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The Man Behind Johnny Appleseed

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Who is John Chapman? Most people would struggle to answer that question. He's the man who introduced apple trees to large parts of Ohio, West Virginia and several other states and is otherwise known as Johnny Appleseed.   And he's the subject of a new book by Professor William Kerrigan of Muskingum University. Kerrigan encountered… Read More

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14 Arrested In Athens

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The Athens Halloween Block Party is not until tonight but apparently some people are starting early. Athens Police Captain Ralph Harvey says 14 people were arrested last night and early this morning. It was "slower than usual for a Halloween Friday night, but remained steady with calls," he says. Most of the arrests were for… Read More

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Athens County EMA Gears Up for Halloween

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The Athens County Emergency Management Agency is on the air in Athens this weekend. Working in cooperation with the City of Athens and the Athens County Public Information Officers Network, Emergency Management has fired-up Athens County's AM radio system. The AM radio station is owned and operated by the Athens County Emergency Management Agency and… Read More

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New Facilities For Zane State College

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Zane State College is growing.  New facilities are now under construction at the main campus in Zanesville and a branch campus in Cambridge.  Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Zane State College Pamela Jira says the new building at Cambridge is an Energy Training and Education Facility. Jira says this will make Cambridge a full… Read More

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Man Pleads Guilty To Rape

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James Harris, of Belpre, has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to rape. Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn told the Athens Messenger that Harris, 25, will have a lifetime sex offender registration requirement. Blackburn said that in June of 2009 Harris had sexual contact with a juvenile under the age of… Read More

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Boyfriend Charged With Caldwell Murder

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A 34-year-old Belle Valley man was charged today with murder.   Larry Schoeppner is accused of killing Tracy Kay, of Caldwell. He is being held under $1 million bond. Schoeppner was arrested inside Kay's apartment Saturday night. He is said to be her former boyfriend.   Kay apparently died of gunshot wounds.

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Program Aids Preservation of Farmland

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Ohioans now have a new way to preserve farmland. It's called the Agricultural Easement Donation Partnership Program. Why the concern with preserving farmland? Denise Franz, division chief of the Farmland Preservation with the Ohio Department of Agriculture says food and agriculture are the state's largest industry, which is why the program is working to help… Read More

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Money Awarded For Storm Cleanup

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The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $21,438,000 grant for Athens and 36 other counties "to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts" in the wake of severe storms in late June and early July. This grant will provide aid to affected communities. A news release says "The federal funding announced today will assist with… Read More

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Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association Implements Music Program

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The Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice and Health Services provides special care for people getting near to death. Caregivers focus on promoting comfort and peace of mind. New to the hospice team are two staffers who will implement a music program. Milena Miller is director of development for the Athens hospice. Miller says these… Read More

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Nelsonville Man Dies In Crash

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A Nelsonville man was killed Saturday when his motorcycle crashed on State Route 56 in Athens County. Michael Hoffman was 52 years old. The Highway Patrol says Hoffman went off the road and struck a culvert, a sign and a parked truck. It happened at 1:30 in the morning.