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Human trafficking hits home

Push to raise local awareness grows

by David DeWitt

Human trafficking is not just a problem in faraway lands. It happens here in America, in Ohio, in Athens County. And it doesn't happen like it does in a Liam Neeson movie. It's subtle. It's insidious. And it can be hard to spot.

Arts and Entertainment  

OU grad’s painting chosen for London art gallery

An Ohio University alumnus has been named a finalist for an international award presented by the National Portrait Gallery in London, according to a news release from OU.

Local NEWS

T-shirt shop owner evicted after pungent dispute

by Conor Morris

Ski's Teases and Collectibles at 55 N. Court St. in uptown Athens is no longer in business after business-owner/landlord tensions boiled over last month due to a recurring sewage issue.

Arts and Entertainment  

Athena celebrates century in operation

The Athena Cinema, Athens' Court Street theater, celebrates a birthday few other cinemas in the nation can claim on June 3 - 100 consecutive years of operation as a cinema.

Local NEWS  

Food for solar: Local restaurant runs on sun

By Julia Flint

Owners of the Athens fine-dining restaurant, 9 Tables, have been busy in recent months preparing for the opening of a new bakery and café in the building adjacent to their restaurant.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 5-28-15

Who does No. 2 work for?!? Veterans Court? Only if it takes place at night and with Harry Anderson on the bench and John Larroquette for the prosecution. Waiting to walk. More Ponderosa/Pat Kelly jokes. The District. The Great Liberal OU. Cobblestone and sewage. Plus a dash of Climate Change. This is your voice, Athens. Cherish it, or we're sending Bailiff Bull Shannon after you.

Local NEWS

Club planners say Prokos-owned building is a no-go

by Conor Morris

Two local men hoping to place a big, new music club in a building that formerly was proposed as a site for a strip club on Stimson Avenue in Athens now say they're no longer considering that site, and are looking elsewhere for a suitable location.

Local NEWS

Could uptown projects affect Halloween?

by Conor Morris

With separate plans in motion to rebuild the fire-damaged West Union Street buildings and to redevelop uptown convenience store/gas station Dale's BP, uptown Athens is set to see two big uptown building redevelopment projects get under way over the next year.

Local NEWS

Hocking LGBT group fights rash of discrimination

by David DeWitt

Multiple incidents of discrimination against members of the LGBT community at Hocking College recently prompted a letter to the Board of Trustees and a meeting with the college president. 

Sports NEWS

Bobcats find themselves back where they started... sort of

By Chris Manning

At the beginning of the season, the Ohio University baseball team was predicted to finish last in the MAC East and received no first-place votes. Roughly four months later, the Bobcats won the Mid-American Conference tournament by beating Ball State 6-2 behind Jake Miller's complete game on the mound. 

Readers Forum

Inadequate, inconsistent funding = bad, bumpy roads

By Andy Stone

Ah, it must be approaching summer in Athens! I know this because this is a time when regular news slows down, and our local papers publish snarky op-eds about brick streets.

Nelsonville Music Fest

Nelsonville Music Fest perfect for the season & setting

Top-notch lineup fills four days with music, good vibes

By Tess Stevens

Summertime reminds us all of signature moments. We picture cold beer, good friends and beautiful warm nights. In the Athens area, Strouds Run State Park and other state parks give us lazy beach days and breathtaking scenery. 

Nelsonville Music Fest

Ohio’s underground torch carriers

Connections perform at the 2015 Nelsonville festival

By Leo DeLuca

While Connections cut their teeth in a particularly unorthodox subsection of Ohio's underground rock scene, years of experience have yielded an accessible (yet far from tepid) sound for the Columbus-based quintet. 

Local NEWS

Local pastors ready to perform marriages for same-sex couples

In anticipation of the possibility that a pending U.S. Supreme Court decision might bring marriage equality to Ohio, several Athens area faith leaders are preparing to offer their services as wedding officiants to same-sex couples, according to a news release from United Campus Ministry in Athens.

Nelsonville Music Fest

More local bands at Fest

By Amy Renner

While Nelsonville Music Festival boasts an impressive lineup with all the hype surrounding headliners the Flaming Lips, Grammy-winner St. Vincent, and country music legend Merle Haggard, there will be plenty of time throughout the weekend to visit the smaller acts on the bill.

Local NEWS

County official attends injection well strategy session

Several counties discussing effort to lobby state to allow local regulation

by David DeWitt

Last week, representatives from a variety of counties across Ohio impacted by oil-and-gas waste injection wells met to discuss what can be done, with some suggesting a moratorium and changes to state law.


Syria: The last-chance saloon

by Gwynne Dyer

The fall of Ramadi to Islamic State troops last Wednesday was not a big deal. The city was deep inside IS-held territory, IS fighters had controlled 80 percent of it since March, and we already knew that the Iraqi army can't fight. Even so, Islamic State is not going to take much more of Iraq.

Local NEWS

Athens Asylum patients remembered on Memorial Day

by Dennis Powell

About 100 activists, descendants, and interested townsfolk gathered above the Tower Cemetery at The Ridges Monday afternoon to honor the persons buried there, many in numbered graves and many veterans of the Civil War.

Arts and Entertainment

Local couple works to bring healthy, sustainable living to Honduras

Saturday concert to raise money for Honduras Health

By Marlena Scott

Bruce and Jane Ergood have spent more than 15 years providing health-care education, sustainable farming and economic opportunities to rural Honduras with their initiative Honduras Health, putting the "American way" aside and adapting to the Honduran culture to provide the best care possible.

Local NEWS

Athens County Crime Solvers for May

The following incidents have been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as June 2015 Crimes of the Month. In each case, the source of the information is the reporting law enforcement agency.


You don’t like driving on Athens Block, drive yourself elsewhere

To the Editor:

I'm writing in response to the Mudsock Heights column (Dennis Powell, May 26) regarding the state of our town's roadways. OK, sure, winter's annual crop of Potholes - who doesn't like complaining about them? Seems like shooting fish in a barrel. Going after the remaining Athens Block streets, however, is taking it too far.

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Federal official talks about region’s role in economic surge

In his keynote address during the May 12, 2015 Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams introduced himself as a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and shared a revelation: he was a penguin in bobcat territory.