from a water dispensary into the back of his truck

For Many Vinton County Residents, Only Source Of Clean Water Is Outside The Home

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MCARTHUR, Ohio (WOUB) — Access to clean water in homes is a given for most families in the United States. In southeastern Ohio, notably Vinton County, however, this is not the case. Nearly one-third of Vinton County residents do not have reliable access to clean water for drinking, cooking or bathing. Some households have access… Read More

A Border Patrol agent watches as a group of migrants walk across the Rio Grande on their way to turning themselves in upon crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas.

Asylum Seekers Find Life-Changing Refuge In Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — For the last two years, the Athens United Immigrant Support Project (AUISP) has been working to help individuals who come to the United States fleeing abuse and persecution in their home countries. For those the group reaches, these efforts are life-changing. Asylum seekers — migrants escaping their home countries in fear of… Read More

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive for an event to mark the start of monthly Child Tax Credit relief payments, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Washington.

Families Receive Sorely Needed Child Tax Credit Payments

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BUCHTEL, Ohio (OVR) — The Robsons, like the vast majority of U.S. households with children, began receiving the Child Tax Credit last week – the latest part of the American Rescue Plan to be put into action. Jaclyn Robson says it was sorely needed.  “I don’t want to have to work 60 hours a week… Read More

Cleveland Indians' Franmil Reyes celebrates with Cleveland Indians' Jordan Luplow (8) after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Geoff Hartlieb during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. The Indians won the game 8-6.

Cleveland’s MLB Team Changes Its Name To Guardians After Years Of Backlash

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CLEVELAND (NPR) — Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team has changed its name to the Guardians, ridding itself of a previous name that many found highly offensive. The team announced the name change on Twitter on Friday morning, posting a two-minute video narrated by actor Tom Hanks. Together, we are all… pic.twitter.com/R5FnT4kv1I — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 23,… Read More