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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

Petitioners accuse fraternity of drug use and rape

By Sam Flynn

A petition to ban Acacia Fraternity from Ohio University's campus, alleging a reputation for rape and drug use, was posted by the student group F***RapeCulture (FRC) on Change.org Sunday night and had drawn more than 800 signatures as of Monday evening.

Campus NEWS

SAE frat suspends more than half of its OU chapter

By Sam Flynn

More than half of the Ohio University Gamma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) was suspended by its national headquarters Nov. 15 in the wake of a membership review brought on by hazing allegations and an alcohol violation.

Campus NEWS

Morton Hill rape reported to OUPD

Another case with an anonymous complainant

For the second time in two weeks the Ohio University Police Department has put out a call to the community for information regarding an alleged rape on campus.

Campus NEWS

Protesters occupy Baker Center after news from Ferguson

by Conor Morris

A crowd of roughly 100 people, mostly Ohio University students, assembled on Baker Center's fourth floor Monday night upon news of a grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown last August.

Campus NEWS

OU investigates Global Leadership Center official

Director of GLC on leave during misconduct investigation

by Conor Morris

The director of Ohio University's Global Leadership Center was placed on paid administrative leave in early October pending the outcome of an investigation into "allegations of inappropriate conduct," according to recently obtained university documents.

Campus NEWS

OU students displaced by Union Street blaze gets lots of help

By Hannah Yang

One week ago Sunday, Tia Kropko, an Ohio University senior studying visual communications, lived in a sweet apartment above Jack Neal Floral on West Union Street with five roommates. After a weekend t

Campus NEWS

On Court Street - 11-14-14

This time we ask if OU students are considering obtaining renter's insurance in the aftermath of the West Union Street fire, in which a number of students lost all of their belongings.

Campus NEWS

OU and landlords react quickly to help displaced students

by Conor Morris

Nineteen Ohio University students as of Wednesday were without a permanent home after the fire Sunday morning on West Union Street destroyed rentals in three buildings where they were living.

Campus NEWS

Speaker at OU says it’s time to get rid of racist mascots

By Nadia Kurtz

"The mascot has got to go." The mascot refers to various Native-American symbols used as identifiers for many sports teams across the U.S. The mascot has to go, well, because Anton Treuer says it does.

Campus NEWS

Student survey outlines priorities, concerns

by Conor Morris

Ohio University's Student Senate has released preliminary data from an opinion poll it conducted of 508 students.

Election NEWS

Election Day? Ho-hum

Proportionally, Athens has second-lowest voter turnout in state

by David DeWitt

Despite a hard-fought county auditor's race, voter participation in Athens County this election cycle was fairly low, with 32.72 percent of registered voters casting ballots according to unofficial results from the Athens County Board of Election.

Election NEWS

Rep. Phillips likely has won a fourth and final term

Athens Co. one of two to go Democratic on state races while rest of state re-elects slate of Republicans

by David DeWitt

With state Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, holding a thin 194-vote lead over challenger Yolan Dennis, a Republican from Fleming in Washington County, Dennis said Wednesday she doesn't believe provisional ballots yet to be counted will be enough to swing the race in her favor.

Election NEWS

New city pool on the way with approval of parks and rec tax

by Conor Morris

Supporters of recreation areas in the city and those just looking forward to a new city pool have reason to rejoice. Athens voters passed a 20-year, 0.1 percent arts, parks and recreation income-tax levy, titled issue 8, on Tuesday's general election.

Election NEWS

Athens the only Ohio city to pass a fracking ban this election

by Conor Morris

Athens city voters made a splash this election cycle by passing Issue 7, a community bill of rights intended to protect local water supplies and other natural assets with a ban on fracking and related practices within the city limits.

Election NEWS

Thompson prevails in high-spending auditor's race

by David DeWitt

In one of the most expensive races in county history, projected to end up costing between $40,000 and $60,000, Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson has won re-election.

Election NEWS

City, village and county tax issues get solid voter support

by Conor Morris

The majority of Athens County residents made it clear with their votes during the general election on Tuesday that they are not afraid to support local issues and institutions, or spend a little extra on taxes each year.

Election NEWS

Voters give wide support to library system

by Conor Morris

Athens County residents made county history on Tuesday with their votes for the Athens County Public Library system's first tax levy since the system's creation in 1935. Unofficial elections results for the Nov. 4 election show 64.75 percent of the vote - 9,031 out of 12,948 votes - in favor of the levy.

Election NEWS

Southeast Ohio GOP congressmen win easily

by David DeWitt

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson is promising to fight President Barack Obama's "take it or leave it attitude," while U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers is saying he will focus on "out of control spending" in Washington after both congressmen won strong victories Tuesday night.

Election NEWS

Thompson wins hard-fought county auditor's race, while Rep. Phillips squeaks out victory

Unofficial results still subject to change in very tight races, pending provisional ballots

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Athens County Board of Elections show Jill Thompson re-elected as County Auditor, while all countywide and Athens City levies passed. Meanwhile, state Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, was a thin 194 votes ahead of her Republican challenger in the 94th District race.

Election NEWS

House Dems complain that Dennis didn't report TV ad buys

by David DeWitt

The Ohio House Democratic Caucus filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission Thursday against the Republican candidate for the 94th House district seat, Yolan Dennis, of Fleming in Washington

Local NEWS

First same-sex divorce in Athens County approved in local court

Judge McCarthy says he didn't realize it was two women; says decision could be vacated

by Conor Morris

An Athens County Common Pleas Court judge yesterday affirmed a magistrate judge's decision to grant what is likely the first divorce for a same-sex couple in Athens County. However, that decision is already in question.

