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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.

Breaking NEWS

Ohio University closes due to weather

Closure to run from 5 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. Wednesday

Ohio University has announced the closure of the university from 5 p.m. Monday night until 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. Several buildings, including Alden Library, Baker University Center, and the Ping Recreation Center will remain open during certain hours.

Breaking NEWS

Our Trick or Treat Gallery has been posted

Our annual photo gallery of kids at the Athens Uptown Business Association's annual uptown trick-or-treat celebration has now been posted. You can link from here, or click on the icon for the trick-or-treat gallery (the one at the top of the list) after clicking on "Galleries" at the top of this page.

Breaking NEWS

Hallelujah – our print edition is being distributed

Apologies for the delay

The Athens NEWS' print edition for this morning (Monday, Aug. 27) is finally being distributed this (Monday) afternoon, after a several-hour delay due to technical issues at our printing plant in Columbus. Your patience will be rewarded by our second jumbo back-to-school issue, chock full of news and features.

Breaking NEWS

Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act; reactions pour in

by David DeWitt

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act Thursday morning by a vote of 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the decisive vote and authoring the opinion of the majority.

Campus NEWS

Event spotlights sex abuse of boys

By Christian Law

WOUB Public Media and the Scripps College of Communication hosted a screening of the documentary "Boys and Men Healing" Thursday night in Athens, working to raise awareness of the frequent incidence of male child sexual abuse.

Campus NEWS

Study: Some OU athletes would earn six figures if paid fairly

by Jim Phillips

The notion of paying collegiate athletes for their work on the field has been much in the air of late. A cover story in Time magazine in September, for example, suggested "It's time to pay college athletes"; the topic also has been addressed by Ohio politicians at both the state and federal levels.

Campus NEWS

OU gets $50,000 state grant to make 3-D software for planes

Ohio University has received $50,000 from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission to develop 3-D visualization software that will improve the development and design of new aircraft.

Campus NEWS

OU to host first sustainability awards Tuesday

The Ohio University Office of Sustainability will host the inaugural sustainability recognition awards program this Tuesday, April 22, in the Walter Hall Rotunda from 4-6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and is being hosted in conjunction with ReUse Industries.

Campus NEWS

Upstart Student Senate party snags presidency and at-large seats

By The New Political Campus Staff

An unusually contentious Student Senate election season ended Thursday with the upstart Restart party taking a clear majority in both elected senator positions and the executive ticket.

Campus NEWS

Insurgent party tries to upset student gov’t applecart

By Spencer Cappelli

Last year, Cleveland native and Ohio University junior Megan Marzec was arrested, along with three other students, for protesting a meeting of the OU Board of Trustees. The Trustees had been considering student tuition hikes and increased compensation for the school's administrators.

Campus NEWS

Law professor reviews shale gas boom and regulation

By Christian Law

Delivering a public lecture, law professor William Boyd of the University of Colorado at Boulder spoke Thursday night on the recent increase of shale gas use and production to a small local crowd in Ohio University's Scripps Hall.

Campus NEWS

OU's Schoonover project generates another contractor lawsuit

by Jim Phillips

The repeatedly delayed renovation project that turned Ohio University's old Baker student center building into the new home of the Scripps College of Communication has spawned another law

Campus NEWS

Sunny day, sunny crowd, muddy grounds

#Masses enjoy the music and sunshine

By Evan Peter Smith

More than anything, the mud stole the show. The annual Number Fest (aka #Fest) kicked off its 12th iteration on a sunny, warm Saturday near Athens, drawing in huge crowds to the music festival's

Campus NEWS

Music maker on hit TV shows to speak at OU

By Christian Law

Renowned for his work on immensely popular television programs such as "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead," award-winning music supervisor Thomas Golubic will speak on campus Monday about his experiences working on the shows.

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.

Election NEWS

Independent city candidate thinks voters need a choice

by David DeWitt

City of Athens voters will get some options this November after all. With the filing of independent candidate Troy Gregorino last Monday, the race for the three at-large City Council seats will now be contested.

Election NEWS

Council primary had one missing ingredient – students

by David DeWitt

A majority of Ohio University students left town by last Tuesday's primary election, and numbers from the Athens County Board of Elections reflect the low turnout that resulted.

Election NEWS

Incumbents, challenger to advance to general election ballot in Nov.

Independent candidate throws name into ring

by David DeWitt

The winners of Tuesday's Athens Democratic Primary election on Wednesday morning expressed gratitude for voter support, graciousness to their opponents and anticipation of a now-contested November general election.

Election NEWS

Patterson, Knisely and Cochran win Dem nod for Athens City Council

Trimble levy fails by 16 votes

by David DeWitt

The night went to the incumbents, with Athens City Council members Christine Knisely and Steve Patterson, both Democrats, winning their party's nomination for re-election Tuesday night. Challenger Jennifer Cochran took the party's third nod in unofficial results posted by the Athens County Board of Elections around 9:15 p.m.

Election NEWS

Departing council member endorses challenger

At-large City Council Democratic primary candidate Michael Bart this week secured himself the Elahu Gosney bump, for whatever it's worth, taking the endorsement of the outgoing council member.

Election NEWS

Dem gov hopeful slams GOP state budgeting

by Jim Phillips

Democratic Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald didn't mince words about incumbent Republican Gov. John Kasich during a visit to Athens Saturday.

Election NEWS

Council candidates weigh in on city infrastructure projects

by David DeWitt

The city of Athens has some major infrastructure projects lined up for the near future, with massive renovations to its wastewater treatment plant, repairs to Columbus Road and a rehabilitation of Richland Avenue south.

