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The OUtlet – October 14, 2021

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This week on the OUtlet, the city of Athens has finally received American Rescue Plan funding, and WOUB reporter Nick Viland talks to Athens city officials about where the funds will be spent. Just off Carpenter Street in Athens, a local home owner and a local artist collaborated to beautify the neighborhood with a new… Read More

Ohio State Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest To Take Place In Nelsonville

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Over fifty years after the Ohio State Old Time Fiddlers’ Competition began in Nelsonville, people from around Ohio are still coming and bringing their well-honed craft to the competition’s stage. The competition will be held this year on August 20 at 6 p.m. at Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, and open to fiddler’s of… Read More

Sign reads hapcap Hocking, Athens, Perry, Community Action

Agency Offers Assistance As Federal Eviction Moratorium Ends

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The federal eviction moratorium has ended in some places across southeastern Ohio, but resources are available for those facing the possibility of houselessness. It was extended for some communities, but not Athens, Hocking and Perry counties due to the lower rate of COVID-19 transmission in these places. However, rental assistance is… Read More

Sign reads Athens Conservancy Mary Beth Zak Lohse 241 acres 97 hectares Acquired in 2018 on a brown sign in a field of wildflowers with the forest just behind

Athens Conservancy Partners With Artist To Help Get Word Out

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  ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Athens group is working to get the message out about conservation by partnering with a local artist. The Athens Conservancy works to purchase land with high public value, said Chris Fahl, president of the conservancy board. It preserves private property with environmental value, but also preserves land for public… Read More

Traveling Monument A Memorial To Those Who Died In Vietnam War

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A traveling exhibit brings a national memorial to the edge of Ohio University’s campus in Athens. The Wall That Heals is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Athens residents and others from across the region are gathering this week to mourn loved ones, or even to pay… Read More

Diner’s New Outdoor Seating Draws Spirited Discussion On Social Media

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Discussion ignited in an Athens County community Facebook group after a photo of Union Street Diner’s new outdoor eating area was posted. Earlier this month, the diner installed its “parklet,” which consists of several tables on an enclosed platform that occupies two parking spaces in front of the diner. Cynthia Brunty,… Read More

Raccoon Creek Again Stained By Pollution Following Years Of Cleanup Efforts

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Septic tank waste and restaurant grease spread into a section of Raccoon Creek in Vinton County after a local business put too much waste in a dumping site nearby. A 2 Z Sanitation, which offers septic tank cleaning, portable toilet services, and grease trap cleaning, was issued a permit from the… Read More

Glouster Public Library

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