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Athens County Heroin Series

Overdose of overdoses

Local EMTs have responded to 61 reports of heroin and other drug ODs since Jan. 1

by David DeWitt

A heroin overdose is not like it is in the movies. It's not Mia Wallace in "Pulp Fiction." Most of the time, the person overdosing simply stops breathing. Sometimes, nobody else even notices until it's too late.

Athens County Heroin Series

Prosecutor says he supports holistic anti-heroin fight

Fifth part in a series

by David DeWitt

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says he knows that criminals need to be prosecuted and punished, but by putting them through crisis and trauma through the legal system, he also maintains that drug addicts can be induced to seek recovery and a fresh start.

Athens County Heroin Series

Local heroin fight focuses on crippling supply network

by David DeWitt

For law enforcement, the battle against heroin is a battle against supply. Even illicit drugs follow the economic law of supply and demand. So while law enforcement in Athens County supports efforts to combat addiction and decrease the heroin customer base, the main task at hand is to cut off supply by going after heroin dealers.

Athens County Heroin Series

Heroin scourge mainly hitting the young

by David DeWitt

One of the more unsettling trends to emerge as the use of heroin has grown throughout the state, especially in rural Ohio, is that problems now involve a much younger group of individuals than was the case 10 years ago.

Athens County Heroin Series

Dope becomes issue in Ohio AG race

by David DeWitt

In this election year, the battle against heroin in Ohio also has become a battle between candidates.

Athens County Heroin Series

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."

Athens County Poverty Series

Anti-poverty effort good for everybody

Commentary

by David DeWitt

Perhaps more disturbingly askew than the distribution of wealth in the United States is most Americans' perception of the actual size of the gap between the rich and poor.

Athens County Poverty Series

Churches, pantries lead in fight against poverty

by David DeWitt

While numerous government services offer a variety of support to those facing poverty in Athens County, churches and food pantries often stand at the forefront in the struggle to feed and otherwise help those in need to get through the month.

Athens County Poverty Series

Is attacking poverty a political priority?

by David DeWitt

In the aftermath of U.S. Census figures released last week showing that one in seven Americans are living in poverty, local anti-poverty advocates are renewing their call on political leaders to help these Americans who are falling into despair.

Athens County Poverty Series

Legislative candidates’ full answers to questions about poverty

In response to The Athens NEWS' series on poverty in Athens County, several questions about the issue were sent to various local politicians and candidates for office. Below are the questions along with their full responses.

Athens County Poverty Series

Poverty: Usually it's not their fault

by David DeWitt

A common conception of poor people these days is that many citizens are "gaming the system" for various forms of assistance, too lazy or unmotivated to pick themselves up by the bootstraps and fend for themselves.

Athens County Poverty Series

Educators and poverty advocates fight over the same pool of money

by David DeWitt

Policy advocates across the spectrum usually agree that the only way to alleviate generational poverty is to both promote education and provide direct assistance to struggling families. But often these two necessary components find themselves competing for the same money.

Athens County Poverty Series

Center addresses deteriorating conditions in area

by David DeWitt

When the Nelsonville Community Center began giving away clothes and food and providing resources to those who need help in this area, most of the people who showed up at the door were those director Rhonda Bentley calls the "chronically poor."

Athens County Poverty Series

Staffer to help address growing need for kinship childcare

After years of seeing the need for more help for family members who have been caring for the children of their relatives, Athens County Children Services has now created a Kinship Care caseworker position to provide consultation and assistance.

Athens County Poverty Series

County leads state in people working, but still poor

by David DeWitt

Athens County truly is the “working poor” capital of Ohio. The latest available U.S. Census figures show that Athens has the highest percentage in the state of employed civilians working in service occupations and the lowest percentage of those employed in manufacturing. With service-industry jobs paying minimum wage or only slightly above it, the financial hardships of many living in this area are severe.

Athens County Poverty Series

Grandparents pick up child-rearing burdens

Many taking low-wage jobs to care for their kids’ kids

by David DeWitt

This is the first article in a series focused on working people facing financial hardship in Athens County.

