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Southeast Ohio Receives ARC Grant to Study Broadband Expansion

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MCARTHUR, Ohio — The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a grant to study broadband internet expansion in two southeast Ohio counties. Vinton County Commissioners received $49,000 from the ARC for the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Project. Vinton and Meigs County will conduct a broadband feasibility study looking into creating the necessary infrastructure needed for a high-speed internet… Read More

Two Face Felony Charges Related to Falsifying Concealed Carry Training

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PORTSMOUTH — Two Scioto County men face felony charges after allegedly issuing or selling false training certificates used to obtain concealed carry permits. Jerry Hayes, 36, of Lucasville, was indicted on 25 counts of falsification by a Scioto County Grand Jury last week, according to Sheriff Marty V. Donini. A months-long investigation revealed Hayes was selling the… Read More

Federal Lawsuit Filed Over State Ballot Initiative Process

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ATHENS (WOUB) — Residents of two local counties have joined others around the state in a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming elections officials have violated their right to put initiatives on the ballot. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund filed the suit Friday in a U.S. District Court in Youngstown against Boards of Election in… Read More

Former LGBT Center Director’s Reinstatement Denied, Appeal Process To Continue

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Editor’s Note: delfin bautista uses the pronouns they/them, and does not capitalize their name. ATHENS (WOUB) — The former director of Ohio University’s LGBT Center plans to take the next step in the grievance process after the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion refused to reverse her decision to remove them. “Based on the fact… Read More

OU President Comments As Protesters Decry Removal Of LGBT Center Director

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ATHENS — Ohio University’s president reiterated the school’s commitment to supporting the LGBTQ+ community Friday as a group of people protested the removal of the LGBT Center’s director. Dr. Duane Nellis, during a meeting with reporters at Cutler Hall, repeated earlier statements by the university that the decision to remove delfin bautista (who uses they/them pronouns and doesn’t… Read More

Police Identify Victim And Suspect In Sunday Shooting

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UPDATE (11 p.m.): Michael Allen Russell was taken into custody tonight in The Plains. Russell was being sought in connection with the shooting death of Charles Duncan, Sr., on West Washington Street on Sunday. He will appear in court Wednesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and robbery, according to Athens Police. _________________________________ ATHENS, Ohio — Authorities… Read More

Arrests Made In Connection To 2016 Pike County Murders

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UPDATE: 4:58 p.m. On Monday, a Pike County grand jury indicted George “Billy” Wagner III, Angela Wagner, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner, on murder charges with death penalty specifications, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; Angela Wagner, 48; George Wagner IV, 27; Edward “Jake” Wagner, 26, are… Read More