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Way down the global supply chain, a southeast Ohio village can’t fix its sewer line

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 WOUB Digital · Way down the global supply chain, a southeast Ohio village can’t fix its sewer line   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The village of Chauncey in Athens County needs to replace a section of its sewer main that’s in bad shape. It’s been trying for months to get the work done. But… 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

One of three students receives a Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during Gov. Dewines visit Monday, April 12.

Data Show COVID-19 Has Become A “Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated” In Ohio

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — More than half of Ohio’s eligible population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and yet infection numbers are right back where they were a year ago. What’s going on? For starters, the Delta variant driving the recent surge is much more contagious than the initial strain that launched the global pandemic. It’s… Read More

A sign in front of O'Bleness Hospital in Athens, Ohio

Holzer And O’Bleness Respond To Understaffing And High COVID Numbers With Familiar Pandemic Protocols 

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Southeast Ohio, causing local health care systems to be stretched thin and re-institute early 2020 pandemic protocols. Holzer Health Systems The number of COVID-19 patients is nearing the highest level from 2020, according to Dr. Mike Canady, the CEO at Holzer Health System. On Monday,… Read More

Athens Schools Extend Shutdown; Alexander Imposes Mask Mandate

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens schools are extending their COVID-related shutdown until after Labor Day. And the Alexander Local School District announced that starting Tuesday masks must be worn throughout the school day. The Athens shutdown began Friday when the district found itself with so many bus drivers out due to COVID-19 that it could no… Read More

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Athens Schools Shut Down As COVID Sidelines Bus Drivers

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Just two days into the school year, the Athens City School District is shutting down at least until next Wednesday because it no longer has enough bus drivers as a result of COVID-19 quarantines. Superintendent Tom Gibbs informed families of the decision late Thursday night after yet another member of the… Read More

Athena Cinema Reopens, With A Little Help From Its Friends

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — After a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Athena Cinema has reopened its doors to the public. The pandemic took a heavy toll on theaters across the country, and many small art-house theaters in particular, like the Athena, struggled to survive. Some didn’t. But the Athena benefited from an… Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

Bill Would Allow More Businesses To Stay Open During A Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Over a year ago, the government forced thousands of Ohio businesses to close their doors in response to the pandemic. But others were allowed to stay open because they were deemed essential. Many business owners felt the process of choosing which businesses were essential was unfair and left small businesses in… Read More

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

Ohio University Will Refund Wages Lost Through Furloughs

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University employees will be refunded all the income they lost because of the nine months of mandatory furloughs. President Duane Nellis announced the refunds in an email to employees Thursday morning and said they were made possible because the university is ending the fiscal year with a significant budget surplus…. Read More

A bar and restaurant in Athens with a "Now Hiring" sign in the window.

Plenty Of Jobs But Few Applicants As Business Picks Up

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WOUB Digital · Plenty Of Jobs But Few Applicants As Business Picks Up ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Art Oestrike, who owns the Jackie O’s brewpub and taproom in Athens, is facing an unusual problem. With pandemic restrictions easing, business is picking up. But he can’t find enough employees to meet the demand. “I want to… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Ohio University Ending Employee Furloughs Early Thanks To Budget Boost

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University expects to end the fiscal year with a balanced budget or even a surplus, a dramatic shift from previous projections. As a result, the university will end the mandatory employee furloughs early and may even refund some of the lost earnings. “We’re hopeful this decision on the furlough will… Read More

Athens City Police Car

Law Enforcement Jockeying For Jail Space During Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Local residents have been venting their frustrations on the Nelsonville Police Department’s Facebook page as people arrested for crimes are turned loose because the jail cannot take them. “What’s the point when they’re just released and then trusted to appear in court,” reads one comment. “Makes my damn blood boil,” reads… Read More

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

Pandemic Deepens Ohio University’s Budget Crisis

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University expects to lose about $20 million in revenue because so many students are choosing not to return to campus this semester. This is just one piece of a projected budget deficit of $32.2 million for the current fiscal year, forcing the university to again dip into its reserves to… Read More

Patrons Help Ohio Valley Restaurant Workers Weather Holidays

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(Ohio Valley ReSource) — Stay-at-home mom Sarci Eldridge has a big heart. So when Kentucky entered its second round of restaurant restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, her first thought was for her favorite server, Jessica Carey. “Me and my mom were talking, and we were just like, you know, we should just get Jessica… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Effects Of Pandemic On Ohio’s Economy Could Last Years

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state’s tax revenue report for July was the first one showing gains in three months. But Ohio’s chief budget officer says she expects the economic effects of the pandemic to last for far longer than the pandemic does – perhaps years. July’s income tax collections were boosted by… Read More

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Back-To-School Plans Taking Shape For Athens County Districts

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Athens County, K-12 school administrators and county school boards are deciding how to proceed with the upcoming fall semester. Athens City Schools superintendent Dr. Tom Gibbs is recommending the district conduct its fall semester online. The Athens City School Board will vote on this… Read More