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Campus NEWS

County looks at possibly regulating future Number Fests

by Conor Morris

In the wake of the transportation system's failure and issues with belligerent partiers returning to Athens from Number Fest on April 18, Athens County Commissioner Lenny Eliason said Friday that he and the other commissioners will discuss lobbying to change Ohio's "safety at live entertainment performances" law.

 
Local NEWS

Group advocates for bluebirds

By Fred Kight

Teresa and Reid Caldwell love bluebirds and want other Athens residents to join the flock. Many years ago the Caldwells formed the Ohio Bluebird Society, and today they're still advocating for the beloved and charismatic bird.

 
Sports NEWS

Happy trails

Pomeroy’s elite ultra-marathoner promotes trail running in southeast Ohio

By Matt Lardner

Hours into running the grueling mountain elevations of a Georgia trail's final 28 miles on March 14, southeast Ohio runner Michael Owen's mind raced.

 
Campus NEWS

How Bobkittens learn to become Bobcats

Preschoolers visit OU’s athletic facilities

by Dennis Powell

Hardcore Bobcats football fans would drool over the tour given at Peden Stadium last Friday morning.

 
Campus NEWS

Agency urges students not to abandon pets during move-out

This Saturday many things will change for Ohio University students. Some will go home or on to summer jobs. Some begin new careers or graduate school. But what happens to pets that may have been acquired during college? As some students vacate Athens, old sofas won't be the only things they dump on the curb.

 
 
 
 
Local NEWS

Up in smoke

Two new stores bring alt-smoking phenomenon to Athens

by Dennis Powell

First there were e-cigarettes. Then came the mods. E-cigarettes, short for "electronic cigarettes," are cigarette look-alikes that combine battery (the white part) with capsules of a flavored liquid and a heating element that turns the liquid to steam.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-27-15

I got your daylight savings right here! Kent State. Mohammed's radio. The preezy. Fickle fracking. Homage to digging coal. Getting rough. Cutting down on the garbage. Zero problems. All the positives. The Blame Game. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Campus NEWS

Fest receives positive reviews from some business folks

by Conor Morris

This year's Number Fest benefited the Athens area in the form of increased revenue for local businesses, despite complaints from local residents and officials about the negative impacts of the crowds before and after the event (see separate story).

Campus NEWS

Speakers urge rethinking OU natural gas pipeline

Say switch to natural gas at heating plant not a progressive alternative

By Sam Schooler

Ohio University's plans to put a medium-pressure natural-gas pipeline under the Hocking River have been followed closely by Ohio University Climate Action Now (OUCAN), an environmental activist group.

Readers Forum

If you have a good argument, don’t sabotage it with snark

By Brandon Jaeger

The April 16 letter in response to Sam Schooler's April 9 piece about Carry and Conceal laws vis a vis campus rape, headlined "Cover Article Contained Many Liberal Myths About Guns, CCW," contained this line: "…your 'Che Guevara is great' poli-sci class while sipping a latte." Really?

Local NEWS

Group pushes for county home rule, injection well ban

by David DeWitt

A group of anti-fracking activists announced Tuesday they will be circulating petitions to turn Athens County into a charter government and ban the dumping of oil-and-gas hydraulic fracking waste, as well as use of water from sources in the county for fracking activities, on the November ballot.

Readers Forum

Local business owners call for increased interaction between City Council members and constituents

By Jason Kopelwitz

My name is Jason Kopelwitz and together, my wife (Jessica) and I own and operate Fluff Bakery and our newest venture on Athens' west side, the West Side Wingery. This letter has spawned from my experiences and the endless anecdotal evidence that I can no longer continue to ignore.

Local NEWS

Athens City Schools continue losing funds to charter schools

by David DeWitt

The pushback against diverting local school district resources to private charter schools continues, with the group Know Your Charter sending a release saying that the Athens City School District lost half a million dollars last year.

Campus NEWS

Architect slated to begin study of Park Place OU president's residence

by Conor Morris

A local architectural firm's assessment of 29 Park Place is expected to start soon in the wake of contentious public discourse over Ohio University President Roderick McDavis' move from that long-time official president's residence to new lodgings at 31 Coventry Lane in south Athens.

The View from Mudsock Heights

No question, it’s the coolest flying machine in the world

by Dennis Powell

Over the years I've had the opportunity to be around a vast array of flying machines, and have gotten to fly in - and occasionally fly - more than my share of them. This has led to opinions.

Campus NEWS

On Court Street 4-27-15

In this week's On Court Street, we ask, "How would you grade your housing situation from this past year? Explain your grade."

Wearing Thin

An old Athens story: Terrible landlord vs. terrible tenants

by Terry Smith

Well, this is embarrassing. My old friend, Tom Bennett, unearthed the letter that he received in July 1976 from our then landlord in Athens, informing us that we were not welcome to return to the same house for Ohio University's fall quarter, less than two months from then.

Local NEWS

New electric aggregation enrollment now open; opt-out letters incoming

by David DeWitt

The group running electricity aggregation in Athens County has opened up a new early enrollment period for residents to participate in the program.

Campus NEWS

TBT event features fun, frolic and the Ying Yang Twins

By Tess Stevens

Rap icons the Ying Yang Twins tore up the grass and sand of Ohio University's South Beach last Thursday in conjunction with University Program Council's Throwback Thursday event. This was the last big student event before the end of Spring Semester.

Commentary

Recently on Capitol Hill, special delivery for the plutocrats

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," reads the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service.

Campus NEWS

A short, incomplete history of spring music fests at OU

Exhuming the Morgue

by Terry Smith

Every generation of Ohio University student thinks its end-of-year blow-out festival is the best, and can't imagine prehistoric times when things were different.

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:

Campus NEWS

Drop-off locations set up for OU's move-out weekend

With more than 15 "move-out drop-off" sites located throughout the city of Athens from April 30 to May 3, students leaving Athens have many opportunities to donate items rather than trashing them, according to a news release.

 
 
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