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Athens County schools are working on multiple fronts to help students recover from pandemic setbacks

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ALBANY, Ohio (WOUB) — “OK, let’s blend this together.” “St … “i … “tch … “STITCH!” Shauna Kostival sits at a pint-sized table in the reading intervention room at Alexander Elementary School in Athens County.  WOUB Digital · Athens County schools are working on multiple fronts to help students recover from pandemic setbacks She’s… Read More

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Here are the unofficial 2022 primary election results for Muskingum County

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MUSKINGUM COUNTY, Ohio (WOUB) — Here are the unofficial results for contested races and local issues in Muskingum County. Melissa Bell will be the Republican candidate for Muskingum County Commissioner in November. She won the primary with 4,273 votes compared with 4,159 votes for her opponent, Anthony Adornetto. Voters in the Village of Dresden approved a… Read More

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Here are the unofficial 2022 primary election results for Harrison County

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HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio (WOUB) — Here are the unofficial results for contested races and local issues in Harrison County. Dustin Corder will be the Republican candidate for Harrison County Commissioner in November. He won the primary with 1,147 votes compared with 513 votes for his opponent, Don Bethel. Voters approved a 1.5 mills property tax levy… Read More

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Here are the unofficial 2022 primary election results for Tuscarawas County

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TUSCARAWAS COUNTY, Ohio (WOUB) — Here are the unofficial results for contested races and local issues in Tuscarawas County. Kristin Zemis will be the Republican candidate for Tuscarawas County Commissioner in November. She won the primary with 4,213 votes compared with 2,501 votes for her opponent, Sally Storad. Zemis will face Democrat Laurie Green, who ran… Read More

Here are the unofficial 2022 primary election results for Belmont County

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BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WOUB) — Here are the unofficial results for the one contested race in Belmont County. Jerry Echemann will be the Republican candidate for Belmont County Commissioner in November. He won the primary with 3,509 votes compared with 3,226 votes for his opponent, Vince Gianangeli. Echemann will face Democrat John Regis Sr., who ran… Read More

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Here are the unofficial 2022 primary election results for Coshocton County

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COSHOCTON COUNTY, Ohio (WOUB) — Here are the unofficial results for contested races and local issues in Coshocton County. Bob Batchelor will be the Republican candidate for Court of Common Pleas judge in November. He won the primary with 3,774 votes compared with 2,069 votes for his opponent, William Todd Drown. Voters in Adams Township approved… Read More

Chillicothe Street in downtown Portsmouth. (Aaron Payne | Ohio Valley ReSource)

City of Portsmouth files lawsuit alleging drinking water contamination by “forever chemicals”

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Portsmouth is suing 3M, DuPont and many other companies alleging their products contaminated the city’s drinking water with toxic chemicals. The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, focuses in particular on a spray foam commonly used to suppress large fires involving highly flammable liquids. It’s known as aqueous… Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Fired professor refiles lawsuit against Ohio University in federal court

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A former Ohio University professor who was fired over sexual harassment claims has again filed a lawsuit against the university in federal court. Much of the lawsuit filed Friday by Yusuf Kalyango is identical to a lawsuit he filed against the university two years ago in the same court. In that… Read More

Athens City Hall is seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Athens auditor requests another $200,000 to pay record income tax refunds

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens city auditor asked council Monday night for another $200,000 to cover local income tax refunds. This brings the total set aside for refunds this year to $750,000, about half a million dollars more than normal. The reason for all the extra refunds is so many people working remotely last… Read More

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

Ohio University shifts approach to budgets and financial forecast improves significantly

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Just over a week ago, Ohio University’s board of trustees got a budget update that looks a lot different from what they’ve seen over the past couple of years. It projects a balanced budget next fiscal year and millions of dollars in budget surpluses a few years down the road. This… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court bail ruling sparks debate over public safety and penalizing the poor

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Prosecutors routinely cite concerns about public safety when asking a judge to set a high bail for a criminal defendant. The Ohio Supreme Court said they can’t do this anymore. The court’s decision, which came in January, was applauded by criminal defense attorneys and others who say it eliminates a practice… Read More

This building at a busy intersection in uptown Athens has sat vacant for two years, but now a potential buyer is interested in using it for a combination of retail on the ground floor and rental housing on the two top floors.

