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Inspector General Asks for Records Related to OU President’s New Residence

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The Ohio inspector general has asked Ohio University for records related to a lease-purchase agreement entered into for a new residence for OU President Roderick McDavis. Inspector General Randall Meyer has also instructed the university not to destroy any records related to the matter. The Ohio University Foundation entered into a lease-purchase agreement March 19… Read More

Childrens Services Levy Approved Despite Low Turnout for Election

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ATHENS, Ohio – Three-fourths of the voters — and there weren’t very many of them — cast ballots in favor of the Athens County Children Services levy in Tuesday’s primary election. The 3-mill, 10-year levy was the only countywide issue on ballot, and the only candidate race was in the Democratic Primary for three at-large… Read More

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Nelsonville Fire Rekindles Memories Of Past Blazes

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“I cried,” is how Judy Sinnott of Nelsonville described her reaction when the Public Square was hit Saturday night by a fire, a blaze that Sinnott said also fueled “a ton of flashbacks.” She and others in the community couldn’t help but recall the 1980 fire that all but destroyed Stuart’s Opera House, located beside… Read More

Rosli Family, 2015 Ohio University Street Fair (Mark Clavin/WOUB)

PHOTOS: 2015 Ohio University International Street Fair

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Cultural diversity and international flavors were celebrated Saturday on Court Street as Ohio University and the Athens community experienced the cultures, food and music of the International Street Fair. The street fair is part of OU’s International Week, which began April 12 and concluded Sunday. Although some were seen walking Court Street with umbrellas, it… Read More

Groundwater Tests Considered Near Injection Wells

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A proposal to do baseline groundwater testing at a K&H Partners injection well site near Torch is being considered by the Athens County Commissioners. K&H Partners of West Virginia received a state permit March 18 to drill its third injection well in Troy Twp. near Torch. Injection wells are used to dispose of saltwater and… Read More

Sheriff Smith Added to Lawsuit

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Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith has been added as a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by a former deputy sheriff. The Athens Messenger previously reported that an attorney representing former sheriff’s deputy Shannon Sheridan filed a motion in U.S. District Court  to add Smith to a lawsuit Sheridan filed last year against then-sheriff Patrick… Read More

Nelsonville Gets FEMA Grant for House Demolition

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NELSONVILLE — The city of Nelsonville has been awarded a $186,801 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to acquire and demolish homes in flood hazard areas. Up to nine homes will be demolished and the land returned to permanent green space. Participation by property owners is voluntary, according to City Code Director Steve Pierson…. Read More

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Dutch Creek Residents Petition For Road Repairs

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Petitions with signatures of more than 60 residents and property owners on Dutch Creek Road have been presented to the Athens County Commissioners in an effort to get road and bridge improvements. A half dozen residents, with Butch Mitchell as their spokesman, met with the commissioners Thursday, a meeting also attended by County Engineer Jeff… Read More

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Non-Profit Education Center Closes, Language Center Changes Hands

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  The Athens-based nonprofit Appalachian Progressive Education Center, which over the years has offered language classes and arts and anti-bullying programs, has ceased operation. However, its Athens Language Center remains open under new management. The Appalachian Progressive Education Center was formed in 2006, an outgrowth of art and theater programs launched at ARTS/West by Dominika… Read More

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Local Businesses Vie For Prize in Start It Up Nelsonville

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Five Nelsonville businesses have entered a competition for a $10,000 prize that will help them develop and grow. The prize is being offer by Start it Up Nelsonville, a competition that aims to attract new business to Nelsonville and increase foot traffic to the Public Square. The deadline for businesses to join the competition was… Read More

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Two Deals To Buy Abrio’s Fall Through

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After the failure of two potential sales of the former Abrio’s restaurant in Athens — including one to open an IHOP restaurant — permission is being sought to sell the contents of the building. Jack Harris, court-appointed receiver for the former restaurant, has filed a motion in Athens County Common Pleas Court asking for permission… Read More

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Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Athens Fraud of $800,000

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A Maryland man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to stealing more than $1.1 million though a scheme in which the conspirators pretended to be romantically interested in the victims. According to court documents, one of the victims was an Athens resident who lost more than $800,000. Krist Koranteng, 33, is scheduled to be sentenced… Read More

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Quote To Test Landfill Records Presented To Commissioners

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A consultant quoted a price of $5,145 to do testing to find out if records dug up from a landfill as part of the Patrick Kelly investigation pose a safety risk. Hiring of the consultant is on the agenda of this week’s Athens County Commissioners meeting. Part of the investigation of then-sheriff Patrick Kelly centered… Read More

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Nelsonville Plans History Tours

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People who want to learn more about Nelsonville’s past can take part in history tours that will be held this coming Friday and April 24. Students in the Natural and Historical Interpretation program at Hocking College will tell tour participants about the sites visited, imparting information they have compiled and researched. That research included talking… Read More

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Drilling Permit Issued For Injection Well In Troy Township

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K&H Partners has been issued a state permit to drill its third injection well in Troy Twp. “The injection well permit was issued to K&H today and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will monitor each step of the drilling and injection process,” according to a statement released Wednesday by the agency. The permit was… Read More

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Federal Judge Blocks Former Deputy’s Subpoena For Athens Police Records

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A federal magistrate judge has granted the Athens Police Department’s request to quash a subpoena seeking apparently sealed records. The records relate to the 2011 prosecution of Joel Kelly, son of former Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly, on a misdemeanor charge. The records were sought by Shannon Sheridan, a former sheriff’s deputy who is suing… Read More

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Judge: Another Constable Needed At Athens County Courthouse

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The Athens County court system is in need of an additional constable, the county commissioners were told Tuesday by Common Pleas Judge George McCarthy. “We’ve been working on a three-person system now, and we’re just scraping by,” said McCarthy, who is administrative judge for common pleas court. Currently, there are three constables, who are responsible… Read More