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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

OU student senators speak out about recent demands

Demands include $15 minimum wage, tuition freeze

By Sam Flynn

Sponsors of a recently passed Ohio University Student Senate resolution detailing five collective demands, including a $15 minimum wage on campus and in the city, are speaking out in defense of their goals and platform in response to criticism, including from fellow senators and the campus newspaper.

Campus NEWS

OU’s 12 highest-paid profs

by Conor Morris

Of the top 12 paid faculty members at Ohio University, six are employed in the school's Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Campus NEWS

What Halloween costumes are trending for Street Bash ’14

By Samantha Nelson

Halloween. All Hallow's Eve. Spooktober. Whatever one may call it, it's a big deal in this country, and especially in the city of Athens. People go all out for festivities during this time of the year with a plethora of creepy decor, delicious fall snacks and the most essential asset to the holiday: costumes.

Campus NEWS

OU, city say they’re ready for Halloween onslaught

Block party is set for this Saturday

by Conor Morris

Despite some initial confusion about the date, the annual block party in uptown Athens celebrates its 40th year this Saturday, Oct. 25.

Campus NEWS

Students walk out of class to show solidarity with Ferguson

Approximately 130 Ohio University students and area residents gathered on Ohio University's College Green at noon Wednesday to raise their hands at the #HandsUpWalkOut. Many of the student

Campus NEWS

OU Trustees approve 'historic' $250 million bond, worry over possible state fund reduction

by Conor Morris

Ohio University's Board of Trustees last Friday passed what they called a "historic" resolution to take on a $250 million bond to pay for campus capital improvements.

Campus NEWS

OU will monitor Ebola situation

by Conor Morris

Ohio University President Roderick McDavis sent out an email on Friday to all students, faculty and staff announcing efforts to "closely monitor" the Ebola outbreak in the United States.

Campus NEWS

2,000 more boxes needed to break record

Ohio University Campus Recycling's world-record breaking attempt at creating the largest cardboard structure ever constructed is three weeks away, and 2,000 boxes are still needed to surpass the goal of collecting 15,000 boxes.

Campus NEWS

Student Senate demands draw reactions from students, OU

By Sam Flynn

Last spring, the victorious Restart Party candidates for Ohio University Student Senate promised change, and this fall they are continuing to define what that means. In the most recent example of following through on their campaign rhetoric, Restart officers earlier this month won passage of a resolution of collective demands, most of which aren't likely to ever see daylight.

Campus NEWS

OU still has to decide whether to sell E. State property

by Conor Morris

The Ohio University Board of Trustees on Friday passed a resolution declaring a number of income-producing properties on East State Street as surplus.

Election NEWS

City could end rec levy tax one year early

But only if voters approve Issue 8 on Nov. 4

by Conor Morris

Providing the arts, parks and recreation levy (Issue 8) passes muster on the ballot, Athens City Council announced Monday that it hopes to end collecting taxes on the current 20-year, .01 percent recreation levy one year early, on Jan. 1, 2016.

Election NEWS

In local, regional races, incumbents have big money advantage

Election's only a week away

by David DeWitt

Incumbent officeholders continue to hold a significant financial advantage heading into the final weeks of the 2014 mid-term elections. Pre-election financial reports filed last week show incumbents holding an advantage at the federal, state and county levels in races set to appear on the ballot in Athens County.

Election NEWS

Debate ‘fact check’ adds some spark to county Auditor’s race

by David DeWitt

As the contentious race for Athens County Auditor heads into its final weeks, the candidates are addressing concerns being raised about past performance in their respective jobs.

Election NEWS

Disabilities board seeks levy to eliminate $1 million deficit

by David DeWitt

With a projected budget deficit in the upcoming year, the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities has proposed an additional 1.5-mill tax levy for voters to consider Nov. 4. The levy wou

Election NEWS

A choice for the Statehouse

On the issues, House candidates as different as can be

by David DeWitt

State Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, said Tuesday night she wants to continue her mission advocating for public education, unions and local government funding amid a hyper-partisan atmosphere in Columbus.

Election NEWS

County EMS chief explains reasons for one-mill levy on ballot

by David DeWitt

Athens County voters are being asked to decide on a five-year, one-mill replacement levy for Emergency Medical Services that the chief said in a recent interview keeps prices on services down and will help maintain personnel levels and proper equipment.

Election NEWS

GOP House candidates talk education reform at OU

Critics allege effort to repeal Common Core part of radical Tea Party agenda

By Hannah Yang

Even though it's only a couple months into the new school year, some Republican state legislators are looking to change the way things are taught in the classroom.

Election NEWS

Auditor race pits ‘watchdog’ against ‘communicator’

by David DeWitt

The race for Athens County Auditor is taking shape with incumbent Jill Thompson citing her record as a watchdog for taxpayers, and challenger Kathy Hecht setting herself up as an auditor who will work more cooperatively with other elected officials.

Election NEWS

City airs levy to upgrade pool, parks and more

by Conor Morris

The city of Athens is asking voters to approve a renewal levy this fall for the parks and rec department to fund a number of improvements. They include replacing the aging city pool, ADA accessibility improvements to the city's parks, and updates to the Athens Community Center.

