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Library of Things Provides Athens County With More Than Books

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GLOUSTER, Ohio (WOUB) – The warm days of July are perfect for fun activities, both inside and outside, and the Athens County Public Library is helping people do just that. Books, movies and printing services are things people expect from their local library. But what about a library of things? The Athens County Public Library… Read More

Members of Ohio Valley Summer Theater, Rhys Carr, center, and Carter Rice, sing “Here for You” during a rehearsal for 70th anniversary celebration of the theater program in Athens, Ohio, on Thursday, July 8, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Ohio Valley Summer Theater Celebrates 70th Anniversary, Access To The Arts

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – The Ohio Valley Summer Theater is preparing for a celebration of its 70th anniversary after overcoming the challenges of the 2020 pandemic. Founded in 1951, the Ohio Valley Summer Theater (OVST) has welcomed everyone from professional actors to children just starting out. It began as a local theater, putting on multiple… Read More

A lily is seen at Lilyfest, an annual horticulture festival, in Rockbridge, Ohio, on Friday, July 9, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Lilyfest Celebrates Nature, Art This Year

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ROCKBRIDGE, Ohio (WOUB) – Next to the natural wonders of Hocking Hills sits the Bishop Educational Gardens, and each year hundreds of people buzz in to celebrate the arts and flowers of the region. Lilyfest blossomed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after COVID-19 sent the festival online in 2020. Some COVID-19 restrictions were still in place,… Read More

Ohio Brew Week Ready To Kick Off July 9 With First In Person Events Since 2019

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Athens, OHIO (WOUB) – Although some of the staple events won’t take place, Ohio Brew Week will still bring strong flavors to Athens this weekend. The 16th Ohio Brew Week will still bring ales, lagers, meads and more from around the state to 22 local venues Friday through July 17. After a hard year for… Read More

Lilyfest

Lilyfest To Hold 30th Celebration Of Gardening And Gathering

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ROCKBRIDGE, Ohio (WOUB) – Roberta Bishop started the Hocking Hills Bishop Educational Gardens with her husband over 30 years ago, and since then Lilyfest has grown to include art, music, food and even Vikings. Lilyfest will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 13200 Little Cola Road in Rockbridge, though this year participants have to… Read More

Health Experts Urge COVID-19 Caution For Unvaccinated People This Fourth Of July

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POMEROY, Ohio (WOUB) – People in the region are getting ready for the Fourth of July as the nation falls short of President Biden’s 70% vaccination goal. Michelle Barnhart, a resident of Syracuse, Ohio, said she’ll be marching down the street in Racine, Ohio, this Fourth of July, and afterward going to a barbeque. Even… Read More

A blood donation chair sits unused

National Blood Shortage Could Affect Southeast Ohio Supply

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NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio – Hospitals are dealing with a nationwide blood shortage, stemming from increased elective surgeries and injuries after pandemic restrictions were lifted. The shortage could affect local hospitals and people who live in southeast Ohio. O’Bleness Hospital became more thoughtful about how it uses blood donations shared through the OhioHealth network as a result…. Read More

Ken Yuchasz, left, speaks to a red cross employee while donating blood at a donation event for Brinley Boyd, in New Lexington, Ohio, on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Ken, who has been donating blood since high school, lost a son 5 years ago due to medical complications and said the experience reminded him of the importance of blood donation. “This is not something that can be artificially created,” said Ken. “This is something that we can do. And if you can, I encourage you to.” [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

National Blood Shortage Could Affect Southeast Ohio Supply

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NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio – Hospitals are dealing with a nationwide blood shortage, stemming from increased elective surgeries and injuries after pandemic restrictions were lifted. The shortage could affect local hospitals and people who live in southeast Ohio. O’Bleness Hospital became more thoughtful about how it uses blood donations shared through the OhioHealth network as a… Read More

Jess Fritz laughs in a portrait at the Faerie Shrine, where she was married, at the Wisteria Event Site and Campground during the Summer Solstice 2021 festival, in Pomeroy, Ohio, on Thursday, June 17, 2021. "This is paradise on earth," said Fritz. "The more I've learned about it and the biodiversity here, I've realized it's a national treasure that people don't pay attention to." [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Appalachian Summer Solstice Celebrates Appalachian Heritage

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POMEROY, Ohio (WOUB) – This year’s celebration of the Appalachian Summer Solstice at Wisteria Event Site and Campground gave people the opportunity to take a short vacation from the hustle and bustle of life and return to their roots in nature.  The four-day-long celebration featured nightly fires, live music, camping, and local food. But more… Read More

