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Unofficial Primary 2020 Results for Hocking County 

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Here are the unofficial results in Hocking 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 1,153 votes, Bernie Sanders received 268 votes, Michael Bloomberg received 78 votes, Pete Buttigieg received 23 votes, Elizabeth Warren received 54 votes, Tulsi… Read More

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Elective Surgeries May Resume, Finances At Rural Hospitals Still Threatened By COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — On Wednesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signaled that restrictions on elective medical procedures may ease soon. Still, it may take time for hospitals to catch up financially.  Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, ordered all hospitals to postpone elective surgeries and medical procedures in March. This measure was… Read More

Hocking County Confirms First Case Of COVID-19

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As of Saturday, April 11, Hocking County has one confirmed case and one probable case of COVID-19. According to a release, the Hocking County Health Department is not detailing any demographic information as a way of protecting the privacy of the patient(s), adding that they are, “following established guidelines for the investigation of infectious diseases and… Read More

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting Hospitals in Athens and Hocking Counties

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The state of Ohio has asked all hospitals to cancel elective surgeries, which could put strain on rural hospitals’ finances. The chief nursing officer at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital said she feels confident in the hospital’s ability to serve the Athens community if there is a surge in COVID-19 cases. Rhonda Dixon… Read More

Old Man's Cave, located in Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Co. Health Commissioner Orders all Cabins, Lodges Closed

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HOCKING COUNTY, Ohio (WOUB) — Cabin and lodge rentals in the the county that hosts Hocking Hills State Park will be closed as a precaution to the coronavirus pandemic. Hocking County Health Commissioner Dr. Douglas S. Fisher ordered all cabin and lodge rentals closed as of Monday night for public health reasons. This applies to… Read More

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Fifteen Arrested After Multi-County Methamphetamine Bust

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LANCASTER, Ohio (WOUB) — Fifteen people have been indicted in Fairfield, Hocking, and Pickaway counties after a multi-county drug trafficking operation. The Fairfield-Athens-Logan-Circleville Major Crimes Unit announced Friday that “Operation Krystal Ball” broke up an organization that distributed more than 62 and a half pounds of methamphetamine across Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway, and Franklin counties. The… Read More

Hocking County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Murder-Suicide

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LOGAN, Ohio — A domestic violence incident has claimed two lives in Hocking County. According to the sheriff’s office,  Hocking County 911 received a phone call early Monday morning reporting Natalie Nutter, 34, had been abducted by her estranged husband, Kevin Nutter, 34, from a residence on Nutter-Boring Road in Logan. Deputies engaged in a… Read More