Local NEWS

Athens County to compete in energy contest

After talking so much talk, Athens County is ready to walk the walk and find out where it stacks up on energy by competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize.

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."

Local NEWS

School official wonders why health clinic got county help

Holzer wants exemption for property taxes

by Jim Phillips

In 2011, the Athens County Commissioners gave their needed approval to a Gallia County bond issue for the non-profit Holzer Health System, revenue from which allowed the purchase of a number of health-care facilities in a merger, and the retirement of some old debt.

Local NEWS

Consultant: Electric pooling plan already bringing prices down

by David DeWitt

The consultant hired by Athens County to help implement electricity aggregation said last week that private electrical suppliers are calling residents to offer cheaper rates individually in anticipation of the county pooling together to negotiate cheaper rates as a group.

Local NEWS

Panel discussion on fracking coming to the small screen locally

The fracking debate is coming to local airwaves, an Athens based anti-fracking group announced in a press release Saturday.

Local NEWS

Regional event celebrates Buckeye Trail

By Fred Kight

Hiking enthusiasts from all over Ohio are coming to southeast Ohio this week, and two Athens County men are leading the effort to make them feel welcome and keep them busy.

Local NEWS

Benefit race will help those without medical insurance

Help is on the way for area patients without the resources and insurance coverage to pay medical-related expenses. OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital is organizing a Race for a Reason team to kick off a new Patient Assistance Fund to aid the underserved.

Local NEWS

Athens goes all international once again

By Nadia Kurtz

Monday kicked off Ohio University's International Week in Baker Center Theater with an opening ceremony where attendees celebrated this year's theme, "The world in Athens, Athens in the world."

Local NEWS

Reporter: Climate change happening; end of story

by David DeWitt

An enduring image of global warming for 20 years has been a polar bear on a shrinking sheet of ice. Now, we are the polar bear.

Local NEWS

OU students, staffers test their scarfing skills in feedbag contest

By Matt Lardner

Tuesday in Ohio University's Baker Center Ballroom, students, athletes and administrators ate quickly and freely.

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

National NEWS

Both area's congressmen vote for debt compromise

by David DeWitt

Both U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, voted in favor of the debt ceiling compromise that was signed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, the deadline for the

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.

Regional NEWS

ODNR records shine light on state geologist's removal

Redrawn Utica map cited as one reason, close ties to shale industry another

by Terry Smith

Ohio's top geologist got sacked at least partly because he publicly released a game-changing Utica deep-shale map and study without vetting his higher-ups, records obtained from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirm.

Sports NEWS

Athens Co. lucky to have two great judge candidates

To the Editor:

Todd Grace and Herman Carson are two very good reasons to get out the vote on May 6. We're lucky to have such excellent candidates to replace the outstanding leadership of our retired/retiring Common Pleas judges.

Sports NEWS

New OU coach wows big crowd in campus rollout

By Steve Uhlmann

A crowd packed into Baker Center Ballroom anxiously awaited the arrival of Saul Phillips Tuesday evening. A mixture of Ohio alumni and students had seen video and heard stories of just how energetic Phillips can be. They now wanted to experience it first-hand.

Sports NEWS

It’s hard to blame Ohio men's coach for taking job in Boston

By Steve Uhlmann

Change is inevitable in sports, especially if you are a successful mid-major program like the Ohio Bobcats are.

Sports NEWS

Ohio names successful N. Dakota head coach to replace departing Jim Christian

New coach's former team got into third round of Big Dance

Ohio University Director of Athletics Jim Schaus has named former North Dakota State University head coach Saul Phillips as the Bobcats' next men's basketball head coach. With seven years of head coaching experience, Phillips becomes the 18th head coach in OU history.

Sports NEWS

Jim Christian to leave Ohio for Boston College

Reports surfaced Thursday that the Bobcats' men's basketball coach accepted a deal with BC

By Steve Uhlmann

Two years to the day that the Jim Christian era began at Ohio, it has come to an abrupt end. The now former Bobcats men's basketball coach has accepted a job at Boston College according to multiple r

Sports NEWS

What will the OU campus look like in five to 10 years?

Event Thursday will address issue

The campus of the future - at least the near future - will be described and illustrated when Ohio University President Roderick McDavis leads a panel in an event sponsored by the Emeriti Association t

Sports NEWS

Bobcats end season in loss to VMI but don't go easily

Senior Kellogg has career-high 30 points

By Stephen Uhlmann

Ohio Bobcat guard Nick Kellogg ended his career at Ohio fittingly with a three-pointer as time expired in regulation Wednesday night at the Convocation Center. After hitting the shot, there w

Sports NEWS

Bobcats keep winning in CIT contests, providing opportunities for young players

Ohio moves on to the quarterfinals

By Stephen Uhlmann

The stage may not be as big as he wanted it to be, but Ohio guard Javarez "Bean" Willis still flaunted his confidence in a way that most March legends do. It just happened to be Saturday afternoon at the Convo, a long way away from the "Big Dance."

Sports NEWS

Bobcats show heart and guts in winning first round CIT game

Without Smith, other players step up in beating Cleveland State

By Stephen Uhlmann

For the first time all season, the Ohio Bobcats took to the floor at the Convocation Center without a familiar face. Senior forward Jon Smith was nowhere to be found, as he left the team following its

Sports NEWS

With great senior class leaving, ’Cats not despairing

By Steve Uhlmann

As the final seconds ticked away on another season of Ohio Bobcats basketball, it was hard to not be moved by the images of the Ohio seniors on the bench.

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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