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Sam Campbell (left), a middle school teacher at Nelsonville York, and Cali Sankar, a junior high teacher at Trimble, prepare and assemble an art project named Unity, which was produced by students from multiple schools in the region, in Athens, Ohio, on Monday, June 7, 2021. The project will be on display on East State Street near the Athens Community Center sometime in June.

Athens County Students And Teachers Team Up To Create Community Mural

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — From rolling hills, to pawpaws, to bricks, to “ditch lilies,” there are a lot of symbols that students think of when they think of Athens County.  These ideas, and the communities they represent, will be intertwined in a mural created by local students and teachers. Students’ ideas about their communities are… Read More

Ohio University President Duane Nellis.

Ohio University President Resigns, Will Return To Teaching

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s president is stepping down at the end of June after four challenging years marked by big enrollment declines and financial struggles. Duane Nellis, who is four years into a six-year contract, said Thursday he plans to stay at the university as a member of the faculty. “I have decided to… Read More

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Share Your Light


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Sponsored by Athens Area Mediation Service, people from Athens or ties with Athens will share how COVID has impacted their lives. Event will be held via Zoom. Community members will be able to share the way COVID has impacted them via Athens Area Mediation Facebook page.

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Minority Health in Appalachia – Strategies for Success with Ohio Commission on Minority Health


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The Racial Equity Coalition of Athens County Health and Wellness Committee will host its final virtual presentation for Minority Health Month with keynote speaker Angela Dawson, Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, on April 30 from 12-2:30 pm via Zoom. Ms. Dawson will lead the Coalition’s second community roundtable on minority health… Read More

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The Racial Equity Coalition of Athens County Invites the Health Policy Institute of Ohio to Share Strategies to Achieve Health Equity


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The Racial Equity Coalition of Athens County Health and Wellness Committee is pleased to have The Health Policy Institute of Ohio present the 2021 Health Value Dashboard on April 16 from 12-1pm via Zoom. They will share key findings from the Dashboard, which tracks Ohio’s progress towards health value — a composite measure of Ohio’s performance on population health outcomes and… Read More

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Minority International Student Panel on Healthcare in Athens


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The Racial Equity Coalition’s Health and Wellness Committee is hosting a free online event, “Minority International Student Panel on Healthcare in Athens” on Friday, April 2 from 12-1:30 pm. Come to this free event to learn about the experiences of minority international students and how they have navigated the health care system in Athens, Ohio…. Read More

Stimson Avenue in Athens is a sea of orange construction cones as the street gets a $7 million makeover.

Athens’ Stimson Avenue Getting A $7 Million Makeover

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens has for years been throwing Band-Aids on one of the main gateways into town. But this time it’s different. Stimson Avenue, now a sea of orange construction cones, is getting a $7 million makeover. City officials hope this could make the corridor more attractive to potential developers… Read More

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Athens Community Members Hold First Black Summit

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens residents want to take action in order to make the region a more welcoming place for Black people after the city’s first Black Summit. Community members met virtually Thursday evening for the summit, which had the theme of “Communicating and Creating a Community of Social Justice and Racial Equity.” One… Read More

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Local Surge In Catalytic Converter Thefts Reflects National Trend

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Pat Gryszka arrived at his shop on a Monday morning in mid-September to find he’d become the latest victim of a recent crime ring. Gryszka and his brother own Athens Transmission. His brother had just taken a pickup truck the shop repaired on Friday for a test drive. Something was wrong. The… Read More

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Athens City School District Plans Gradual Return For Some In-Person Instruction

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens City School District will begin to bring students back into the classroom gradually after beginning the semester with complete remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an email to board members, administrators, faculty, and staff Wednesday morning, Superintendent Tom Gibbs outlined a draft of the plan. October 12-16 Preschool October… Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

Coronavirus Relief Aid Available For Athens Residents

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens has close to $100,000 in emergency relief funds to help residents pay their utility bills or their rent or mortgage payments. Because of federal restrictions, in order to receive this aid applicants must demonstrate a direct link between their hardships and the coronavirus pandemic. That may be… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

College Towns Feel Financial Impact Of Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (OVR) — The first day of classes at Ohio University is subdued this year. A few students walk across the Athens, Ohio, campus wearing masks. A group sits, socially distanced, on blankets on the green. The university opted to bring back roughly 2,000 students to campus for the first weeks of the semester due… Read More

Southeast Ohio Lags Behind Rest Of State In Census Completion

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — With four weeks left before Ohio’s census deadline, efforts are underway to encourage southeast Ohio residents to make sure they are counted. Overall, response rates in Appalachian Ohio are lower than the rest of the state, according to Census Bureau data. Ohio is above the national response average, with 69.1 percent of… Read More

Hundreds Show Up For Free COVID-19 Testing In Athens Co.

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Hundreds of people from Athens County and beyond walked, rode their bikes and drove to Athens High School Friday for free COVID-19 testing. The pop-up testing site organized by the Ohio Department of Health provided an opportunity for testing outside of a doctor’s recommendation and without scheduling an appointment. Ohio started… Read More

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