Campus NEWS  

Rally scores hit against local rape culture

By Sam Flynn

Standing on the steps of the Athens County Courthouse with a speakerphone in her hands and more than 20 women and men at her back, Ohio University senior Claire Chadwick shouted, "The first six weeks of a new semester have the highest rate of sexual assault. We are here to fight that!"

Local NEWS  

National biking figure tells how city can become ‘bike friendly’

by Conor Morris

A League of American Bicyclists representative visited Athens last Thursday to provide recommendations on how to make Athens more bicycle-friendly. He also took a morning ride through Athens with public officials and local bicyclists.

Local NEWS

County ammo scandal draws scrutiny from state and feds

by David DeWitt

The "good ol' boy" practice of purchasing personal ammunition through a law enforcement discount is nothing new in America.

Campus NEWS  

Second student who set fire to rooming house pleads guilty

by David DeWitt

The second of two Ohio University students charged with setting a fire in a rental home has pleaded guilty and will enter the Athens County Prosecutor's Office diversion program.

Local NEWS

State report: Tourism up in Athens County

Tourism generated more than $139 million in visitor spending in Athens County during 2013, according to a study recently released by Tourism Ohio. This amount represents an increase of 6.6 percent above 2011, reflecting growth of more than $8.6 million.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 9-2-14

Hey everybody, let's just all call each other stupid. That always gets a good, healthy dialogue going. McDavis Hurrah! It's the Dawn of The Deputy. Trustees and believe. Neanderthals making a comeback in Athens county. I militarized the sheriff, but I didn't militarize the deputy. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Campus NEWS

OU slated for record-breaking enrollment this year

by Conor Morris

Ohio University is on track to break several enrollment records for its fall semester 2014. Of particular note: OU's largest freshman class on its Athens campus and its largest College of Medicine class, ever.

Sports NEWS

Promising Bobcat debut nearly gets fumbled away

By Matt Lardner

Ohio University's defense, returning eight starters and a dangerously deep front four, held up as planned in the team's 17-14 win at Kent Saturday. The Bobcats surrendered only 14 points.

Campus NEWS

OU prez receives $33,730 raise, $85,000 bonus

New 2014-2015 salary for President McDavis: $465,000

by Conor Morris

Ohio University President Roderick McDavis' new base salary for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is $465,000, a raise of $33,730 from his previous year's salary. 

Readers Forum

New Athenian recounts her top 10 favorite Athens things

This is a list of my 10 favorite things about Athens after living here for one year. It's just a way to share some known and not-as-well known treasures about Athens with others who are recent arrivals.

Arts and Entertainment

A local singer-songwriter with a difference

Middle-schooler intent on making it in Nashville

by Dennis Powell

It is not often that an interview with a new singing sensation has to be scheduled around her middle-school volleyball practice.

The View from Mudsock Heights

The lessons learned from weeding the tomato patch

by Dennis Powell

The other day I had an epiphany. Perhaps it would be good for me first to explain the term as I use it. A few decades ago, when I was supposed to be editing a newscast but instead was, typically, daydreaming, I was struck (yes, had an epiphany!) with a good definition of the word "epiphany."


The guns of August bring grim historical perspective

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

In her epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Guns of August," historian Barbara Tuchman detailed how World War I began in 1914, and how the belligerence, vanity and poor policies of powerful leaders led millions to gory deaths in that four-year conflagration.

Local NEWS

Crimes of the month for September include auto thefts, stabbing incident

The following incidents have been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as September 2014 Crimes of the Month, according to a news release issued late last week. In each case, the reporting agency is the source of the information.

Local NEWS

Nelsonville chiropractor pleads guilty to workers' comp fraud

Agrees to pay $390,000 in restitution

by Conor Morris

A Nelsonville chiropractor pleaded guilty Aug. 22 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to one count of workers' compensation fraud. 

Election NEWS

Who's got the rural Ohio cred?

by David DeWitt

A debate has risen in the race for Ohio's 15th U.S. Congressional District about who has the right background to represent the large and varied district.

Local NEWS

Down-ticket Dem candidate talks small business in Athens

by David DeWitt

The Democratic nominee for Ohio Secretary of State, state Sen. Nina Turner, visited Athens Tuesday to meet with various area small-business owners to learn about ways to help if she is elected in November.

Wise Up!


By David Bruce

Comedian Jackie Gleason grew up poor. When his mother died, it looked as if she would be buried in a potter's field due to lack of money for a proper funeral. Fortunately, her fellow workers at the BMT - she worked in the subway as a token clerk - took up a collection and came up with enough money so that she could receive a proper funeral.

Local NEWS

County will seek $$ for command vehicle next year

by David DeWitt

Athens County will now look to next year to seek a federally funded grant for money to purchase an emergency command vehicle.


Homegrown ISIS traitors don’t deserve to be called Americans

To the Editor:

I for one resent the fact that the media keeps referring to and repeating the phrase "Americans killed fighting for ISIS." These are not Americans. They are Americans once removed. They are traitors. They are the lowest form of scum on the earth.

Campus NEWS

OU, Kent form partnership for future collaboration

Ohio University and Kent State University battled on the gridiron Saturday to kick off both schools' football seasons (with Ohio winning 17-14), but the presidents of these conference foes have announced plans to be teammates in future educational collaborations, according to a news release.

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