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Athens County Democrats Appoint Smith As Sheriff Once Again

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Athens County Democrats have appointed a new sheriff for the fourth time. After being appointed for the first time one-year ago this month, Rodney Smith was appointed to Acting Athens County Sheriff by the Democratic Central Committee on Wednesday. The county commissioners and the democratic committee chose Smith as Interim Athens County sheriff to take… Read More

Council Passes $2 Million Parking Garage Renovation Ordinance

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Athens residents will be paying more to park later this year. Athens City Council passed anordinance Monday night to renovate the city’s East Washington Street parking garage. Athens mayor Paul Wiehl said the $2 million in repairs are needed to maintain safety, a need made evident two years ago when concrete fell off the structure…. Read More

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Students Protest Ferguson Decision

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After hours of protesting, nearly 100 Ohio University students finally got the result they wanted. Baker University Center officials agreed to keep the building open until students felt ready to go home. Students were left talking in smaller groups after the larger protest at 1 am. They spoke about their experiences, feelings, and how they… Read More

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Monroe Voters Refuse School Levy

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Two schools will likely close now that Monroe County voters rejected their income tax levy. The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Income Tax Levy failed 3,132- 1,946. As a result of the failure, Swiss Hills Career Center and Powhatan Elementary School both will close for the 2015-16 school year. These closures will save over… Read More

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Trick-or-Treating Schedule

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Albany: 6:00-7:00 (10/30) Amesville: 6:00-7:00 (10/29) *Party at Amesville Fire Department after Athens: 5:30-6:30 (10/30) *Party at community center from 7:00-9:00* Athens Uptown Business Association: 5:30-7:00 (10/27) *Held at participating uptown businesses (Court, Union, State, Washington Streets) Buchtel: 5:30-6:30 (10/30) Chauncey: 5:30-6:30 (10/30) Coolville: 5:30-7:00 (10/30) Glouster: 6:00-7:00 (10/30) *Costume parade at 5:30 (lineup at… Read More

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CDC Creates New Ebola Regulations

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The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is teaming up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Emergency Nurses Association to fight the Ebola epidemic. They also announced strategies to establish procedures to assist emergency personnel when evaluating and managing suspected Ebola patients. Experts will discuss the CDC’s newly published guidelines… Read More

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Police Seek Help to Find Local Man

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Police are seeking community assistance to locate a local man.  26-year-old Brad Kasler is wanted for three active felony warrants out of Athens County for aggravated posession of drugs, recieving stolen property, and failure to appear on other criminal charges. Kasler has been found in the Hollister/Glouster area driving a yellow 4-wheeler, however has eluded… Read More

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Student Senate Treasurer Resigns, Calling Senate A ‘Circus’

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Ohio University’s Student Senate treasurer resigned from the organization at Wednesday’s meeting after saying it had turned into a “circus” in the aftermath of the controversy surrounding a video posted by its president. Carter Phillips said he joined the organization to make a lasting impact on campus.  However, Phillips said the “body had not just… Read More

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Man Arrested In Hit And Run Case

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West Virginia State Police have made an arrest in a hit and run involving a 15-year-old bicyclist.   Officials arrested and charged Darren Parsons Wednesday morning with leaving the scene, causing a death.    The boy's body was found Tuesday afternoon on West Virginia Route 47 however Jason Wharton with the Wood County Prosecuter's Office… Read More

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Chillicothe Gets New Garbage Trucks

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Late trash pick up shouldn't be a problem for Chillicothe residents thanks to new garbage trucks.   The Chilliocothe City Council allotted $300,000 earlier this year to replace two city garbage trucks that were 18 to 20 years old. The city's new garbage trucks are expected to be more efficient and compact the trash more compactly…. Read More

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Sojourners Receives YouthBuild Grant

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Thousands of young people will being gaining support to achieve academic and occupational milestones. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday an award of $73,654,300 in YouthBuild grants. YouthBuild of Southeast Ohio, a program of Sojourner Care Network, received $1,100,000 of that money. Thomas E. Perez, the U.S. Secretary of Labor says the program offers… Read More

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Local Technology Business Makes A Move

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From Mac's to PC's, Matrix J Technologies has the answer. MJT celebrated 13 years of business with an open house to introduce its new location and to thank loyal clients. Owner Josh Kolbe was nervous about making the move from his previous Columbus Road location, but ultimately said that the business did not falter. "We… Read More

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Athens Presented With $400,000 EPA Grant

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Athens with $400,000 for environmental cleanup. The award was given to the Athens County Port Authority Wednesday with brownfield grants for new investments to study contaminated properties, increase local economies and generate jobs while protecting human health. EPA awarded a $200,000 assessment grant for hazardous substances and a $200,000… Read More

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Athens Sears Will Likely Stay Open

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Sears stores all across the nation are closing down but Athens residents shouldn’t worry. According to the Associated Press, sales have gone done 7 percent this past quarter. The Athens location is locally owned by Rita Gray, however, and she said that the East State St. store is technically “not connected by Sears.” Gray said… Read More

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Ohio House Committee Votes To Raise Tax On Oil And Gas Drilling

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A state House committee has narrowly approved legislation raising Ohio's tax on oil and gas drilling despite objections from Democrats and anti-tax Republicans. It cleared the Ways and Means Committee by a single vote Tuesday, after years of debate. The full House could vote Wednesday. The compromise imposes a 2.5-percent severance tax on horizontal wells,… Read More

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Athens Law Enforcement News Conference Scheduled On Major Drug Arrests

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UPDATE: Law enforcement personnel from the Athens County Sheriff's Department, Athens Police Department, Ohio University Police Department and the Athens County Prosecutor will be holding a news conference at 2 p.m. to announce more about major drug arrests in Athens County over the past two weeks. Last week, Derek James Gyure, 26, of Glouster was… Read More

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Sybarite5 Comes To Ohio University

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Ohio University is hosting the Sybarite5 in Baker University Center. The event, held in the Baker Theatre, will feature the group, playing all genres of music. The string quintet, known for their diverse style, is known nationally for altering the world of chamber music.   Andrew Holzaepfel, the Senior Associate Director of the Campus Involvement… Read More

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Students Spell Their Way To Victory

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Ohio University hosted the regional spelling bee Saturday morning at Baker Theater. After two and a half hours of spelling and 54 eliminated contestants from Region I, one 7th grade student came out on top. Harold Harman, a student from East Muskingum Middle school spelled "exacerbate" in the 18th round to take home the win…. Read More