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Local Organizations Hope to Cash in on Cultural Tourism Trend

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —  Off the winding Route 33 and 12 miles east of Athens, a town with two names was founded in the 1800s by seven formerly enslaved African Americans: Tablertown, or Kilvert, depending on who you ask and where you are. David Butcher is a direct descendent of the Tablers and says his… Read More

Front of the John Gee Black Historical Center building with American Flag blowing in front of it.

Black Historical Center in Gallipolis Receives Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Grant

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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WOUB) — A 150 year story of segregation, perseverance and preservation resides in Gallia County thanks to a group working to preserve local Black history.  The walls of the John Gee Black Historical Center in Gallipolis are adorned with local artifacts.  The uniform of a Tuskegee airman and Porter native Henry Norman salutes… Read More

First Untied Methodist Church soup kitchen which operates a Monday community meal in Athens, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Free Meal Programs Find New Ways To Serve Athens Community While Facing Pandemic Changes

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The pandemic forced free meal programs in Athens County to get creative in order to continue feeding the community safely.  Athens County is the most food insecure in Ohio. More than 20% of the population suffers from food insecurity, according to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.  Local free meal programs are… Read More

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HAPCAP Provides Free Air Conditioners Through Summer Crisis Program

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Some people in the region are struggling to stay cool as temperatures rise this summer. People in need can receive a free air conditioner for their home through the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action’s Summer Crisis Program from July 1 until September 30.  HAPCAP’s public relationship coordinator Claire Gysegem believes access… Read More

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Former Athens Co. Deputy Pleads Guilty To Charges Related To Bellar Case

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB)— A former Athens County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty Thursday to a disorderly conduct charge related to the Bellar family case. Jimmy Childs, also a former school resource officer in the county, was arrested in May and originally charged with felony counts of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice. Prosecutors alleged at the… Read More

Nelsonville Again Reinstates Council Member Due To Procedural Error

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — The Nelsonville City Council retracted its decision to remove council member Gregory Smith due to a procedural error last Monday. The council did not alert the public seven days in advance of Smith’s removal as established in the city charter. The council plans to correct its mistake then remove Smith again…. Read More

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Alternate Program Offering Addiction Support for Local Residents

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A support program aiming to help people suffering from dependency issues  is now available in Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties. The program, SMART recovery, stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, and offers weekly group discussions for not only those suffering from an addiction,but also for the families who want to help their loved ones, according… Read More

Athens Begins Pride Month Celebrations

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The LGBTQ community in Athens is gearing up for this year’s annual Pride Parade this weekend. Pride month celebrations unofficially kicked off Sunday with a discussion on the history and future of the LGBTQ community at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. “The event many considered the first pride was a riot,” said… Read More