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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

Coronavirus

Probable COVID-19 Case in Athens Co. Determined to be Negative

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A probable case of COVID-19 in Athens County has been determined to be negative. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in an email on Thursday, April 23. “At 2:00 today, ODH posted 4 total cases (3 confirmed, 1 probable) for Athens County,” Director of Community Health and Engagement Ruth… Read More

A piece of fabric that will be sewn into a protective mask by one of Athens County's many mask makers.

Athens Community Collaborates to Make Protective Masks

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens businesses and citizens are combining their resources and talents to supply protective masks for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that all Americans wear masks when they are out in public. Healthcare workers and people at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 need medical-grade masks, but… Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

Business in Uptown Athens is Down 50 – 85%, Uncertainty Lingers

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ATHENS, Ohio  (WOUB) — Businesses in Uptown Athens are starting to feel the economic impact of COVID-19. Since Ohio Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency almost a month ago and Ohio University told students not to come back from spring break, things have rapidly deteriorated for some of the local shops, restaurants and… Read More

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Athens Police Charge Man With Violating COVID-19 Health Order

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A nuisance complaint in Athens ended with police officers arresting a person for violating the Ohio’s “stay-at-home” health order. According to the police report, officers received the complaint Tuesday afternoon. Soon after they arrived at 112 East State Street, Andrew Wagner Ohliger, 23, of Amherst, was cited. Ohliger is listed as… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Ohio University Students Get Options for Grading Amid Coronavirus Disruption

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is introducing an alternative grading option for students dealing with the coronavirus-based interruption of their school year. Robin Muhammad, president of Ohio University’s Faculty Senate, sent an email outlining key changes on Monday, writing, “We want to do all we can to equitably respond to the diverse impacts the… Read More

Athens Public Transit busses

Free Rides and Restricted Space Announced for Public Transportation in Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens Public Transit (APT) is announcing changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. All rides are free, effective Monday, March 30, according to APT’s website and Facebook page. “This is to reduce exposure to drivers from handling passes and cash fares,” according to an announcement. The free rides apply to both regular… Read More

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Open Metal Shop Hours


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Open shop class is a time for members who have gone through the metal shop orientation to come and work on their own projects with a metal shop instructor present. It is perfect for those who are not very familiar with the tools or have only used them during orientation. New members are strongly encouraged… Read More

Women learn how to weld

Ladies’ Intro to Welding


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This ladies-only class has the laid back feel of a girls’ night out. Participants are encouraged to learn from each other as well as the instructor. Participants will learn different MIG weld techniques and basic troubleshooting of common welding problems. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, denim pants, and long sleeves. Hair should be pulled back…. Read More

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Athens City Schools Adjusts Remote Instruction Tech Delivery Plan

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City School District announced it has adjusted the delivery plan for students to receive the necessary technology for remote learning while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Superintendent Tom Gibbs, they are asking families to come to one of three locations for a drive-through Chromebook pickup… Read More

OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital

Medical Supply Donation Site Announced at O’Bleness Hospital

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital set up a temporary for people to donate needed medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials ask that you send an email to supplydonation@ohiohealth.com and OhioHealth will contact you to finalize the donation. The drive-up, drop-off collection site is located in the O’Bleness parking lot at 55 Hospital… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Ohio University Delays Personnel-Related Budget Cuts During Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has paused personnel-related budget reductions in response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. According to a release, the university on Wednesday requested the action be taken for an undetermined amount of time. “Our current focus must be on the safety and well-being of our campus communities as we continue to ensure… Read More

OhioHealth

COVID-19 Testing Facility Opens in Athens for Those Referred by Physician

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An outpatient COVID-19 testing facility opened Tuesday in Athens in response to the coronavirus pandemic. OhioHealth spokesperson, Keely Stockwell, says they are not making the location public because people are only to show up there unless referred by a physician. “This testing site is not an on-demand testing site for the… Read More

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Athens Co. Municipal Court Re-Schedules In-Person Hearings

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens County Municipal Court is rescheduling all in-person hearings until May 1 or later, according to a post on the court web page, as a precaution to the coronavirus pandemic. Hearings that can be resolved remotely will take place via video or teleconferencing. People awaiting hearings should contact their attorney… Read More

A tent outside of the O'Bleness Emergency Department ready for any surge in patients showing symptoms of COVID-19

O’Bleness Puts Up Outside Tent to Prepare for Possible COVID-19 Patients

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to get ready for imminent patients in Athens, O’Bleness Emergency Department erected a screening tent outside the emergency department entrance. The outside facility aims to reduce the possibility of transmission of the coronavirus and to protect other patients from exposure… Read More

In this March 7, 2020, photo, a swing sits empty on a playground outside Achievement First charter school in Providence, R.I.

Athens Parks and Rec Department Closes Playgrounds, Park Shelters, and Public Restrooms

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens says playgrounds, public restrooms, park shelters and picnic tables at city parks are closed until further notice. The Arts, Parks, and Recreation Department made this decision after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference on Sunday. DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton issued a “stay… Read More

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Intro to MIG Welding


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This class is for anyone [18 and older] who wants to learn how to weld! In this class participants will learn different MIG weld techniques and basic troubleshooting of common welding problems. Participants are encouraged to learn from each other as well as the instructor. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, denim pants, and long sleeves…. Read More

People work in the open metal shop

Open Metal Shop Hours


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Open shop class is a time for members who have gone through the metal shop orientation to come and work on their own projects with a metal shop instructor present. It is perfect for those who are not very familiar with the tools or have only used them during orientation. New members are strongly encouraged… Read More

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Free Lunch Options for K-12 Kids in Athens During Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As the coronavirus emergency continues, workers are laid off and food supplies have an irregular flow, some businesses in Athens are chipping in to help parents feed their kids. All Athens City K-12 schools are shutdown to prevent coronavirus spread. While the School District is preparing their meals deliveries starting Monday,… Read More

The Athens Outdoor Farmer's Market

Athens Farmers Market Open Saturday With Some Coronavirus Restrictions

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens Farmers Market announced Thursday that they will open Saturday, March 21. But they are urging both vendors and customers to follow certain guidelines to prevent the possibility of coronavirus spread. According to their Facebook page, the Athens City/County Health Department recommended the market on Satuday be moved outside with… Read More

Athens Public Transit busses

Athens Transportation Methods Modified Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Public transportation in Athens has been modified in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The regular CATS student transport service was suspended after students were advised not to return to Ohio University’s campus after instruction moved to remote learning through the end of the spring semester, “OHIO Transportation and Parking Services’… Read More

Fall 2019 Commencement at Ohio University

Ohio University Postpones Spring Commencement and All Regional Campus Graduation Activities

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has decided to postpone Spring 2020 Commencement and all graduation activities on all regional campuses. According to an email OU President Duane Nellis sent Wednesday morning, the university is making the decision “in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” The recommendations updated Monday… Read More

Athens County Courthouse

Athens County Government Closed to Public Traffic; Some Employees Working From Home

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(UPDATE 3/17 at 4 p.m.) As a result of the Athens City/County Health Department Directive, the Athens County Administrative Offices will be closed to walk in public traffic until further notice effective 3/18/20. This includes the Auditor, Board of Commissioners, Board of Elections, Recorder, and the Treasurer, according to a release from the county. These… Read More

Mill Fest

City of Athens, Ohio University Will Not Permit any Fest Events Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Officials in Athens have said they will not allow any “fest” events to take place this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a joint release from the City of Athens, Athens City-County Health Department, and Ohio University Monday, there is an effort to organize a “fest” event for… Read More