Campus NEWS

Is another old OU building doomed?

by Conor Morris

The Athens Historic Preservation Commission sent a letter to the Ohio University administration Friday asking that the university reconsider its plans to demolish the President Street Academic Center, a largely-unused, historic building on the corner of President and South Congress streets in Athens.

Sports NEWS

Ohio women clinch division, conference title at Convo

First regular-season MAC title in 20 years comes after win over Bowling Green; conference tourny the next hurdle

By Matt Lardner

While students fanned out to their far-flung spring break destinations Saturday afternoon, Ohio women's basketball stayed in the unrelenting winter of Athens to make a statement.

Local NEWS

Athens, the coolest

City named among ‘20 coolest towns’ in U.S.

by Terry Smith

I feel cool; don't you feel cool? You should feel that way after Athens, Ohio, won placement among the "Top 20 Coolest Towns in the U.S." on the travel website Matador.

Local NEWS

New Nelsonville food pantry a tribute to its late founder, volunteers say

by Dennis Powell

When Bob Sheskey died last August, many thought - and others feared – that the Nelsonville Food Cupboard would soon close.

Sports NEWS

Bobcats pummeled in 37-point loss to Buffalo

Ohio's seventh straight loss is team's worst of season

By Matt Lardner

Ohio's defense, both inside and around the perimeter, failed to hold - or really even affect - a potent Buffalo offense as the Bobcats fell yet again on Tuesday.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-2-15

March days return with their covert light, and huge fish swim through the sky, vague earthly vapours progress in secret, things slip to silence one by one. Through fortuity, at this crisis of errant skies, you reunite the lives of the sea to that of fire, grey lurchings of the ship of winter to the form that love carved in the guitar.

Local NEWS

Leonardo DiCaprio to play Billy Milligan in film

Milligan had 24 personalities, many connections to Athens

by Conor Morris

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio will reportedly star in a biographical movie about Billy Milligan – a man from central Ohio who is believed to be the first person to successfully deploy a multiple-personality disorder defense in a case involving a violent crime in the U.S.

Local NEWS

County wants $85K from convicted sheriff

Officials also in quandary about what to do with rotting official documents that sheriff dumped in local landfill

by David DeWitt

The Athens County Commissioners on Thursday authorized Prosecutor Keller Blackburn to file a lawsuit seeking more than $85,000 in salary and compensation former sheriff Pat Kelly received while suspended under indictment and waiting for trial.

Local NEWS

Hocking prez lays down gauntlet to faculty union

by David DeWitt

The Hocking College administration has announced it will withdraw its objection to two professional bargaining unit grievances that the union has voted to send to arbitration.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Discovery doesn’t negate wisdom of thinking before you ink

One Sunday morning a few years ago, I left the house early so I could meet up in town with John Hurlbut for a drive to Lancaster, where we would go to Mass with John's parents, Ray and Lucy. I turned on the radio and listened to WLW, the big station in Cincinnati.

Local NEWS

Work set to resume on big Richland Avenue project

Preliminary work will begin this week on the city of Athens' road reconstruction project for south Richland Avenue between Dairy Lane and Canterbury Drive.


TV meteorologists, say it loud & clear: Climate change is here

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

President Barack Obama issued the third veto in his more than six years in office, rejecting S.1 (Senate Bill One), the "Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act."

Local NEWS

APG Media names co-publishers for Athens NEWS

One is the paper's long-time editor; the other is a former ad manager for The NEWS

Terry Smith and Sherrie Bossart have been promoted to the roles of associate publishers of The Athens NEWS, APG Media of Ohio announced Friday.

Wearing Thin

GOP legislators, justices sleeping with oily interests

by Terry Smith

The citizens of the great state of Ohio are drowning in oil, and not in a good way. If anyone had any doubt that the oil and gas industry is the tail wagging the Ohio government dog, it should be put to rest by the state Supreme Court's outrageous decision in the Morrison (Munroe Falls) vs Beck Energy Corp. case on Feb. l7.

Campus NEWS

Accident claims life of OU official who also coached youth hockey

High school hockey players wore special helmet decals at an all-star game Sunday in honor of their coach, an Ohio University administrator who died in a highway accident Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle.

Wise Up!


By David Bruce

Kevin Jennings, the founder and executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), was one of the United States' first gay teachers to come out of the closet. The first openly gay student he counseled said something that disturbed him very much.

Campus NEWS

Student arrested for allegedly assaulting OU Police officer

by Conor Morris

An Ohio University Police Department officer was hit in the face while he attempted to arrest an allegedly disorderly male student on campus Monday, Feb. 23.

Local NEWS

Muckraking series changed Athens

Housing expose also established Athens NEWS as a serious paper

By Melody Sands

When I volunteered at the Athens 'A' News many years ago, I was assigned to take over the Landlord of the Month feature. Tenants took reporters armed with the Athens Housing Code to local rentals, and won $10 if their landlord's property had the most housing code violations.

Local NEWS

Sheriff’s, prosecutor’s offices donate to local kids’ causes

The Athens County Sheriff's and Prosecutor's offices announced Friday a number of donations aimed at helping kids.

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Citizens raise concerns about racism allegations at college

To the Editor:

As Black History Month comes to a close, there seems to be a continued attempt by the Board of Trustees and administration of Hocking College to sweep a serious charge of discrimination under the rug.