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Campus NEWS

More Bobcats than ever

OU looks on track to break enrollment record... again

by Conor Morris

Ohio University is again on track for another record year of enrollment at its Athens campus: last Friday (May 15), OU set a new institutional record for freshman applications it has received.

Campus NEWS

OU's VP for student affairs to leave for Cornell University

But no word from OU on who his replacement will be

by Conor Morris

Ryan Lombardi, Ohio University's Vice President for Student Affairs, is leaving OU for a similar position at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, OU President Roderick McDavis announced today.

Campus NEWS

On Court Street 5-18-15

In this week's On Court Street, we ask, "Would you support a city special events law that could have a significant discouraging effect on the Halloween block party?"

Campus NEWS

OU acquires reproductions of rare, ancient manuscripts

A professor in Ohio University's School of Interdisciplinary Arts has secured copies of two ancient manuscripts for collegiate research, according to a news release.

Campus NEWS

OU students, faculty heading to Ghana for concert

A group of Ohio University students and professors will perform in Ghana in June for an international concert that will bring some 200 performers on stage, according to a news release.

Campus NEWS

State Inspector General wants to look at ‘Housing-Gate’ records

by Conor Morris

Ohio University and its dealings with university donor and Athens businessman John Wharton in relation to a housing change for the president and his wife have caught the eye of the Ohio Inspector Gene

Campus NEWS

On Court Street 5-11-15

In this week's On Court Street, we ask, "Do you like uptown Athens better during the school year or in the summer?"

Campus NEWS

Another batch of emails sheds more light on OU 'HousingGate'

by Conor Morris

Email records between Ohio University administrators for the months of February and March show that frequent OU Athletics donor and local businessman John Wharton was likely one of the first members of the public to learn that OU officials were seeking new housing for OU's First Couple.

Campus NEWS

Bike path paving set for this week

Repairs could be finished as early as May 22

by Conor Morris

Ohio University's contractor will begin paving this week as part of repairs to a popular section of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway on the Athens campus between Richland and Stimson avenues.

Campus NEWS

For female faculty at OU, pay inequity is no mirage

By Yun Li

Risa Whitson, associate professor of geography at Ohio University, realized that female faculty at OU are not paid equally the moment she was hired back in 2009. A man got his teaching job the same year, but was offered a much higher salary even though they had the same qualifications - both have a doctoral degree in geography, and neither of them had previous teaching experience.

Election NEWS

Kotses, Cochran, Kraynanski win primary

Children Services levy passes easily in election with very low turnout

by Conor Morris

At-large Athens City Council candidates Peter Kotses, Jennifer Cochran and Joan Kraynanski won the top three spots in the Democratic Primary election Tuesday night with 56 out of 56 precincts in the Athens County reporting their results.

Election NEWS

Candidates in only contested city primary race square off

by Conor Morris

Fracking, city infrastructure, a future city pool, and plans for an Athens of the future were all topics that six Democratic at-large Athens City Council candidates discussed Tuesday evening during a candidates forum at the Community Center.

Election NEWS

Candidates' Forum preview: Mike Canterbury

by Conor Morris

Current At-Large City Council member Mike Canterbury is one of six Democrat candidates vying for an at-large seat at the May primary.

Election NEWS

Candidates' Forum preview: Alan Swank

by Conor Morris

Alan Swank, regional vice president of Balfour Yearbooks and a former Athens High School teacher and coach, is seeking nomination for an at-large City Council seat in the Democratic primary.

Election NEWS

Candidates' Forum preview: Jennifer Cochran

by Conor Morris

At-large City Council member Jennifer Cochran is seeking to become one of three Democrats nominated for an at-large City Council seat during the upcoming May primary election.

Election NEWS

Candidates' Forum preview: Joan Kraynanski

by Conor Morris

Joan Kraynanski, a six-year Athens Board of Zoning Appeals member and former local business manager, is seeking nomination for one of three at-large City Council seats in the May Democratic primary.

Election NEWS

Council candidate addresses issues connected to old job

As exiting county engineer second-in-command, Canterbury was in middle of controversy when new engineer took over

by Conor Morris

Mike Canterbury, previous assistant to former Athens County Engineer Archie Stanley, has responded to longstanding allegations by current county Engineer Jeff Maiden of misconduct on the part of the former Engineer's staff.

