Local NEWS  

Former NEWS editor recalls covering Billy Milligan

By Melody Sands

When word spread that Billy Milligan would be housed at the Athens Mental Health Center (around 1980 give or take a year), our phones at The Athens News rang constantly. Concerned citizens, many senior citizens, stopped by my desk to express their fears and worries over having Milligan housed in the Athens Mental Health Center.

Local NEWS  

Special Christmas delivery

Elks bring holiday cheer to those who need it most

by Dennis Powell

Tom Perry shook his head. "We're a poor county," he said. "There's an underbelly of poverty that we don't usually see and don't think about very much."

Local NEWS

Meeting planned over new injection well application

by David DeWitt

The Athens County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting regarding a proposal for a third oil and gas hydraulic fracturing waste injection well in eastern Athens County.

Arts and Entertainment  

Local outfit to release LP complete with 24 Ohio bands

The Athens-based music and art collective Aquabear Legion is releasing a double LP, vinyl compilation featuring 24 Ohio bands this coming spring.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 12-22-14

Somebody give me a speed bump. Silly climate change denier, whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis? Disease masks, I mean, disease masks? What the H? Talking to Cuba is way more supportive of torture than, y'know, implementing a specific torture program, apparently. Redistricting. And I'll have the Cuban, please, extra pickle. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Local NEWS

30 years separate devastating uptown fires

The image on the left shows the cover of The Athens NEWS from March 15, 1984, when a fire destroyed two historic uptown Athens buildings on the east side of South Court Street.

Local NEWS

Former Hocking prez reportedly files EEOC complaint

Erickson’s wife says complaint charges college retaliated against him for defending black provost against alleged racism

by David DeWitt

The former president of Hocking College reportedly has filed a claim with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claiming he lost his job trying to protect a black employee from discrimination.

Sports NEWS

’Cats pining for an upset in Hawaii after tough losses

Ohio will play three games in four days during Diamond Head Classic tournament

By Matt Lardner

Before last Thursday's 81-69 loss at Evansville, Ohio had played only one road game on the season - a trip down to Florida to take on Florida Gulf Coast.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Brief, unexpected glimpse of past found under the woodpile

by Dennis Powell

The logs, if you could call them that, had been stacked neatly and covered by a tarp for years; how many I cannot say with certainty… three or four, probably.

Local NEWS

River Gate apartments get go-head from city

But developer still awaits state permit, local use permit for building

by Conor Morris

Plans for a $15 million, 3.5-story apartment building called River Gate near Ohio University's South Green have been approved by the Athens Planning Commission.


Can we talk? Constructive conversations begin by listening

by David DeWitt

Life brings us teachable moments, as individuals, as a society, as a commonwealth managing the responsibility of self-government. It's how we grow.

Local NEWS

Athens Police get continued funding for victim advocate

by Conor Morris

Earlier this month, the Athens Police Department announced it had received funding to continue its county-wide victim advocate position for the18th year in a row.

Readers Forum

Visit to September festival unleashed 1,000 silent stories

By Bethany N. Bella

"They're disposable," the woman with the gray, curling hair says to me as a wooden drum beat steadily in the distance, the fire's smoke rising high, "disposable people."

Local NEWS

Judge vacates same-sex divorce

by Conor Morris

An Athens County judge last week vacated his judgment in November to grant two women what probably was the first divorce for a same-sex couple in local history.


Obama and the start of the end of the Cuban embargo

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

Local NEWS

Electricy aggregation agreements signed

SOPEC group looks to lower rates

The Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council, charged with negotiating and administrating electricity aggregation in Athens County, has signed deals with AEP Energy and Empower Gas & Electricty to attempt to lower rates and launch local renewable power and energy-efficiency initiatives.


Champion Bulldogs suggest they have a lot to be grateful for

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Athens High School Football program, we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who supported us during our recent playoff run. Although we play the game, our victories would not have been made possible without the outpouring of support we continually received throughout the season.

Campus NEWS

Construction nearing finish line on Park Place and Mulberry

by Conor Morris

Ohio University officials said last week they expect on-campus road construction for Park Place and Mulberry Street to be complete and for the roadways to be open by mid-January.


To those who know Pat Kelly, he’s a good guy, good sheriff

To the Editor:

I (Jeffrey Harmison) am writing to voice my unconditional support for Sheriff Pat Kelly. I have known Pat since we started attending New Life Assembly of God here in Athens in 2001.

Local NEWS

Ex-cop accused in drug ring case asks to suppress evidence, change venue

by David DeWitt

A former village of Chauncey marshal accused of cultivating marijuana and acting as protector of an area drug ring has filed several motions, including one to suppress evidence in his case.


Please help OU alum detained in the United Arab Emirates

To the Editor:

I ask for the help of residents of the Athens community, especially those who knew Dr. Amer Alshawa and his wife, Emel Inal, former residents of Athens for 17 years and Ohio University alumnus. Amer received a doctorate at Ohio University and his three children were born here before moving to Istanbul for family and business reasons.

Wise Up!


By David Bruce

On 7 December 2013, Greg Parady, a 40-year-old financial planner and owner of Parady Financial Group in The Villages, Florida, went to a local Wal-Mart to get some bicycles for Toys for Tots. He then decided to do an additional good deed, and he spent over $20,000 helping people pay off their layaways.

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