Election NEWS  

Kotses, Cochran and Kraynanski take Athens Dem Primary election

A paltry 5.77 percent of total voters turn out at polls; Children Services levy wins easily

by Conor Morris

Democratic at-large City Council candidates Peter Kotses, Jennifer Cochran and Joan Kraynanski were the top three vote-getters in the Democratic Primary election on Tuesday night with 55 out of 56 pre

Local NEWS

Union St. rebuilding plans may hinge on parking variances

by Conor Morris

More than five months after a fire destroyed multiple buildings on West Union Street in Athens, three plans for rebuilding have been submitted to the city's code enforcement director. Required pa

Campus NEWS

Move-out presents special dilemma for Chinese students

By By Xinying Wang

Moving out is definitely not the best part of graduation week at Ohio University, and if anything, that applies doubly for the many Chinese students at OU who left last week.

Sports NEWS

Ohio basketball’s Ryan Taylor the tough and silent type

Freshman guard played through mono during a big part of recent season

By Matt Lardner

Playing through pain is the athlete's cliché. Sports are full of adages to "suck it up," that pain is "weakness leaving the body" or "only temporary."

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 5-4-15

Forever Young. Join forces! A sad state of affairs. Uptown Athens, you're a filthy mess. Go wash your dirty face. Smoke and no fire. The Athens NEWS' pht balance. OU athletics. And, hello to you. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Local NEWS

Fire Marshal’s office explains why local fire probes taking so long

Investigations ongoing into West Union and Nelsonville fires

by David DeWitt

It's been over five months since a fire on West Union Street in uptown Athens heavily damaged multiple buildings. While investigation into the fire's cause by the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office is ongoing, the fire has not yet been ruled undetermined or undeterminable.

Local NEWS

Tensions between Hocking faculty and Trustees boil over

by David DeWitt

The issues of faculty furloughs and the hiring of the interim president for the long-term position at Hocking College have led tensions to boil over since Thursday, with several terse email exchanges between Hocking Trustees and staff.

Local NEWS

Hocking College hires interim president for long-term post

Young says community must work together 'to restore reputation for excellence'

by David DeWitt

The Hocking College Board of Trustees Thursday evening voted 7-1 to hire interim President Betty Young for the long-term position of president. The sole dissenting vote came from Trustee Robert Troxel.


Alan Swank's record ample evidence of his suitability for Athens City Council

To the Editor: Athens is lucky to have some excellent candidates for the At Large seat on City Council. I think that the best of the bunch is Alan Swank.


Vote Cochran, Swank & (Rantane or Kotses) for City Council

With six candidates running for the three spots for Democrats in the May 5 primary election for at-large Athens City Council, we had a difficult endorsement decision. All six candidates bring significant assets to the table, with most boasting extensive, diverse and applicable experience and well-thought-out ideas.

Local NEWS

There’s a new K-9 officer on the beat in Athens County

by Conor Morris

After a fire took the life of the county's only sheriff's dog last month, the Athens County Sheriff's Office is getting a new four-legged friend and foe of crime. The dog's name? Ijo.


Vote yes on Issue 1 for Children Services

The Athens NEWS fully supports Issue 1 on the countywide ballot next Tuesday. The 10-year 3-mill renewal for Athens County Children Services will preserve a sizable portion of local funding for these vital services.

Local NEWS

Local survivor tells story of witnessing Christmas murder

Encourages other women to ID abusive relationships as part of Victims’ Rights Awareness Week

Katie Loschiavo of Glouster is a survivor who watched her estranged husband shoot her girlfriend three times in the chest in the parking lot of Hocking Mall on Christmas Day in 2013.

The View from Mudsock Heights

When voting, one sometimes needs to consider factors other than the candidate

by Dennis Powell

Something I was thinking about last year, in the weeks before and after the election in November, has resurfaced, in just about the way I thought it might.

Local NEWS

Sheriff’s office explains ins, outs of #Fest policing

by Conor Morris

An Athens County Sheriff's official said Tuesday that Number Fest has progressed "leaps and bounds" from its roots in 2003 in terms of law enforcement and first responders' involvement with and planning for the event.

Readers Forum

One can oppose gay marriage on principle, without bigotry

A March 30 "Athens Voice" submission posed several questions to Christians who object to same-sex marriage. The questions were reasonable enough, if somewhat sour in tone, but the writer already had an answer for each of them: bigotry.

Local NEWS

Number Fest director says he’s open to dialogue

Some bar owners say Fest improved their bottom line

by Conor Morris

Number Fest's founder said Friday that a town hall-style meeting will be hosted sometime in the next few months to generate conversation between community members and Prime Social Group, the festival planning outfit that runs the annual student-oriented college music festival just west of Athens.


Celebrating a century of women working for peace

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - One hundred years ago, more than 1,000 women gathered here in The Hague during World War I, demanding peace. Britain denied passports to more than 120 women, forbidding them from making the trip to suppress their peaceful dissent.

Local NEWS

Board OKs athletics program for Hocking College Hawks

by David DeWitt

The Hocking College Hawks are now a reality, with the college's Board of Trustees voting Thursday night to implement a two-year intercollegiate athletics pilot program. It will include the first football team in the state of Ohio for a two-year college.

Guidelines for Letters to the Editor

Send them to:

Deadlines for letters are noon on Tuesday for Thursday's edition, and noon on Friday for Monday's edition. Sometimes we will consider late letters if we know ahead of time when the letter will arrive and how much space it will require. Remember, send them to

Read on for other information about submitting letters:


Hocking Trustees have plenty of bases not to hire Betty Young

To the Editor:

I found the Athens Messenger's article in Saturday's paper about Hocking College's interim president, Betty Young, to be quite revealing - not for what it said, but for what it did not.

Local NEWS

Restaurant and driver sued over accident

by David DeWitt

A lawsuit has been filed against D.P. Dough over an incident where a delivery driver struck a pedestrian with his vehicle in September 2013.