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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