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A city of Athens Fire Truck dries on Washington Road.

Complication casts doubt on proposed location for new Athens fire station

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens may be looking for another location to build a new fire station because of a complication with the proposed site. The city has spent months planning to build the new station on a vacant lot along Stimson Avenue next to the Hocking River. The land is owned… Read More

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

Fired professor refiles lawsuit against Ohio University in federal court

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A former Ohio University professor who was fired over sexual harassment claims has again filed a lawsuit against the university in federal court. Much of the lawsuit filed Friday by Yusuf Kalyango is identical to a lawsuit he filed against the university two years ago in the same court. In that… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University shifts approach to budgets and financial forecast improves significantly

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Just over a week ago, Ohio University’s board of trustees got a budget update that looks a lot different from what they’ve seen over the past couple of years. It projects a balanced budget next fiscal year and millions of dollars in budget surpluses a few years down the road. This… Read More

This building at a busy intersection in uptown Athens has sat vacant for two years, but now a potential buyer is interested in using it for a combination of retail on the ground floor and rental housing on the two top floors.

A historic uptown Athens building has a new buyer after previous deal fell through

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A historic uptown Athens building that has sat vacant for more than two years as the owner tries to sell it is again under contract after a previous deal fell through. The real estate company listing the three-story corner building at 63 S. Court St. could not disclose who the new… Read More

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

Ohio University student accused of urinating on dorm room door pleads not guilty

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University student accused of urinating on the door of a dorm room has pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal mischief. Brady Linkel, 19, was scheduled for an arraignment Thursday in Athens County Municipal Court. His attorney, Susan Gwinn, filed the not guilty plea Tuesday, so there will… Read More

A cardboard cutout of Rufus Bobcat wearing a mask outside of College Bookstore in uptown Athens.

Masks requirements dropped for Ohio University campuses in CDC “Low” level communities

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – Ohio University is aligning its masking policy further with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations, per an announcement from the University on Thursday afternoon. Effective immediately, OU masking requirements match the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels for the county in which the campus is located. If the community is listed… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University investigates two incidents directed at Black students on campus

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is investigating an incident in which a racist note attached to a large garbage bag was left outside a dorm room. The note, handwritten in black ink on lined notebook paper, includes the words trash, two racial slurs directed at Black people and a vulgarity directed at women. The… Read More

Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Ohio University loosens masking requirements after City of Athens indoor mask mandate expires

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Masks will no longer be required in most non-classroom public spaces on Ohio University campuses in counties with low or medium COVID-19 community levels, effective immediately. In an email sent to students and faculty Tuesday, university officials said masks will still be required in classrooms, laboratories, studios and clinical settings as… Read More

A health care worker administers a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a senior living facility

Study led by Ohio University professor offers clues to address vaccine resistance in Appalachian Ohio

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WOUB Digital · Study led by Ohio University professor offers clues to vaccine resistance in Appalachian Ohio   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Southeast Ohio as a region has the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state. Zelalem Haile saw this coming. He has some insights into why the rates are so low and what might… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University sees a record surge in COVID-19 cases as spring semester gets underway

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WOUB Digital · Ohio University sees a record surge in COVID-19 cases as spring semester gets underway   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As students returned to Ohio University for the start of spring semester, so did COVID-19 infections — and then some. “We have a huge caseload right now, like nothing we’ve ever seen before,”… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Raises for faculty and staff are in the forecast as Ohio University’s financial position improves

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s financial picture is improving, driven by more students, fewer employees and a big helping of federal stimulus funds. Faculty and staff will see something this year they haven’t seen in a while as a result: a pay raise, coming with the start of the new fiscal year in July…. Read More

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

Ohio University students who didn’t follow vaccine mandate allowed back but face testing

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — When universities issued their COVID-19 vaccination mandates last semester, students were given a choice: Get vaccinated or apply for an exemption. Some students did neither. With the start of spring semester, universities are taking different approaches when it comes to students who did not comply with the mandates. Some took a… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University races to test returning students as COVID-19 cases surge

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is expecting a big surge in COVID-19 cases but remains committed to in-person instruction when classes resume Monday. Dr. Gillian Ice, who oversees the university’s COVID-19 response, said case numbers are already rising rapidly and she expects a peak in the coming weeks that will be much higher than… Read More

Ohio Men's Basketball

Boals earns his 100th career head coaching win as the Bobcats down Akron

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jeff Boals now has 100 head coaching wins under his belt after a close win over Akron. The Bobcats earned a 69-63 win over the Zips Tuesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena. Congrats to Ohio’s @JeffBoals on his 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣th career head coaching victory!#OUohyeah | #MACtion… Read More

The Sigma Pi house

Parents whose son died in hazing ritual settle lawsuit against former Ohio University fraternity

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The parents of an Ohio University freshman who died during a hazing ritual have dismissed their lawsuit against a fraternity following a settlement. Kathleen and Wade Wiant sued Sigma Pi and several of its members in February 2019, three months after their son Collin died of asphyxiation after inhaling a canister… Read More

Virtual reality brings ‘soft skills’ training to law enforcement in Appalachian Ohio

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ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) – On a chilly fall morning deputies with the Athens County Sheriff’s Department reported for annual training in Nelsonville, OH. Sitting among bullet proof vests and diagrams of guns and safety measures, the officers’ weapons remained holstered. Instead of target practice, this morning officers wore virtual reality headsets to watch  interactions… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

The Ohio University Board Of Trustees Added A Regional Member And Discussed Enrollment Decline At Latest Meeting

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Regional representation in university leadership and further enrollment decline were among the topics of discussion during the Ohio University’s Board of Trustees’ meeting on Thursday.  Misty Crosby, of Marietta, was named the new regional trustee following an unanimous vote during the morning session of the meeting.  OU President Hugh Sherman first… Read More

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

Ohio University Prepares To Deal With Holdouts As Its Vaccination Deadline Nears

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As Ohio University draws closer to its COVID-19 vaccination deadline, the number of vaccinated students and employees has steadily increased. But just over six weeks out from Nov. 15, the date by which the university said everyone must be fully vaccinated, about 25 percent of students and employees on the Athens… Read More

Ohio Quarterback Kurtis Rourke throws a pass as a Syracuse defender leaps in attempt to deflect the pass. Ohio fell to Syracuse, 29-9, on Saturday, September 4, 2021

Ohio Football Falls To Louisiana As Johnson Torches Bobcats With Four Rushing Touchdowns

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LAFAYETTE, La. (WOUB) — The Bobcats (0-3) are off to their worst start since the 2002 season after the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (2-1) ran all over the field Thursday night for more that 300 yards en route to a 49-14 win Thursday night in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Ohio rushing defense had been a concern for… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University’s New Diversity Plan Seen As Promising, But Real Test Is Delivery

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s new diversity plan, more than three years in the making, is filled with ambitious goals, action items and timetables. Dr. Akil Houston said there’s much to like in the plan. But he feels like he’s seen this before. Houston, who is Black, is an associate professor of cultural and… Read More

Ohio University women's soccer defends a free kick against Northern Kentucky University on Thursday

Ohio Women’s Soccer Falls To Northern Kentucky

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – After a hot start to the season, the Ohio women’s soccer team lost their second match in a row Thursday to Northern Kentucky. Ohio dominated possession and created a flurry of chances early on. Sophomore midfielder Isabella Ginocchi got multiple looks at goal from the top of the box but failed… Read More