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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

Second student who set fire to rooming house pleads guilty

by David DeWitt

The second of two Ohio University students charged with setting a fire in a rental home has pleaded guilty and will enter the Athens County Prosecutor's Office diversion program.

Campus NEWS

Rally scores hit against local rape culture

By Sam Flynn

Standing on the steps of the Athens County Courthouse with a speakerphone in her hands and more than 20 women and men at her back, Ohio University senior Claire Chadwick shouted, "The first six weeks of a new semester have the highest rate of sexual assault. We are here to fight that!"

Campus NEWS

OU slated for record-breaking enrollment this year

by Conor Morris

Ohio University is on track to break several enrollment records for its fall semester 2014. Of particular note: OU's largest freshman class on its Athens campus and its largest College of Medicine class, ever.

Campus NEWS

OU, Kent form partnership for future collaboration

Ohio University and Kent State University battled on the gridiron Saturday to kick off both schools' football seasons (with Ohio winning 17-14), but the presidents of these conference foes have announced plans to be teammates in future educational collaborations, according to a news release.

Campus NEWS

OU prez receives $33,730 raise, $85,000 bonus

New 2014-2015 salary for President McDavis: $465,000

by Conor Morris

Ohio University President Roderick McDavis' new base salary for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is $465,000, a raise of $33,730 from his previous year's salary. 

Campus NEWS

OU Trustees have full agenda this week

Board will discuss major renovations, century bonds, and increases in Code of Conduct cases

by Conor Morris

Renovation plans for two dining halls on Ohio University's campus, rising student code of conduct violations involving marijuana, pursuit of a $250 million bond, and a land easement to the City of Athens for the Union Street roundabout are all on the agenda for the OU Board of Trustees meeting today (Thursday).

Campus NEWS

Student Senate leaders plan to steer new course this year

By Samantha Nelson

"Of students, by students, for students." This is the stated vision for the 2014-2015 Ohio University Student Senate, whose officers say their goal is to run a Senate that advocates student rights by reaching to the far corners of campus and giving a voice to the students who, in years past, may not have had the chance to be represented. their goal is to run a Senate that advocates stud

Campus NEWS

Freshmen must complete sexual-assault prevention program by Oct. 15

by Conor Morris

A young man, his wan face close to the camera, in black-and-white video: "It culminated in the last night of my freshman year. He actually tried to have sex with me, and I told him not to, and he kept going and he wouldn't stop…"

Campus NEWS

Apartment complex teams with food group to grow garden

The Carriage Hill Community Garden, created in partnership with Community Food Initiatives, is in its second growing season at Carriage Hill Apartments, according to a news release.

Campus NEWS

Athens a top walking city

Athens has placed second on a recently released national list of "college towns that are great for walking."

Election NEWS

Who's got the rural Ohio cred?

by David DeWitt

A debate has risen in the race for Ohio's 15th U.S. Congressional District about who has the right background to represent the large and varied district.

Election NEWS

Lang holds on to slender win after judge race recount

by David DeWitt

Following a recount Monday, Athens Law Director Pat Lang has won the Democratic Party nomination for Athens County Common Pleas Court judge.

Election NEWS

Dem candidate for secretary of state calls to increase voter access

by David DeWitt

The Democratic candidate for Ohio secretary of state this November is not happy with changes made earlier this year to Ohio's election rules on early voting and the handling of absentee ballot applic

Election NEWS

Recount will proceed with judge’s race tightening

Lang maintains four-vote lead

by David DeWitt

A four-vote margin has triggered an automatic recount in the race for Athens County Common Pleas Court judge. Athens Law Director Pat Lang holds the lead over local lawyer Todd Grace in the Democratic primary, and the recount is scheduled for June 2.

Election NEWS

Right-to-work likely to be issue in local House race

by David DeWitt

State Rep. Debbie Phillips is concerned that Ohio may move toward becoming a so-called right-to-work state, and is further concerned that the two candidates who ran in the GOP primary to oppose her in November said during a recent forum that they would support it.

