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A screenshot of the online City Council meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020.

Athens City Council Unanimously Passes Face Mask Ordinance

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Face coverings are now required in most public places in Athens after City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday night during a special online meeting. The ordinance will go into effect as soon as Mayor Steve Patterson, Council President Chris Knisely, and Clerk of Council Debbie Walker sign it. Patterson said… Read More

Clashes Between “Defend The Police” And “Defend Our Community” End Peacefully

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — On a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon uptown Athens hosted two protests that, despite its tense moments ended with a symbolic gesture of peace. According to a Facebook event page, the “Defend the Police” (DTP) event asked people to gather at the Athens County Courthouse on July 5 to “show support… 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

Union workers protest the layoff of 110 custodial workers at Ohio University.

Uncertainty, Frustration Remain For Union Workers In Absence Of Contract With University

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Local union leaders say they are still working with Ohio University to agree on a new contract and address wrongful termination grievances, though the process is taking longer than they had hoped.   John Johnson, Athens regional director for AFSCME Region 8, said the union and the university had a labor management… 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

Athens Pride Rally Addresses Queer Justice, Racial Justice And Immigration

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — “Stop killing us. Stop killing Black folks. Stop killing Brown folks. Stop killing Queer folks. Stop killing Trans folks. It’s simple, yet people have a hard time understanding that. Stop killing us, period,” were the opening remarks to crowd by delfin bautista, a long know activist and one of the rally… 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

OU student athletes and coaches march for racial justice on Saturday in Athens.

OU Student Athletes March In Support Of Racial Justice

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Dozens of Ohio University student athletes and coaches staged a march in Athens Saturday afternoon in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. “We’re just trying to get our athletes together so that we can continue pushing this Black Lives movement and we are going to continue to talk and to fight… Read More

People Line Up On East State Street To Support Black Lives Matter Movement

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens residents lined up on East State Street Friday to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement and stand in solidarity with protesters across the United States. Participants were asked to wear masks and stand six feet apart on the sidewalk. They allowed space for vehicles to go in and… 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

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

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

Salon And Barbershop Owners Look Forward To Seeing Customers Again, Even If From Behind A Mask

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Everyone who steps into Smart Barber Shop receives a hearty hello from owner Dave Smart, whose grin shines right through his face mask.  Last Friday, Smart reopened his shop on West Washington Street in Athens. It was closed for about two months under orders from the state of Ohio to slow… 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

Drinking in the Sunshine: Athens County Bars Welcome Customers Back to Outdoor Areas

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The day before Ohio bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen outdoor seating, the owners of the Smiling Skull Saloon were busy.  Of course, it stands to reason that the owners of any bar would have a busy day. But, as they prepared to welcome customers back after two months, there… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Ohio University Makes Plans To Re-Open For Fall

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is planning to invite students back to its campuses for fall semester. What that fall semester will look like is still a work in progress as the university continues payroll reduction tactics and the possible restructuring of academic programs. According Vice President of Finance Deb Shaffer, changes to the… 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

A cardboard cutout of Rufus Bobcat wearing a mask outside of College Bookstore in uptown Athens.

Some Retailers in Athens are Back Open, Others Still Shuttered

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In Athens, some businesses have re-opened but others were still closed on Tuesday afternoon. All non-essential businesses in the state have been closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine allowed retail stores to re-open on Tuesday under the Responsible ReStart Ohio plan. At The Market on… Read More

Participants leave Peden Stadium on their way to College Green for a motorcade rally calling for a firing freeze at Ohio University and the reinstatement of cut jobs.

OU Faculty and Staff Call for Firing Freeze, Reinstatement of Jobs at Motorcade Rally

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University faculty, staff, students, and Athens community members demanded that administrators freeze layoffs and reinstate union workers who lost their jobs during a motorcade rally Wednesday. The Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1699 organized the… Read More

Protestors stand in crowded meeting with signs.

Ohio University Faculty, Union Workers Find Ways To Push Back Against Administration

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Ohio University Faculty Senate has delivered a vote of no confidence in two key executive administrators and is now pushing to take matters into their own hands, including a public protest. On the heels of the Ohio University American Association of University Professor’s (OU-AAUP) petition, the majority of faculty senate… Read More

Unofficial Primary 2020 Results for Athens County

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Here are the unofficial results in Athens County for Ohio’s extended primary, according to the county Board of Elections. Only contested races are listed.    For Democratic presidential nominee: Joseph Biden received 3,758 votes, Bernie Sanders received 1,986 votes, Elizabeth Warren received 280 votes, Tulsi Gabbard received 52 votes, Pete Buttigieg received 65 votes, Michael… Read More