Human trafficking is not just a problem in faraway lands. It happens here in America, in Ohio, in Athens County. And it doesn't happen like it does in a Liam Neeson movie. It's subtle. It's insidious. And it can be hard to spot.
I found myself in the grass, under the sun at Nelsonville Music Festival Thursday afternoon with my backpack on my left and a beer on the right. This particular late spring situation could be seen as
Who does No. 2 work for?!? Veterans Court? Only if it takes place at night and with Harry Anderson on the bench and John Larroquette for the prosecution. Waiting to walk. More Ponderosa/Pat Kelly jokes. The District. The Great Liberal OU. Cobblestone and sewage. Plus a dash of Climate Change. This is your voice, Athens. Cherish it, or we're sending Bailiff Bull Shannon after you.
With separate plans in motion to rebuild the fire-damaged West Union Street buildings and to redevelop uptown convenience store/gas station Dale's BP, uptown Athens is set to see two big uptown building redevelopment projects get under way over the next year.
While Connections cut their teeth in a particularly unorthodox subsection of Ohio's underground rock scene, years of experience have yielded an accessible (yet far from tepid) sound for the Columbus-based quintet.
At the beginning of the season, the Ohio University baseball team was predicted to finish last in the MAC East and received no first-place votes. Roughly four months later, the Bobcats won the Mid-American Conference tournament by beating Ball State 6-2 behind Jake Miller's complete game on the mound.
Summertime reminds us all of signature moments. We picture cold beer, good friends and beautiful warm nights. In the Athens area, Strouds Run State Park and other state parks give us lazy beach days and breathtaking scenery.
While Nelsonville Music Festival boasts an impressive lineup with all the hype surrounding headliners the Flaming Lips, Grammy-winner St. Vincent, and country music legend Merle Haggard, there will be plenty of time throughout the weekend to visit the smaller acts on the bill.
In anticipation of the possibility that a pending U.S. Supreme Court decision might bring marriage equality to Ohio, several Athens area faith leaders are preparing to offer their services as wedding officiants to same-sex couples, according to a news release from United Campus Ministry in Athens.
The fall of Ramadi to Islamic State troops last Wednesday was not a big deal. The city was deep inside IS-held territory, IS fighters had controlled 80 percent of it since March, and we already knew that the Iraqi army can't fight. Even so, Islamic State is not going to take much more of Iraq.
Last week, representatives from a variety of counties across Ohio impacted by oil-and-gas waste injection wells met to discuss what can be done, with some suggesting a moratorium and changes to state law.
About 100 activists, descendants, and interested townsfolk gathered above the Tower Cemetery at The Ridges Monday afternoon to honor the persons buried there, many in numbered graves and many veterans of the Civil War.
Bruce and Jane Ergood have spent more than 15 years providing health-care education, sustainable farming and economic opportunities to rural Honduras with their initiative Honduras Health, putting the "American way" aside and adapting to the Honduran culture to provide the best care possible.
To the Editor:
I'm writing in response to the Mudsock Heights column (Dennis Powell, May 26) regarding the state of our town's roadways. OK, sure, winter's annual crop of Potholes - who doesn't like complaining about them? Seems like shooting fish in a barrel. Going after the remaining Athens Block streets, however, is taking it too far.
In his keynote address during the May 12, 2015 Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams introduced himself as a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and shared a revelation: he was a penguin in bobcat territory.
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