Local NEWS

Brew week makes a splash

Rain doesn't much dampen "Last Call" celebration Saturday

By McKenzie Powell

Ohio Brew Week wrapped up its eventful eight-day festival with Last Call on Court Street Saturday. Last Call featured dozens of craft breweries from all over Ohio, along with various art and food vendors and performances from six local bands.

Local NEWS

E. State/U.S. 33 interchange plan selected

At least it's not another roundabout

by Conor Morris

The decision has been made, and Athens drivers will just have to get used to it. The East State Street/U.S. Rt. 33 interchange will be home to a new diamond-shaped traffic flow design in 2016, which will direct drivers to drive on the opposite side of the road.

Local NEWS

Program looks to expand environmental education

By Fred Kight

It's the kind of activity that makes Rural Action Environmental Education Coordinator Joe Brehm feel good all over. Inspired by an Earth Day lesson, some of his students instigated the cleanup of an illegal dumpsite.

Local NEWS

Just a routine media circus

False report of dorm shooting draws heavy police response, media from all over

by David DeWitt

When the news first breaks, I'm incredulous. Only the last hour of the afternoon is separating me from a nice walk home when the door to the office flies open.

Local NEWS

Athens native chasing dream, drops new music video

by David DeWitt

An Athens native living out her dream as a pop artist in Los Angeles released her first music video July 11. Alex Cappelletti, stage name Al-x, grew up in Athens and graduated from Athens High School.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 7-21-14

Those shelter dogs have some great friends. Anti-smoker propaganda. What's Athens County have to do with the price of bread, or Meigs County, for that matter? Sheriff Kelly. Barking Dogs. Ukrainian blowback. "All or nothing," ?!? And more barking dogs. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Local NEWS  

One-vehicle crash claims life of 18-year-old Stewart man

by David DeWitt

A one-vehicle crash on Ohio state Rt. 329, north of the village of Stewart in Athens County, claimed the life of 18-year-old Michael Allen Rood last night.

Local NEWS

Emerald ash borer found in Athens; ash removal incoming

Nasty little green beetle heralds the end for many ash trees in town

by Conor Morris

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed Wednesday that it has identified the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle in Athens County. Ron Lucas, Athens deputy service-safety director, says the EAB is an incredibly destructive invasive species from Asia that only infests ash trees, of which the city has about 300. 

The View from Mudsock Heights

Our jungle as violent and dramatic as any jungle anyplace

by Dennis Powell

It is always a pleasure to drop in at Miller's Chicken for lunch. Someday one of the cable channels, doing a "best anywhere" program of the kind that used to focus on hamburgers and more recently has been limited to barbecue, will turn to fried chicken.

Local NEWS

Judge moves trial date for suspended sheriff to January

Suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly is now slated to go to trial on a 25-count indictment in January 2015 due to a "voluminous" amount of discovery that needs to take place.

Campus NEWS

Magistrate sides with student in broken-thumb suit

Despite OU attorney claims that student "simply can't be believed"

by David DeWitt

A magistrate has decided against the Ohio University Police Department and recommended a judgment of over $22,000 in a lawsuit from a student alleging an officer broke her thumb during a drunk-driving arrest.

Campus NEWS

Summer workshop at OU aims to teach media makers of the future

More than 50 students converged upon Athens last week for the Media High School Summer Workshop at Ohio University. The Scripps College of Communication School of Media Arts and Studies sponsored the event, and most sessions took place in the new Schoonover Center.

Readers Forum

Athens aggregation can lead state on clean energy

By Gary "Spruce" Houser

A global threat with the power to break down our civilization should be causing all people to join hands in common cause.

Local NEWS

Archery program aims to teach life lessons

By Fred Kight

Anne L'Heureux has good reason to be proud. She created an Athens City Schools archery program and established a team that competed in the sixth annual National Archery in the Schools World Tournament.

Bobcats' Basham an 'Office Enforcer' in video

Richland Avenue Shuffler

Throughout high school, Bobcats defensive lineman Tarell Basham had perfect attendance.

Basham, out of Hargrave Military Academy, is an enforcer on and off the gridiron.

Fans saw first-hand how Basham punishes quarterbacks and ball carriers: In his redshirt freshman season, the 6-foot-4, 250 pound defensive end recorded 32 tackles and a team-high 7.5 sacks. He was rewarded with a spot on the Football Writers Association of America's Freshman All-American team, and named to a number of watch lists both in the MAC and nationally.

So the Ohio Athletics Youtube channel published a video Monday showing how Basham keeps the department focused on the task at hand.

The "Office Enforcer" lays down the law with an open-court tackle on a lollygagging employee watching basketball practice instead of focusing on the task at hand. In between Basham unseating a worker who doesn't understand the purpose of a business phone, testimonials on how Basham has improved productivity abound.


Tuesday 22 by Matt Lardner
Local NEWS

Good for the heart: Tricycle race fundraiser now open to all

by Conor Morris

Community members will put the pedal to the metal for a good cause this Saturday at OhioHealth's second annual tricycle race fundraiser.

Local NEWS

City Council approves Arts, Parks and Recreation levy

New .1 percent levy will be on November ballot

by Conor Morris

Athens City Council unanimously approved a potential 0.1 percent income tax rate increase to be put on the ballot in November to benefit the city's Arts, Parks and Recreation Department last Monday.

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