Election NEWS

Ohio House candidates differ over effort to repeal education standards

by David DeWitt

A debate in Columbus over education standards in Ohio is raging with a bill slated to possibly leave committee in coming weeks that would remove Common Core standards from the state and replace them in phases with new standards.

Local NEWS

Uptown Trick or Treat

Our photo gallery of the AUBA's annual Halloween Trick or Treat event Monday

The annual Athens Uptown Business Association Halloween Trick or Treat took place uptown Monday night. See our gallery of the kids in costume.

Local NEWS

Anti-fracking group looks beyond ballot initiative toward continuing efforts

by David DeWitt

The Bill of Rights Committee that has an anti-fracking proposal going to city of Athens voters Nov. 4 said in a press release last week that passage of Issue 7 is just the beginning.

Local NEWS

Summit challenges recent River's Gate zoning decision

by David DeWitt

Attorneys for the Summit at Coates Run apartments have filed an administrative appeal of a zoning variance granted to another apartment development being planned near Ohio University's South Green.

Local NEWS

Officials to discuss ideas for safer Halloween

by David DeWitt

While the Athens Police Department continues to search for a suspect who fired several gunshots on Court Street in the early morning hours of the Athens Halloween block party, city officials are starting discussions about what changes might be considered for the popular event in the future.

Local NEWS

Buy your purse for a pooch this Saturday

Friends of the Shelter Dogs are hosting the second annual Purses for Pooches this Saturday, Nov. 1 at The Market on State.

Local NEWS

New interim prez downplays issues at previous colleges

by Conor Morris

Hocking College's recently appointed interim president, Betty Young, will immediately begin dealing with a budget crisis that's mainly a result of the past four years of declining enrollment.

Local NEWS

Man gets probation in case of sex with 15-year-old

by David DeWitt

A Nelsonville man was sentenced to five years community control probation earlier this month after being indicted in March on charges of engaging in sexual conduct with a juvenile.

Local NEWS

Tim Horton lands on East State

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop celebrated the opening of its first Athens restaurant on Friday, Oct. 24. The restaurant is located in an out-lot of the strip mall that contains Sears and Sherman Williams.

Local NEWS

Suspended prof in child porn case seeks to suppress evidence

by David DeWitt

Following a hearing on his motion to suppress evidence against him in a child pornography case, a suspended Ohio University professor is arguing for the motion to be sustained because a second search warrant was never obtained to search the digital contents of items seized from his home.

Local NEWS

Athens woman dies in car accident near city Sunday

An Athens County woman was killed in an automobile accident on Ohio Rt. 550 near Athens Sunday morning.

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

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.

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.

Sports NEWS

For Bobcat hockey, new coach means same success

By Matt Lardner

New Ohio hockey coach Sean Hogan accepted the Bobcats coaching job knowing there's a high standard of success for the school's club hockey program.

Sports NEWS

Early score at Western Mich. pays no dividends

Ohio drops to 4-5 after 42-21 loss Saturday

By Matt Lardner

The Bobcats broke character with a great start to Saturday's road game against Western Michigan. But the 42-21 loss to the Broncos showed that it doesn't matter how well a squad starts if that team is outclassed on the field.

Sports NEWS

Bobcats beaten by Broncos’ stable of stud players

Terrell, Franklin, Davis put up 42 points on Ohio

By Matt Lardner

Homecoming in Kalamazoo showcased a Western Michigan offense unparalleled in the Mid-American Conference and a Bobcat team without enough talent to compete. Though Ohio (4-5, 2-3 MAC) took advanta

Sports NEWS

Bobcat kicker places faith between the uprights

By Matt Lardner

Josiah Yazdani takes a few practice kicks whenever Ohio is on offense. He kicks between snaps when the ball is in opposing territory, watching the game to understand the situation when he is called.

Sports NEWS

Bobcats start fast, force turnovers in beating Akron

In a too-close-to-call game that seemed to be heading toward an inevitable overtime, Ohio won the turnover battle when it counted.

Sports NEWS

Ohio wins turnover battle to edge Akron

Forced fumble, late pick key in 23-20 win at home

By Matt Lardner

On a brisk October day in a closely matched clash between conference foes, Ohio and Akron struggled to gain any separation at Peden Stadium in Athens. The teams answered each other's scores and playe

Sports NEWS

Penalties and BG sacks sink Ohio

By Matt Lardner

Until recently, Ohio (3-4, 1-2 MAC) felt good about penalties and offensive protection.

Sports NEWS

Bobcats tamed by air assault of Falcons

Bowling Green spoils Ohio's Homecoming game

By Matt Lardner

The Bobcats got off to another slow start on defense, and Ohio's stagnant offense couldn't catch up to Bowling Green in a Homecoming game loss. A year after the Falcons embarrassed the Bobcats in a 49-0 blowout, Saturday's 31-13 final score was more respectable but no less frustrating for the 'Cats.

Sports NEWS

'Cats can't claw back from early hole

BG scored 14 within three minutes of 31-13 game

By Matt Lardner

The wide-receiver bubble, halfback screen pass, the deep ball… These were the tools Bowling Green used Saturday to spoil Ohio's Homecoming game, in which alumni saw a young and vulnerable Bobc

Sports NEWS

Tim Edmond makes every carry count for ’Cats

By Matt Lardner

Down 21-3 in the fourth quarter in a game where nothing was going Ohio's way, Tim Edmond ran for the most important yard of his college career.

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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