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Campus NEWS  

Some opt for 'chill fest' during Palmer bash

By Tess Stevens

We Americans love traditions. We love traditions that come with holidays, like over-eating. We love traditions that come with sporting events, like singing the National Anthem.

Campus NEWS  

OU expert clarifies campus bat situation

President's Residence could house "bat colony"

by Conor Morris

Last year, Ohio University spent $14,850 to "exclude" about 150 bats that had taken residence in a colony in the attic of O'Bleness House - a dorm on OU's South Green. OU Facilities De

Local NEWS

Eighth frack well on way with approval of K&H No. 3

by David DeWitt

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved a new drilling-waste injection well in eastern Athens County that will become the third owned by K&H Partners of West Virginia.

Arts and Entertainment  

Local musician, radio show host a big deal in international contra music scene

By Fred Kight

In the world of contra dance music, Mark Hellenberg is a star. The fame is far greater than what he gets for being on the air at Athens-based WOUB public radio.

The View from Mudsock Heights  

Surprising enchantments discovered at local roller derby

by Dennis Powell

Arriving at the county fairgrounds youth exhibits building in Marietta Saturday, March 22, I had no idea that I was about to enter a whole new culture.

Local NEWS

Palmer Fest arrests rise in '15

This year's Palmer Fest transpired routinely Saturday, though arrests during the annual student block party were up from last year, rising from 33 to 57.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-30-15

You hand in your ticket And you go watch the geek, Who immediately walks up to you, When he hears you speak, And says, “How does it feel To be such a freak?” And you say, “Impossible” As he hands you a bone. Because something is happening here, But you don’t know what it is, Do you, Mister Jones?

Campus NEWS

McDavises' home swap, bats in President's Residence inspire rally

Faculty voice concern with McDavises move to suburbs, possible $1.2 million purchase of home

by Conor Morris

"Are bats a $1.2 million problem?" That statement, found in the introduction to a Facebook event for a planned "Bat Rally" this Tuesday outside of the historic Ohio University

Campus NEWS

Survivor Advocacy program has new home in works at OU

By Sam Schooler

Ohio University's Survivor Advocacy Program (OUSAP) will be getting a new office for the 2015-2016 year and continuing to offer its breadth of services to OU students and the local community.

Local NEWS

State overrules city objections to beer, margaritas at uptown Chipotle

by Conor Morris

The state Division of Liquor Control does not agree with Athens City Council's contention that sale of beer and margaritas at the Chipotle Mexican Grill on South Court Street would be detrimental to the city.

Readers Forum

College sports are changing

By Grafton Conliffe

Revisiting the issue of Ohio University's desire to build an athletic academic center, I asked my friends, many of whom attended multiple colleges and universities, what they had needed to complete their courses and graduate.

Local NEWS

Grenade found in yard near Glouster Municipal Park

Ohio Rt. 13 open again after detonation

by David DeWitt

UPDATED: Ohio Rt. 13 in Glouster has been reopened after the detonation of a hand grenade Glouster Mayor Miles Wolf said was found Saturday afternoon by an area resident digging in his yard.

Wearing Thin

Bats obscured the real story involving president's home

by Terry Smith

Over the past month, the "killer bats in the president's house" story has gotten unnecessarily mixed up with the "OU wants its presidents to live somewhere else" story.

Local NEWS

Athens City School Board considers abuse reporting policy changes

by Conor Morris

The Athens City School Board considered recommendations for an overhaul of the school district's abuse/sexual misconduct reporting policies and guidelines at its Thursday meeting. 


Faculty members call foul on OU president's housing change

100-plus signatures as of Sunday morning

To the Editor: Ohio University has recently announced that it is reviewing the suitability of the traditional residence of the President on the Athens campus. This appears to be driven by the appearance of some bats...

Judge recalls Billy Milligan's painting of him

by David DeWitt

The death of Billy Milligan late last year led to the reemergence of many memories about his time in Athens, and in the case of retired Athens County Common Pleas Judge L. Alan Goldsberry, the reemergence of an oil-painting portrait Milligan had done of him in the 1980s.

Arts and Entertainment

Black Lips, Tim Easton, seven more acts join festival lineup

The fourth round of lineup announcements for this year's Nelsonville Music Festival is headed up by Atlanta garage punk rockers the Black Lips, along with Americana artist Tim Easton, Bassholes and Wooden Indian Burial Ground.

Campus NEWS

Smaller fest copes with rules

By Sam Schooler

When Ohio University student Andrea Beard called in at 10 a.m. Friday, she said Palmer Place Fest pre-gaming was already underway.

Local NEWS

On Court Street 3-30-15

This week we ask random people on Court Street: Are you OK with OU's current and future presidents living in a big, nice house on Athens' South Side?

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Local NEWS

Holzer tax debate continues

by David DeWitt

A Federal Hocking School Board member is asking the Athens County Commissioners to follow through with rescinding several measures related to Holzer Clinic of Athens as the medical outfit continues to seek tax exemption from the state of Ohio.