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OU Hopes New Program Creates More Primary Care Physicians

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In an effort to increase the number of future primary care physicians practicing in the state, Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has launched a new program that allows the state’s top high school seniors to apply for medical school before even starting their undergraduate coursework. Through the Early Assurance Program, which begins with… Read More

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Third Grade Reading Law Creates ‘Wait-and-See’ Situation for Schools

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With the introduction of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, a state law that may result in many third-graders being held back if they’re not reading up to par, school officials around the county are focusing efforts on their struggling readers. At Alexander Elementary School, 27 third-graders failed to hit the cut-off score (392) for the… Read More

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Fifty Years After The ‘War On Poverty,’ Many Survive Solely On SNAP Benefits

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The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, is designed to provide just 75 percent of a household’s nutritional needs. But what happens when it becomes a sole source of income? According to a recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture, that’s the reality for many in Ohio and nationwide…. Read More

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Federal Hocking One Step Closer To Getting State Funding For Facility Improvements

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Federal Hocking Local School District is one step closer to getting over $500,000 from the state for facility improvements that school officials say are long overdue. The board approved a resolution Tuesday to participate in the Ohio School Facilities Commission's Classroom Facilities Assistance Program. The next phase is to seek approval from the commission and… Read More

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Two Area Agencies Receive Grants To Help Homeless

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Two area organizations received grants from the Ohio Development Services Agency to help keep emergency shelters open and give the homeless a place to stay. Integrated Services of Appalachian Ohio received $395,000 through the Homeless Crisis Response Program. Good Works received $44,800 to go toward the operation of Timothy House, the only emergency shelter in… Read More

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Nelsonville-York Hones in on Struggling 3rd Grade Readers

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Along with other school districts across the state, officials at Nelsonville-York City Schools are assessing the results from the fall Ohio Achievement Assessments to identify their struggling third-grade readers. As previously reported, how well the students statewide do on that section when they take it again in the spring will be key in determining whether… Read More

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Former West End Tavern To Be Reopened As West End Cider House

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The long-vacant former home of the West End Tavern is currently being renovated to house a new establishment called the West End Cider House. Pending the approval of both federal and state liquor permits, the cider house will feature house-made ciders made from regional fruits, according to owner and manager Deanna Schwartz. The tentative opening… Read More

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Role Of Principal Changing Under New Teacher Evaluation System

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With the implementation of the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, the role of the principal has changed. The new system has stressed out some teachers and overwhelmed some principals. Still, others say it’s an opportunity to shine a light on good teachers. The new evaluation system, implemented for the first time this school year, requires… Read More

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Commissioners Seek Public Comment On Two Liquor Permits

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Athens County Commissioners are seeking public comment on two requests for a liquor permit, one for Kiser’s Barbeque at Eclipse in The Plains and the other for Elm Golf Course near Albany. Although they’ve already requested a public hearing for Kiser’s permit from the state Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control, the commissioners voted… Read More

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Former Principal Challenges Community To Extend Tomcat Pride Beyond Athletics

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At a packed school board meeting Tuesday night in the Trimble High School cafeteria, where community members gathered to recognize the student achievements from the past few months, Debbie Koons stepped to the podium to share her amazement at the amount of support for the school’s athletics, particularly the football team. She also issued a… Read More

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Four-Time State Fair Grand Champion Wins Athens’ Inaugural Gingerbread Competition

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The key to the perfect gingerbread structure is patience, says Nancy Mingus, winner of Athens’ inaugural holiday gingerbread-building contest. The winners were announced Wednesday night. Mingus walked away with $600 after winning first-place in the professional category ($100) and then snagging the grand prize ($500) for the most accurate depiction of a county historic structure…. Read More

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Trimble Schools Start Pen Pal Project As Bully-Prevention Initiative

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As part of a broader anti-bullying initiative within Trimble Local Schools, three teachers have started a pen pal project between the high school in Glouster and elementary school in Jacksonville. Through the process of matching high schoolers with fifth graders, the teachers hope the experience instills a better understanding of the negative impacts of bullying… Read More

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Federal Hocking’s Future Financials Look Solid

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After overcoming a period of fiscal emergency and previous painful cuts, Federal Hocking Local Schools’ financials look healthy for the next five years, according to the forecast presented at Monday’s school board meeting. For the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, Treasurer Bruce Steenrod is expecting $11.7 million in total revenue and $10.5 million… Read More