Local NEWS  

Adversaries in Kelly trial argue good intentions vs. criminal intent

Each side lays out its strategy in opening statements

by David DeWitt

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.

Local NEWS

Local First Amendment activist acquitted in trial involving Church Directory at courthouse

Judge decides Kalman case from bench, leaving First Amendment out of it

by Conor Morris

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.

Local NEWS  

Union Bar owners get state permit for new roof

by Conor Morris

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.

Local NEWS  

Sipping n’ shopping? Athens Kroger seeks new liquor permit

by Conor Morris

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.

Wearing Thin

Marijuana proposal could leave Dispatch, others in the dust

by Terry Smith

Reading an editorial in the Columbus Dispatch Sunday, I got an eerie feeling of déja vu. The piece was an alarmist and school-marmish critique of a newly proposed ballot issue to legalize marijuana sale, production and use in Ohio, both medically and recreationally.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2015 - Commerce

Winners in the 2015 Best of Athens' "Commerce" category.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2015 - Nightlife

Winners in the 2015 Best of Athens' "Nightlife" category.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens results are here

Admit it - you've been pacing back and forth like a waiter with a full bladder, anxious for the release of The Athens NEWS Best of Athens Readers' Choice Awards. Relax – the results are out.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2015 - Students Only

Winners in the 2015 Best of Athens' "Students Only" category.

Local NEWS

Athens High teacher arrested for alleged affair with student

An Athens High School teacher has been arrested for allegedly being "involved in a sexual relationship with student" at the school dating back to at least December 2013.

Local NEWS

Nelsonville code law goes to voters

By Fred Kight

Without any discussion, Nelsonville City Council Monday evening placed a property maintenance referendum on the General Election ballot for November.

Local NEWS

Jury is seated in trial of suspended sheriff

Opening statements scheduled for Wednesday morning

by David DeWitt

A jury was impaneled late Tuesday afternoon in the trial of suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 1-29-15

Somebody's been convinced America was founded as a theocracy, which couldn't be further from the truth. Another person doesn't like Sandy Plunkett's cartoon analogies. Another person is happy not to have to install solar panels. Another is skeptical about the Pat Kelly Trial, while another thinks it's cold outside. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Local NEWS

Assistant rec director chases down alleged Community Center thief

Chase inadvertently leads to suspect's arrest

by Conor Morris

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.

Local NEWS

Deputy Kelly takes anti-drug message into schools

Exhuming the Morgue

by Terry Smith

It's been a tough week trying to keep up with everything. Best of Athens is a colossal undertaking for both our writers and editor (me), the journalism equivalent of a kidney stone until it's been passed.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat bubble bursts in blowout at Eastern Mich.

Ohio men abysmal from the field in 76-40 road loss

By Matt Lardner

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.

Arts and Entertainment

Flaming Lips pucker up for second fest appearance

The Nelsonville Music Festival rolled out a second batch of acts late last week, including a return engagement by The Flaming Lips, who performed one of the festival's more memorable shows four year ago.

Campus NEWS

OU Wilson Hall rape reported to OU Police

First rape reported in 2015 in OUPD's jurisdiction

by Conor Morris

A female Ohio University student reported last weekend to the OU Police Department that she was raped in mid-January at a campus residence hall.

Arts and Entertainment

Swap-meet shoppers look for music that's on the record

by Dennis Powell

For scores of shoppers gathered in the lobby of Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville Saturday, vinyl never left. 


Best of Athens respondents need to learn about Burr Oak

To the Editor:

I was recently enjoying reading The Athens News, "Best of Athens 2015" when again I was disappointed to learn that Burr Oak State Park was given no mention in the "Best Place to Take a Hike" category.

Campus NEWS

Graduate Student Senate wants grad students to boycott legal aid service

By Sam Schooler

Ohio University's Graduate Student Senate is calling for all graduate students to waive their legal fees.

Arts and Entertainment

Opera House gets big gift for capital improvements campaign

Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville recently received significant support for its capital campaign from the First National Bank of McConnelsville.

Local NEWS

Second OU student Republican says he’ll run for council

by Conor Morris

A second Ohio University student has announced his intention to run as a Republican for an at-large Athens City Council seat this year.

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