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OU Will Not Buy Leased President’s Residence

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Ohio University Vice President for Finance and Administration Steve Golding announced Monday that he will not recommend a purchase option for 31 Coventry Lane to the OU Board of Trustees. The decision to not purchase the home to serve as housing for OU President Roderick McDavis and his wife came after it was discovered that… Read More

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Former Global Leadership Center Director Will Not Have Contract Renewed

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Ohio University has decided to not renew the employment contract of the director of Ohio University’s Global Leadership Center following an investigation regarding use of funds. However, the investigation didn’t appear to find any wrongdoing on the administrator’s part. In a letter dated March 3, Greg Emery was notified that his appointment to the position… Read More

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Athens City Council Approves Non-Union Raise

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Athens City Council approved an additional 1 percent pay increase for non-union employees within the city, but the vote was not unanimous. The legislation was introduced by Councilman Jeff Risner in an attempt to bring “equity” to city workers after some employees of the city auditor’s office received 3 and 4 percent raises in December,… Read More

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OU Wants To Build Storage And Auxiliaries Centers

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Ohio University has proposed a $16.7 million project to construct an auxiliaries center on West Union Street and for long-term storage at the OU Airport in Albany. However, the university’s board of trustees had a bit of sticker shock with the cost of the project on Thursday and requested that it be tabled until at… Read More

Demolition Of President Street Academic Center Postponed

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An Ohio University Board of Trustees discussion regarding the demolition of the President Street Academic Center has been postponed by the university due to “unforeseen site conditions.” The trustees were slated to hold a joint meeting of their Academics Committee and Resources Committee on Thursday morning to discuss the project. However, in an email to… Read More

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Athens Artist Co-Authors Book About Role Of Art In Sheltered Workshops

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A local artist has co-authored a book about incorporating art and other special interests into the daily lives of those with developmental disabilities. Patty Mitchell is known around the Athens area for her larger-than-life puppets and as the founder of Passion Works Studio. She is a firm believer that creativity is a way to bring… Read More

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Rates For City Parking Garage Slated To Increase In May

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In order to raise revenue to make repairs to the Athens Municipal Parking Garage, Council has proposed increased parking fees for the garage beginning in May. Legislation was introduced during Monday’s Athens City Council meeting to increase the parking fees at metered spaces as well as monthly parking spaces beginning May 1. The proposal would… Read More

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Preparations Underway For Athens Beautification Day

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The Ohio University and Athens community are gearing up for the annual Athens Beautification Day, which will be held on April 19. The annual event provides an opportunity for OU students and employees, as well as city residents and officials, to work side-by-side while doing beautification projects around the city and beyond. Athens Beautification Day… Read More

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Nano Brewery Gets Go-Ahead from Zoning Board

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A proposed nano-brewery on West Washington Street in Nelsonville was granted a conditional use permit by the Nelsonville Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday evening, bringing the project one step closer to fruition. Jason Warren plans to open a small brewery at 82 W. Washington St. called Multiple Brewing Co. The business would brew small… Read More

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Student Protesters Recharged with Misdemeanor

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Four Ohio University students who were arrested for disrupting an OU Student Senate meeting will be re-charged with a fourth degree misdemeanor after they refused to plead guilty to lesser charges. Becky Sebo, Jonah Yulish, Maxwell Peltz and Gabriel Sirkin were originally charged with disrupting a lawful meeting, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, when arrested on Sept…. Read More

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Nelsonville To Propose Mandatory Trash, Recycling Collection

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Nelsonville City Council will introduce legislation on Monday that would require all city residents to have curbside trash and recycling collection from one trash hauler through a franchise agreement. According to Nelsonville Code Enforcement Director Steve Pierson, the city currently does not have a law on the books requiring citizens to have trash collection service…. Read More

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Council To Request Hearing On Chipotle Liquor Permit Request

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Athens City Council has requested a hearing to be held with the state regarding a liquor permit requested by Chipotle Mexican Grill on Court Street. As The Messenger previously reported, there are three D5 liquor permits currently pending approval by the Ohio Department of Liquor Control. Those licenses include Chipotle Mexican Grill, 41 S. Court… Read More