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Union workers protest the layoffs of 140 Ohio University employees amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Union Workers Again Protest OU Layoffs During Coronavirus Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Union workers at Ohio University and supporters took to the streets in Uptown Athens to again protest layoffs of 140 people during the coronavirus pandemic. Almost 100 protesters gathered Wednesday afternoon wearing American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1699 shirts, face masks and carrying signs. “Chop from the… Read More

Peaceful Powerful Protest in Athens After The Death Of George Floyd

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A peaceful protest was held in uptown Athens on Saturday as anger and protests mount across the United States over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. A group of about one hundred students and supporters chanted, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” crossing toward the College Green… Read More

Childcare Centers To Reopen May 31 Under New Strict COVID-19 Guidelines

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Childcare centers in Ohio can reopen for business starting May 31, after shutting down due to COVID-19 in mid March. Among the new state guidelines for reopening are strict sanitizing measures, temperature controls, and a drastic reduction on the number of children per class. The new COVID-19 guidelines put new caps… Read More

Bridging the internet gap for K-12 students in Athens, Ohio during the pandemic.

How Athens Schools Bridged The Internet Gap During the Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — It was Tuesday, March 10, the day before Ohio had its first 3 COVID-19 cases reported and the state of emergency declared. Students were supposed to return to school from spring break the following Monday, March 16. But Tom Gibbs, superintendent for the Athens City Schools District (ACSD), knew that schools… Read More

Workers Protest OU’s 140 Layoffs Amidst the Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Union workers are continuing to protest, what they say is, unfair and disrespectful treatment by Ohio University. On Saturday morning, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1699 and their supporters held signs along East State Street urging drivers to honk in support. Organizers say at least 110 people… Read More

Two residents of a nursing home hold up cards they received from a community mail program

Smile Mail Shortens Social Distance for Seniors in Nursing Homes

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —  COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes accounts for 40% of all the COVID-19 related deaths in Ohio . Nationwide, COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes account for one-third of all U.S. deaths, according to data collected by the New York Times. Potential underlying health conditions of older populations, as well as living… Read More

Curbside Blood Work

Health Facility Offers Curbside Blood Work in Times of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 emergency has pushed everyone, specially health professionals, to get creative to be able to accommodate patients. A health facility in Jackson, Ohio is now offering a curbside blood lab that allows people to remain in their car during while having their blood drawn. Trenda Newell, the certified phlebotomist in charge of the blood… Read More

snacks handed out

Athens Sheriff’s Office Hands Out Snacks to Local Children

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —  “Apple, oranges or bananas?” asks a deputy to a family in a car outside Walmart. People driving up to do groceries Monday morning got a little unexpected help. The Athens County Sheriff’s distributed some 500 snack bags for school kids complying with the “stay-at-home” order due to COVID-19. Outside Walmart, a… Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

Business in Uptown Athens is Down 50 – 85%, Uncertainty Lingers

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ATHENS, Ohio  (WOUB) — Businesses in Uptown Athens are starting to feel the economic impact of COVID-19. Since Ohio Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency almost a month ago and Ohio University told students not to come back from spring break, things have rapidly deteriorated for some of the local shops, restaurants and… Read More

Domestic Violence Victims Urged to Text if They Can’t Call During Lockdown

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Domestic violence victims are being urged to text rather than calling the help lines during the Stay at Home order in Ohio due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kelly Cooke, My Sister’s Place executive director, says they are concerned about what’s happening with victims during these times of mandated isolation due to… Read More