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Wednesday, April 8,2015
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Why the McDavis bat problem is not simply about bats

By Bernhard Debatin
Apparently, the presidential residence on 29 Park Place is in need of renovation, as are many other buildings on campus, and it has a bat problem, as do many other OU buildings. A visit to Glidden, Ellis, Clippinger or Morton, to name just a few facilities, shows how run-down the physical infrastructure on campus is.
Sunday, March 29,2015
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College sports are changing

By Grafton Conliffe
Revisiting the issue of Ohio University's desire to build an athletic academic center, I asked my friends, many of whom attended multiple colleges and universities, what they had needed to complete their courses and graduate.
Sunday, March 22,2015
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Hypocrisy taints disgraced sheriff’s plea for justice

By Adam Bennett
Several years ago, on one of my many trips home to Athens from Columbus, I gazed upon a giant billboard alongside U.S. Rt. 33, between Nelsonville and The Plains. It caught my eye because looking back at me was the face of an old high school friend's father.
Sunday, March 15,2015
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Pool planning needs to stop before it goes off the tracks

By Todd Swearingen
On Jan. 21, a public meeting was held to discuss a new aquatic center to replace the aging East State Street pool in Athens.
Wednesday, March 4,2015
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University should reconsider building’s destruction

By Bob Eichenberg
There are trends in planning and resource management that lend credence to the preservation of our built environment and discourage the demolition of buildings that still retain their structural integrity.
Sunday, February 22,2015
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Cops and the mentally ill – problems and solution

By Tom Walker
I should preface what I am about to say by stressing that I am not a cop-hater. To the contrary, I am proud of my late father, a forensic scientist/Massachusetts State Police captain.
Sunday, February 15,2015
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Child Advocacy Center responds to recent teacher incident

Recent events and media attention surrounding the prosecution of an area high-school teacher for sexually abusing a student have prompted a response from the staff at the Athens County Child Advocacy Center.
Sunday, January 25,2015
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SOPEC puts forth bold energy plan for Athens County

By Brennan Howell

If you're looking for a bold plan to address the biggest energy problems facing people today, the place to look is not in Columbus, Ohio, or Washington, D.C., but in Athens County, Ohio. Several southeast Ohio governments, officially organized as the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council or SOPEC, have joined together and created a plan that will lower electricity prices, create jobs and produce more renewable energy.

Wednesday, January 21,2015
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Athens rec official explains planned city pool project

By Andrew Chiki
I normally am not inclined to respond to comments on websites but I would like to take a moment to address some questions and concerns voiced in a recent online comment on
Tuesday, January 20,2015
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ACFAN: 198 of 199 public comments on K&H3 oppose the project

By Athens Co. Fracking Action Network
A public comment period for a new Athens County injection well came and went while OU students were on break and many community members were away on holiday, according to a news release from the Athens County Fracking Action Network.