Arts and Entertainment

Rise of the Phoenix event to benefit The Union after fire

20 bands playing four venues

Twenty musical acts are coming together on Thursday at four different Athens bars - Casa Nueva, Tony's Tavern, The Over Hang, and Jackie O's Pub & Brewery- to raise money to rebuild The Union's

Campus NEWS

To infinity, and beyond!

OU botany students launch space experiment

by Dennis Powell

How do seeds, when they germinate, know which direction to grow? We all know that plants tend to grow toward bright light, but seeds, underground, find darkness in every direction. Might warmth of the sun on the ground's surface give the seedlings directions, perhaps?

National NEWS

OU alum, Pulitzer winner passes away while covering ebola in Africa

By Emily Estep

Photographer Michel du Cille, graduate of Ohio University's journalism master's program and a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has died after likely suffering a heart attack while on assignment for The Washington Post in Liberia.

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.

Sports NEWS  

Bobcats blanked in OT at Evansville

Foul trouble hurts Ohio down the stretch

By Matt Lardner

The Ohio men's basketball team pushed a great mid-major to overtime Thursday – then ran out of steam, held scoreless in the extra period in a 81-69 loss at Evansville (Indiana).

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 12-18-14

Bums bummin' on the highways. Church directory mind change. Speed bumps. No-brainers. Whirling dervish. Them's the facts, Jack. Gas in Athens County, and we don't mean flatulence. Bad news bears. The public tit. The building owners are the Deciders. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Election NEWS

All City Council members not seeking new offices will seek re-election

Hecht and Cochran also say they will seek re-election

by Conor Morris

Current council members Jennifer Cochran, Kent Butler, Jeffrey Risner, Chris Fahl and Michele Papai as well as City Auditor Kathy Hecht (all Democrats) told The Athens NEWS this week that they will be running for re-election in next year's May primaries for their current seats on Athens City Council.

Local NEWS

Charges filed in crash that killed two Athens County women

by David DeWitt

Charges have been filed for vehicular homicide against the driver in a one-car crash that killed two Athens County women this past June.

Local NEWS

Municipal tax reform bill looks to cost city of Athens over $200K

by David DeWitt

A municipal tax uniformity law opposed by local officials and area lawmakers has passed in the Ohio General Assembly and is heading to the desk of Gov. John Kasich for his signature.


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.

Sports NEWS

Starter or sixth man, Campbell produces for ‘Cats

Sophomore forward steps into extended role

By Matt Lardner

Late last season under coach Jim Christian, forward Antonio Campbell found himself inserted to Ohio basketball's starting lineup. After having averaged two points per game through the first 29 games of the Bobcat men's season, the then-freshman moved into the starting lineup and posted four double-digit scoring performances through Ohio's final seven games.


Torture and the CIA: Move on?

by Gwynne Dyer

When somebody says it is time to move on, it means there is something deeply embarrassing that they don't want to discuss in public. President Barack Obama said that about the Senate Intelligence Committee's report, published on Tuesday, about the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture in the years after 9/11.

Local NEWS

Athens City Council approves 2015 budget

by Conor Morris

Athens City Council approved a variety of ordinances during its last meeting of the year Monday relating to the city's 2015 budget. Some highlights from the ordinances passed: a 7.5 percent pay increase for most city elected officials over the next four years, a 7.5 percent pay raise over the next three years for the city's police union members, and a larger-than-usual overall budget as a result of 2015 city infrastructure projects.

Readers Forum

How marching band taught me to love football

By Jan Spring

The longest marching band season in the history of Athens High School has just come to an end with the OHSAA Division III football game against Toledo Central Catholic. Where the football team plays, the band follows.

Local NEWS

Model train barn brings holiday cheer

by Dennis Powell

Next to rocking horses, nothing more shouts Christmas morning than the electric model train. Generations of children, mostly boys, started what often became a lifelong hobby with their first train set on December 25.

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess 12-18-14

by Amy Alkon

I've got an intense attraction to this musician I've been dating for four months. He's on the road a lot, plus he's new to the city and recently out of a relationship. He says he's not ready to get serious now and just told me he wants us to be non-monogamous.

Local NEWS

Emergency heating assistance program offered by HAPCAP

The winter crisis program for Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action is in full effect for 2014, according to a news release.

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.


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.

Local NEWS

Auction brings in money from drug ring bust

by David DeWitt

The Athens County Prosecutor's Office auctioned off a number of forfeited goods from the Glouster prescription pill drug ring case on Tuesday, with items including a BMW, a Rolex watch, Louis Vuitton sunglasses and shoes and French champagne.

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Local NEWS

ReUse to open community tool library early next year

ReUse Industries plans to open a community tool library to serve the general public and non-profit organizations at its Columbus Road location in Athens beginning in early 2015.