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

42 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Oct. 16-18

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,695 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 42 new cases were reported Saturday through Monday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Oct. 18, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 11 people 20-29, 10 people 0-19, seven people… Read More

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The 72nd COVID-related death has been reported in Athens County, along with 26 new cases for Oct. 15

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 72 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Friday. The county also has now had 7,653 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 26 new cases were reported for the same day…. Read More

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Trial For Suspect In Kane Roush Murder Case Postponed Due To Defense Team Turmoil

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POMEROY, Ohio (WOUB) – The trial for the murder of former high school football star Kane Roush set to take place next week has been postponed due to turmoil within the suspect’s defense team. 21-year-old Jaquan Hall was indicted in July on four counts relating to Roush’s death, including aggravated murder. The trial was initially… Read More

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Lawmakers Are Considering Dropping Training Requirements To Carry Concealed Weapons

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many witnesses lined up to testify on a bill in the Ohio House that would remove training requirements to carry a concealed weapon. Laura Robertson-Boyd with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was among the 100 opponents to submit testimony against the bill that would strip the… Read More

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36 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Oct. 14

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,627 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 36 new cases were reported Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Oct. 14, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 16 people 0-19, five people 20-29, three people 30-39, three… Read More

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22 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Oct. 13

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,591 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 22 new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Oct. 13, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved five people 0-19, three people 30-39, three people 50-59, three… Read More

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Republicans Have Offered Their Own Proposal To Legalize Cannabis In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — House Republicans are introducing a bill to legalize marijuana for personal use for adults ages 21 and up. Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord) says this is the first time someone from his party has proposed a bill to legalize marijuana for personal use. He says a challenge to getting the… Read More

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

Three COVID-Related Deaths Have Been Reported In Athens County, Along With 26 New Cases For Oct. 12

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 71 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after three were added to the total Tuesday. The county also has now had 7,569 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 26 new cases were reported for the same day…. Read More

Secretary of State Frank LaRose presents a proclamation to representatives of Nelsonville accepting their enumeration numbers

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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Here’s What You Can Do If You Lose Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many who’ve gotten the COVID shot carry that proof of COVID vaccination with them to get into restaurants, concerts, even keep their jobs. But what happens if you lose that card you get along with the shot? Some states have phone apps where cards can be uploaded, and some… Read More

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Two COVID-Related Deaths Have Been Reported In Athens County, Along With 19 New Cases For Oct. 8

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 68 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after two were added to the total Friday. The county also has now had 7,485 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 19 new cases were reported for the same day…. Read More

Students hold their backpacks supporting school choice legislation.

A Proposed Bill Would Allow All Ohio Kids To Attend Private Schools Using State Dollars

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — About 35,000 Ohio K-12 students currently receive state-funded vouchers to attend private schools under the EdChoice program. But there’s a new bill that would make it possible for all of the state’s students to get vouchers if they want them. Columbus resident Ben Douglass said his second-grade daughter was… Read More

House Commerce and Labor Committee holds informal hearings for HB435.

The Future Of The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Exemptions Bill Is Unclear


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The legislation, HB435, would allow students and employees in the public and private sector to opt out of the shot if they don’t want it by creating broad exemptions that could be claimed by anyone. But legislators say it’s important to tackle the subject with accurate information. Lawmakers, mostly… Read More

Ross McGregor, Ohio Manufacturers' Association, testifies against HB435

A House Committee Will Hear Up To 14 Hours Of Testimony On Vaccine Exemptions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers are preparing for two days of testimony on a bill, HB435, that creates exemptions in state law for people who don’t want to comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The bill would allow students and employees in the public and private sector to claim COVID-19 vaccine mandate exemptions,… Read More

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

43 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Oct. 6

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,442 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 43 new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Oct. 6, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 13 people 0-19, eight people 20-29, seven people 70-79,… Read More

Ohio's Sarina Dirrig (22) looks to make a pass in the Bobcats' match with Toledo on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. [Alex Michalec | WOUB]

Ohio Soccer Remains Unbeaten in MAC Play With Win Over Toledo

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Relentless is the word to describe the Ohio Bobcats’ win against the Toledo Rockets on a gloomy Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats (7-3-1, 3-0-1 MAC) came out victorious over Toledo (7-3-2, 2-2-0 MAC) as a late goal by fifth-year senior Sarina Dirrig in the 70th minute ended up being the only goal… Read More