Motorcycles, mostly Honda VaMotorcycles, mostly Honda Valkyries, fill East Union Street, in Athens, Ohio, during a Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club block party, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The Honda Valkyrie was designed by Joe Boyd, and was produced from 1996-2003. The motorcycle features a flat 6 cylinder engine and runs smoothly enough that a nickel can be balanced on it's edge on the engine while the motorcycle is running. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]lkyries, fill East Union Street, in Athens, Ohio, during a Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club block party, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The Honda Valkyrie was designed by Joe Boyd, and was produced from 1996-2003. The motorcycle features a flat 6 cylinder engine, and runs so smoothly you can balance a nickel on it's edge while the motorcycle is running. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Valkyrie Riders Roll Into Athens For National Rally

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Last week many Athens residents were both surprised and curious when a flurry of motorcycles descended on Court Street. Over 200 members of the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club got a police escort down Court Street, as Athens residents stopped on the sidewalks to watch them pass. In front of Ohio University’s College… Read More

Motorcycles, mostly Honda VaMotorcycles, mostly Honda Valkyries, fill East Union Street, in Athens, Ohio, during a Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club block party, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The Honda Valkyrie was designed by Joe Boyd, and was produced from 1996-2003. The motorcycle features a flat 6 cylinder engine and runs smoothly enough that a nickel can be balanced on it's edge on the engine while the motorcycle is running. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]lkyries, fill East Union Street, in Athens, Ohio, during a Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club block party, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The Honda Valkyrie was designed by Joe Boyd, and was produced from 1996-2003. The motorcycle features a flat 6 cylinder engine, and runs so smoothly you can balance a nickel on it's edge while the motorcycle is running. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Motorcycle Club Rolls Into Athens For National Rally

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Last week many Athens residents were both surprised and curious when a flurry of motorcycles descended on Court Street.  Over 200 members of the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club got a police escort down Court Street, as Athens residents stopped on the sidewalks to watch them pass. In front of Ohio University’s… Read More

People around Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Athens Celebrates First Juneteenth As A National Holiday

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — People in Athens gathered Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth, marking the day that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were emancipated over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth celebrations have grown in the past year, said Dr. Tee Ford-Ahmed, an organizer of the free little library unveiling at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and… Read More

People around Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Athens Celebrates First Juneteenth As A National Holiday

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — People in Athens gathered Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth, marking the day that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were emancipated over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  Juneteenth celebrations have grown in the past year, said Dr. Tee Ford-Ahmed, an organizer of the free little library unveiling at Mt. Zion Baptist Church… Read More

Metal sculpture is seen at the Pioneer School Community Arts Center which is located in and looks over Zanesville, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

Zanesville Art Center Houses Not Only Art, But Artists

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — The former Pioneer Elementary School overlooks the city of Zanesville, though it now has a different kind of student.  The Pioneer School Community Arts Center houses an array of artists perpetually honing their crafts, from ceramics to painting to music and more.  “The premises, the building, lends itself to the creativity,”… Read More

Sam Campbell (left), a middle school teacher at Nelsonville York, and Cali Sankar, a junior high teacher at Trimble, prepare and assemble an art project called Unity, which was produced by students from multiple schools in the region, in Athens, Ohio, on Monday, June 7, 2021. Unity will be on display on East State Street near the Athens Community Center sometime in June.

Athens County Students And Teachers Team Up To Create Community Mural

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — From rolling hills, to pawpaws, to bricks, to “ditch lilies,” there are a lot of symbols that students think of when they think of Athens County. These ideas, and the communities they represent, will be intertwined in a mural created by local students and teachers. Students’ ideas about their communities are at… Read More

Sam Campbell (left), a middle school teacher at Nelsonville York, and Cali Sankar, a junior high teacher at Trimble, prepare and assemble an art project named Unity, which was produced by students from multiple schools in the region, in Athens, Ohio, on Monday, June 7, 2021. The project will be on display on East State Street near the Athens Community Center sometime in June.

Athens County Students And Teachers Team Up To Create Community Mural

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — From rolling hills, to pawpaws, to bricks, to “ditch lilies,” there are a lot of symbols that students think of when they think of Athens County.  These ideas, and the communities they represent, will be intertwined in a mural created by local students and teachers. Students’ ideas about their communities are… Read More