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Walmart Designates Senior Hours, Will Give Bonuses to Hourly Employees

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (WOUB) — Walmart has announced several initiatives to serve customers and employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. Senior shopping hours On Tuesdays from March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will have a “senior shopping event” for customers 60 and older. The company says this will start one hour before the store opens, and… 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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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

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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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Fifteen Arrested After Multi-County Methamphetamine Bust

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LANCASTER, Ohio (WOUB) — Fifteen people have been indicted in Fairfield, Hocking, and Pickaway counties after a multi-county drug trafficking operation. The Fairfield-Athens-Logan-Circleville Major Crimes Unit announced Friday that “Operation Krystal Ball” broke up an organization that distributed more than 62 and a half pounds of methamphetamine across Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway, and Franklin counties. The… Read More