Election NEWS

Strickland rallies local Democrats

by David DeWitt

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland told fellow Democrats in Athens County Saturday night that they are living through an unprecedented and challenging time in American politics.

Election NEWS

Candidates hope to pedal into power

by Conor Morris

Owners of two different Athens bicycle shops are competing with four other Democrats for a chance to be nominated as the party's choice for three vacant at-large City Council seats in the Democratic Primary on May 5.

Election NEWS

Dems & Repubs file for primary

Two local bike shop owners file for at-large City Council seats

by Conor Morris

Wednesday, Feb. 4, the filing deadline for Democrats and Republicans for the May 4 primary, has come and gone. Of special note thus far in this election cycle: Eight Democrats and two Republicans each seeking one of three at-large City Council seats.

Local NEWS

Athens school supe to retire; no action taken in connection with imprisoned teacher

Associate superintendent will take over leadership of school district

by Conor Morris

Athens City School Supt. Carl Martin will retire from that position once his contract expires on July 31, and current Associate Supt. Tom Gibbs will take his place, the School Board announced Thursday night.

Local NEWS

Athens County Land Transfers (5-21-15)...

Editor's note: Starting today, we are running the Athens County Recorder's Office land transfers in our news section. We will run this periodically. TS

 

Local NEWS

Retired judge, advocate for poor get life achievement awards

This year's Foster B. and Helen W. Cornwell Awards were recently given to Judge L. Alan Goldsberry and John "Jack" Frech for their lifetime of working to improve Athens County, according to a news release.

Local NEWS

Company plans to begin barging frack waste soon

Questions remain about company’s authorization to transport fracking waste via Ohio River to Meigs County

by David DeWitt

A Texas-based company looking to barge deep-shale drilling waste to an off-loading facility in Meigs County on the Ohio River is planning to start operations this coming September.

Local NEWS

Police Report Follies: Tales from Athens County

Part 3

by David DeWitt

The late Fred Rogers once invoked us to imagine what our neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.

Local NEWS

Solid waste district maneuvering to keep key city, OU recycling contracts

City Council member calls for open bidding to save taxpayer money

by David DeWitt

Ryan Lombardi, Ohio University's vice president for student affairs, is leaving OU for a similar position at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, OU President Roderick McDavis announced Monday.

Local NEWS

Free lunches available from Southeast Ohio Foodbank & Kitchen

The Southeast Ohio Foodbank & Kitchen, a division of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action, will provide free lunch time meals in Athens, Gallia, Lawrence, Hocking and Perry counties, according to a news release.

Local NEWS

The endless buffet ends as Ponderosa closes doors

About 30 employees laid off

by Conor Morris

The owner of the Ponderosa Steakhouse on Athens' East Side confirmed Monday that the chain restaurant closed its doors Sunday due to financial difficulties, leaving about 30 part- and full-time employees without jobs.

Local NEWS

Tenth annual Ohio Brew Week to honor state’s tradition of craft beer and farm-to-table meals

From July 10 to 18, Athens will host the 10th annual Ohio Brew Week (OBW). Forty select craft breweries from around the state will bring more than 250 unique brews to the bars and restaurants in and around uptown Athens, according to a news release.

Local NEWS

Community members, official rally for Social Security and other programs

by David DeWitt

A large crowd of community members and elected officials gathered at the Athens County Courthouse last Wednesday to wish a happy birthday to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

National NEWS

Jordan’s King Abdullah’s on the warpath

By Martin Kufus

From the Fox News website, Feb. 4, 2015: "Jordan's King Abdullah, himself a former general, angrily vowed to pursue ISIS until his military runs 'out of fuel and bullets,' in a closed door meeting with U.S. lawmakers that followed the release Wednesday of a grisly video showing a captured Jordanian airman being burned alive in a cage by the terrorist army.

National NEWS

OU alum, Pulitzer winner passes away while covering ebola in Africa

By Emily Estep

Photographer Michel du Cille, graduate of Ohio University's journalism master's program and a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has died after likely suffering a heart attack while on assignment for The Washington Post in Liberia.

