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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

The Athena Grand at night

Two Local Movie Theatres Prepare To Reopen June 19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Two movie theatres in Athens County are reopening Friday after being closed for three months due to COVID-19.  Under guidelines from the state of Ohio, theatre employees must wear face coverings and perform a daily symptom assessment. Theatres must also ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between customers and… Read More

People Line Up On East State Street To Support Black Lives Matter Movement

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens residents lined up on East State Street Friday to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement and stand in solidarity with protesters across the United States. Participants were asked to wear masks and stand six feet apart on the sidewalk. They allowed space for vehicles to go in and… Read More

Part of the crowd in Athens for a protest Tuesday, June 2, 2020. This protest was in solidarity with other events across the United States after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.

Hundreds In Athens Join Nationwide Day Of Protest

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A crowd of at least 500 people lined the streets in Athens for a peaceful protest on Tuesday, joining a day of demonstrations across the United States after the death of George Floyd. Throughout the afternoon, various people spoke from the steps of the county courthouse. Ohio University student KeShawn Mellon… Read More

Part of the crowd at a Black Lives Matter rally and police brutality protest in Athens, OH on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

‘We Will Fight For What’s Right:’ People March For George Floyd In Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Twice in as many days, more than 100 people rallied their voices and handmade signs in Athens on Sunday to protest the deaths of George Floyd and other black Americans. The group met on Ohio University’s College Green at  5p.m. and walked down College Street, past the Athens Police department, before turning… Read More

Mary Nally writes "Athens Stands in Solidarity" with chalk on the sidewalk outside of the Athens County Courthouse on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Athens Spreads Messages Of Love And Calls For Justice Uptown During Sidewalk Chalk Event

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athenians of all ages met uptown on Sunday afternoon to chalk the sidewalks with messages, affirming support of the black community and calling for justice after the death of George Floyd. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter days after the release of a… Read More

Athens County Libraries Reopen, With Some Changes

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County Public Libraries reopened on Tuesday, with some changes in place to meet state and local guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors are asked to keep at least six feet of distance between other patrons and library staff, and not to visit the library if they are feeling… Read More

Drinking in the Sunshine: Athens County Bars Welcome Customers Back to Outdoor Areas

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The day before Ohio bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen outdoor seating, the owners of the Smiling Skull Saloon were busy.  Of course, it stands to reason that the owners of any bar would have a busy day. But, as they prepared to welcome customers back after two months, there… Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Ohio University says Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the university said Friday.  The employee was last on the Athens campus May 4 and is recovering at home, according to a university news release. They “practiced social distancing and had limited contact with individuals on campus.” The area in which the… Read More

Participants leave Peden Stadium on their way to College Green for a motorcade rally calling for a firing freeze at Ohio University and the reinstatement of cut jobs.

OU Faculty and Staff Call for Firing Freeze, Reinstatement of Jobs at Motorcade Rally

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University faculty, staff, students, and Athens community members demanded that administrators freeze layoffs and reinstate union workers who lost their jobs during a motorcade rally Wednesday. The Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1699 organized the… Read More

Unofficial Election Results for Jackson County

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Here are the unofficial results in Jackson 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 753 votes, Bernie Sanders received 140 votes, Michael Bloomberg received 26 votes, Elizabeth Warren received 35 votes, Tulsi Gabbard received 4 votes, Tom… Read More

Unofficial Primary 2020 Results for Perry County

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Here are the unofficial results in Perry 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 1,148 votes, Bernie Sanders received 183 votes, Michael Bloomberg received 58 votes, Tulsi Gabbard received 18 votes, Pete Buttigieg received 23 votes, Elizabeth… Read More

Unofficial Primary 2020 Results for Pickaway County

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CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Here are the unofficial results in Pickaway 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 1,938 votes, Bernie Sanders received 345 votes, Michael Bloomberg received 97 votes, Elizabeth Warren received 63 votes, Pete Buttigieg received… Read More

Unofficial Primary 2020 Results for Pike County

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Here are the unofficial results in Pike 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 945 votes, Bernie Sanders received 154 votes, Michael Bloomberg received 59 votes, Tulsi Gabbard received 16 votes, Elizabeth Warren received 33 votes, Amy… Read More

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

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

Unofficial Election Results for Ross County

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Here are the unofficial results in Ross 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 3,013 votes, Bernie Sanders received 544 votes, Michael Bloomberg received 151 votes, Elizabeth Warren received 82 votes, Michael Bennet received 12 votes, Pete… 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

A patient is prepared for blood work Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at a Boston area medical clinic.

Adena Health System Offering Curbside Lab Collections for Blood Work

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WOUB) — Adena Health System announced it is offering drive-up service for patients who require standard blood work to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to a press release, the locations are in Jackson, Waverly, and Chillicothe. Patients are able to drive up to Adena locations and have blood drawn, which the… Read More

OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital

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

West End Ciderworks and Distillery in Athens, Ohio.

West End Distillery Produces Hand Sanitizer to Combat Shortage

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Along with gin, bourbon, vodka, and ciders, staff at West End Ciderhouse and Distillery are now making hand sanitizer for the Athens County community. Deanna Schwartz, co-founder of West End Ciderhouse and West End Distillery, said the distillery began this process about a week and a half ago to combat a… 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

Most Ohio Kroger Stores to Begin Special Shopping Hours for Seniors and Other High-Risk Customers

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Kroger stores in most of Ohio will dedicate time for seniors and other customers at high risk for contracting the novel coronavirus to shop. This does not apply to Ohio’s Kroger locations in Marietta, Proctorville, and Belpre; see more information about this below. According to a press release, most Ohio Kroger… Read More

Some dog food in a bowl.

Athens Humane Society and Friends of the Shelter Dogs Offer Pet Food Assistance

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Two Athens County animal welfare agencies are teaming up to assist residents who may be unable to afford food for their pets during the coronavirus pandemic. The Athens County Humane Society and Friends of the Shelter Dogs have set up an email address to help those in need. “In the tough… Read More