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Athens City Schools Adjusts Remote Instruction Tech Delivery Plan

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City School District announced it has adjusted the delivery plan for students to receive the necessary technology for remote learning while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Superintendent Tom Gibbs, they are asking families to come to one of three locations for a drive-through Chromebook pickup… Read More

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Lawrence County Confirms First Positive COVID-19 Case

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IRONTON, Ohio (WOUB) — Health officials in Lawrence County confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in the county. The Lawrence County Health Department announced the result Wednesday in a statement. According to the statement, the person has not been hospitalized, did not have any recent travel history and hand no known exposure to a… Read More

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OU Study-Abroad Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University student who briefly went to their off-campus housing after returning from a study-away program self-identified that they tested positive for COVID-19. OU President Duane Nellis wrote in an email Wednesday that university officials confirmed the test result with health officials in the student’s permanent county of residence. “Our student… Read More

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Medical Supply Donation Site Announced at O’Bleness Hospital

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital set up a temporary for people to donate needed medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials ask that you send an email to supplydonation@ohiohealth.com and OhioHealth will contact you to finalize the donation. The drive-up, drop-off collection site is located in the O’Bleness parking lot at 55 Hospital… Read More

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Wood County, W. Va. Confirms First Positive Case of COVID-19

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOUB) — The Department of Health and Human Resources in West Virginia confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Wood County Tuesday. Details about the case were limited Tuesday night. The announcement was part of a daily update from the state, which confirmed 19 new cases on March 24. West Virginia had… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Ohio University Delays Personnel-Related Budget Cuts During Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has paused personnel-related budget reductions in response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. According to a release, the university on Wednesday requested the action be taken for an undetermined amount of time. “Our current focus must be on the safety and well-being of our campus communities as we continue to ensure… Read More

OU Trustee Committee Advances Tuition Hike For Full Board’s Approval

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ATHENS (WOUB) — Ohio University’s Board of Trustees will decide on whether to approve a 3.5-percent increase in tuition at all Ohio University campuses Friday after the proposal received a committee’s approval. Deb Shaffer, Vice President for Finance and Administration, explained reasons for the proposal to the Resources, Facilities, and Affordability Committee Thursday. Wanting to inform… Read More

Targeted Prevention Program Hopes To Curb Substance Misuse In Athens County Students

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ATHENS, Ohio — Members of the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office and school personnel are training to prevent the onset of substance use disorders by identifying and addressing at-risk personality traits closely associated with them. Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn wanted a school-based prevention program to get ahead of the region’s addiction epidemic and came across… Read More