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Campus NEWS

OU and landlords react quickly to help displaced students

by Conor Morris

Nineteen Ohio University students as of Wednesday were without a permanent home after the fire Sunday morning on West Union Street destroyed rentals in three buildings where they were living.

 
Local NEWS

Celebrated local mail carrier to retire

By Fred Kight

Charlie Rose is hanging up his mailbag. The much-honored Athens mailman is retiring. During his more than two decades-long career, Rose has been commended by everybody from Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl to First Lady Michelle Obama. He even has been nominated for a stamp.

 
Local NEWS

Blaze heavily damages block of uptown buildings

Several injuries reported in fire that started early Sunday on the first block of West Union

By David DeWitt and Terry Smith

Property owners of burned buildings, displaced Ohio University students, and firefighters and city officials were taking stock Sunday after a major blaze heavily damaged the north side of West Union Street's uptown block early that morning.

 
Sports NEWS

Strong Ohio effort against NIU doesn’t lead to win

The Bobcats need to beat the RedHawks to be bowl-eligible

By Matt Lardner

Searching for a proper veteran sendoff on Senior Night - and bowl eligibility - Ohio had perhaps its best showing of the season against Northern Illinois. But against a Huskies squad still competing in a tight championship race, Ohio's best wasn't enough to secure a win.

 
 
 
 
Local NEWS

Retired OU music professor killed by minivan while walking across Radford Road

Highway Patrol doesn't suspect alcohol, drugs or excessive speed contributed to the accident

Richard D. Syracuse, emeritus professor of music at Ohio University, died Friday night after being struck by a minivan while crossing Radford Road west of Athens.

Arts and Entertainment

Merle Haggard first big name announced for 2015 NMF

The 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival is still more than six months away yet is already announcing the first round of acts, including country music legend Merle Haggard.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 11-20-14

Thanks for that, now give me more! Sign the petition not, Nelsonvillians. Sheesh City Council, there ya go messin' up again. Flashing signs, as opposed to sign flashers. Don't throw me down, Clark. We are all Union Street. Athens Pride. Depression. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Local NEWS

Investigators say they know where fire started but not how or why

Authorities likely know more than they're saying at this point

by David DeWitt

What's known is this: the point of origin for a fire that heavily damaged four uptown buildings early Sunday morning has been put at the rear of the building at 16 W. Union Street.

Local NEWS

Owners of fire-damaged businesses assess their situations

West Union blaze took jobs from 70 workers

by Conor Morris

At least 70 full-time and part-time employees are without a job as a result of the fire that ravaged West Union Street in the early hours of Sunday.

Local NEWS

Union St. fire inspires active fundraising

By Sam Flynn

For many Athens residents, the Union Bar & Grill was woven into the fabric of uptown Athens. From its grungy interior, to its legacy as the premiere live music venue (performers in the past included the Ramones, Afghan Whigs, White Stripes, the Black Keys and Dave Davies Band), to its status as one of "America's best dive bars," according to a Maxim magazine ranking years ago, the Union has been a second home to many.

Arts and Entertainment

Jorma to join Hurl in finale

The Fur Peace Ranch is closing out its 17th season this Saturday night with a show featuring Ranch Manager John Hurlbut's band along with Fur Peace co-owner Jorma Kaukonen sitting in as a special gue

Local NEWS

State pitches in on double sheriff’s pay

by David DeWitt

The Ohio Attorney General's office has agreed to pay a subsidy for both sheriff salaries being paid by Athens County while suspended Sheriff Pat Kelly awaits trial, slated to begin Jan. 26.

Local NEWS

Citizens, council member hope to mount referendum against new property maintenance code

by Conor Morris

A group of citizens and one Nelsonville City Council member sent a notice of their desire to put a referendum to repeal the city's newest property maintenance code on the ballot for the general election next year.

Letters

Fond and sometimes blurry memories of Union Bar & Grill

To the Editor:

Heartbreaking… So many memories survive the fire at the Union Bar & Grill. Back in the '60s and early '70s, you'd tell an out-of-town friend to meet you "at The Union" and they'd assume you meant the Student Union (the old Baker Center).

Sports NEWS

Ohio men lose road game, can’t rebound from horrible half

Down 45-20, Bobcats close gap to 10 but never catch FGCU

By Matt Lardner

The Ohio men's basketball team failed to recover from a 25-point halftime deficit in Fort Myers, Florida, losing 79-62 Wednesday to Florida Gulf Coast University. The Eagles made two 12-0 runs in

Arts and Entertainment

Artists with ‘unique visions’ display work in Nelsonville

The ongoing four-person exhibition at the Majestic Galleries on historic Public Square, Nelsonville features four outstanding artists with unique visions, according to a news release reviewing the exhibition.

Local NEWS

Prosecutor recommends directory removal

County Courthouse Church Directory in question at center of church-state case

by David DeWitt

The Athens County prosecutor has informed the county Commissioners that the potential legal liability of the Church Directory sign on the Athens County Courthouse outweighs its informational use.

Local NEWS

Athens to raise water rates by 5 percent in 2015

by Conor Morris

Athens' service-safety director said during announced on Monday a 5 percent increase in the city's water rate from 2014 to 2015.

Letters

Two bands took big losses in Sunday’s West Union Street fire

To the Editor:

I play in a rock and roll band called Injecting Strangers from Cincinnati, and we were one of the bands that played at the Union Bar & Grill in Athens the night that it caught fire. In fact, unbeknownst to myself and the other band members, the club was in flames long before we even made it home.

Local NEWS

Armed robbery arrest uptown

The Athens Police Department reported Wednesday the arrest of a man armed with a gun at Courtside Apartments Tuesday night after an alleged attempted robbery.

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:

Local NEWS

Seven charged in heroin bust

One of the largest heroin seizures in Hocking County history

by David DeWitt

The Major Crimes Unit that includes law enforcement in Athens, Fairfield and Hocking counties executed a large heroin-related search and arrest warrant round-up late last week, resulting in charges against seven different people in Logan, northwest of Athens County.

Local NEWS

Trial averted at last minute as drug defendant pleads guilty

by David DeWitt

In what would have been only the fifth jury trial in Athens County since September 2013, a last-minute plea now has a Reyonoldsburg man heading to prison.

 
 
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