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."

Election NEWS  

City airs levy to upgrade pool, parks and more

by Conor Morris

The city of Athens is asking voters to approve a renewal levy this fall for the parks and rec department to fund a number of improvements. They include replacing the aging city pool, ADA accessibility improvements to the city's parks, and updates to the Athens Community Center.

Local NEWS

Big OU, Athens contingent joins NYC Climate March

By Kaleb Carter

Upwards of 50 Ohio University students and a number of Athens area residents made the trek to New York City this past weekend for the People's Climate March, which took place on Sunday.

Local NEWS  

Past rumbles, whirs & clatters at event

by Dennis Powell

There is "steampunk" - and then there's steam-powered. The former was the theme of festivities three weeks ago, but the real thing was on display this past weekend at Lake Snowden, as hundreds of participants and thousands of visitors gathered at the Albany area park for the Athens County Antique Machinery Show.

Local NEWS  

Partnership in works to light Court Street for events all year long

by Conor Morris

Athens City Council, Ohio University and members of the Athens Uptown Business Association (AUBA) have agreed to work toward putting a uniform set of white LED perimeter lights on the front of buildings on Court Street.

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.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 9-29-14

The Athens NEWS, poised to get nuttier. Failed progressive ideas. Haters gon' hate. Well wishes. Apparently, some local newspaper got sold, what is everyone talking about? Fracking! Things to appreciate about Athens. Crazy talk. Bikes. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Campus NEWS

OU says $150 parking fines, no towing on Halloween

At least one towing company in town not happy

by Conor Morris

Ohio University's Transportation and Parking Services will not tow cars during the upcoming Halloween block party. Instead, the university will jack up the price of a parking ticket fine received on the Saturday of the celebration from $30 to $150.

Sports NEWS

Ouellette establishes Ohio ground game against EIU

Bobcat running back sets tone to win before ankle injury

By Matt Lardner

After his 27-carry, 132-yard day against Idaho, freshman and former walk-on running back A.J. Ouellette was moved atop Ohio's depth chart. The Bobcats handed the ball to Ouellette, making his first collegiate start, on the game's first play.


The ongoing trends – global warming and global warring

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Hours after 400,000 people joined in the largest climate march in history, the United States began bombing Syria, starting yet another war.

Campus NEWS

Petitions call for recall election for Student Senate pressident

Effort comes in wake of controversy over anti-Israel video

By Sam Flynn

The backlash against Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec's leadership is continuing in a new form – an ongoing recall campaign.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Amazing musical history from the grooveyard of old faves

by Dennis Powell

Gather round, children, for a history lesson. Those of you who are old like me may sit in the outside circle, in your rocking chairs – be sure to mind the cat lest its tail get rocked upon and mayhem ensue.

Local NEWS

Area superintendents respond to mixed state report card grades

Raise questions over so much testing

by David DeWitt

School districts in Athens County received annual report cards from the state of Ohio earlier this month, and while some districts did well and others did poorly, superintendents interviewed this week all pointed to burdensome and excessive testing requirements.

Arts and Entertainment

Event celebrates fiber art

ARTS/West and the Athens County Knitters will present the first annual Athens Area Fiber Faire this Saturday and Sunday at the arts facility in Athens.

Local NEWS

News gets worse for college – $4.2-M budget shortfall, enrollment still falling

by David DeWitt

The downward trend of enrollment numbers at Hocking College continues this fall, down 15 percent from last year and creating a $4.2 million to $4.7 million shortfall, officials told the Board of Trustees Tuesday night.

Local NEWS


37-year-old paper will maintain independence, parties say

The Athens NEWS is being sold to Adams Publishing Group (APG) Media of Ohio LLC, a newspaper company owned by a family from Minnesota. Athens NEWS owners Bruce Mitchell and Guy Philips called the sale "a great fit that will ensure both editorial independence and long-term job security for a great staff."

Local NEWS

Athens' first wine bar coming in October

by David DeWitt

Longtime bar and eatery The Oak Room on Athens' west side is no more, but coming next month in its place will be the city's first wine bar in modern history, Athens Uncorked.

Local NEWS

ODOT uses high tech to monitor low dip

Project a precautionary measure to prevent issues related to old mines

by Dennis Powell

The new Nelsonville bypass wouldn't be of much use if a section of U.S. Rt. 33 southeast of it collapsed into abandoned mines.


It’s scary to have one media firm with so much local control

To the Editor:

I don't know that I'm completely comfortable with the conservative Adams Publishing Group taking over The Athens NEWS. Athens County is, after all, one of the most liberal counties in Ohio (have you ever seen the two-color political map of the county-by-county vote for Ohio's DOMA in 2004?).

Sports NEWS

Bruising Bobcat run game leads team past Eastern Illinois

Four rushing touchdowns help Ohio win without Vick

By Matt Lardner

Down a quarterback, the Bobcats went to the ground game to pound Eastern Illinois Saturday afternoon at home. Between new running back starter A.J. Ouellette and replacement quarterback JD Sprague

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