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

Concerns about proposed short-term rental ordinance in Athens turn on definition of ‘owner occupied’

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A handful of residents once again raised concerns over a proposed ordinance that would regulate short-term rentals in Athens during Monday night’s City Council meeting. The issue is whether the owner of a short-term rental must be living in the home during the rental period. Those with concerns about how the… Read More

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

Appointed Athens council members respond to being called “tokenized” political pawns by council candidate

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An independent running for Athens City Council called out two members of the council Monday night, saying they’re being used by the Democratic Party to sideline more progressive voices. In a three-minute prepared statement, Damon Krane addressed the council’s two newest members, Ben Ziff and Micah McCarey, and said they were… Read More

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

Athens City Council Approves Pay Increase Of New Arts, Parks and Recreation Director

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to give Mayor Steve Patterson the ability to hire a new director for the Athens Arts, Parks and Recreation Department with a 34% pay increase. The council’s authorization of the 34% pay increase will bring the new director’s salary to $68,000. First Ward… Read More

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Warren Warriors Leadership Includes New Quarterback From Familiar Family

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VINCENT, Ohio (WOUB) — Does the Warren Warriors’ new quarterback seem vaguely familiar? It might be because Trent Taylor is the third Warrior quarterback within the Taylor household. Both his father, Sean, and his older brother, Kurt, were once commander-in-chief of the Warren offense. Head Coach Matt Kimes says the lineage of historic leaders makes… Read More

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

Athens Has Received Its First Big Slice Of American Rescue Plan Funds

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens finally received its share of the American Rescue Plan Act funds after a long wait from its announcement in March. The city received the first half of its $2.5 million allocation two weeks ago, city Auditor Kathy Hecht announced at Monday’s City Council meeting. Ideas for what… Read More

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Athens County Child Advocates Program Sees Big Cut In Funding

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A program that works with abused or neglected children who are in the court system has been hit with a dramatic decrease in funding. Athens County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates has had its funding cut by 30% in back-to-back fiscal years. The program’s grant money went from $230,000 to an expected… Read More

Doctor Tee Ford-Ahmed poses for a portrait next to the stain-glass window inside of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church that has since become the symbol for the church, in Athens, Ohio, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Historic Black Church Receives Grant To Begin Major Renovation Project

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Mount Zion Baptist Church in Athens is one of 40 historic sites in America to receive part of a $3 million grant that will help preserve African American landmarks. The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund announced July 15 that Mount Zion was among the grant recipients. Competition for the grants… Read More

Federal Funding Looks To Bridge Digital Divide In Southeast Ohio

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As federal stimulus money flows into states to rebuild post-pandemic, a top priority for southeast Ohio is addressing a longstanding infrastructure problem. The region exists in a digital divide due to the lack of widespread broadband access. The problem is well known and became even more of an issue during the… Read More

Nan Whaley, a Democratic candidate for Ohio Governor in 2022, stands inside the entrance of Donkey Coffee, a local coffee shop, in Athens, Ohio, on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Gubernatorial Candidate Promises To Give Southeast Ohio A Voice

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A Democratic candidate for governor toured through Athens last Friday and promised not to forget about Southeast Ohio if she’s elected. Nan Whaley said every citizen in the state should have a voice but claimed that past administrations have largely ignored this region. “You’ve been working more and more and getting… Read More

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Ohio Volleyball: Bobcats Keep the Foot on the Gas, Sweep Ball State

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —History did not repeat itself in the Convocation Center on Friday afternoon, as the Bobcats (5-4) were able to clean sweep the Ball State Cardinals (6-6).  On Thursday, the Bobcats went up two sets to none over the Cardinals and allowed that game to slip through their fingers and lose 3-2. On… Read More

Coronavirus Causes Internship Cancellations

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ATHENS, Ohio – As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow, and as schools and businesses remain closed to in-person instruction, summer internship plans for students are not looking bright. As early as the first week of March, businesses started to send current interns home and notified potential interns of a possible hiatus in… Read More

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Spartans Charge on to Sectional Finals with Win Over Rock Hill

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JACKSON, Ohio- Spartans rallied together in battle on Tuesday to move onto the Sectional Finals as the Alexander Spartans defeated the Rock Hill Redmen. Both teams early on took some time to settle into the ballgame, as a one-point game in favor of the Spartans extended to a 25-19 Alexander lead going into halftime. Quickly… Read More

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Lady Eagles Send Off Lone Senior With a Win

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REEDSVILLE, Ohio- Every high school athlete’s dream is to be on the winning side on your senior night. Eastern had a hard-fought battle on their hands in order to get the victory over Wahama 54-30, and gave the Lady Eagles only senior, Jaymie Basham, a victory to cap-off her memorable night. After a tight first… Read More

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Eastern Lady Eagles Out-Duel Waterford in Low-Scoring Affair

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REEDSVILLE, Ohio- The score might’ve been low, but the intensity was high when the Lady Eagles flew in against the Lady Wildcats. Eastern was able to top the Waterford Lady Wildcats on Thursday, 28-24. Late into the first quarter the Lady Wildcats went up by six going into the second quarter with all the momentum,… Read More

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Eastern Can’t Sustain First-Half Momentum, Lose to Trimble Tomcats

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REEDSVILLE, Ohio- The Eastern faithful saw a tale of two halves when the Eagles and Tomcats faced-off on Friday. The Eastern Eagles controlled the first half, but the Trimble Tomcats fought back to get the win 64-33. The Eagles took off from the start as they were in command of the scoreboard the entire first… Read More

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Lady Vikings Win Physical Battle Against Alexander

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ALBANY, Ohio- A battle you hear about in your history class, the Vikings versus the Spartans. A battle that came down to the wire where the Vinton County Lady Vikings came out with a victory Thursday over the Alexander Lady Spartans 40-33. Alexander came out hot in this match up feeding off the cheers from… Read More