Local NEWS  

Investigators receive confession from suspect in St. Paul's Catholic Church fire

by David DeWitt

A series of fires set to altar linens inside St. Paul's Catholic Church Sunday led to an Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office investigation and a confession from a suspect Monday afternoon. 

Campus NEWS

OU releases details on Coventry Lane furnishings purchase

It's uncertain what will happen to $75,000 in furnishings if the house's lease is not renewed

by Conor Morris

When Ohio University top administrators signed off on an agreement to lease 31 Coventry Lane, a South Side Athens home owned by a local businessman and prominent OU donor, for its presidential residence, the Ohio University Foundation agreed to purchase all of the furnishings in the house for $75,000.

Local NEWS

Local groups team up on Healthy Food Access

By Fred Kight

Three area organizations are joining forces for a new initiative that is both an anti-hunger program and an economic development program.

Arts and Entertainment

OU grad’s painting chosen for London art gallery

An Ohio University alumnus has been named a finalist for an international award presented by the National Portrait Gallery in London, according to a news release from OU.


Major Crimes Unit probe results in 2 drug arrests

An investigation by the Athens Major Crimes Unit (AMCU) has lead to the arrest of two Chauncey residents on allegations related to drug dealing.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 6-1-15

Let's get Real. Guts. What sucks. How to Drive. Large flags. Feeling sorry. Removing the bricks. Pass or get out of the passing lane. Pouncing in packs. This is your voice, Athens. Cherish it, or we're sending someone to remove your bricks.

Nelsonville Music Fest

11th Nelsonville Music Festival – music, sunshine and good vibes

By Tess Stevens

Wrapping up on Sunday, the four-day Nelsonville Music Festival featured sunshine, mellow vibes and for the most part, fabulous live music.

Arts and Entertainment

Photo Gallery of entire Nelsonville Music Festival

by Dennis Powell

See a selection of photos from all four days of the Nelsonville Music Festival, including bands, goings-on in the audience, and a variety of other fun and sundry stuff.

Local NEWS

Bike path repairs momentarily stalled

Hocking Conservancy District to wait out repairs before dredging Hocking River section

by Conor Morris

Ohio University's contractor has stopped long-awaited repair work on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway between Richland and Stimson avenues while it addresses "questions" relating to the project.

The View from Mudsock Heights

We haven’t just killed the language; we’re dancing on its grave

by Dennis Powell

One of my favorite books - I have been re-reading it lately - is called "Strictly Speaking." It is by the longtime NBC News correspondent Edwin Newman and was published in 1974.


Pre-charge punishment of Julian Assange an injustice

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Tucked away on a side street in one of London's toniest neighborhoods, just across the street from the sprawling department store Harrods, sits a brick, Victorian-era apartment building that houses the Ecuadorean Embassy. Julian Assange, the founder and editor of the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, walked into this embassy on June 19, 2012, and hasn't stepped foot outside since.

Local NEWS

State wants disabled-abuse cases combined

by David DeWitt

A Nelsonville husband and wife charged with multiple felonies related to a lack of care that allegedly contributed to the death of a disabled woman might have their jury trials joined if a motion by the Athens County Prosecutor's office is approved.

Local NEWS

CFI program provides ample help for community gardeners

By Fred Kight

Andi Lynn Watt is a new community gardener who is doing more than putting food on the table.

Local NEWS

Bounty on the Bricks tickets on sale now

Tickets for the third annual Bounty on the Bricks will go on sale today (June 1), the Athens Foundation has announced. The 2015 Bounty on the Bricks takes place from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

On Court Street - 6-1-15

This week's question: Does uptown Athens need more or fewer brick streets?

Local NEWS

Judge says no to default judgment in former education professor's suit against OU

by David DeWitt

A judge has declined to award default judgment in a lawsuit from a former College of Education faculty member against Ohio University after OU answered charges in the suit one day late.

Local NEWS

Human trafficking hits home

Push to raise local awareness grows

by David DeWitt

Human trafficking is not just a problem in faraway lands. It happens here in America, in Ohio, in Athens County. And it doesn't happen like it does in a Liam Neeson movie. It's subtle. It's insidious. And it can be hard to spot.

Arts and Entertainment

Local couple works to bring healthy, sustainable living to Honduras

Saturday concert to raise money for Honduras Health

By Marlena Scott

Bruce and Jane Ergood have spent more than 15 years providing health-care education, sustainable farming and economic opportunities to rural Honduras with their initiative Honduras Health, putting the "American way" aside and adapting to the Honduran culture to provide the best care possible.

Local NEWS

Prosecutor's forum looks at community justice

by David DeWitt

The Athens County Prosecutor's Office is holding a forum in Glouster Wednesday (June 3) intended to spark a conversation about community justice.

Wise Up!


By David Bruce

Cellist Pablo Casals and organist Gabriel Pierné were once supposed to do a concert at which the Dvorak "Concerto for 'Cello" would be played, but Mr. Casals withdrew from the concert when Mr. Pierné insulted the concerto by calling it "dirty music."


Thanks for covering the LGBT discrimination at Hocking

To the Editor:

I am grateful to Athens NEWS Associate Editor David DeWitt for writing about the discrimination faced by the LGBT community at Hocking College.

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