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Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers Inc. Chosen For Athens Refuse

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The city of Athens has chosen to contract with Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers Inc. for refuse and curbside recycling collection. The city received two bids for the new three-year contract, which will take effect on July 1. The other bidder was Rumpke Waste & Recycling Services. Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers has the current contract, which will expire… Read More

OU Student Withdraws Candidacy, Patterson Unopposed in Mayor’s Race

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The Republican candidate in the Athens mayoral race has withdrawn his candidacy, leaving Democrat Steve Patterson unopposed on the November general election ballot. According to the Athens County Board of Elections, Andrew Looker withdrew his candidacy on Thursday. Looker is an Ohio University student and employed at Walmart. On Tuesday, Patterson said he was surprised… Read More

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Children’s Artwork Lines Streets of Athens

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New banners are being hung from the light poles in downtown Athens this week featuring children’s artwork with the theme “Live Healthy, Love Athens.” Barb Kostohryz of Live Healthy Appalachia approached Athens City Council and other organizations about the project to incorporate children’s artwork in the downtown area. After getting the thumbs up, a poster… Read More

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“Obscura Day” Includes Tour of OU’s Atomic Accelerator

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Residents can tour a hidden gem on the Ohio University campus on May 30 as part of International Obscura Day — a day that highlights unusual, fascinating places around the globe while creating educational experiences. Obscura Day is organized by Atlas Obscura, which is described as “the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious… Read More

Ponderosa Closes Its Doors

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Ponderosa Steakhouse on East State Street in Athens indefinitely closed its doors on Monday, laying off approximately 30 employees. It’s estimated that six full-time and 24 part-time employees were affected by the closure. According to Erin Peacock, spokeswoman with Ponderosa’s corporate office in Plano, Texas, the Athens location was a franchise owned by Ervin Campbell…. Read More

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Athens Photographic Project Exhibit Opens at Dairy Barn

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The Athens Photographic Project’s annual juried exhibition, Life in Focus, opened at the Dairy Barn Arts Center on Friday, showcasing the work of 40 artists who are using photography as a means for mental health recovery. Founded in 2000, the Athens Photographic Project is a nonprofit organization in Southeast Ohio that strengthens mental health recovery… Read More

Kostes, Cochran, Kraynanski Move on in City Council Race

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ATHENS, Ohio – Six Athens City Council Democratic at-large candidates were narrowed down to three during Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent Jennifer Cochran and newcomers Peter Kotses and Joan Kraynanski will move on to the general election. The only contested race on the ballot was the at-large Council race. Athens City Council is comprised of four… Read More

The Ridges Master Plan Nearing Completion

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The Ridges Master Plan Committee is expected to wrap up its recommendations for what Ohio University should do with the former Athens Lunatic Asylum in the coming months. In the meantime, a $300,000 stabilization project to help preserve some of the buildings will be undertaken. Last week, The Ridges Advisory Committee — made up of… Read More