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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

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

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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

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Some Utility Providers Suspend Service Shutoff for Non-Payment During Coronavirus Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Several utility providers have temporarily stopped shutting off service for customers who are behind on their payments. On March 12, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) recommended that all public utility providers under its jurisdiction “to review their service disconnection policies, practices, and tariff provisions and to promptly seek any… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

How to Support Ohio University Students Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is collecting funds to give financial support to students who may be affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak. All students are encouraged not to return to the main campus. Classes at all OU locations will take place online for the remainder of the semester. OU’s Division of Student Affairs… Read More

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Dollar General Dedicates First Hour of Day to Senior Shoppers, Adjusts Closing Hours

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Dollar General’s national office announced it plans to dedicate the first hour of each day to senior customers, and will adjust store hours, beginning Tuesday. Senior citizens are one of the groups most at risk for contracting COVID-19. “Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase… Read More

Food at a local food pantry.

Resources for Athens County Residents who Need Food or Want to Help Neighbors

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —The spread of the novel coronavirus spurred Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to order colleges, universities, and K-12 schools to close. An estimated 29 percent of Athens County children live below the poverty level. Several local organizations, churches, and businesses are stepping up to help feed children and families. There are also ways… Read More

Books on animals displayed at an Athens County Public Library location.

Athens County Public Libraries to Close, Except for Voting

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(UPDATE 3/15/20 1:32 p.m.) All Athens County Library locations will close from 6 p.m. on Monday March 16 through at least April 5, according to a press release. The libraries ask that anyone with flu-like symptoms refrain from visiting on the 16 “for the health and safety of their fellow patrons and staff.” Libraries that… Read More

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Student at Shawnee State University Tests Negative for COVID-19

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WOUB) — Shawnee State University announced test results were negative for a student who was being monitored for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Two other students were quarantined, and “were determined by the Ohio Department of Health to not need additional testing.” The students traveled outside the country over spring break, the university said in… Read More

Athens Health Commissioner Emphasizes Social Distancing, Hand-Washing to Stay Healthy

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County’s top health official says avoiding major public events and washing your hands properly are two important ways to prevent getting sick from flu or the novel coronavirus. Dr. James Gaskell, Health Commissioner at the Athens City-County Health Department, said he and his staff are paying close attention to the… Read More

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ACEnet 3rd Annual Holiday Open House


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Hosted by ACEnet (94 Columbus Road, Athens). This family-friendly event is a great opportunity to enjoy some local food & wine (also non-alcoholic & “mocktail” options), and local holiday shopping, while learning more about what ACEnet does in our community! Participating ACEnet tenants include: Butcher’s Bites, Dr. May’s Thai Kitchen, Briarwood Studios Flower Essences, Casa… Read More

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Athens Farmers Market


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Join us for our market just one day before Thanksgiving. Our local growers and producers has been working hard to bring you the finest additions to your holiday table, from meats and cheeses, fresh veggies, dried flowers, prepared foods, and baked goods- make your Thanksgiving the best yet by SHOPPING LOCAL! pro’s tip: The Wednesday… Read More

Gardening 101: The Basics


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Dan Knier, Farm Manager of the Agroecology program at Hocking College, will be walking us through the basics of starting a garden. From composting, to planing your garden, you’ll be ready to dig in after this workshop! Be sure to Register for this workshop by emailing Bailey at gardens@communityfoodinitiatives.org Saturday, April 27th 2:00PM-3:30PM at the… Read More

Seed Starting at Morning Dew Hop Farm


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In this workshop, we will be covering all the essentials of starting seeds: starting mediums, seedling care, transitioning outdoor, and a bonus DIY rain water irrigation lesson! Don’t miss this chance to check out this creative local permaculture operation. Be sure to Register for this workshop by emailing Bailey at gardens@communityfoodinitiatives.org Friday, April 26th 5:30PM-7:00… Read More

Holiday wood-products, baked goods, and livestock Auction


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Join us at the Chesterhill Produce Auction on Saturday, December 8th at 12:00 p.m.. for our Holiday wood-products, baked goods, and livestock Auction! We’ll have beautiful handmade local furniture (tables, rocking chairs, benches, and rolling pins to name a few), plus a wide variety of rustic home goods, baked goods, and so much more! We’ll… Read More