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Nelsonville officials hope to boost event attendance with Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) – Nelsonville officials want to allow people to drink alcohol outside in the town square to drive more customers to local businesses. The city’s Planning and Development Committee plans to propose a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA. This allows for communities to create an area where the open carry of alcohol… Read More

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Nelsonville City Council appoints new member to fill vacant seat

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) – The seat of an ousted former council member was filled at  Nelsonville’s City Council meeting Monday. Douglas Childs was unanimously appointed to the council after a short interview by council members. The council seat became vacant after the city removed former council member Greg Smith for the fourth time in February…. Read More

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Two people are arrested after the investigation into a Nelsonville man’s death concludes

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) – The Athens County prosecutor has filed charges against two people in connection to the 2021 death of a man that sparked a long and extensive search after his disappearance. Bryan Kyle Bridgeman, 30, disappeared from his home in Nelsonville on June 4, 2021, after ostensibly going out to buy a video… Read More

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The city of Nelsonville and an ousted council member are in negotiations to resolve multiple legal actions

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) – A former Nelsonville City Council member who was kicked off the council four times is still fighting his removal through six legal actions he filed against the city. Greg Smith is seeking vindication: He wants the court to agree he was wrongfully removed each time, he wants the city to pay… Read More

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Police officer who killed Nelsonville man enters plea and loses badge

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A police officer who shot and killed a Nelsonville man last summer made a plea deal under which he avoided jail time but will never again be able to work as a law enforcement officer in Ohio. Cecil Morrison was charged Monday with negligent homicide in the death of Michael Whitmer…. Read More

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Nelsonville man is sentenced for the fatal shooting of a young boy

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A Nelsonville man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison in connection with the shooting death of a young boy. Donald Platt, 37, was found guilty last month on charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering children. In March 2021, Platt left a loaded and unsecured firearm in his home that… Read More

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Nelsonville auditor Taylor Sappington jumps into race for state auditor

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With just days before the filing deadline, the Democrats officially have someone running for Ohio Auditor in this year’s primary. Nelsonville city auditor Taylor Sappington has made a name for himself dealing with issues in his Appalachian community. Sappington said he set out to balance the books and take… Read More

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Nelsonville Remains A City After Successfully Completing Its Own Population Count

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Nelsonville kept its status as a city, and the state funding that comes with it, after a local recount of the population found 5,373 residents live there. It is enough to keep them above the 5,000 dividing line that separates a city from a village under state law. Secretary of State… Read More

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Nelsonville City Council Member Sues Fellow Council Members Over Removal Votes

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — A Nelsonville City Council member is suing his fellow council members in federal court over efforts to remove him from office. Greg Smith alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the council’s actions violated multiple constitutional rights, including his right to due process and free speech. WOUB reached out to members… Read More

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Program At Hocking College Helping People Experiencing Homelessness

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) – Elizabeth Cook has dealt with substance use her whole life. Her parents both struggled with addiction. Cook’s own substance use disorder began when she was 12 which led to her dropping out of high school. She went on to face legal trouble while trying to protect her younger sister who was… Read More

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Program At Hocking College Helping People Experiencing Homelessness

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) – Elizabeth Cook has dealt with substance use her whole life. Her parents both struggled with addiction. Cook’s own substance use disorder began when she was 12 which led to her dropping out of high school. She went on to face legal trouble while trying to protect her younger sister who was… Read More

Gun Crime

Nelsonville Teen Admits To Shooting Death Of Another Boy

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A 14-year-old Nelsonville boy admitted in court Tuesday that he killed another boy while playing with a gun. Meanwhile, the boy’s father, Donald Platt, 37, was indicted Tuesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children and tampering with evidence. The accused boy was charged Friday with reckless homicide in connection with… Read More

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Nelsonville Firefighter Dies After Collapsing At Scene Of Fire

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A Nelsonville firefighter is dead after collapsing at the scene of a structure fire. Senior firefighter Jeff Armes was among the Nelsonville Division of Fire crew that responded to a call on Pleasantview Avenue at 5:04 p.m. Sunday. Armes collapsed while working on the scene, according to a release from the division…. Read More

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Former Nelsonville Deputy Auditor Sentenced To Prison For Embezzlement

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Nelsonville’s former deputy auditor was sentenced Monday to nearly five years in prison for stealing money from the city for several years while in office. Stephanie Wilson, 47, was also ordered to pay back the more than $200,000 she stole. She had previously pleaded guilty to multiple charges connected with the… Read More

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Former Nelsonville Deputy Auditor Indicted On Additional Theft And Corruption Charges

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – The former deputy auditor in Nelsonville pleaded not guilty to new felony charges related to theft while in office after previously pleading guilty to similar charges. Stephanie Wilson, 47, of Stewart, was arraigned Thursday in Athens County Common Pleas Court after being indicted on a felony charge of engaging in a pattern… Read More

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Nelsonville-York School Board Approves Phased Back-To-School Plan For Fall

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Nelsonville-York School District board members approved a phased back-to-school plan at the board’s August meeting on Wednesday.  Superintendent Rick Edwards said the district worked with the Athens City-County Health Department and a public health specialist to navigate the process of returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Edwards explained students will… Read More

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New Wastewater Treatment Plant Construction Underway in Nelsonville

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Nelsonville received help for a project to improve its water system. The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a $250,000 grant to the city of Nelsonville for a new wastewater treatment plant. This brings the total funding to more than $16.5 million for a project that will operate as… Read More

Salon And Barbershop Owners Look Forward To Seeing Customers Again, Even If From Behind A Mask

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Everyone who steps into Smart Barber Shop receives a hearty hello from owner Dave Smart, whose grin shines right through his face mask.  Last Friday, Smart reopened his shop on West Washington Street in Athens. It was closed for about two months under orders from the state of Ohio to slow… Read More

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Prosecutor: Others Could Be Implicated in Nelsonville Mismanagement Case

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ATHENS, Ohio — An investigation into financial mismanagement in Nelsonville may not end at the indictment of a deputy auditor, according to the Athens County Prosecutor. Stephanie Wilson, of Stewart, is reportedly cooperating with investigators as they dig deeper into the city’s practices. “I’m not sure whether other people will be criminally charged for it,” Athens… Read More