A historic uptown Athens building has a new buyer after previous deal fell through

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A historic uptown Athens building that has sat vacant for more than two years as the owner tries to sell it is again under contract after a previous deal fell through. The real estate company listing the three-story corner building at 63 S. Court St. could not disclose who the new… Read More

Questioning of foster child in Athens County rape investigation raises issue of juveniles’ legal rights

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — When Athens County investigators were looking to question a boy in the foster system who was a suspect in a rape investigation, they ran into some resistance. Several employees at Athens County Children Services, which runs the county’s foster care program, raised objections. They wanted the boy to have an attorney… Read More

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Police officer who killed Nelsonville man enters plea and loses badge

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A police officer who shot and killed a Nelsonville man last summer made a plea deal under which he avoided jail time but will never again be able to work as a law enforcement officer in Ohio. Cecil Morrison was charged Monday with negligent homicide in the death of Michael Whitmer…. Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Ohio University student accused of urinating on dorm room door pleads not guilty

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University student accused of urinating on the door of a dorm room has pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal mischief. Brady Linkel, 19, was scheduled for an arraignment Thursday in Athens County Municipal Court. His attorney, Susan Gwinn, filed the not guilty plea Tuesday, so there will… Read More

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An Athens Co. Children Services employee allegedly misled investigators in a rape case

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An employee of Athens County Children Services accused of misleading law enforcement in the investigation of an alleged rape of a child in foster care turned herself in on Wednesday. Jamie Mays surrendered to the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office on a charge out of Athens County for obstructing justice, a felony… Read More

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

Ohio University investigates two incidents directed at Black students on campus

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is investigating an incident in which a racist note attached to a large garbage bag was left outside a dorm room. The note, handwritten in black ink on lined notebook paper, includes the words trash, two racial slurs directed at Black people and a vulgarity directed at women. The… Read More

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Parents of Serah Bellar, who alleged a long history of sexual abuse, are sentenced to prison

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The parents of a former Athens County woman who alleged a long history of sexual abuse in the family home while growing up were sentenced to prison Thursday. Robert Bellar, 55, and Deborah Bellar, 50, both pleaded guilty to one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and… Read More

Athens City Hall is seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

The city of Athens faces a shrinking tax base as more people work remotely

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens may have to make some budget cuts in the face of declining tax revenue as more people continue to work remotely. The city has already coughed up an extra $100,000 to pay income tax refunds to remote workers. And at Monday’s City Council meeting, the city’s auditor… Read More

Coin ads in Southeast Ohio newspapers draw challenges from the Better Business Bureau

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Recent advertisements in some southeast Ohio newspapers urged readers to buy rolls of half-dollar coins, claiming they were in limited supply, selling fast and potentially worth a lot of money. The ads were accurate but potentially misleading, according to the Better Business Bureau. The BBB over the years has challenged what… Read More

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Southeast Ohio man’s story offers a cautionary tale about medical marijuana and jobs

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WOUB Digital · Southeast Ohio man’s story offers a cautionary tale about medical marijuana and jobs   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — When Ohio legislators legalized marijuana for medical use, many people may have presumed it would be treated like other prescription drugs. But that’s not the case, as Steven Burwell recently discovered when he applied… Read More

The front page of the Athens News

Local newspapers face emptying newsrooms as multiple journalists resign in protest

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The two newspapers in Athens and one in Vinton County are losing most of their editorial staff in the midst of a dispute over advertising. The editor of the Athens News was fired last week after she made a public apology to readers about advertisements for collectible coins that ran in… Read More

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Athens city schools are dropping mask requirements next week, citing new CDC guidelines

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City School District announced Monday that masks will become optional beginning next week, which is the start of spring break. The district also said that individual contract tracing will only be done when “absolutely necessary” and that it will resume field trips on a limited basis. Superintendent Tom Gibbs… Read More