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Fall Sports Season Benched For Ohio University And The MAC

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The Mid-American Conference has become the first league competing at college football’s highest level to cancel its fall season because of COVID-19 concerns. According to a press release from Ohio University, the MAC Council of Presidents, voted unanimously to not play in the fall and consider a spring season. The press release also announced the postponement… Read More

‘Bulk Amounts Of Suspected Heroin’ Found In The Plains

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THE PLAINS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens County Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) is reporting the second drug bust within four days. This one was on Roy Avenue in The Plains on July 28. Investigators executing a search warrant found bulk amounts of suspected heroin along with “suspected methamphetamine related drug paraphernalia,” according to a… Read More

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Quick Look: Ohio University Faculty Given One Year Notice, Furlough Tiers Detailed

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Friday’s 5:41 p.m. email from Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis outlined what hundreds, by that time, knew – there had been another round of job cuts. Nellis wrote that 94 administrators lost their jobs and, as of now, 53 instructors received official notice that they would be released from the… Read More

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Ohio University Makes Plans To Re-Open For Fall

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is planning to invite students back to its campuses for fall semester. What that fall semester will look like is still a work in progress as the university continues payroll reduction tactics and the possible restructuring of academic programs. According Vice President of Finance Deb Shaffer, changes to the… Read More

Quick Look: OU Trustees Reject Union Agreement, New Furlough Policy Coming

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s Board of Trustees held their first-ever virtual meeting Monday. The members acknowledged outstanding students, approved a tuition freeze, and new academic programs as expected per the agenda overview. But an item originally submitted for approval was ultimately voted down. The board members rejected the university’s tentative collective bargaining agreement… Read More

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Ohio University Begins Layoffs With 140 Union Workers, Furloughs Likely

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Days after Ohio University’s president sent Tuesday’s Persevering In Uncertain Times email, certain faculty, staff, and students came to understand the gravity of his message.  By Friday, 140 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and at least three professors from the College of Arts and Sciences were told… Read More

Hocking County Confirms First Case Of COVID-19

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As of Saturday, April 11, Hocking County has one confirmed case and one probable case of COVID-19. According to a release, the Hocking County Health Department is not detailing any demographic information as a way of protecting the privacy of the patient(s), adding that they are, “following established guidelines for the investigation of infectious diseases and… Read More

Authorities Continue To Cite COVID-19 Health Order Violations In Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Three more people in Athens are facing charges of violating Ohio’s “stay-at-home” health order to practice physical distancing in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to police reports, Athens police officers responded to two separate “nuisance parties” on Mill Street Friday, April 3, where the Ohio University students… Read More

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Ohio Offers Appalachian Businesses Loan Help During COVID-19 Disruption

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Small businesses in Ohio’s Appalachian counties may receive help offsetting losses due to the state’s attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19. JobsOhio is infusing Appalachian Growth Capital, LLC (AGC) with $2 million to secure loans for companies in eastern and southern Ohio. According to a press release, AGC is a… Read More

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Athens Police Charge Man With Violating COVID-19 Health Order

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A nuisance complaint in Athens ended with police officers arresting a person for violating the Ohio’s “stay-at-home” health order. According to the police report, officers received the complaint Tuesday afternoon. Soon after they arrived at 112 East State Street, Andrew Wagner Ohliger, 23, of Amherst, was cited. Ohliger is listed as… Read More

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Ohio University Students Get Options for Grading Amid Coronavirus Disruption

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is introducing an alternative grading option for students dealing with the coronavirus-based interruption of their school year. Robin Muhammad, president of Ohio University’s Faculty Senate, sent an email outlining key changes on Monday, writing, “We want to do all we can to equitably respond to the diverse impacts the… Read More

Secuban’s Reply to OU’s Latino Caucus Raises Questions

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Update: The response from Ohio University’s spokesperson: “Any similarities were unintentional, on behalf of Dr. Secuban.” When members of Ohio University’s Latino Caucus voiced their concerns regarding “the recent dismissal of two members of our community” they received a reply that appears to include unattributed portions of another university president’s words. Professors and administrators making… Read More

Details From Ousted LGBT Director’s Complaint Against Supervisor

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Editor’s Note: delfin bautista uses the pronoun they/their and does not capitalize their name. ATHENS (WOUB) — On September 25, 2018, delfin bautista, then director of Ohio University’s LGBT Center, sent a report to the university’s Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC) regarding their interaction with new supervisor Dr. MaryJane (Gigi) Secuban. As Vice… Read More

Nelsonville City Council Fires Police Officer Accused Of Racist Social Media Posts

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The Nelsonville police officer accused of racist social media posts and threatening comments is now out of a job. After about 15 minutes in executive session during Wednesday’s city council meeting, the city manager, Chuck Barga recommended Joshua Braglin be fired for violating the city’s social media policy. Nelsonville City Council members unanimously approved the… Read More

Pike Co. Murders Haunt Authorities

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It’s almost been a year since eight members of the Rhoden family were shot in Pike County.  On April 22, 2016, four different crime scenes were discovered in a day that has been described as sending a “shock wave” through the rural southcentral Ohio community. Thursday morning, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Sheriff Charles Reader… Read More