Local NEWS  

18-month prison term handed down in case similar to Sheriff Kelly’s

by Terry Smith

If he was following the news, Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly likely got a glimpse this week of what might be in store for him if he's found guilty of the public corruption charges that he's facing in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

Campus NEWS  

110 named top marching band

Ohio University's marching band, the Marching 110, was recently named the top college marching band in the country for 2014 by

Campus NEWS  

Student protesters say OU president got angry in talks over budget priorities; OU says not so

By Sam Flynn

Students met with Ohio University President Roderick McDavis during his monthly office hours 2-4 p.m. Tuesday in Cutler Hall to protest rising administrative salaries, low student worker wages and high student debt.

Campus NEWS

OU freshman’s dream becomes reality in new book

By Samantha Nelson

"I sighed a little as I gazed at the moon outside. It was one of those nights - one of those velvet nights when one couldn't help but gaze, mesmerized, at the horizon… and reminisce about their past, as well as the past of all humanity."

Arts and Entertainment  

OU Theater unveils unconventional play

By Hannah Yang

Underneath a black tarp, a house sits center stage, not of the typical wood or brick. Rather, made of metal with objects like tennis racquets, street signs and other items painted in red, white and blue.

Local NEWS

HC Trustee: No action taken with president

Emergency personnel meeting set for Thursday afternoon

by David DeWitt

Since last week when a Hocking College official announced the college was facing a $4.2-plus million budget shortfall, as well as continuing to hemorrhage enrollment, speculation has been rife on the campus that President Ron Erickson would be fired or let go.


Support improved pool and park facilities; yes on 8

It makes good sense for Athens voters to lend their support to local Issue 8 on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. Informally called the "parks and rec levy," Issue 8 will renew the 0.1 income tax levy from 1996 that built the Athens Community Center.

Local NEWS

Police, students bond over BBQ at OU

by David DeWitt

Park Place, a city road south of Ohio University's College Green, was shut down to traffic early Tuesday evening. Crowds of students milled about. The music could be heard a block away.

Campus NEWS

OU’s campus crime stats down for 2013

But numbers from federally mandated Clery Act campus reports can be misleading

by Conor Morris

Findings from the Ohio University Police Department's annual report of all crimes that happened on and off campus for 2013 show that most crime and disciplinary referral categories were down from previous years.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 10-2-14

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Election NEWS

Auditor race pits ‘watchdog’ against ‘communicator’

by David DeWitt

The race for Athens County Auditor is taking shape with incumbent Jill Thompson citing her record as a watchdog for taxpayers, and challenger Kathy Hecht setting herself up as an auditor who will work more cooperatively with other elected officials.


We support John P. O’Donnell for high court

We urge our readers to elect John P. O'Donnell to the Ohio Supreme Court in the Nov. 4 General Election.

Local NEWS

Missing Hocking student found dead in Columbus

A Hocking College student who went missing last month has been found dead in Columbus, according to a news release from the Nelsonville Police Department.

Arts and Entertainment

Variety of entertainment planned for second Hocktoberfest

Enjoy one of the last outdoor festivals of the year in the Athens area this Saturday with the second annual Hocktoberfest on the Hocking College campus.

Local NEWS

Coroner resigns; Dr. Ortman may replace him

by David DeWitt

Athens County Coroner Dr. Harold Clay Thompson resigned from his position effective Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Arts and Entertainment

Pumpkinpalooza weekend

The second annual Athens Pumpkin Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the Athens County Fairgrounds.


Thanks, Bruce, Guy and staff for putting out a great newspaper

To the Editor:

Congratulations to Bruce Mitchell, Guy Philips and the staff of The Athens NEWS on making a positive difference in the quality of life in Athens County for so many years.

Arts and Entertainment

It’s a decade for Jerseyville Fest

Help "Jerseyville" celebrate its 10th annual festival this Saturday in Shade, eight miles southeast of Athens on old U.S. Rt. 33.

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