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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

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.

Campus NEWS

Famous photojournalist visits Ohio University

By Sam Flynn

Jeff Widener, the photojournalist famous for the photo of a solitary man staring down a tank column in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, visited Ohio University last week, giving talks Tuesday and Thursday, one to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and another to a Journalism 1010 class.

Campus NEWS

OU places high nationally for student loan defaults

By Sam Flynn

A U.S. Department of Education report released last month revealed that Ohio University's student loan default rate of 15 percent is the second highest default rate among large, public four-plus-year institutions.

Campus NEWS

Warfare... or bonding?

NEWS reporter sings the glories of Humans v. Zombies

by Conor Morris

Aye, traveler. Rest your weary bones by the fire this chilly morn, and listen to the tales of an old grizzled warrior.

Campus NEWS

Student Senate recall petitions face uphill climb

By Sam Flynn

A petition calling for a recall of last spring's Ohio University Student Senate election just hit the halfway mark for signatures - 1,500 - but the effort still faces high hurdles before a recall election can occur.

Campus NEWS

Police chiefs respond to concerns over handling of local sexual assaults

by Conor Morris

For the first time since the group's creation last year, members of Ohio University activist student organization, F**kRapeCulture (FRC), met with both local chiefs of police in Athens last week.

Campus NEWS

Anti-rape culture campus group ups the ante with Homecoming rally

F**kRapeCulture demands change as it did during last year's Homecoming march, asking for better police response to sexual assault

by Conor Morris

Exactly a year after their first rally on the Friday of Homecoming Weekend at Ohio University, the activist student organization F**kRapeCulture marched through Athens this past Friday. Just as they did during FRC's first rally, speakers for the organization made a number of demands of both the university and the local and university police departments.

Campus NEWS

Celebrating OU Homecoming in Photos

Gallery - Oct. 2014

Check out our photo gallery of this year's Ohio University Homecoming.

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.

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.

Local NEWS

Hocking Trustee chair responds to racism charges

Says the main thing is to put past behind and move forward

Since the weekend of Oct. 10-12, when recently resigned Hocking College President Ron Erickson sent a letter to local newspapers accusing college officials of racism, the taint of that charge has been lingering at the Nelsonville community college.

Local NEWS

Former student wins lawsuit against OUPD over broken thumb

by David DeWitt

A former Ohio University student who said a campus police officer broke her thumb during a drunk-driving arrest has been awarded $22,554 by the Ohio Court of Claims.

Local NEWS

Back from Calif. fire lines, local woman gets tabbed as 1st female state-forest manager

By Fred Kight

After about two weeks on the front lines as a wildland firefighter, an Athens County woman is now back home to take on another challenge in a field that consists mostly of men. Courtney Streithorst was promoted recently to state forest manager, a first for a woman in Ohio.

Local NEWS

Celebration of meat & BBQ

36 BBQ teams compete in 18th annual Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival

Wood smoke, the sweet smell of super-secret-recipe sauce, and people who take their barbecue very seriously descended upon Nelsonville's public square over the weekend for the 18th annual Ohio Smoked Meat & Barbecue Festival.

Local NEWS

Michigan man faces 6 rape counts for alleged crime last year

by David DeWitt

A Michigan man has been arrested and charged with rape and sexual battery for an incident that reportedly occurred during Ohio University Homecoming weekend last year.

Local NEWS

Car chase results in multiple charges

by David DeWitt

A Glouster man has been indicted on assault and gun charges connected with an incident where he allegedly firing at police officers during a vehicle chase last Tuesday. 

Local NEWS

Bald eagles making a comeback in southeast Ohio

By Sam Flynn

Just like its citizens, the USA's national birds are preparing for winter. Bald eagle sightings have increased in Athens County as the population has grown statewide over the last several years, an Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) official recently confirmed, and winter is one of their busiest travel times.

Local NEWS

College looks to move forward from tumult

Two interim presidential candidates introduced in aftermath of president’s resignation, racism charges

by David DeWitt

Hocking College brought two candidates for interim president to campus Wednesday, just days after former president Ron Erickson leveled accusations of racial turmoil that he said led to the recent upheaval among top administrators.

Local NEWS

Motorcyclist leads local police on high-speed chase

A police chase Tuesday afternoon had law enforcement following an Ohio University student on a motorcycle through town, out on the highway, and back around into Athens, ending on campus. Felony charges resulted.

Local NEWS

Residents not thrilled about trash-can warnings

by Conor Morris

City of Athens residents may have noticed an unpleasant surprise tacked to their front door when they woke up in the morning or came home from work over last two weeks.

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

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.

Sports NEWS

Forced fumbles can’t thwart Chippewas

Ohio Bobcats show poorly in 28-10 conference loss

By Matt Lardner

Ohio head coach Frank Solich said this week that he wasn't specifically game-planning to stop Michigan transfer Thomas Rawls because Central Michigan uses a committee of running backs. Based on Rawls' performance, maybe the focus should have been on him.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat offense sputters in 28-10 MAC loss

24 first-half yards not enough at Central Michigan

By Matt Lardner

The two-pronged attack of Titus Davis and Thomas Rawls punished the Bobcat defense Saturday as the Chippewas won, 28 to 10. On a chilly day in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, the Bobcat offense was frozen in place

Sports NEWS

Bobcats hope to turn tables on turnover trouble

Ohio faces CMU in second MAC game of season

By Matt Lardner

As his team prepares to play through the heart of its MAC schedule, turnover troubles weigh on Bobcat coach Frank Solich's mind. Ohio (3-2, 1-0 MAC) has forced only four turnovers in five games his season.

Sports NEWS

Ouellette establishes Ohio ground game against EIU

Bobcat running back sets tone to win before ankle injury

By Matt Lardner

After his 27-carry, 132-yard day against Idaho, freshman and former walk-on running back A.J. Ouellette was moved atop Ohio's depth chart. The Bobcats handed the ball to Ouellette, making his first collegiate start, on the game's first play.

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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