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

Raises for faculty and staff are in the forecast as Ohio University’s financial position improves

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s financial picture is improving, driven by more students, fewer employees and a big helping of federal stimulus funds. Faculty and staff will see something this year they haven’t seen in a while as a result: a pay raise, coming with the start of the new fiscal year in July…. Read More

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

Ohio University students who didn’t follow vaccine mandate allowed back but face testing

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — When universities issued their COVID-19 vaccination mandates last semester, students were given a choice: Get vaccinated or apply for an exemption. Some students did neither. With the start of spring semester, universities are taking different approaches when it comes to students who did not comply with the mandates. Some took a… Read More

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City administrators explain how Athens’ new short-term rental ordinance will be enforced

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WOUB Digital · City administrators explain how Athens’ new short-term rental ordinance will be enforced   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — One question came up again and again as the Athens City Council considered an ordinance regulating short-term rentals: Do homeowners have to be present while renters are staying at their house? Residents who opposed the… Read More

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

Ohio University races to test returning students as COVID-19 cases surge

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is expecting a big surge in COVID-19 cases but remains committed to in-person instruction when classes resume Monday. Dr. Gillian Ice, who oversees the university’s COVID-19 response, said case numbers are already rising rapidly and she expects a peak in the coming weeks that will be much higher than… Read More

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34 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Dec. 29

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 8,994 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 34 new cases were reported for Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Dec. 29, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved seven people 20-29, seven people 30-39, six people 0-19, six… Read More

Federal vaccination mandate poses challenges for local Head Start programs

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WOUB Digital · Federal vaccine mandate poses challenges for local Head Start programs   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The federal Head Start program has ordered any adult who interacts with a student in the program must be vaccinated soon against COVID-19. This has put Heather Wolfe in a bit of a pickle. She oversees the… Read More

The Sigma Pi house

Parents whose son died in hazing ritual settle lawsuit against former Ohio University fraternity

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The parents of an Ohio University freshman who died during a hazing ritual have dismissed their lawsuit against a fraternity following a settlement. Kathleen and Wade Wiant sued Sigma Pi and several of its members in February 2019, three months after their son Collin died of asphyxiation after inhaling a canister… Read More

Coronavirus Pandemic

The 99th death has been reported in Athens County, along with 28 new COVID-19 cases for Dec. 14

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 99 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Tuesday. The county also has now had 8,591 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 28 new cases were added the same day…. Read More

Large solar projects in southeast Ohio spur conflicting feelings for local landowners

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WOUB Digital · Large solar projects in southeast Ohio spur conflicting feelings for local landowners ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Many years ago, Dan Abraham bought some land in Vinton County in southeast Ohio. It’s up on a ridge overlooking a valley, not far from Zaleski State Forest. “I went down there and the realtor took… Read More

Athens County Courthouse

Brother pleads guilty in case alleging long history of sexual abuse within Bellar family

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The brother of an Athens County girl who alleged a long history of sexual abuse within her family pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of felonious assault and child endangering. Josiah Bellar, 24, was indicted earlier this year on three counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition, much more… Read More

Athens City Council will propose a tax levy to replace decaying fire station

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens fire chief drew chuckles when he opened his presentation at Monday night’s City Council meeting with this line: “The fire station is falling down and I need a new one. Thank you.” But the laughter soon turned to gasps as Chief Robert Rymer played a video clip showing the… Read More

Potential buyer of historic building in uptown Athens has plans for rentals and retail

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A long-vacant piece of prime real estate in uptown Athens may soon get a new owner with plans for a combination of housing and retail. The three-story corner building at 63 S. Court St., which sits across Court from Ohio University’s Alumni Gateway, was for decades a college bookstore. But it… Read More

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

Athens City Council takes up proposal to regulate short-term home rentals

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City Council is considering a proposal which would require homeowners to get a permit to do short-term rentals. Homeowners in Athens can already rent out their homes or rooms in their homes using services like Airbnb and Vrbo. There’s no law against that. What the proposed new system would… Read More

Athens County Courthouse

Husband and wife from The Plains indicted on multiple charges related to child pornography

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A man arrested last week in connection with child pornography has been indicted on nine counts of rape involving a 9-year-old girl. Jonathon “Jonny” Pryor of The Plains, who is 26, also faces 17 other felony charges related to the creation of child pornography. Pryor’s wife, Jessica, also 26, was also… Read More

Way down the global supply chain, a southeast Ohio village can’t fix its sewer line

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 WOUB Digital · Way down the global supply chain, a southeast Ohio village can’t fix its sewer line   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The village of Chauncey in Athens County needs to replace a section of its sewer main that’s in bad shape. It’s been trying for months to get the work done. But… Read More

The outside of the future home of Dirty Girl Coffee

A local coffee company is on a mission, with a new home in Glouster

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WOUB Digital · A local coffee company is on a mission, with a new home in Glouster GLOUSTER, Ohio (WOUB) — Jane Cavarozzi is giving visitors a tour of an old building in Glouster she is remodeling as the new home for her business. “One thing you guys need to help me with, don’t step… Read More

Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

43 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Oct. 6

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,442 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 43 new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Oct. 6, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 13 people 0-19, eight people 20-29, seven people 70-79,… Read More

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

Ohio University Prepares To Deal With Holdouts As Its Vaccination Deadline Nears

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As Ohio University draws closer to its COVID-19 vaccination deadline, the number of vaccinated students and employees has steadily increased. But just over six weeks out from Nov. 15, the date by which the university said everyone must be fully vaccinated, about 25 percent of students and employees on the Athens… Read More

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