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Local NEWS  

Trash talk in Athens

Community members join debate about trash and beautification

by Conor Morris

After two weeks of warnings tacked on residents' houses that allegedly violate Athens' current trash-placement ordinance, some residents took to City Council Monday evening to complain about the warnings and enforcement of ordinance.

 
Campus NEWS  

Students walk out of class to show solidarity with Ferguson

Approximately 130 Ohio University students and area residents gathered on Ohio University's College Green at noon Wednesday to raise their hands at the #HandsUpWalkOut. Many of the student

 
Local NEWS  

Local outfit celebrates 20 years of reuse, recycling

By Fred Kight

Aretha Franklin sings "re-re-re-respect." At ReUse Industries they're also into re-re-re - recycle, repair, remake.

 
Sports NEWS  

Bobcat kicker places faith between the uprights

By Matt Lardner

Josiah Yazdani takes a few practice kicks whenever Ohio is on offense. He kicks between snaps when the ball is in opposing territory, watching the game to understand the situation when he is called.

 
Arts and Entertainment  

Culture, food and fun on tap at 28th Indo-American event

Friends of India (FOI) is holding its 28th annual Indo-American Friendship dinner this Saturday in Baker Center Ballroom.

 
 
 
 
Campus NEWS

OU, city say they’re ready for Halloween onslaught

Block party is set for this Saturday

by Conor Morris

Despite some initial confusion about the date, the annual block party in uptown Athens celebrates its 40th year this Saturday, Oct. 25.

Endorsements

We urge county residents to vote yes on Issues 1, 5 & 6

For the good of our community, we recommend "yes" votes on three countywide tax issues - Issue 1 (the TB clinic levy), Issue 5 (for emergency medical services), and Issue 6 (developmental disabilities). (We already endorsed the library and senior meals levies, Issues 2 and 4.)

Local NEWS

Job & Family director announces retirement

Commissioners decline to discipline Frech on insubordination charges

by David DeWitt

The longtime director of Athens County Job & Family Services, Jack Frech, announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon, following a two-hour pre-disciplinary hearing with the County Commissioners, after which they took no action.

Campus NEWS

OU Trustees approve 'historic' $250 million bond, worry over possible state fund reduction

by Conor Morris

Ohio University's Board of Trustees last Friday passed what they called a "historic" resolution to take on a $250 million bond to pay for campus capital improvements.

Commentary

Oil: Blindsided by technology

by Gwynne Dyer

"The price of oil will hit its floor and it will rise again," President Nicolas Maduro assured Venezuelans, whose shaky economy depends critically on a high oil price. "Venezuela will continue with its social plans. Venezuela will move forward."

Local NEWS

Commissioners rescind Holzer agreements while company seeks tax exemption

by David DeWitt

The Athens County Commissioners last Tuesday voted to rescind two measures related to Holzer Clinic of Athens as the medical outfit seeks a property tax exemption from the state of Ohio.

Arts and Entertainment

Colossal puppet parade to kick off block party

As dusk approaches Saturday, at 6 p.m., the Honey for the Heart Puppet Parade will turn the corner at Carpenter and North Court and dance into uptown - welcoming in and kicking off the Athens Halloween Block Party of 2014.

Local NEWS

Saturday, folks will try to make a difference

This Saturday, AmeriCorps members from Rural Action's Ohio Stream Restore Corps (OSRC) and COMCorps, housed in the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Community Health Programs, will be inviting community members and local volunteers to the annual "Make a Difference Day" (MADD)

Campus NEWS

What Halloween costumes are trending for Street Bash ’14

By Samantha Nelson

Halloween. All Hallow's Eve. Spooktober. Whatever one may call it, it's a big deal in this country, and especially in the city of Athens. People go all out for festivities during this time of the year with a plethora of creepy decor, delicious fall snacks and the most essential asset to the holiday: costumes.

Endorsements

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

OU will monitor Ebola situation

by Conor Morris

Ohio University President Roderick McDavis sent out an email on Friday to all students, faculty and staff announcing efforts to "closely monitor" the Ebola outbreak in the United States.

Local NEWS

Chipotle on Court to possibly get license to sell beer, drinks

But City Council could hold a hearing about the potential license

by Conor Morris

Athens City Council announced Monday it was notified by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control that a new permit had been made available to the Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant on South Court Street.

Letters

Picky trash enforcement seems like monumental waste of time

To the Editor:

I love living in Athens because it is not one of those gated community with lots of CC&Rs telling us how to paint our houses, what not to put into our yards, or how to dress our children. So I was surprised to get a warning from Athens City Code Enforcement that my garbage can was "visible from the street."

Local NEWS

Health official: Ebola likely not a local threat

by David DeWitt

With a nurse for an Ebola patient in Dallas flying into Cleveland last week, the Ohio Department of Public Safety has issued Ebola preparedness directives. However, the administrator of the Athens City-County Health Department said Monday that it's improbable that anybody from Athens will be stricken with the deadly illness.

Letters

Dennis is the perfect candidate for filthy rich and corporate elite

To the Editor:

Let's say I had myself a fancy job finding just the right people to make into political candidates that will help line the pockets of some big, rich corporation. I would look for someone that will agree to remove those pesky regulations that are meant to protect citizens from monopolies, or protect public resources, such as water, air, soil, or forests from the reckless pursuit of profits for big city shareholders.

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

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.

 
 
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