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Athens Man Has Judicial Release Denied

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An Athens man sentenced to eight years in prison for robbing an Ohio University student has been denied a chance of early judicial release. Nicholas Dowler, 26, appeared in Athens County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday after applying for judicial release from a prison sentence. The sentence stemmed from guilty pleas to charges of robbery,… Read More

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Six Injured and Dozens Displaced Because of Union Street Fire

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Six people were injured, 30 Ohio University students were displaced and five buildings suffered extensive damage as a result of an early morning fire on Union Street in Athens. The buildings housing Jack Neal Floral, Campus Sundry, Smoke Zone, The Union and Jackie O's Public House were all damaged by the fire which started around… Read More

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Athens Co. Job And Family Services Director Resigns After Pre-Disciplinary Hearing With Commissioners

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After a pre-disciplinary hearing conducted by the Athens County Commissioners Tuesday regarding Jack Frech, director of Athens County Department of Job and Family Services, the commissioners decided not to take any action against the director. Frech, however, tendered his resignation, effective Dec. 31, 2014. “I want to take this opportunity to notify you of my… Read More

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Glouster Police Chief Arrested

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The chief of police in Glouster was arrested Friday and currently faces two felony charges. The Athens Messenger first made contact with Glouster Mayor Miles Wolf who confirmed that the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office is conducting an investigation on Lucas Mace, although he declined to confirm under what charges Mace is being investigated. “We are… Read More