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Earth Day honors and wonders

Event at OU honors sustainability leaders, innovators and advocates

By Matt Lardner

At Wednesday's Earth Day "love yOUr earth" event held by Ohio University's Office of Sustainability, keynote speaker Leslie Schaller focused on Athens' role as a community in promoting environmental sustainability.

Local NEWS  

Top cops, addiction experts rally around ‘Community Justice’

by Jim Phillips

In a public meeting Monday, Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn introduced the community to his ambitious suite of projects aimed at fighting drug abuse and the property crimes that go with it, and helping its victims—including addicts.

Readers Forum  

OU needs to get cracking on badly needed bike-path repairs

By Tom Wolf

The two-mile sector of the bikeway that Ohio University owns was in poor condition 10 years ago. I recall skaters commenting 15 years ago that the cracks made it difficult to skate. About six or seven years ago, I did a rough count of the lateral cracks on this section.

Local NEWS

Heroin a growing menace in SE Ohio

Addicts gravitate from prescription pills to heroin

by David DeWitt

Fifteen years ago, heroin use in southeast Ohio and Athens County was almost non-existent.

"We sometimes would go a year without seeing a single heroin addict," said Health Recovery Services Executive Director Dr. Joe Gay on Tuesday. "We now have so many heroin addicts that I no longer publicly give the number because it's so high."

Arts and Entertainment  

Local band battles war on drugs

By Spencer Cappelli

A local rock 'n' roll outfit specializing in Rage Against the Machine covers and political activism performed for a packed house at Jackie O's Saturday evening.

Wearing Thin

First the cassettes go over the side, then the LPs, CDs?

by Terry Smith

The other day, I finally threw out my beloved collection of music cassettes. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, and makes me wonder what other music and keepsakes I can jettison from my life without much stress or angst.

Local NEWS

Officials figuring ways they could subtract Number Fest

by David DeWitt

More city and county officials have joined the list of those opposed to the continuance of Number Fest, including the mayor of Athens and at least one county commissioner.

Local NEWS

Commissioner wants district, clinic to discuss tax exemption

by David DeWitt

Athens County Commissioner Lenny Eliason said Tuesday he would like to bring Holzer Health Clinic and Federal Hocking School District representatives together with the commissioners to discuss a controversial tax exemption application from Holzer.

Local NEWS

Body in river ID'd as missing Athens man

As feared, the body pulled from the Hocking River Monday afternoon has been identified by Athens Police as that of a 21-year-old Athens man who disappeared from his home last month. 

Local NEWS

Judge hopefuls plead their cases in candidate forum

By Evan Peter Smith

Before a small crowd, three men sat down to be judged. A judicial election campaign forum held in the Athens Public Library Tuesday gave interested voters the opportunity to hear from the three Democratic candidates running for a soon-to-be-vacant slot as Athens County Common Pleas judge.

Local NEWS

Well protesters donate leftover defense $$ to activist groups

Eight local people who were arrested for a protest at an injection well for oil-and-gas drilling waste have announced they're donating money left over from their defense fund to a number of activist groups involved in fighting against "fracking."

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-24-14

Don't condescend to your elders, ya little jerk. Bring out your benches! Eating outside is a joy and a privilege. The new sheriff and a spring cleaning of the office. Stop complaining and start getting real. Our new ever-present complaints about other people's driving. Second verse, same as the first. Aw shucks, that Easter egg hunt t'warn't nothin'. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Local NEWS

Student being questioned in connection with bomb scare

Sheriff says all students safe

A female student is being questioned in connection with a bomb scare at the Athens High School in The Plains this morning (Monday).

Local NEWS

After long debate, disabilities board gives supt. verbal warning

by David DeWitt

After an executive session that lasted more than two and a half hours, members of the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities voted 6-1 to issue a verbal warning to Supt. Eric Young.

Arts and Entertainment

OU VisCom students show their work at Dairy Barn

The School of Visual Communication at Ohio University is presenting the opening reception of the ninth annual VisCom Student Show at the Dairy Barn Arts Center this Friday from 5-7 p.m. The event is f

Local NEWS

Judge won’t dismiss rape charges against woman

by Jim Phillips

As a May 6 trial date approaches for an Albany woman accused of kidnapping and raping a 10-year-old girl, attorneys in the case were in court Tuesday, arguing over a variety of still unresolved issues.

Arts and Entertainment

UPC brings Aaron’s party to South Beach wing-ding

By Christian Law

Just in time for nostalgic OU seniors to have their wildest dreams answered, early 2000s pop star Aaron Carter is coming to Athens for a concert on South Beach today (Thursday).

Local NEWS

Annex OK puts microbrewery on tap

by David DeWitt

The Athens County Commissioners have released a property off of Armitage Road to be annexed into the city of Athens with plans for a new microbrewery after no objections were raised by either the city or Athens Township.

OOOOk-lahoma, where kicks in the gut for the working poor come sweepin' down the plain

And nothing makes that kind of wheat smell sweet

Moral Hazard

The minimum wage debate seems to be once again raging.

Oklahoma, in what I can only believe was a fit of violent dementia, decided it would be a good idea to outright ban raising the minimum wage.


Tuesday 22 by daviddewitt
Local NEWS

Coal company sued for filching minerals

Three Glouster men have sued the Buckingham Coal Co. in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

Campus NEWS

Pics from the International Street Fair

Link to our photo gallery for the International Street Fair, which enjoyed fair weather and a good crowd. This was despite being scheduled during Easter weekend when a many, if not most, Ohio University students go home to see family. Photos by Eli Hiller.

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Arts and Entertainment

Pop culture confab set for Saturday

ARTS/West presents the third annual Ratha Con, Athens Pop Culture Convention this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Athens Community Center.