Election NEWS

Unofficial results show Lang wins Dem nod for county Common Pleas judge in nail-biter

Voters pass Athens Schools income tax and Trimble Schools improvements levy

by David DeWitt

By 18 votes, Athens Law Director Pat Lang narrowly defeated local lawyer Todd Grace in the race for the Democratic Party nomination for Athens County Common Pleas judge, according to unofficial results Tuesday evening.

Election NEWS

GOP candidates sound less different than they look

by David DeWitt

The candidates squaring off in the Republican primary May 6 for the chance to face state Rep. Debbie Phillips in November seem to display much greater difference in physical appearance than they do on any policy issues. 

Election NEWS

County general election to feature battle of the auditors

by David DeWitt

The battle of the public auditors is now on with city of Athens Auditor Kathy Hecht challenging Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson for her seat in November.

Election NEWS

Dems to have primary in 6th District House race

by David DeWitt

Before getting the shot to try to unseat U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, from Ohio's 6th Congressional district seat, Democrats will first have a primary battle for the opportunity in May, and national Republicans are already crowing about it.

Election NEWS

State senator won’t run for U.S. Congress but area farmer will

by David DeWitt

While state Sen. Lou Gentile has announced he will not seek a seat in U.S. Congress to represent Ohio's 6th district, Scott Wharton, a Fairfield County farmer and Ohio University graduate, has announced his bid for Ohio's 15th.

Local NEWS

Crimes of the month for September include auto thefts, stabbing incident

The following incidents have been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as September 2014 Crimes of the Month, according to a news release issued late last week. In each case, the reporting agency is the source of the information.

Local NEWS

National biking figure tells how city can become ‘bike friendly’

by Conor Morris

A League of American Bicyclists representative visited Athens last Thursday to provide recommendations on how to make Athens more bicycle-friendly. He also took a morning ride through Athens with public officials and local bicyclists.

Local NEWS

Down-ticket Dem candidate talks small business in Athens

by David DeWitt

The Democratic nominee for Ohio Secretary of State, state Sen. Nina Turner, visited Athens Tuesday to meet with various area small-business owners to learn about ways to help if she is elected in November.

Local NEWS

County will seek $$ for command vehicle next year

by David DeWitt

Athens County will now look to next year to seek a federally funded grant for money to purchase an emergency command vehicle.

Local NEWS

State report: Tourism up in Athens County

Tourism generated more than $139 million in visitor spending in Athens County during 2013, according to a study recently released by Tourism Ohio. This amount represents an increase of 6.6 percent above 2011, reflecting growth of more than $8.6 million.

Local NEWS

Nelsonville chiropractor pleads guilty to workers' comp fraud

Agrees to pay $390,000 in restitution

by Conor Morris

A Nelsonville chiropractor pleaded guilty Aug. 22 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to one count of workers' compensation fraud. 

Local NEWS

Block party still set for Oct. 25; so how exactly did that happen?

by Conor Morris

Ever since Athens City Council voted earlier this month to close Court Street for the annual Athens Halloween block party on Oct. 25 - rather than Nov. 1, the day after actual Halloween - some long-time Halloween followers have been scratching their heads.

Local NEWS

Commissioners cap retrieval fees at county dog shelter

by David DeWitt

The Athens County Commissioners voted Tuesday to set a cap for dog redemption fees at $30 after a local advocate expressed concerns about the inability of some people to pay when their dog is picked up by the warden or his staff.

Local NEWS

County ammo scandal draws scrutiny from state and feds

by David DeWitt

The "good ol' boy" practice of purchasing personal ammunition through a law enforcement discount is nothing new in America.

Local NEWS

Meigs man sentenced for role in drug ring

by David DeWitt

A man described as a Meigs County connection in the case of a local prescription pill drug ring has been sentenced to four years in prison.

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.

National NEWS

Komen reversal allows sighs of relief

GOP presidential candidates slam decision, citing Planned Parenthood and abortions

By Jenna Blakely

Women's health advocates in southeast and central Ohio are hoping that the flap over breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood don't set back their cause.

