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ODOT Won’t Fund ‘Diverging Diamond’ for East State Street

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East State Street will not be getting a diverging diamond interchange next year as previously planned because the Ohio Department of Transportation has decided not to fund the project. The proposed traffic pattern would have had vehicles travel into the opposite lane of traffic between the eastbound and westbound Route 33 ramps on East State…. Read More

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The Republican candidate in the Athens mayoral race has withdrawn his candidacy, leaving Democrat Steve Patterson unopposed on the November general election ballot.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