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CORRECTION: Glouster Utility Customers Make Payments – Avoid March 23 Shutoffs

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CORRECTION: This updated version corrects a report from Monday, March 23 that indicated a shut off had occurred. The Village of Glouster stated the correct information is customers who faced shut offs paid their bills before Monday’s scheduled shut offs and no shut offs occured. GLOUSTER, Ohio (WOUB) — All customers of Glouster Water and… Read More

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Athens Co. Municipal Court Re-Schedules In-Person Hearings

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens County Municipal Court is rescheduling all in-person hearings until May 1 or later, according to a post on the court web page, as a precaution to the coronavirus pandemic. Hearings that can be resolved remotely will take place via video or teleconferencing. People awaiting hearings should contact their attorney… Read More

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First COVID-19 Death Reported in Gallia County

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GALLIPOLIS, OH (WOUB) — The Gallia County Health Department is reporting the county’s first death related to COVID-19. The department confirmed the news on its Facebook page Tuesday in a statement. According to the statement, the case investigation has been completed and all individuals who may have had contact with the person or symptomatic individuals… Read More

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Fairfield County Confirms First COVID-19 Case

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LANCASTER, Ohio – Fairfield County reported its first positive case of the Coronavirus Tuesday. According to a news release from the Fairfield County Health Department (FDH), the person is being isolated. The release goes on to include, “FDH is working to identify close contacts of this resident and will contact anyone who would require testing… Read More

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CORRECTED: Glouster Water and Electric Customers Pay Bills, Avoid Shutoffs

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CORRECTION: This updated version corrects a report from Monday, March 23 that indicated a shut off had occurred. The Village of Glouster stated the correct information is customers who faced shut offs paid their bills before Monday’s scheduled shut offs and no shut offs occured. GLOUSTER, Ohio (WOUB) — All customers of Glouster Water and… Read More

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Kroger Adds Special Shopping Hours for High-Risk Customers in W. Va. and Parts of Ohio

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ROANOKE, Va. (WOUB) — Kroger stores in most of West Virginia and parts of eastern Ohio will have designated shopping hours for seniors and other customers at high risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Region said these hours will be from 7:00-8:00 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, beginning March 24. This is… Read More

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Hocking Co. Health Commissioner Orders all Cabins, Lodges Closed

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HOCKING COUNTY, Ohio (WOUB) — Cabin and lodge rentals in the the county that hosts Hocking Hills State Park will be closed as a precaution to the coronavirus pandemic. Hocking County Health Commissioner Dr. Douglas S. Fisher ordered all cabin and lodge rentals closed as of Monday night for public health reasons. This applies to… Read More

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Athens Parks and Rec Department Closes Playgrounds, Park Shelters, and Public Restrooms

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens says playgrounds, public restrooms, park shelters and picnic tables at city parks are closed until further notice. The Arts, Parks, and Recreation Department made this decision after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference on Sunday. DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton issued a “stay… Read More

Most Ohio Kroger Stores to Begin Special Shopping Hours for Seniors and Other High-Risk Customers

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Kroger stores in most of Ohio will dedicate time for seniors and other customers at high risk for contracting the novel coronavirus to shop. This does not apply to Ohio’s Kroger locations in Marietta, Proctorville, and Belpre; see more information about this below. According to a press release, most Ohio Kroger… Read More

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Walmart Designates Senior Hours, Will Give Bonuses to Hourly Employees

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (WOUB) — Walmart has announced several initiatives to serve customers and employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. Senior shopping hours On Tuesdays from March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will have a “senior shopping event” for customers 60 and older. The company says this will start one hour before the store opens, and… Read More

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Historic Selection to Head E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Eddith Dashiell has been named the next director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, Dean Scott Titsworth announced on Friday. Dashiell will be both the first woman and the first African American to hold the position. “I see my role as… Read More

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National Guard to Assist Southeast Ohio Foodbank During Coronavirus Pandemic

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LOGAN, Ohio (WOUB) – Members of the Ohio National Guard are expected to arrive at the Southeast Ohio Foodbank on March 23 to help across the foodbank’s 10-county service area. People may see military personnel and military vehicles in the 10 counties that the Southeast Ohio Foodbank serves: Hocking, Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan,… Read More

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Athens Humane Society and Friends of the Shelter Dogs Offer Pet Food Assistance

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Two Athens County animal welfare agencies are teaming up to assist residents who may be unable to afford food for their pets during the coronavirus pandemic. The Athens County Humane Society and Friends of the Shelter Dogs have set up an email address to help those in need. “In the tough… Read More

Athens County Food Pantry workers preparing food for clients at the Route 13 location in March 2020.

Athens Co. Food Pantry Still Serving Families at Rt. 13 Location

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens County Food Pantry has served almost 300 families through March 17, and will continue to provide food for families in need. The ACFP sent out a press release Wednesday, clarifying its food box program is still available even though the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services closed… Read More

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Some Utility Providers Suspend Service Shutoff for Non-Payment During Coronavirus Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Several utility providers have temporarily stopped shutting off service for customers who are behind on their payments. On March 12, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) recommended that all public utility providers under its jurisdiction “to review their service disconnection policies, practices, and tariff provisions and to promptly seek any… Read More

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Ohio University Postpones Spring Commencement and All Regional Campus Graduation Activities

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has decided to postpone Spring 2020 Commencement and all graduation activities on all regional campuses. According to an email OU President Duane Nellis sent Wednesday morning, the university is making the decision “in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” The recommendations updated Monday… Read More

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ODJFS Implements Emergency Child Care Measures During COVID-19 Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio will be issuing temporary pandemic child care licenses in an effort to increase access to child care during the coronavirus pandemic. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Director Kim Hall announced the emergency action Tuesday she claimed would provide child care to families where parents work in the health, safety,… Read More

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How to Support Ohio University Students Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is collecting funds to give financial support to students who may be affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak. All students are encouraged not to return to the main campus. Classes at all OU locations will take place online for the remainder of the semester. OU’s Division of Student Affairs… Read More

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OhioHealth Implements Visitor Restrictions, Requests Public Help to Fight Coronavirus Spread

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — OhioHealth, which owns Athens’ O’Bleness and 27 other hospitals in Ohio, has implemented visitor restrictions at all of its locations as a precaution to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health system released the following visitor guidelines: Visitors must be 18 years or older Patients will be limited to one visitor at… Read More

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Dollar General Dedicates First Hour of Day to Senior Shoppers, Adjusts Closing Hours

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Dollar General’s national office announced it plans to dedicate the first hour of each day to senior customers, and will adjust store hours, beginning Tuesday. Senior citizens are one of the groups most at risk for contracting COVID-19. “Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase… Read More