National NEWS

Reporter, an OU alum, in eye of storm in Ferguson

Former OU Post editor arrested in McDonald’s

By Kaleb Carter

A former Ohio University Post editor who now reports for the Washington Post found himself in the center of a major national news story late last week.

National NEWS

Area’s GOP Reps decide not to go ‘Cruz-ing’

Congressmen stop short of supporting government shutdown

by David DeWitt

Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress over the past couple weeks have set out to cut food stamp benefits by $39 billion, and to tie defunding of the president's signature Affordable Care Act to their approval of the federal government's continuing resolution spending bill.

National NEWS

Behind the story: Student investigation wins IRE award

By Sarah Harkins, IRE News Blog

Later this month, Alex Stuckey will receive an IRE award for her story "Drug Under the Rug," an investigation into the Athens County Ohio law enforcement agencies' failure to report property that was seized and forfeited after drug busts. Her four-month investigation of the missing reports occurred while she was a student reporter for The Post at Ohio University.

National NEWS

Sen. Brown opposed to letting student loan rates double July 1

by David DeWitt

While the various factions of U.S. Congress seem to agree that the doubling of student loan rates on July 1 should not happen, disagreement continues on how to handle it.

National NEWS

Report: U.S. needs to pay more attention to 'clean energy' market

The global clean energy marketplace is expanding rapidly, but the competitive position of American industry is at risk because of increased competition abroad and uncertain policies at home, according to a report released earlier this week by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

National NEWS

Both new area reps vote for 'cliff' deal

Both U.S. congressmen now representing Athens County voted in favor of H.R. 8, the 11th hour legislation designed to stop the nation from tumbling over the so-called fiscal cliff. Both U.S. senators representing Ohio also favored the deal.

National NEWS

County’s congressmen march unflinchingly toward fiscal cliff

by David DeWitt

As the United States begins a final month of negotiations before the looming Jan. 1 "fiscal cliff" deadline, this area's Republican members of Congress are more or less sticking to the party line of shunning tax increases on the top 2 percent of wage earners and instead calling for spending cuts.

National NEWS

GOP ambitions beneath the Mitt Romney facade: A report from the Republican National Convention

From San Diego CityBeat

By Nathan Dinsdale

I had a decision to make. I'd been in Tampa for all of 15 minutes, and I was already late for something, anything, everything — a white rabbit with OCD, searching for Mad Hatters.

Regional NEWS

Count of area homeless people scheduled for late January

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that communities receiving Homeless Assistance Grant funding complete an annual sheltered and biennial unsheltered Point-In-Time Count during the last 10 days in January.

Regional NEWS

Lawsuit challenges fracking waste facilities in Ohio

By Mike Ludwig

Cheryl Mshar lives less than a mile from a fracking waste processing facility in Youngstown, Ohio. She worries that the air she breathes is polluted with chemicals and even radioactive contaminants. State regulators did not hold a public meeting before allowing the waste facility to begin operating earlier this year, so Mshar and her neighbors never had a say in the deal, until now.

Regional NEWS

Project takes aggressive approach to cleaning area stream

By Fred Kight

After winding through many miles of Perry and Hocking counties, Monday Creek flows into the Hocking River a little south of Nelsonville in Athens County...

Regional NEWS

Progress seen on Athens-Belpre trail

By Kaleb Carter

The Athens-Belpre Rail Trail is well on its way to becoming a reality. A local effort to help connect regional trails is underway, with the former B&O railroad grade making up much of the path that will connect Athens to Belpre, an Ohio community across the Ohio River from Parkersburg, W.Va.

Regional NEWS

Planned drilling rules, taxes get mixed reception

by David DeWitt

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is slated to start releasing proposed rules for tightening oil-and-gas drilling regulation in Ohio. While the proposal has prompted support from some in the industry, others are expressing concerns.

Regional NEWS

Depending on the source, state’s doing great or lousy

by David DeWitt

The end of the year is nigh, and it may come as no surprise that Ohio's political leaders have starkly different views on what type of 2013 the state saw.

