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Trimble Students Travel Through Time With String Quartet

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With the help of a string quintet, students of Trimble Elementary used their imaginations to travel through time. The Essence Quintet of Dayton visited the school on Friday and played tunes from the 1700s through present-day. Fourth-grader Riley Campbell said she especially enjoyed “The Dance of the Tumblers.” While she listened, she imagined herself tumbling… Read More

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Athens City School Board Candidates Share Vision At Open Forum

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Topics covered by Athens City School Board candidates included challenges faced by the district, stances on the use of school resource officers and their vision for the district. The candidates spoke to a near-full room during an open forum at the Athens Public Library Tuesday. Incumbents Christian Gerig and Bruce Nottke face newcomers Kimberly Goldsberry… Read More

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If School Funding Formula Sticks, Alexander Talks Of Possible Need For Levy

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The state’s new funding formula and other projections indicate Alexander Local Schools may face deficit spending by fiscal year 2018. And because so much of the district’s funding is now considered “guaranteed,” school officials said something will need to be done to increase school revenue. District Treasurer Aaron Schirm, who presented the latest five-year forecast… Read More

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Federal Hocking Pursuing State Funds For Improvement Projects

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Federal Hocking Local Schools’ application for state funding through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission has been “fast-tracked,” meaning school officials may know as soon as January if money for permanent improvements will be awarded. The scope of any state-supported projects hasn’t been outlined just yet. But the district’s most pressing needs are to repair deteriorating… Read More

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Federal Hocking Local Schools Sees Gains In Enrollment

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After losing about 40 students per year for the past decade, Federal Hocking Local Schools’ enrollment projections suggest the losses may be leveling off. “This relative stability will allow for more stable planning given state funding rests on student enrollment,” states the enrollment report presented to the board on Tuesday. That said, smaller classes will… Read More

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County Commissioners Consider Whether To Accept Donated Land

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The Athens County Commissioners debated Tuesday whether it was worthwhile to accept a donation of an approximately 7-acre plot near Coolville. The land, located off Wilman Road, belonged to Velma Cubbison, who died in September 2012. Robert and Vicki Cubbison, of Lynden, Wash., are executors of her estate. Commissioner Chris Chmiel visited the plot with… Read More

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Trimble Receives $25,000 Grant For School-Based Wellness Center

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Trimble Local School District is one step closer to getting its school-based health center, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund. The bulk of the funds ($20,000) will go toward medical supplies, furniture and other equipment, said Barry Oches, of Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs…. Read More

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Trimble Schools May Limit Access To High School Weight Room Temporarily

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Without a policy that clearly states who can and cannot use the weight room at Trimble High School, school officials may be limiting access until something is in writing. The matter was discussed during Tuesday’s board meeting. The weight room has never officially been open to the public, explained Principal Matthew Curtis. After rumors surfaced… Read More

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New Grant Expands Alexander Local Schools’ Preschool Program

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With support from a new state grant, officials at Alexander Local Schools will welcome an additional 20 students into the preschool program, possibly as soon as mid November. The grant of $40,000 was officially awarded to the Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center, which is based in Chauncey. The center oversees several early childhood education and preschool… Read More

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N-Y schools sees slight increase in state funding, accepts $10,000 donation

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NELSONVILLE — A slight increase in state funding means good news for Nelsonville-York City School District’s finances. The school board approved the latest five-year forecast during Wednesday’s school board meeting. The district received around 3 percent more in unrestricted funds — $8.8 million, up from $8.6 million. “Right now, the way I’m forecasting it, we’re… Read More

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Sheriff’s Office And Nelsonville York School District Seek Grant For School Resource

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Officials with the Nelsonville-York City School District have decided to abandon plans to employ in-house the county’s first school resource officer. Instead, school officials are working with the Athens County Sheriff’s Office to apply for a grant to support the position. The three-year grant proposal for $227,419 was submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice’s… Read More

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Sheriff’s office and N-Y schools seek grant for resource officer

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Officials with the Nelsonville-York City School District have decided to abandon plans to employ in-house the county’s first school resource officer. Instead, school officials are working with the Athens County Sheriff’s Office to apply for a grant to support the position. The three-year grant proposal for $227,419 was submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice’s… Read More

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Studies Say Counties Poorly Implement Ohio’s Work Program

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Two reports published within months of each other say Ohio county agencies tasked with helping welfare recipients find jobs have instead focused their efforts on reducing their caseloads in order to meet a federal requirement. One report says “all counties with the exception of Athens took this approach, either intentionally or unintentionally.” Here’s some background:… Read More

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Studies say counties poorly implement Ohio’s work program, except Athens

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Two reports published within months of each other say Ohio county agencies tasked with helping welfare recipients find jobs have instead focused their efforts on reducing their caseloads in order to meet a federal requirement. One report says “all counties with the exception of Athens took this approach, either intentionally or unintentionally.”   Here’s some… Read More

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Hocking College Explores Program Options In High-Demand Industries

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Technical colleges have an obligation to have a clear understanding of what is a high-demand profession now and in the future, and Hocking College is no exception. That’s why college officials asked a research company to produce a report identifying high-growth areas for possible development or expansion at the two-year college. “The report is one… Read More

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Locals Struggle To Shop For Health Insurance But Help Is On The Way

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Athens County residents eager to shop for health insurance using the online marketplaces at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul were stalled many times this week due to website glitches or an overwhelmed server. Sarah Kaplan, 25, tried to apply Tuesday afternoon, but the security question section wasn’t working properly, so she… Read More

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Hocking College Holds Out For State Capital Bill For Inn Renovations

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With the prospects of a possible state capital bill in the near future, Hocking College officials are opting to hold out for state aid to finance planned renovations of the Inn at Hocking College. Pending funding opportunities, Hocking College has developed plans to repurpose the Inn into a business training center in partnership with Tri-County… Read More

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Athens City Schools Takes First Steps To Get State Aid For Building Upgrades

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Athens City School Board has started a process that Supt. Carl Martin said he hopes will ultimately lead to major upgrades and renovations to all of the district’s school buildings. The board approved a resolution Thursday authorizing the district to apply for what’s called an “active planning process” with the Ohio School Facilities Commission. “This… Read More