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This building at a busy intersection in uptown Athens has sat vacant for two years, but now a potential buyer is interested in using it for a combination of retail on the ground floor and rental housing on the two top floors.

A Columbus company looks to convert a historic uptown Athens building into a hotel

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – A Columbus company plans to convert a long-vacant building in uptown Athens into an extended stay hotel, with retail space and a restaurant. The company’s purchase of the building, however, is contingent on receiving a grant to remove asbestos, according to the grant application. Indus Development LLC applied for $431,920 in… Read More

A coming soon sign outside of the new Kaiser's Barbecue location on East State Street

After a series of delays, Kiser’s Barbecue may soon open at new location

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – Kiser’s Barbeque is in the early stages of construction at its new location on East State Street with hopes of opening in the coming months. The family owned restaurant closed its location in the Athens mall when its lease ended in February 2020 and put off opening a new location because… Read More

A city of Athens Fire Truck dries on Washington Road.

Complication casts doubt on proposed location for new Athens fire station

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens may be looking for another location to build a new fire station because of a complication with the proposed site. The city has spent months planning to build the new station on a vacant lot along Stimson Avenue next to the Hocking River. The land is owned… Read More

An Athens optometrist carries on his family’s quilting tradition with some help from YouTube

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WOUB Digital · An Athens optometrist carries on his family’s quilting tradition with some help from YouTube ATHENS, Ohio (WVPB) — For his day job, Shane Foster is an optometrist in Athens, Ohio. But lately he’s also become a quilter—with help from some friends he’s never actually met. He is one of those folks who… Read More

The omicron variant under a microscope

94 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for May 19-26

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 15,017 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 94 additional cases were reported since last week’s update. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on May 26. According to ODH data, the cases involved 15 people 0-19, 11 people 20-29, 13… Read More

Athens City Hall is seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Athens auditor requests another $200,000 to pay record income tax refunds

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens city auditor asked council Monday night for another $200,000 to cover local income tax refunds. This brings the total set aside for refunds this year to $750,000, about half a million dollars more than normal. The reason for all the extra refunds is so many people working remotely last… Read More

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Beacon School summer camp returns for students with developmental disabilities.

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – The Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities is set to host its second summer camp since the start of the COVID pandemic. During pre-pandemic times, their camper enrollment was at 50 to maintain appropriate staff ratios. However, summer camp enrollment was limited to 40 campers during the past couple of years to… Read More

This building at a busy intersection in uptown Athens has sat vacant for two years, but now a potential buyer is interested in using it for a combination of retail on the ground floor and rental housing on the two top floors.

A historic uptown Athens building has a new buyer after previous deal fell through

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A historic uptown Athens building that has sat vacant for more than two years as the owner tries to sell it is again under contract after a previous deal fell through. The real estate company listing the three-story corner building at 63 S. Court St. could not disclose who the new… Read More

Jim Salzman, Board Member of Hilltop Gun Club, shows WOUB Reporter Lexi Lepof how to safely handle a concealed carry weapon.

Athens-area gun activists and city officials react to Ohio’s new permitless concealed carry gun law

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) –  Jim Salzman, a board member of Hilltop Gun Club, is just one example of second amendment activists who think Ohio’s new gun legislation goes too far. “The fact that somebody can go out and buy a gun, and they get to carry it around and no one knows if they have… Read More

Athens City Hall is seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

The city of Athens faces a shrinking tax base as more people work remotely

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens may have to make some budget cuts in the face of declining tax revenue as more people continue to work remotely. The city has already coughed up an extra $100,000 to pay income tax refunds to remote workers. And at Monday’s City Council meeting, the city’s auditor… Read More

Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Ohio University loosens masking requirements after City of Athens indoor mask mandate expires

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Masks will no longer be required in most non-classroom public spaces on Ohio University campuses in counties with low or medium COVID-19 community levels, effective immediately. In an email sent to students and faculty Tuesday, university officials said masks will still be required in classrooms, laboratories, studios and clinical settings as… Read More

The Super Bowl LVI logo sit in front of a screen that has the Rams logo on the left and the Bengals logo on the right

Athens County’s own Joe Burrow, the Bengals and the city of Cincinnati gear up for Super Bowl LVI

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 WOUB Digital · Joe Burrow, the Bengals and the city of Cincinnati gear up for the Super Bowl ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — It’s been a long, weary road for fans of the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl after 33 years. But whether they can believe it or not, they are just days away… Read More

A map shows the spread of RHDV2 in America

A lethal virus is spreading through the country’s rabbit population. A local rabbit rescue wants your help to slow it down

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Most people for the past two years have been focused on the COVID-19 virus. But local veterinarians are asking the community to pay attention to a virus affecting the rabbit population. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV2) is spreading in the United States. In 2010, the first detected infection of this strain… Read More

A developer is proposing a Starbucks and Chipotle for a lot on East State Street in Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A developer plans to open a Starbucks and a Chipotle on East State Street, which has seen several big restaurant chains move in over the past few years. The two new restaurants would be located side by side on the same lot, which is about halfway between Walmart and Lowe’s but… Read More

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“Tired” local health care systems weather the latest surge of COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – Hospitals in Southeast Ohio are feeling the strain of the latest wave of COVID-19, as many facilities near capacity and wait times for hospital transfers increase.  In an attempt to alleviate the pressure, around 1,050 members of the Ohio National Guard were first deployed to hospitals last month. OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital… Read More

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City administrators explain how Athens’ new short-term rental ordinance will be enforced

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WOUB Digital · City administrators explain how Athens’ new short-term rental ordinance will be enforced   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — One question came up again and again as the Athens City Council considered an ordinance regulating short-term rentals: Do homeowners have to be present while renters are staying at their house? Residents who opposed the… Read More

Virtual reality brings ‘soft skills’ training to law enforcement in Appalachian Ohio

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ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) – On a chilly fall morning deputies with the Athens County Sheriff’s Department reported for annual training in Nelsonville, OH. Sitting among bullet proof vests and diagrams of guns and safety measures, the officers’ weapons remained holstered. Instead of target practice, this morning officers wore virtual reality headsets to watch  interactions… Read More

Potential buyer of historic building in uptown Athens has plans for rentals and retail

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A long-vacant piece of prime real estate in uptown Athens may soon get a new owner with plans for a combination of housing and retail. The three-story corner building at 63 S. Court St., which sits across Court from Ohio University’s Alumni Gateway, was for decades a college bookstore. But it… Read More

WOUB OUTLET

The OUtlet – November 4, 2021

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WOUB Digital · The OUtlet – November 4, 2021 This week on The OUtlet, reporter Olivia Roman takes a look into award-winning Passion Works Studios, an art studio in Athens that serves as an open and accessible space for artists with disabilities. WOUB’s reporters went out in full for election night, covering the election process… Read More

Athens City Hall is seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Athens City Council Approves Pay Increase Of New Arts, Parks and Recreation Director

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to give Mayor Steve Patterson the ability to hire a new director for the Athens Arts, Parks and Recreation Department with a 34% pay increase. The council’s authorization of the 34% pay increase will bring the new director’s salary to $68,000. First Ward… Read More

Athens City Hall is seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Athens Has Received Its First Big Slice Of American Rescue Plan Funds

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens finally received its share of the American Rescue Plan Act funds after a long wait from its announcement in March. The city received the first half of its $2.5 million allocation two weeks ago, city Auditor Kathy Hecht announced at Monday’s City Council meeting. Ideas for what… Read More