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One of three students receives a Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during Gov. Dewines visit Monday, April 12.

Data Show COVID-19 Has Become A “Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated” In Ohio

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — More than half of Ohio’s eligible population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and yet infection numbers are right back where they were a year ago. What’s going on? For starters, the Delta variant driving the recent surge is much more contagious than the initial strain that launched the global pandemic. It’s… Read More

First responder's vehicle line the road leading to the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail

A “Mass Inmate Disturbance” At SEORJ Ended With Flash Bangs, Tear Gas And No Injuries

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Officers used flash bangs and tear gas to stop a mass inmate disturbance at the regional jail Thursday afternoon. No injuries to law enforcement or inmates were reported, said Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith. Smith said he received a call for help around 2:50 p.m. from the warden at the Southeastern… Read More

Sanitation Company Agrees To Halt Operations That Polluted Vinton County Creek

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Faced with legal action by the state, a Vinton County company has agreed to clean up a creek it polluted and take steps to prevent future contamination. Ohio’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against A2Z Sanitation three weeks ago after state environmental regulators said the company was not taking sufficient action… Read More

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Athens School Prepare To Go Online Should COVID Cause Another Disruption

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Should there be another COVID-related shutdown of Athens schools, the district will switch to temporary online instruction. Schools in the Athens City School District have been closed since Friday because COVID-19 has temporarily sidelined nearly half of its bus drivers. The district is planning to reopen schools on Tuesday. Superintendent Tom… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University Announces Vaccine Mandate For Students And Employees

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University announced that it is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students, faculty and staff at all of its campuses. The deadline to become fully vaccinated, which means both doses for a two-dose vaccine, is Nov. 15. “Public health experts are tracking an increase in cases in Ohio and on… Read More

Athens Schools Extend Shutdown; Alexander Imposes Mask Mandate

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens schools are extending their COVID-related shutdown until after Labor Day. And the Alexander Local School District announced that starting Tuesday masks must be worn throughout the school day. The Athens shutdown began Friday when the district found itself with so many bus drivers out due to COVID-19 that it could no… Read More

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Athens Schools Shut Down As COVID Sidelines Bus Drivers

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Just two days into the school year, the Athens City School District is shutting down at least until next Wednesday because it no longer has enough bus drivers as a result of COVID-19 quarantines. Superintendent Tom Gibbs informed families of the decision late Thursday night after yet another member of the… Read More

Ohio Attorney General Sues Vinton County Company Over Creek Pollution

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio’s attorney general is suing a Vinton County sanitation company, accusing it of illegally dumping so much sewage and grease into a field that it polluted several miles of a nearby creek. The lawsuit, filed Friday, claims that A2Z Sanitation dumped twice as much waste into the field than is allowed… Read More

Hearings Allow Ohioans To Weigh In On Redistricting Process

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Now that the new Census data is out, new boundaries will be drawn for Ohio’s 99 state House districts and 33 Senate districts. That job falls to the Ohio Redistricting Commission, which will draw these maps under new rules approved by voters that are intended to limit partisan gerrymandering. But first,… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University Recovering From Pandemic, But Big Challenges Remain

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s board of trustees saw evidence Friday that the university is recovering from the depths of the pandemic. Freshmen enrollment is expected to be up significantly from last year’s incoming class, which was one of the smallest in nearly three decades. And the projected budget deficits are not as massive… Read More