Regional NEWS

Huge petrochemical project proposed for 3 miles east of Athens County

Boosters in West Virginia say Wood County facility will remake Mid-Ohio Valley

by Terry Smith

About three miles east of the Athens County line, a Brazil company has proposed a major petrochemical complex intended to exploit the surge in Utica and Marcellus deep-shale gas and oil development in the Mid-Atlantic region and Ohio Valley.

Regional NEWS

Is senator on possibles list for running mate in governor race?

by David DeWitt

Reports surfaced earlier this month that the state senator representing the Athens area is in contention for the lieutenant governor spot in Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald's bid to oust Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Regional NEWS

Youngstown voters shoot down anti-fracking ballot measure

A proposed anti-fracking amendment on the ballot in Youngstown got turned down decisively by voters in Tuesday's primary election. The proposal was based on the same template that an Athens anti-fracking group is using to propose a ban on drilling and related activities in Athens.

Regional NEWS

Ohio GOP continues its war on moderation

Ohio Republicans continue targeting of sex education, women’s rights and health care for the poor

By German Lopez, Cincinnati CityBeat

In the early 1960s, Roe v. Wade had yet to legalize abortion, Medicaid didn't exist, and educating teenagers on issues related to women's health and sex was still considered taboo. Progressives often argue that society has made great strides on these issues since that time.

Sports NEWS

Whether NBA or international play, Ndour is ready

By Chris Manning

No one would blame Maurice Ndour if he were anxious or nervous about his future. Ndour, having finished up his senior season playing on the Ohio University men's basketball team, is moving on to the next stage of his life. 

Sports NEWS

Ohio basketball’s Ryan Taylor the tough and silent type

Freshman guard played through mono during a big part of recent season

By Matt Lardner

Playing through pain is the athlete's cliché. Sports are full of adages to "suck it up," that pain is "weakness leaving the body" or "only temporary."

Sports NEWS

Happy trails

Pomeroy’s elite ultra-marathoner promotes trail running in southeast Ohio

By Matt Lardner

Hours into running the grueling mountain elevations of a Georgia trail's final 28 miles on March 14, southeast Ohio runner Michael Owen's mind raced.

Sports NEWS

Awards event puts the fun back into athletics

By Chris Manning

For the most part, Ohio University's student-athletes are never in the same place. When they live on campus, they live by sport in various dorms on West Green. 

Sports NEWS

Riders find ice, mud and fun at ‘Lost in Lodi’ enduro

by Dennis Powell

Most people facing temperatures in the low teens would not think of going for a long motorcycle ride in the woods, through mud and brambles.

Sports NEWS

‘Gravel Rouser’ features events from strenuous to hilarious

by Dennis Powell

After a long, dark, cold winter, outdoor athletes are eager to get back to it - and none more than the area's many avid bicyclists.

Sports NEWS

No quit for underdog Bobcats in loss that ends season

27-win campaign ends at hands of Arizona State in first round of 'Big Dance'

By Matt Lardner

With a game that never broke Ohio's way now out of reach, the Bobcat women made a 13-0 run that spoke to the team's character during the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in Tempe, Arizona, Saturday afternoon.

Sports NEWS

Arizona State defeats Bobcats in first-round NCAA match-up

Turnovers, foul trouble, outside shooting send Ohio home early

By Matt Lardner

Ohio's dream season ended Saturday in the Arizona desert, both Bobcat offense and defense struggling to transcend traveling across three time zones via plane.

Sports NEWS

Area’s roads, atmosphere play starring role in bike event

As winter melts away, cyclists from around Ohio and beyond will be making their way to Athens this weekend to participate in the Gravel Rouser Classic, a four-day bicycling event sponsored by Athens Bicycle.

Sports NEWS

Tough tourney draw sends 14-seed Ohio to Arizona

Bobcat women meet Arizona State Saturday

By Matt Lardner

Two days after winning the MAC tournament for the first time since 1986, Bobcat women's basketball has a long way to travel just to make it to the team's first-round destination: Tempe, Arizona.

World NEWS

OU VisCom grad in jail in Cambodia; disputes charge

by David DeWitt

An Ohio University photojournalism graduate has been arrested in Cambodia after taking pictures of a married couple for a project while participating in the Angkor Photo Workshop. He reportedly has been accused of — and has denied — producing pornographic content.

 
 
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