Fifteen years ago, heroin use in southeast Ohio and Athens County was almost non-existent.
"We sometimes would go a year without seeing a single heroin addict," said Health Recovery Services Executive Director Dr. Joe Gay on Tuesday. "We now have so many heroin addicts that I no longer publicly give the number because it's so high."
It may seem like a silly question, but maybe it's not: Has our cult of celebrity screwed us up, and perhaps screwed up our celebrities, too?
The notion of paying collegiate athletes for their work on the field has been much in the air of late.
A funny thing happened on the way to the Number Fest. Stalkers and road rage on East State Street: Get a room you two. Riding in the back of a pick-up truck, a hitchhiker's guide to unlicensed taxis. Loud music and pacemakers. Driving through neighbors' lawns. And I take your community donation and raise you a ha ha, neener neener. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.
A female student is being questioned in connection with a bomb scare at the Athens High School in The Plains this morning (Monday).
Thirty-four percent of middle-class Americans say they will have to work until they are 80 in order to have enough to retire and maintain their lifestyle." That is up from 25 percent in 2011 and 30 percent in 2012, according to this year's Wells Fargo Middle Class Retirement study. The closer the Baby Boom gets to retirement, the more vivid the bleak the picture becomes.
Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn will be rolling out his new "Community Justice" initiative at a public meeting at the Athens Community Center this evening (Monday).
WOUB Public Media and the Scripps College of Communication hosted a screening of the documentary "Boys and Men Healing" Thursday night in Athens, working to raise awareness of the frequent incidence of male child sexual abuse.
It's all too easy to imagine the high-level meeting in Kiev where the Ukrainian government decided on its next move. It probably sounded a bit like this: "Very well, gentlemen, we are agreed on our strategy for dealing with the Russians. First we will figure out exactly what they are trying to force us to do. And then we'll do it."
The minimum wage debate seems to be once again raging.
Oklahoma, in what I can only believe was a fit of violent dementia, decided it would be a good idea to outright ban raising the minimum wage.
Ohio University has received $50,000 from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission to develop 3-D visualization software that will improve the development and design of new aircraft.
The Athens County Prosecutor's Office has asked a judge to allow the alleged child victim in a rape case to testify via closed-circuit television.
Help is on the way for area patients without the resources and insurance coverage to pay medical-related expenses. OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital is organizing a Race for a Reason team to kick off a new Patient Assistance Fund to aid the underserved.
Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, Mo.
The consultant hired by Athens County to help implement electricity aggregation said last week that private electrical suppliers are calling residents to offer cheaper rates individually in anticipation of the county pooling together to negotiate cheaper rates as a group.
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