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Jessica Barden as “Ruth” in Nicole Riegel’s HOLLER.

New Film ‘Holler’ Sheds Light On Struggles Of Being Young In Appalachia

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JACKSON, Ohio (OVR) — When Nicole Riegel left her hometown of Jackson, Ohio, at the age of 18, she couldn’t wait to be gone. Last year, Riegel returned to Jackson with a film crew in tow. The town was tapped for a starring role in the new movie “Holler,” which she both wrote and directed…. Read More

Wellston City Council 1st Ward Incumbent Defeated In Republican Primary

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Wellston City Council 1st Ward incumbent Keith Woolum lost to Angela Spangler Tuesday in the Republican primary. Spangler received 59, or slightly more than two-thirds, of the 87 votes cast. Just over 42 percent of registered Republicans in the ward cast ballots. Meanwhile, voters in Jackson County, which includes Wellston, rejected… Read More

Curbside Blood Work

Health Facility Offers Curbside Blood Work in Times of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 emergency has pushed everyone, specially health professionals, to get creative to be able to accommodate patients. A health facility in Jackson, Ohio is now offering a curbside blood lab that allows people to remain in their car during while having their blood drawn. Trenda Newell, the certified phlebotomist in charge of the blood… Read More

Coronavirus

Jackson County Confirms First Two Positive Cases of COVID-19

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JACKSON, Ohio (WOUB) — Jackson County has confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 in the county. The first case was confirmed the night of Tuesday, April 7 in a release from Jackson County Health Commissioner Kevin Aston. The second positive case was confirmed by the health department on Facebook Wednesday, April 8. One patient is… Read More

Buried in Opioids, Sickened Community Eyes Drugmakers’ Role

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JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural Appalachian county. The newly released federal data is shocking even to people who live here in Jackson County, where nearly everyone seems to have known someone who died… Read More