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Possible Explosion on West Union

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Authorities in Athens are investigating a possible explosion that occurred Sunday evening in the apartments above Cycle Path Bicycles at 104 1/2 West Union Street. The building partially collapsed. Deputy Service Safety Director Ron Lucas says everyone in the building is out and accounted for. One male in his early 20s was rescued and transported… Read More

Rain, Rain, But No (Big) Flood

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ATHENS— After a week of preparation in Athens County in anticipation for a major flood event, there is no longer a flood threat from the Hocking River, according to data from the National Weather Service. At the end of last week, officials were preparing for the Hocking River to crest at 25.2 feet overnight Sunday,… Read More

Athens County Commissioners Fear Trump Budget Cuts

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President Donald Trump is proposing to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program from his 2017 federal budget proposal. This federal program has provided federal funding to counties with financial needs since 1974. The possible loss of the funding has community leaders worried about how they will fund projects in Athens County without the $135,000 they receive from the… Read More

New Technology at O’Bleness Hospital to Help Sexual Assault Victims

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A new photography system at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital will make it easier for nurses to obtain visual evidence of patients who are victims of sexual assault. The Cortexflo Machine allows clinicians to take high-definition photographs in a hands-free manner so nurses can focus on the patient while collecting the evidence they need. “The Cortexflo provides a higher resolution… Read More