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Local NEWS  

Local First Amendment activist acquitted in trial involving Church Directory at courthouse

Visiting judge decides case from bench, leaving First Amendment out of ruling

by Conor Morris

A local man was acquitted by a visiting Franklin County judge Tuesday of criminal mischief in a case that revolved around different interpretations of the First Amendment.

 
Campus NEWS

OU Trustees OK tuition plan, say it will help students

OU students express skepticism during protest

by Conor Morris

Ohio University on Friday became the first of 14 public universities in Ohio to implement a tuition guarantee plan that sets tuition rates for four years for each future incoming cohort of undergraduate freshmen at OU.

 
Local NEWS

AHS competition proves poetry still alive and kicking

By Allison Ricket

In 2013, a Huffington Post article caused quite a kerfuffle in the literary world when it asked the question "Is poetry dead?" and answered in the affirmative.

 
Sports NEWS

Urban Meyer pays a visit

Ohio State coach visits QB recruit's home in The Plains

By Matt Lardner

Less than 72 hours after winning the national college football championship, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer sat at an Athens area dining-room table.

 
Sports NEWS

Ohio men’s 2nd win sparks controversy over fist pump

Monster game, winning jam from Ndour both reasons for excitement

By Matt Lardner

After a trying 0-4 start to the Ohio men's Mid-American Conference season, the biggest thing coach Saul Phillips has to worry about this week is a fist pump.

 
 
 
 
Local NEWS

Jury is seated in trial of suspended sheriff

Opening statements scheduled for Wednesday morning

by David DeWitt

A jury was impaneled late Tuesday afternoon in the trial of suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly in the county's Common Pleas Court.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens results are here

Admit it - you've been pacing back and forth like a waiter with a full bladder, anxious for the release of The Athens NEWS Best of Athens Readers' Choice Awards. Relax – the results are out.

Local NEWS

Athens High teacher arrested for alleged affair with student

An Athens High School teacher has been arrested for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a student dating back to December 2013.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat men shoot blanks in quest for a win streak

36-point blowout Ohio's worst loss of year

By Matt Lardner

Just when the Bobcat men looked as if they could put up a fight in the Mid-American Conference during this season of transition, Ohio produced a clunker in that state to the North. Visiting Easter

Campus NEWS

OU Wilson Hall rape reported to OU Police

First rape reported in 2015 in OUPD's jurisdiction

by Conor Morris

A female Ohio University student reported last weekend to the OU Police Department that she was raped in mid-January at a campus residence hall.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2015 - People

Winners in the 2015 Best of Athens' "People" category.

The View from Mudsock Heights

More and more, I ask, ‘What would Mrs. Coleman say?’

by Dennis Powell

Eva Coleman lived it. Married to a preacher, she had taught, and taught well, at the local "colored" school when schools were still segregated.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2015 - Dining

Winners in the 2015 Best of Athens' "Dining" category.

Arts and Entertainment

Flaming Lips pucker up for second fest appearance

The Nelsonville Music Festival rolled out a second batch of acts late last week, including a return engagement by The Flaming Lips, who performed one of the festival's more memorable shows four year ago.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2015 - Miscellaneous

Winners in the 2015 Best of Athens' "Miscellaneous" category.

Local NEWS

Assistant rec director chases down alleged Community Center thief

Chase inadvertently leads to suspect's arrest

by Conor Morris

An Athens city recreation official last Tuesday chased down a man who allegedly stole money from lockers in the Athens Community Center. To his advantage, Andrew Chiki, assistant arts, parks and recreation director, is also a long-time cross-country runner who coaches Athens High School's cross-country team.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 1-26-14

This gift called life. Old v. New. Ban the dude? Historical preservation. Using the pool. Abortion protests. Supporting equal marriage rights. A congregation of atheists. Wearing purple. Hurray for retroviruses. Bravo to Sandy. And Get a Life, dude. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Arts and Entertainment

Swap-meet shoppers look for music that's on the record

by Dennis Powell

For scores of shoppers gathered in the lobby of Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville Saturday, vinyl never left. 

Local NEWS

Local restaurant/bar’s T-shirt achieves Nirvana status

by Conor Morris

A photo of rock n' roll star and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl wearing a Casa Nueva T-shirt during the band's late frontman Kurt Cobain's 1992 wedding to Courtney Love in Hawaii has been making the rounds on Athens residents' Facebook pages recently.

Campus NEWS

Six charged after anti-tuition hike protests at OU

Three arrested on Friday during Board of Trustees meeting

by Conor Morris

Two OU students and an OU alumnus were arrested by Ohio University Police officers for allegedly disturbing Friday's Board of Trustees' meeting while protesting the Ohio Guarantee fixed-rate tuition plan on which Trustees were about to vote.

Readers Forum

SOPEC puts forth bold energy plan for Athens County

By Brennan Howell

If you're looking for a bold plan to address the biggest energy problems facing people today, the place to look is not in Columbus, Ohio, or Washington, D.C., but in Athens County, Ohio. Several southeast Ohio governments, officially organized as the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council or SOPEC, have joined together and created a plan that will lower electricity prices, create jobs and produce more renewable energy.

Local NEWS

Local police, prosecutors get sex-assault response training

by David DeWitt

What techniques should police officers use while speaking with a victim of sexual violence? In the aftermath of a reported sexual assault, what strategies help ensure a perpetrator will be brought to justice? How does a college town atmosphere and university judiciary complicate sexual-assault investigations?

Commentary

State of the Union: Let’s imagine something different

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

"Imagine if we did something different." Those were just seven words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address.

Local NEWS

Men arrested after uptown fight, one of them an OU football player

Two men were arrested by Athens Police officers early Sunday morning outside Courtside Pizza following a fight. One of them is an Ohio University football player.

Guidelines for Letters to the Editor

Send them to: news@athensnews.com

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 news@athensnews.com.

Read on for other information about submitting letters:

Local NEWS

Athens City Pool meeting accepts input

Meeting last Wednesday hosted almost 100 community members

by Conor Morris

Community members had a lot to say at a meeting last Wednesday devoted to gaining input on a proposed new aquatic center at the Athens Community Center. The facility will be funded by a recreation lev

 
 
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