Local NEWS  

Community grieves traffic death of retired music professor, pianist

by Terry Smith

The Ohio University community is mourning the traffic death of retired music professor Richard D. Syracuse Friday evening on the road in front of his rural Athens home.

Campus NEWS  

OU students displaced by Union Street blaze gets lots of help

By Hannah Yang

One week ago Sunday, Tia Kropko, an Ohio University senior studying visual communications, lived in a sweet apartment above Jack Neal Floral on West Union Street with five roommates. After a weekend t

Local NEWS

Blaze heavily damages block of uptown buildings

Several injuries reported in fire that started early Sunday on the first block of West Union

By David DeWitt and Terry Smith

Property owners of burned buildings, displaced Ohio University students, and firefighters and city officials were taking stock Sunday after a major blaze heavily damaged the north side of West Union Street's uptown block early that morning.

Local NEWS  

Two fundraising efforts sell T-shirts to help Union St. fire victims

T-shirt sales are among the ongoing local efforts to help Union Street businesses (and their employees) recover from the devastating fire that swept the block early last Sunday Late last week, Tra

Local NEWS  

High school senior difference makers walk dogs, swim with toddlers

by Dennis Powell

They don't graduate until spring, but Athens High School seniors are already making a difference. 

Local NEWS

Fire marshal: Union Street fire report could take weeks

by David DeWitt

While the on-site investigation into the Nov. 16 West Union Street fire in uptown Athens has been completed, the Ohio State Fire Marshal's office is continuing to conduct interviews.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 11-24-14

Things change. Aww, SNAP. I drive upon a slip, when I slip you slip we slip. Venus in furs. Minecraft! No minefield. Anyway, Hocking. Special delivery: Thank you Charlie Rose. Everybody keep lying, or something. Uptown fire. No more fish and chips. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it!

Local NEWS

Rental biz had just moved in before Union Street fire

Bobcat Rentals lost everything it had spent about two months moving into the office

by Conor Morris

A week before flames surged through multiple buildings on Union Street, The Plains-based rental company Bobcat Rentals had just finished moving into a building at 14 W. Union St. that for many decadeshoused the Campus Sundry store in half of its street-level storefront.

Local NEWS

Retired OU music professor killed by minivan while walking across Radford Road

Highway Patrol doesn't suspect alcohol, drugs or excessive speed contributed to the accident

Richard D. Syracuse, emeritus professor of music at Ohio University, died Friday night after being struck by a minivan while crossing Radford Road west of Athens.

Sports NEWS

Road to a Bobcat bowl game runs through Oxford

By Matt Lardner

Not only is Tuesday's road game against the Miami RedHawks a rivalry game for Ohio; it will determine whether the Bobcats become bowl eligible.

Arts and Entertainment

Merle Haggard first big name announced for 2015 NMF

The 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival is still more than six months away yet is already announcing the first round of acts, including country music legend Merle Haggard.

Campus NEWS

OU investigates Global Leadership Center official

Director of GLC on leave during misconduct investigation

by Conor Morris

The director of Ohio University's Global Leadership Center was placed on paid administrative leave in early October pending the outcome of an investigation into "allegations of inappropriate conduct," according to recently obtained university documents.


Keystone pipeline, climate change and the cold weather

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

It was a dramatic scene in the U.S. Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery. A massive people's climate movement against extracting some of the dirtiest oil on the planet had prevailed... at least for now.

Local NEWS

State pitches in on double sheriff’s pay

by David DeWitt

The Ohio Attorney General's office has agreed to pay a subsidy for both sheriff salaries being paid by Athens County while suspended Sheriff Pat Kelly awaits trial, slated to begin Jan. 26.

Arts and Entertainment

Artists with ‘unique visions’ display work in Nelsonville

The ongoing four-person exhibition at the Majestic Galleries on historic Public Square, Nelsonville features four outstanding artists with unique visions, according to a news release reviewing the exhibition.

Local NEWS

Amesville principal resigns under unusual circumstances

Resignation comes in the middle of the school year, 3 1/2 months after principal was hired

By Fred Kight

Under unusual circumstances, Lisa Imel has resigned as principal of Amesville Elementary School. She will be paid through April 3, her effective day of resignation.

Local NEWS

County judge takes steps to establish specialized courts

by David DeWitt

Athens County Common Pleas Court Judge George McCarthy has taken another step toward setting up a specialized drug court in Athens County, attending a symposium in Columbus last Thursday about such courts.

Local NEWS

City Council votes to raise rental fees, garbage fees

Garbage storage/preparation fines, however, likely won't increase until mid-2015

by Conor Morris

Athens City Council adopted an ordinance last Monday increasing some of the city's administrative fines for garbage regulations and increasing the fee landlords in Athens must pay for rental permits.

Campus NEWS

On Court Street - 11-14-14

This time we ask if OU students are considering obtaining renter's insurance in the aftermath of the West Union Street fire, in which a number of students lost all of their belongings.

Wise Up!

Free Speech

By David Bruce

Todd Stave is the landlord of Reproductive Health Services Clinic, a medical clinic that offers abortions. The clinic always has protesters outside the office park property. These protesters pray and hold vigils.

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Local NEWS

Seven charged in heroin bust

One of the largest heroin seizures in Hocking County history

by David DeWitt

The Major Crimes Unit that includes law enforcement in Athens, Fairfield and Hocking counties executed a large heroin-related search and arrest warrant round-up late last week, resulting in charges against seven different people in Logan, northwest of Athens County.

Local NEWS

Trial averted at last minute as drug defendant pleads guilty

by David DeWitt

In what would have been only the fifth jury trial in Athens County since September 2013, a last-minute plea now has a Reyonoldsburg man heading to prison.