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Athens Co. Confirms 167 Total COVID-19 Cases Since Start of Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 167 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 28 additional cases were confirmed Sunday. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 12. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. An analysis… Read More

Health officials urge the use of face masks in public to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Athens City Council Considering Ordinance Requiring Face Coverings In Public

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens City Council is one step closer to approving an ordinance requiring face masks in public places.  Council members, the mayor, and community members discussed the merits of  the current draft  during at a committee of the whole emergency meeting on Friday evening conducted via video conference. Athens County has seen a spike… Read More

Uptown Athens on March 10, 2020.

Some Athens Businesses Close (Again) Due To COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Some restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in uptown Athens have closed again after the steady rise of COVID-19 cases in the county.  Several of these establishments reported on social media that at least one employee tested positive for the virus.  Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina announced its closure on its Facebook… Read More

The front of Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

Athens Restaurant Closes Temporarily After Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Casa Nueva and Cantina has closed temporarily after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, the restaurant announced on its Facebook page Wednesday. Grace Corbin, the marketing coordinator for Casa and one of its worker-owners, said the restaurant is working closely with the Athens City-County Health Department and having daily conference calls… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 90 COVID-19 Cases Since Start Of Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 90 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 11 additional cases were confirmed Thursday. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 9. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. The health… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 79 COVID-19 Cases Since Start Of Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 79 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 16 additional cases were confirmed Wednesday. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 8. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. And analysis… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 63 COVID-19 Cases Since Start Of Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 63 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four additional cases were confirmed Tuesday. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 7. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. But an… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 59 COVID-19 Cases Since Start Of Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 59 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after three additional cases were confirmed Monday. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 6. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. The health… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms Four New COVID-19 Cases

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 37 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four additional cases were confirmed Wednesday. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the case in a press release sent July 1. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. Data from the… Read More

Chloe Kunkel,12, looks inside the pawpaw fruit costume in PawPaw festival in Albany, Ohio on Sep. 16, 2017.

2020 Ohio Pawpaw Festival Canceled Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

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ALBANY, Ohio (WOUB) — Another event in southeast Ohio has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Organizers announced Tuesday that the 22nd Ohio Pawpaw Festival will not happen this year. A social media post cited health concerns for guests, staff and others who would attend the event held at Lake Snowden in Albany…. Read More

Attendees at a rally on East State Street display their signs Saturday, June 27, 2020.

Dozens Rally On State Street After Most Recent Job Cuts At Ohio University

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In the wake of another round of job cuts at Ohio University, more than 50 people stood on East State Street to support those whose positions were cut and express dissatisfaction with administrators’ decisions. This was the fourth major rally since May 1 announcement that 140 AFSCME union worker jobs had… Read More

A marker in memory of Christopher Davis, who was lynched in 1881 by a mob of White men. The marker is on Mulberry Street in Athens, Ohio.

New Historical Marker Memorializes Man Lynched In Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A new historical marker has been dedicated to a Black man from Athens County who was lynched in 1881. The marker sits on Mulberry Street in Athens, near the old South Bridge. It was installed Wednesday morning. A mob of approximately 30 White men lynched Davis the day before he was… Read More

Sam Jones, left, demonstrates some boxing stances and combinations with Rob Robinson at Sam's Gym in Glouster, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Sam’s Gym Owner Looks Forward To Welcoming Glouster Kids Back To Ring

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GLOUSTER, Ohio (WOUB) — Sam Jones has been all around the world as a boxing professional and coach, but his biggest focus for many years has been educating and encouraging the kids in Glouster. Last Monday, he opened the front door at Sam’s Gym again for adults to train. Like every gym in Ohio, Sam’s… Read More

The Athena Grand at night

Two Local Movie Theatres Prepare To Reopen June 19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Two movie theatres in Athens County are reopening Friday after being closed for three months due to COVID-19.  Under guidelines from the state of Ohio, theatre employees must wear face coverings and perform a daily symptom assessment. Theatres must also ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between customers and… Read More

The Athens County Fair miday

Board Plans For Modified 2020 Athens Co. Fair

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — This year’s Athens County Fair will be happening, despite some changes due to COVID-19 concerns. The Athens County Fair Board held a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss plans for a modified fair that takes the pandemic and social distancing measures into account. The board announced several modifications to maintain social distancing… Read More

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Athens Co. Reports Four New Cases of COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County had four cases of COVID-19 confirmed Wednesday after days without a confirmed active case. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent June 10. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. The Ohio Department of Health did indicated one… Read More

Part of the crowd in Athens for a protest Tuesday, June 2, 2020. This protest was in solidarity with other events across the United States after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.

Hundreds In Athens Join Nationwide Day Of Protest

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A crowd of at least 500 people lined the streets in Athens for a peaceful protest on Tuesday, joining a day of demonstrations across the United States after the death of George Floyd. Throughout the afternoon, various people spoke from the steps of the county courthouse. Ohio University student KeShawn Mellon… Read More

Part of the crowd at a Black Lives Matter rally and police brutality protest in Athens, OH on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

‘We Will Fight For What’s Right:’ People March For George Floyd In Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Twice in as many days, more than 100 people rallied their voices and handmade signs in Athens on Sunday to protest the deaths of George Floyd and other black Americans. The group met on Ohio University’s College Green at  5p.m. and walked down College Street, past the Athens Police department, before turning… Read More

Mary Nally writes "Athens Stands in Solidarity" with chalk on the sidewalk outside of the Athens County Courthouse on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Athens Spreads Messages Of Love And Calls For Justice Uptown During Sidewalk Chalk Event

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athenians of all ages met uptown on Sunday afternoon to chalk the sidewalks with messages, affirming support of the black community and calling for justice after the death of George Floyd. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter days after the release of a… Read More

Athens County Libraries Reopen, With Some Changes

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County Public Libraries reopened on Tuesday, with some changes in place to meet state and local guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors are asked to keep at least six feet of distance between other patrons and library staff, and not to visit the library if they are feeling… Read More

The intersection at U.S. 33 and Johnson Road.

ODOT Proposes Removing Johnson Road Connection To U.S. 33

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Ohio Department of Transportation has proposed closing the Johnson Road connection to U.S. 33 in spring 2021 to reduce the chance of serious vehicle crashes. ODOT is seeking public comment on the proposal. The proposed project would include closing the median at the Johnson Road intersection, removing the existing left… Read More