Prosecutors in the trial of suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly portrayed the case in opening statements Wednesday as one about public corruption and greed, with Kelly flouting his oath of office and using campaign donations and taxpayer dollars for personal financial and material gain.
A local man was acquitted by a visiting Franklin County judge Tuesday of criminal mischief in a case that had revolved around different interpretations of the First Amendment. Ultimately, however, the judge rules on another issue.
The co-owners of the Union Bar & Grill building have received a partial building permit from the state so that they can replace the bar's roof that was destroyed in the West Union Street fire that devastated that block Nov. 16.
If Athens' Kroger management is awarded the D5 liquor permit it's currently seeking, local Kroger shoppers could soon have the ability to sip a glass of beer or wine as they go about their shopping.
After getting blown out against Eastern Michigan Tuesday, the Bobcats returned to the state with a better outing that ended, despite a late push, with the same net result.
Jurors have heard from former and current Athens County Sheriff's Office deputies and office workers, several Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation special agents, and county Auditor Jill Thompson, among others, during the first three days of testimony in the trial of suspended Sheriff Pat Kelly.
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An Athens city recreation official last week chased down a man who allegedly stole money from lockers in the Athens Community Center. To his advantage, Andrew Chiki, assistant arts, parks and recreation director, is also a long-time cross-country runner who coaches Athens High School's cross-country team.
Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville recently received significant support for its capital campaign from the First National Bank of McConnelsville.
On a soul-crushing Tuesday night for fans of the Ohio Bobcat men's team, the 'Cats missed three-pointers like a broken record in a 76-40 beatdown to Eastern Michigan.
A second Ohio University student has announced his intention to run as a Republican for an at-large Athens City Council seat this year.
Ohio University's Graduate Student Senate is calling for all graduate students to waive their legal fees.
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