At Wednesday's Earth Day "love yOUr earth" event held by Ohio University's Office of Sustainability, keynote speaker Leslie Schaller focused on Athens' role as a community in promoting environmental sustainability.
In a public meeting Monday, Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn introduced the community to his ambitious suite of projects aimed at fighting drug abuse and the property crimes that go with it, and helping its victims—including addicts.
The two-mile sector of the bikeway that Ohio University owns was in poor condition 10 years ago. I recall skaters commenting 15 years ago that the cracks made it difficult to skate. About six or seven years ago, I did a rough count of the lateral cracks on this section.
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."
Athens County Commissioner Lenny Eliason said Tuesday he would like to bring Holzer Health Clinic and Federal Hocking School District representatives together with the commissioners to discuss a controversial tax exemption application from Holzer.
Before a small crowd, three men sat down to be judged. A judicial election campaign forum held in the Athens Public Library Tuesday gave interested voters the opportunity to hear from the three Democratic candidates running for a soon-to-be-vacant slot as Athens County Common Pleas judge.
Eight local people who were arrested for a protest at an injection well for oil-and-gas drilling waste have announced they're donating money left over from their defense fund to a number of activist groups involved in fighting against "fracking."
Don't condescend to your elders, ya little jerk. Bring out your benches! Eating outside is a joy and a privilege. The new sheriff and a spring cleaning of the office. Stop complaining and start getting real. Our new ever-present complaints about other people's driving. Second verse, same as the first. Aw shucks, that Easter egg hunt t'warn't nothin'. 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).
After an executive session that lasted more than two and a half hours, members of the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities voted 6-1 to issue a verbal warning to Supt. Eric Young.
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.
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