Campus NEWS  

End of semester concert and celebration held at South Beach

Photo Gallery link

by Dennis Powell

We present a photo gallery of the University Program Council's free throw-back Thursday concert/celebration Thursday afternoon and evening on South Beach, the sandy area near the South Green.

Campus NEWS

The colors of the globe

International Street Fair enjoys big crowd, lovely weather

See our online photo gallery of Saturday's International Street Fair in uptown Athens, the culmination of International Week on campus.

Local NEWS

OU announces bike path repairs

Repairs to the section of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway extending from Richland Avenue to Stimson Avenue will occur beginning in early May, according to a news release.

Local NEWS

Citizens sound off about #Fest

Some promise to work toward ending what they call a dangerous and disruptive event

by Conor Morris

Nine Athens community members spoke out against Number Fest's 13th edition last weekend at an Athens City Council meeting on Monday night.

Sports NEWS

Happy trails

Pomeroy’s elite ultra-marathoner promotes trail running in southeast Ohio

By Matt Lardner

Hours into running the grueling mountain elevations of a Georgia trail's final 28 miles on March 14, southeast Ohio runner Michael Owen's mind raced.

Wearing Thin

An old Athens story: Terrible landlord vs. terrible tenants

by Terry Smith

Well, this is embarrassing. My old friend, Tom Bennett, unearthed the letter that he received in July 1976 from our then landlord in Athens, informing us that we were not welcome to return to the same house for Ohio University's fall quarter, less than two months from then.

Local NEWS

Your package is delayed... or somebody's is

Express trailer overturns on Rt. 33

by Dennis Powell

Heavy-duty tow trucks were needed to right this Federal Express trailer, which overturned on U.S. Rt. 33 near Movies10 early Thursday morning. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported no injuries.

Local NEWS

Group pushes for county home rule, injection well ban

by David DeWitt

A group of anti-fracking activists announced Tuesday they will be circulating petitions to turn Athens County into a charter government and ban the dumping of oil-and-gas hydraulic fracking waste, as well as use of water from sources in the county for fracking activities, on the November ballot.

Election NEWS

Candidates in only contested city primary race square off

by Conor Morris

Fracking, city infrastructure, a future city pool, and plans for an Athens of the future were all topics that six Democratic at-large Athens City Council candidates discussed Tuesday evening during a candidates forum at the Community Center.

Local NEWS

Festival organizer talks about what went wrong

Offers possible solutions to address failures at festival

by Conor Morris

Number Fest's founder and current director is promising changes for future festivals at his site just west of Athens, after recurring problems with transportation and other issues arose during and after Saturday's edition of the huge college student-oriented music festival.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-23-15

Ban it! Fixing stupid. No deposit back for you! Living up to obligations. Suposably. Chaos, pronounced with a Chay. He's a witch! He turned me into a newt! Constant crybabies. A goofball, but not a Total goofball. Housing-Gate. Always angry Athens County. Fix the roads. Frack Fest. You shall be revealed! Better have that spring bod ready. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.


OU faculty members sign on to plea for Housing-Gate investigation

To the Editor: As concerned faculty, we endorse Athens NEWS Editor Terry Smith's call for a third-party investigation into the propriety of recent negotiations between Ohio University administration and local proprietor John Wharton (The NEWS, April 16).

Local NEWS

Number Fest venue sold to event promoters

by Conor Morris

Number Fest festival organizer and founder Dominic Petrozzi confirmed earlier this week that a local corporation has sold the property where Number Fest occurs each year to Petrozzi's festival organization group.

Readers Forum

Ballot measure would call for 100 percent green energy

By Gary “Spruce” Houser and John Knouse

The city of Athens has provided notable leadership in addressing numerous kinds of issues. In the arena of energy, the solar array at the Community Center still appears to be the largest municipally operated solar system in the state.

Local NEWS

State: Don’t let Kelly out of prison while he pursues appeal

by David DeWitt

Former Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly doesn't want to remain in prison while he appeals his conviction on 18 felonies, but in a filing Monday the state of Ohio argued that he should.

Sports NEWS

Awards event puts the fun back into athletics

By Chris Manning

For the most part, Ohio University's student-athletes are never in the same place. When they live on campus, they live by sport in various dorms on West Green. 

Local NEWS

Take Back The Night focuses on inclusion, diversity

Ohio University has hosted an annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) Week for more than 30 years, and this year's events paid homage to the week's history while focusing on creating a safe space for a diverse spread of participants.


Community is organizing to prevent another #Fest disaster

To the Editor:

Why are the Number Fest crowd so disrespectful and destructive? That question was raised at Monday's (April 20) City Council meeting.

Local NEWS

Attorney for fired deputy demands retraction from complainants

by David DeWitt

An attorney for an Athens County sheriff's deputy who had been fired, reappointed, then suspended and fired again, has sent a certified letter to three area residents demanding they publically retract allegations of sexual misconduct against the deputy and withdraw complaints made to the Sheriff's Office.

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Local NEWS

Sustainability expert to make call for clean energy at OU

A top energy and sustainability expert from Stanford University will be speaking at Ohio University Friday evening to call for clean energy at OU, and explain why a natural gas pipeline across the Hocking River is not a good idea.