Local NEWS

Fest draws huge crowd, but traffic, crowd problems persist

Festgoers bend rules, face shuttle troubles that close street

By Matt Lardner

Only a few of the thousands of drunken revelers at Number Fest's The Venue knew of the treasures hidden inside Pablo the Pinata. The colorful horse piñata paraded through security, his secret concealed as the women holding him paid the year's new $10 BYOB fee allowing them to arrive with mugs of beer.

Campus NEWS

The colors of the globe

International Street Fair enjoys big crowd, lovely weather

See our online photo gallery of Saturday's International Street Fair in uptown Athens, the culmination of International Week on campus.

Local NEWS

City & campus on schedule for single-stream recycling

by David DeWitt

The Ohio University community and residents of the city of Athens are on track to get single-stream recycling this July, which means no more sorting. Officials hope this will generate more recycling participation.

Campus NEWS

OU says donor pledge, house purchase unrelated

But timing, circumstances raise questions about how OU officials involved with property purchase could have been ignorant of donor pledge

by Conor Morris

Ohio University's vice president for finance announced Monday that he will not ask OU's Board of Trustees or the Board for the university's fundraising arm to purchase 31 Coventry Lane, a home that OU President Roderick McDavis and his wife, Deborah, were moved into last month.

Local NEWS

Community members try random disability for a day

by Dennis Powell

About a dozen Athens residents from all walks of life took on disabilities Thursday in the Athens City Commission on Disabilities "Challenged by Choice" disabilities simulation.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-20-15

I love dogs too. Speed limits. Draw, you cur. Knowing when it's time to go. Stop picking on poor Dr. McDavis. Any good news? Smoke it if you got it. Family safety. Chill pills. Separate but parallel tracks. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Local NEWS

Sheriff assesses 13th Number Fest

City official calls new transportation plan for fest 'a failure'

Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith said Sunday morning that the new bus transportation system for Saturday's Number Fest, at least in the beginning, worked relatively smoothly, though this was contrary to the reports of many fest-goers, as well as community members, who complained about the boisterous crowds.

Election NEWS

Candidates' Forum preview: Alan Swank

by Conor Morris

Alan Swank, regional vice president of Balfour Yearbooks and a former Athens High School teacher and coach, is seeking nomination for an at-large City Council seat in the Democratic primary.


OU faculty members sign on to plea for Housing-Gate investigation

To the Editor: As concerned faculty, we endorse Athens NEWS Editor Terry Smith's call for a third-party investigation into the propriety of recent negotiations between Ohio University administration and local proprietor John Wharton (The NEWS, April 16).

Election NEWS

Candidates' Forum preview: Jennifer Cochran

by Conor Morris

At-large City Council member Jennifer Cochran is seeking to become one of three Democrats nominated for an at-large City Council seat during the upcoming May primary election.


Number Fest no fun for local business and others impacted by unruly crowd heading toward event

To the Editor: Let me add to what will most likely be a chorus of outcries against the "Number Fest" that has consumed our fair town of Athens. Besides the usual drunken mobs of students

Election NEWS

Candidates' Forum preview: Mike Canterbury

by Conor Morris

Current At-Large City Council member Mike Canterbury is one of six Democrat candidates vying for an at-large seat at the May primary.


Open veins, healing wounds, in Latin America

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

For the first time in more than half a century, the presidents of the United States and Cuba have had a formal meeting. Barack Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro at the seventh Summit of the Americas, held this year in Panama City.

Election NEWS

Candidates' Forum preview: Joan Kraynanski

by Conor Morris

Joan Kraynanski, a six-year Athens Board of Zoning Appeals member and former local business manager, is seeking nomination for one of three at-large City Council seats in the May Democratic primary.

Wearing Thin

Presidential house issue warrants third-party probe

by Terry Smith

The stink arising from the Ohio University leadership's handling of the presidential housing situation has gotten so toxic that it's time to bring in a neutral party to conduct an in-depth investigation and clear the air.

Campus NEWS

OU Student Senate 2015 election results announced

Students vote no confidence in OU Board of Trustees, President

by Conor Morris

EDITOR'S NOTE: The New Political's social media director for 2015-2016, Matt Stephens, graciously provided these Student Senate 2015 election results via cellphone pictures this evening.

The View from Mudsock Heights

It's time for a change, and not just a little change; here's why

by Dennis Powell

Let us begin with the stipulation that daylight saving time does little but assure that working people have to get up in the dark each morning year round, and that everybody is in a bad mood twice a year, when the time changes.

Local NEWS

Some community members react negatively to Number Fest crowds

The community reaction – meaning parts of the community who did not attend Number Fest but were otherwise affected by the event – appeared to be overwhelmingly negative, if you can take Facebook comments Saturday as an accurate reflection of their outlook.

Local NEWS

Local group appeals ODNR’s approval of 8th injection well

by David DeWitt

An Athens-based anti-fracking group has filed an appeal of a new drilling-waste injection well in eastern Athens County recently approved by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Campus NEWS

Journalist recalls dark days of Pol Pot's reign of terror

by David DeWitt

On Dec. 22, 1978, American journalist Elizabeth Becker was one of three reporters allowed in Cambodia to interview Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, a totalitarian dictator who oversaw a radical form of agrarian socialism that led to the deaths of approximately 25 percent of the Cambodian population.

Campus NEWS

On Court Street 4-20-15

For this week's On Court Street, we ask: What sort of summer job do you have lined up? (Grade it on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the best).

Wise Up!


By David Bruce

Early in his career, George Carlin was funny and made a lot of money from conventional comedy. However, he was unhappy because he wanted to be funny and do comedy that also made a serious point. Finally, he got new management, one member of whom was Jeff Wald.

Local NEWS

Community regroups in aftermath of Nelsonville blaze

By Dennis Powell and David DeWitt

In the aftermath of a fire that impacted four historic buildings on the Nelsonville Public Square, and gutted one, the east side of the square remains partially closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic while the structural integrity of the buildings is evaluated.

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