Local NEWS

Nelsonville property code referendum makes headway

by Conor Morris

A petition with 248 signatures of Nelsonville residents requesting a referendum of a recently approved property maintenance code to be placed on a future ballot has been passed along to the Athens County Board of Elections.

Local NEWS

It looks to be a trying winter in Common Pleas Court

A number of cases approaching trial dates in next couple of months

by David DeWitt

While Athens County Common Pleas Court held only four jury trials between September 2013 and today, that could be doubled in the coming months with eight prominent cases scheduled for trial between now and early February.

Local NEWS

Christian group tells county not to remove sign for churches

by David DeWitt

Members of the Athens Christian Education Committee, the group that maintains the Church Directory sign outside the Athens County Courthouse, met with the Athens County Commissioners Tuesday to voice opposition to the directory's removal.

Local NEWS

Investigators dig through ashes for clues to fire

Fire investigators sifted - literally - through the burned-out coals and ashes at the back of 16 W. Union Street Monday as they continued to look for evidence pointing to the cause of the fire that heavily damaged that and nearby buildings early the morning of Nov. 16.

Local NEWS

OUPD welcomes second bomb-sniffing pooch

by Conor Morris

Ohio University and the OU Police Department Monday welcomed the university's second bomb-sniffing dog at a press conference. This is the second grant-funded position held by a canine that was announced by the OUPD this year.

Local NEWS

Glouster man pleads innocent to dealing crack near school

A Glouster man has pleaded not guilty in Athens County Common Pleas court after being arrested last week for allegedly trafficking in crack cocaine inside a school zone.

Local NEWS

Risks of oil and gas pipelines weighed in local forum

By Samantha Nelson

An informational forum last Thursday evening in Athens aired concerns and information about proposals to install 70,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines throughout Ohio.

Local NEWS

Amesville principal resigns under unusual circumstances

Resignation comes in the middle of the school year, 3 1/2 months after principal was hired

By Fred Kight

Under unusual circumstances, Lisa Imel has resigned as principal of Amesville Elementary School. She will be paid through April 3, her effective day of resignation.

Local NEWS

County judge takes steps to establish specialized courts

by David DeWitt

Athens County Common Pleas Court Judge George McCarthy has taken another step toward setting up a specialized drug court in Athens County, attending a symposium in Columbus last Thursday about such courts.

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

WMU upsets ’Cat volleyballers, marring undefeated season

Upset loss in semifinals to WMU leaves Ohio’s postseason status uncertain

By Matt Lardner

Coming off back-to-back byes, the Ohio volleyball team started out a bit rusty Sunday against Western Michigan in the semifinal of the MAC postseason tournament. But after being down 6-1 in the first set, Ohio rallied at the Convocation Center and won each of the first two sets. Up 2-0, the Bobcats seemed to have the semifinal in control.

Sports NEWS

Senior leaders help Ohio prevail over UAPB press in Convo

Bobcats pull ahead late to beat Golden Lions 69-60

By Matt Lardner

Seniors Bean Willis and Maurice Ndour had strong individual efforts, helping the Ohio Bobcat men prevail over pesky Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 69-60, Tuesday night at the Convo.

Sports NEWS

Comeback ’Cats recover to stun Miami

Down 21-0, Ohio scores 24 straight to win as time expires

By Matt Lardner

Needing a win against an inferior rival, Ohio's football team faced a 21-point deficit after a fever-dream of an awful start in Oxford Friday. Then the 'Cats rattled off 24 straight, in this nationally televised game (ESPN2), making a field goal on the final drive as time expired to get to 6-6 on the season and earn a chance to play a bowl game.

Sports NEWS

Road to a Bobcat bowl game runs through Oxford

By Matt Lardner

Not only is Tuesday's road game against the Miami RedHawks a rivalry game for Ohio; it will determine whether the Bobcats become bowl eligible.

Sports NEWS

Strong Ohio effort against NIU doesn’t lead to win

The Bobcats need to beat the RedHawks to be bowl-eligible

By Matt Lardner

Searching for a proper veteran sendoff on Senior Night - and bowl eligibility - Ohio had perhaps its best showing of the season against Northern Illinois. But against a Huskies squad still competing in a tight championship race, Ohio's best wasn't enough to secure a win.

Sports NEWS

Ohio men lose road game, can’t rebound from horrible half

Down 45-20, Bobcats close gap to 10 but never catch FGCU

By Matt Lardner

The Ohio men's basketball team failed to recover from a 25-point halftime deficit in Fort Myers, Florida, losing 79-62 Wednesday to Florida Gulf Coast University. The Eagles made two 12-0 runs in

Sports NEWS

Chippy 'Cats come up short in Arctic conditions

Ohio pushes talented NIU, can't scrape together win

By Matt Lardner

With bowl eligibility on the line for the Bobcats, Ohio Tuesday night played the role of the scrappy pugilist going blow-for-blow against a favored foe. And did it in the freezer otherwise known as Peden Stadium.

Sports NEWS

Youth and talent emerge in men’s home opener

Ryan Taylor and Mike Laster give strong first impressions in victory

By Matt Lardner

The first official game of the Saul Phillips era at Ohio University Saturday was notable not only for the new coach but by some new Bobcats on the court.

Sports NEWS

Ohio men cruise in Convo season opener

Freshman Ryan Taylor paces squad with 21

By Matt Lardner

Suffocating defense and a premier showing by a true freshman allowed Ohio to win with ease in the regular season opener under new coach Saul Phillips.

Sports NEWS

After 9-game stretch, Ohio benefits from rest

13 days between games follow satisfying win over Buffalo at Peden Stadium

By Matt Lardner

On Oct. 5, a rested Ohio University football team limited errors and ran a solid, no-frills offense to soundly defeat Buffalo on a rainy Wednesday at home.

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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