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Gov. Mike DeWine, with Dean Christopher Peters of the University of Akron School of Law behind him, announces his expedited pardon process at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law. Students from the two schools will help screen applicants.

DeWine Creates Process to Expedite Pardons for Some Former Offenders

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Gov. Mike DeWine says he wants to make it easier and quicker for people who have long-ago criminal convictions to be considered for pardons. DeWine says he often sees pardon applications for murderers, rapists and other offenders. “They got a snowball’s chance in hell of getting granted, some of them. And so they’re kind of… Read More

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Opponents Urge Lawmakers to Toss Out Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

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State senators considering one of two bills to ban local bans on plastic bags heard from around 40 opponents, who either came to a committee hearing or sent in written testimony. There were local officials talking home rule, including Ben Kessler, the mayor of Bexley, one of three communities that has enacted a ban on plastic bags. “That’s something… Read More

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day in McArthur, Ohio.

Local Boards of Elections Focus on Security

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Ohio’s Secretary of State says a recent attempt by a computer in Panama to insert code into his office’s website was unsuccessful. But state leaders say this incident underscores why a comprehensive election security plan must be put in place soon. The attempted hack into the Secretary of State’s website was thwarted. Secretary of State Frank LaRose says no… Read More

Brittany Robertson and Audrey Napier are the mother and grandmother of 11-year-old Elizabeth “Lizzie” Robertson-Rutland, who died after two cars hit and then ran her over as she was walking to her school bus on Sept. 18.

Lawmakers Consider Hiking Penalties For Drivers Passing School Buses

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State lawmakers are looking at a bill that would hike the penalties for passing a school bus as it’s picking up or dropping off kids. Audrey Napier’s 11-year-old granddaughter Lizzie Robertson-Rutland was run down and died while walking to her school bus in Columbus one early morning in September. “We don’t want any other family to have… Read More

Hocking County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Murder-Suicide

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LOGAN, Ohio — A domestic violence incident has claimed two lives in Hocking County. According to the sheriff’s office,  Hocking County 911 received a phone call early Monday morning reporting Natalie Nutter, 34, had been abducted by her estranged husband, Kevin Nutter, 34, from a residence on Nutter-Boring Road in Logan. Deputies engaged in a… Read More

Mittens

Upcycled Mitts from Sweaters


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Want to make something cozy and upcycled for your loved one this year? Come out on this Small Business Saturday to Athens Makerspace to learn to make ‘mitts’ from sweaters! Participants will leave with one pair of comfy embroidered arm warmers, lined or unlined, to wear themselves or give as a gift. You will not… Read More

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Intro to Welding


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This class is for anyone [18 and older] who wants to learn how to weld! In this class participants will learn different weld techniques and basic troubleshooting of common welding problems. Participants are encouraged to learn from each other as well as the instructor. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, denim pants, and long sleeves. Hair… Read More

3D printed jewelry

Simply 3D Printed Jewelry and More!


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Come on out on Small Business Saturday and learn to design and 3D print your own jewelry and holiday memorabilia! No complicated CAD programs skills necessary. Learn tips and tricks of 3D printing. Bring your creativity, laptop, your basic computer skills and have fun in this class! The class will work as follows: You can… Read More