National NEWS

Rep. Gibbs, in first 7 months, attacks regulation, taxes

by David DeWitt

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs displaced incumbent Zack Space in 2010 during the race for Ohio's 18th Congressional district seat. Now with seven months in office under his belt, Gibbs claims he's on his way t

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.

Regional NEWS

Pittsburgh taco man got inspiration from Athens

By Anna Moore

When looking back on the ol' college days, James Rich, 41, Ohio University Class of 1993, remembers little about the classes he took. He was always "more of a man of leisure than studies," spending most of his Athens days playing pool in the basement of old Baker Center, going on long hilly bike rides and most importantly working at the Burrito Buggy.

Regional NEWS

Was church fire set by LGBT haters?

In Hocking Hills, authorities probe church fire that pastor calls hate crime

by Terry Smith

The Rev. Scott Davis says he has no doubt that the destruction of his Hocking Hills area church early last Friday was a malicious act related to the fact that the church welcomes gays and lesbians.

Regional NEWS

State’s school chief resigns after report on conflicts

by David DeWitt

Political candidates used to be known for holding a whistle-stop train tour. Perhaps state Rep. Debbie Phillips can hold a whistleblower tour.

Sports NEWS

Promising Bobcat debut nearly gets fumbled away

By Matt Lardner

Ohio University's defense, returning eight starters and a dangerously deep front four, held up as planned in the team's 17-14 win at Kent Saturday. The Bobcats surrendered only 14 points.

Sports NEWS

Turnover-plagued Bobcats eke out win in opener vs. Kent

Ohio stuffs Flashes' running attack

By Matt Lardner

Ohio's defensive line looked elite, new starters played effectively in the passing attack, and Kent State couldn't capitalize on four consecutive Bobcat turnovers Saturday night as Ohio ensured sucess for the kickoff to Frank Solich's 10th season as head football coach in Athens.

Sports NEWS

Bobcats head to Kent in emotionally charged opener

By Matt Lardner

The Ohio Bobcats on Monday began game-week practice for the Aug. 30 season opener in Kent after the weekend off with a light day and some closure in the summer-long quarterback competition.

Sports NEWS

Ohio’s non-football sports look to be competitive this fall

By Kaleb Carter

Ohio University has seven varsity sports teams or squads gearing up this fall season that aren't football, with games and matches rapidly approaching. The Athens NEWS sat down with coaches from women's field hockey, soccer and volleyball to get their takes on their teams' upcoming seasons, plus included a short preview of men's and women's golf and cross country.

Sports NEWS

Man pleads not guilty in uptown sexual battery case

by David DeWitt

A man charged for sexual battery in an uptown sex incident pleaded not guilty last week when he was arraigned in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

Sports NEWS

’Cats will need to refuel, refocus in 2014

By Matt Lardner

In his 10th season in Green and White, Frank Solich needs to replace a number of offensive weapons, including the Norman, Oklahoma backfield pair of Tyler Tettleton and Beau Blankenship.

Sports NEWS

OU hockey, the cradle of coaches

By Scott Proietti

Ohio University is known for many traditions, although the school's outstanding hockey program is often taken for granted. Hockey began play at OU in 1958, and Bird Arena has seen its fair share of talented and successful coaches make their way through Athens over the years.

Sports NEWS

Will NCAA rule changes hurt OU's major sports?

By Matt Lardner

The landscape of major college sports is changing. Already, juggernaut programs (think Scarlet and Gray) bring in massive revenue in men's basketball and especially football, while the majority of programs below the top tier (think Green and White) lose money.

Sports NEWS

New leadership a big plus for 'Cats, Solich says

'Cats have opening game Aug. 30 at Kent

By Kaleb Carter

Ohio Football Media Day went down without a hitch Friday afternoon, as the Bobcat coaching staff and a handful of players answered questions from the local media in Peden Stadium. 

Sports NEWS

Athens is ground zero for NFL North fan friction

Predictions for upcoming season

by David DeWitt

Athens, Ohio, is uniquely situated in National Football League geography. By Google Maps, it is 217 miles to Cleveland by car, 201 miles to Pittsburgh, and 156 miles to Cincinnati. The 358-mile tr

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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