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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

Nelsonville, Ohio

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

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Grand Jury Indicts Nelsonville Deputy Auditor for Alleged Payroll Fabrication

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(UPDATE 2/11/20 3:45 p.m.) Although none of the allegations involve their schools, WOUB News has a learned Stephanie Wilson was asked to resign her position from the Federal Hocking Local School District Board. The statement from the board reads, “The Federal Hocking School Board has been made aware of the allegations against newly elected Board… Read More

Scott Frank after being appointed as the new interim Nelsonville City Manager

Nelsonville Appoints Interim City Manager

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Nelsonville City Council appointed an interim city manager during a special meeting Tuesday night. Scott Frank was selected by council members out of six candidates nominated for the position. “It’s exciting,” Frank said. “I like the challenge. So many diverse departments. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun learning what… Read More

Nature ~ Nurtures: Mother & Twin Daughters Overflow with Talent Exhibit Opening


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Nature~Nurture: Mother & Twin Daughters Overflow with Talent. June 28, 2019, 6-9 pm:  Opening Night: Nature ~ Nurture.  Talent really can be inherited.   Terry Fortkamp is a gifted artist.  And her daughters have taken up the mantle. Terry will present new acrylic scenes from nature, flowering trees and bushes.  Abby Sickles  does portraiture photography.  Hannah… 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

Hocking College Student Artist Invitational: A Sensory Delight in Multimedia


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A Sensory Delight in Multi Media! Mar. 29th,  2019, 6-9 pm:  Opening Night for HC Artist Invitational.  Multi-media pieces from the hardworking Art Students at Hocking College.  Glass, Ceramics, Painting and Photography.  Come see what this group of talented students are doing.  (This show will run through April  21st.) This is a Nelsonville Final Friday Gallery Walk… Read More

Wild About Winter!


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Join the Hocking College Natural and Historical Interpretation Capstone students for a FREE event at The Market on State Street celebrating the wild and wonderful workings of the winter world. The event will feature fun, educational activities for younger members of the family and will take place at the same time as the Athens Farmers… Read More