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Local NEWS  

So when’s the block party? For now, it’s Oct. 25

by Conor Morris

Ohio University students and townsfolk alike, ready your costumes and message your out-of-town friends (and warn them not to break anything this year). The 2014 Athens Halloween Block Party is currently set for Saturday, Oct. 25.

 
National NEWS  

Reporter, an OU alum, in eye of storm in Ferguson

Former OU Post editor arrested in McDonald’s

By Kaleb Carter

A former Ohio University Post editor who now reports for the Washington Post found himself in the center of a major national news story late last week.

 
Campus NEWS

OU has plan to make sure every student has a bed

133 students currently don’t have rooms

by Conor Morris

Ohio University currently has more housing deposits from students, about 8,268 as of Tuesday, than it has current space for those students, which sits at about 8,151 beds on its Athens campus. OU starts its fall semester in 11 days.

 
Local NEWS  

Have a barky dog? Try these tips

by Conor Morris

We've all had to deal with it - a neighbor's obnoxious pooch barking up a storm at squirrels (real or imagined) late at night, a dog yapping from inside a neighbor's house after he leaves for work while you're trying to snooze on your day off.

 
 
 
 
Local NEWS

West Side gets 'mini-me' roundabout

City says traffic circle will protect pedestrians in hazardous area

by Conor Morris

Once roadwork is complete on the city of Athens' $1.1 million West Union Street Infrastructure Project this fall, there will be a new one-lane roundabout at the intersection of Smith and Union Streets.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-18-14

Non-student shopping, whatever that means. Take me to the river. Drop me in the water. A big you're welcome, we were happy to do it! Unfriending your friends. Thompson's job. One locally-elected Republican. Desperation. The other foot, and the other shoe. When shall it drop? This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Local NEWS

Protest dismissed, but no drilling in Wayne anyway

by David DeWitt

The U.S. Department of the Interior has dismissed a protest against oil and gas drilling in the Wayne National Forrest but also has decided against allowing any such drilling.

Local NEWS

Prosecutor launches program for addiction services & more

A program that will provide for addiction services and other community justice efforts in Athens County has been launched, county Prosecutor Keller Blackburn announced Friday afternoon in a news release.

Local NEWS

Anyone in the market for the United Appeal house?

United Appeal for Athens County is auctioning its Richland Avenue building to provide an endowment for the future of its programs and partner fundraising agencies.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Auto-body repair futures are deerish for rest of the year

by Dennis Powell

Over the decades I've done some business reporting, including a few years a long time ago when I covered business to the exclusion of much else. One thing I learned is that it's a very bad idea to make predictions.

Local NEWS

Teacher accused of mistreating student heads back to class

By Fred Kight

Students return to classrooms today (Monday) in the Federal Hocking Local School District, and Jenny Silvus planned to be there to welcome them back. Silvus is a Coolville Elementary physical education teacher who was accused of mistreating a student but contested an effort to have her fired.

Commentary

James Risen, surveillance & Obama’s threat to journalism

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The Obama administration's espionage case against alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is expected to come to trial soon, six years after he was indicted. In addition to Sterling, also on trial will be a central pillar of our democratic society: press freedom.

Local NEWS

Magazine ranks local Third Sun Solar as best in Ohio

An Athens-based solar company was recently selected as the best in Ohio by Solar Power World magazine in its annual rankings.

Sports NEWS

Will NCAA rule changes hurt OU's major sports?

By Matt Lardner

The landscape of major college sports is changing. Already, juggernaut programs (think Scarlet and Gray) bring in massive revenue in men's basketball and especially football, while the majority of programs below the top tier (think Green and White) lose money.

Wearing Thin

Don’t make me apologize for mourning Robin Williams

The death of comedian and actor Robin Williams Monday to an apparent suicide hit me hard, and judging from the heavy response on Facebook, I wasn't the only one.

Local NEWS

County Commissioners authorize EMS to hire another paramedic

by David DeWitt

Struggling to fill out work schedules while reducing overtime costs, Athens County EMS has been approved by the county Commissioners to hire a new full-time paramedic.

Letters

Pump and dump – and tough luck to the rest of you guys

To the Editor:

Those trying to think through the fracking scene should know the following, quoted from a recent comment on the resiliance.org web site, by Richard Heinberg, a well-known author of books about energy.

Guidelines for Letters to the Editor

Send them to: news@athensnews.com

Deadlines for letters are noon on Tuesday for Thursday's edition, and noon on Friday for Monday's edition. Sometimes we will consider late letters if we know ahead of time when the letter will arrive and how much space it will require. Remember, send them to news@athensnews.com.

Read on for other information about submitting letters:

 
 
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