Local NEWS

Back from Calif. fire lines, local woman gets tabbed as 1st female state-forest manager

By Fred Kight

After about two weeks on the front lines as a wildland firefighter, an Athens County woman is now back home to take on another challenge in a field that consists mostly of men. Courtney Streithorst was promoted recently to state forest manager, a first for a woman in Ohio.

Sports NEWS

Bobcats start fast, force turnovers in beating Akron

In a too-close-to-call game that seemed to be heading toward an inevitable overtime, Ohio won the turnover battle when it counted.

Election NEWS

A choice for the Statehouse

On the issues, House candidates as different as can be

by David DeWitt

State Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, said Tuesday night she wants to continue her mission advocating for public education, unions and local government funding amid a hyper-partisan atmosphere in Columbus.

Local NEWS

Celebration of meat & BBQ

36 BBQ teams compete in 18th annual Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival

Wood smoke, the sweet smell of super-secret-recipe sauce, and people who take their barbecue very seriously descended upon Nelsonville's public square over the weekend for the 18th annual Ohio Smoked Meat & Barbecue Festival.


Yes, actually, we do need a watchdog in the courthouse

We urge Athens County voters to choose incumbent Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson when they go to the polls Nov. 4. As auditor for the past 14 years, Thompson has done a good job monitoring the expenditure of public funds by other county officials and departments, while professionally serving the everyday needs of county residents.

Campus NEWS

Warfare... or bonding?

NEWS reporter sings the glories of Humans v. Zombies

by Conor Morris

Aye, traveler. Rest your weary bones by the fire this chilly morn, and listen to the tales of an old grizzled warrior.

Local NEWS

Hocking Trustee chair responds to racism charges

Says the main thing is to put past behind and move forward

Since the weekend of Oct. 10-12, when recently resigned Hocking College President Ron Erickson sent a letter to local newspapers accusing college officials of racism, the taint of that charge has been lingering at the Nelsonville community college.

Sports NEWS

Ohio wins turnover battle to edge Akron

Forced fumble, late pick key in 23-20 win at home

By Matt Lardner

On a brisk October day in a closely matched clash between conference foes, Ohio and Akron struggled to gain any separation at Peden Stadium in Athens. The teams answered each other's scores and playe

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 10-20-14

Has Michael Vick invaded the Athens Voice? Climate Change and that dodie yodie. Deerly departed. You filthy, smoking rats. Garbage in, garbage out. Feeding the homeless cats. Ya load 16 tons, and what do you get? Forest for the trees. The racism card. And rape culture. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Election NEWS

Debate ‘fact check’ adds some spark to county Auditor’s race

by David DeWitt

As the contentious race for Athens County Auditor heads into its final weeks, the candidates are addressing concerns being raised about past performance in their respective jobs.


With Ebola, we need medical boots on the ground now

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and ISIS. The question is often asked, "Should we put boots on the ground?"

Local NEWS

Bald eagles making a comeback in southeast Ohio

By Sam Flynn

Just like its citizens, the USA's national birds are preparing for winter. Bald eagle sightings have increased in Athens County as the population has grown statewide over the last several years, an Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) official recently confirmed, and winter is one of their busiest travel times.


Southeast Ohio needs Phillips’ leadership more than ever

We strongly recommend the re-election of state Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, for a final term in the Ohio House. Phillips will be term-limited after she's re-elected to another term representing the 94th House District.

Campus NEWS

Student Senate demands draw reactions from students, OU

By Sam Flynn

Last spring, the victorious Restart Party candidates for Ohio University Student Senate promised change, and this fall they are continuing to define what that means. In the most recent example of following through on their campaign rhetoric, Restart officers earlier this month won passage of a resolution of collective demands, most of which aren't likely to ever see daylight.

The View from Mudsock Heights

We must modify our behavior if we want to stay alive

by Dennis Powell

It was one of the first conversations we ever had, and I remember it well because it surprised me.

Campus NEWS

2,000 more boxes needed to break record

Ohio University Campus Recycling's world-record breaking attempt at creating the largest cardboard structure ever constructed is three weeks away, and 2,000 boxes are still needed to surpass the goal of collecting 15,000 boxes.


Troubled Hocking College needs all the help it can get right now

To the Editor:

It is time for everyone to rally in support of Hocking College.

Campus NEWS

OU still has to decide whether to sell E. State property

by Conor Morris

The Ohio University Board of Trustees on Friday passed a resolution declaring a number of income-producing properties on East State Street as surplus.


Kathy Hecht make a good contract to negative Thompson

To the Editor:

With rain falling, wind blowing and leaves changing, it's clear that election season has announced its return, and the time for us to choose our future has marched into town with as much fanfare as the Homecoming Parade.

Local NEWS

Former student wins lawsuit against OUPD over broken thumb

by David DeWitt

A former Ohio University student who said a campus police officer broke her thumb during a drunk-driving arrest has been awarded $22,554 by the Ohio Court of Claims.

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Wise Up!


By David Bruce

The son of R. Hayyim of Zans, R. Baruch, was the Rabbi of Gorlitz. One day, a young housemaid came to his house and asked what she should prepare for the evening meal of the people she worked for.