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Athens County Engineer Archie Stanley announced Monday that his workers "shall remain under the current policy for sick leave payout." Stanley recently proposed that retiring employees be given 100 percent of accumulated sick leave. It's a move that reportedly could have cost the county more than $100,000. That immediately drew a lot of criticism from… Read More
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is searching for a person who killed a pedestrian in an Athens County hit-and-run accident Saturday evening. Ohio drivers are paying less for gas as oil prices continue to drop. Details in your afternoon audio update.
After dangerous behavior at a recent Athens spring block party, city and Ohio University officials are coming up with new ways to cut down on the rowdiness. In the aftermath of the arson committed at the block party known as Palmer Fest, Ohio University and city officials met last week to discuss possible solutions to… Read More
A new report shows the cost of owning and operating a small car in Ohio can be as much as $12,000 a year. As transportation costs rise, many residents in Southeast Ohio find they have trouble paying for gas and auto insurance. Nick Claussen, Athens County Job and Family Services spokesman, says this can… Read More
A proposed state bill would require criminals charged with arson-related crimes to have their name put in a database that provides law enforcement officials with their information. Ohio Senate Bill 70 would require anyone convicted of arson or arson-related crimes to register with their county sheriff within 10 days of being released from custody. The… Read More
Ohio University leaders are approaching the next street party in the annual spring fest season the same way they tackle the annual Halloween block party. State personal income tax collections in Ohio are up nearly 7 percent more than forecasted, giving the state's surplus fund a boost. Details in your afternoon audio update.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources today announced the discovery of a hemlock-killing pest in Washington County. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, also known as HWA is a small, aphid-like insect native to Asia that threatens the health and sustainability of eastern and Carolina hemlock in the eastern United States. According… Read More
A new performing arts and community events venue has opened in Athens. The grand opening Friday night featured art, vendors and a concert show casing local bands. The facility is owned by Central Avenue United Methodist Church, which aims to connect with the community at this new venue. Jake Householder, director of worship and media,… Read More
The Ohio Department of Transportation is expected to begin a road resurfacing project next week on U.S. Route 33 East. The project will create a change in traffic pattern when entering 33 East from East State Street. An ODOT spokesperson says traffic will be maintained, but warns residents to be prepared for traffic delays or… Read More
Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl says the city is planning no change in tactics for this weekend's block party. A person close to an Ohio woman whose suicidal husband released dozens of exotic animals last fall says the five surviving animals will go back to the couple's farm. Details in your afternoon audio update.