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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

Magistrate sides with student in broken-thumb suit

Despite OU attorney claims that student "simply can't be believed"

by David DeWitt

A magistrate has decided against the Ohio University Police Department and recommended a judgment of over $22,000 in a lawsuit from a student alleging an officer broke her thumb during a drunk-driving arrest.

Campus NEWS

Summer workshop at OU aims to teach media makers of the future

More than 50 students converged upon Athens last week for the Media High School Summer Workshop at Ohio University. The Scripps College of Communication School of Media Arts and Studies sponsored the event, and most sessions took place in the new Schoonover Center.

Campus NEWS

Students react to turmoil on campus Tuesday related to shooting hoax

By Scott Proietti

Tuesday afternoon, Ohio University's East Green's usual tranquil atmosphere devolved into chaos as police agencies invaded the green to investigate a report of a possible shooting in Gamertsfelder residence hall.

Campus NEWS

OU Board votes to pick up tax tab for president’s house

by Conor Morris

Through an ongoing assessment of Ohio University, the IRS has determined that OU President Roderick McDavis is liable for income taxes on the university-provided President's Residence he lives in for free at 29 Park Place. The house is considered a taxable benefit, according to the IRS.

Campus NEWS

OU President Roderick McDavis issues statement about false shooting report on East Green

By Ohio University President Roderick McDavis

 Editor's note: Ohio University President Roderick McDavis issued the following statement early Tuesday evening about events earlier Tuesday on the East Green.

Campus NEWS

False shooting report disrupts campus, draws media

State Patrol, OUPD and other law enforcement find no evidence of shooting

Authorities are continuing to investigate an emergency call in Brown County that set off an intense response over a possible shooting at Ohio University in Athens Tuesday. It became clear as afternoon turned into evening Tuesday that no shooting had occurred after all.

Campus NEWS

OU receives record number of applications for fall semester

But some concern over capacity for growth on Athens campus

by Conor Morris

Ohio University has received a record 20,913 applications for its upcoming fall semester thus far, already a 5 percent increase from application numbers last year, and the largest growth in the state of Ohio currently.

Campus NEWS

OU education building to get major facelift

Old dining halls also have work planned

by Conor Morris

OU has $32 million worth of renovations planned for McCracken Hall on East Green to better fit several programs that have been expanding over the years.

Campus NEWS

Zombie apocalypse blends with Brew Week crowds

Human vs. Zombies Summer Edition

by Conor Morris

A zombie apocalypse happened this weekend in Athens. Amid the mass of out-of-towners, Ohio University students and local residents enjoying the Ohio Brew Week beers that flowed like water from uptown bars, humans valiantly tried, and died, while fighting off the Zombie threat with NERF guns, SuperSoakers and water balloons.

Campus NEWS

Medical college dean takes it on the chin in faculty evaluations

Dean pledges to work to improve relations wih faculty

by Terry Smith

Two years into his tenure as dean of Ohio University's medical college, Kenneth H. Johnson got hammered in his recent faculty evaluations, with the faculty evaluation committee noting that "many faculty" feel that "morale in the college is at an all-time low."

Election NEWS

Lang holds on to slender win after judge race recount

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

Dem candidate for secretary of state calls to increase voter access

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

Recount will proceed with judge’s race tightening

Lang maintains four-vote lead

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

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

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

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

Voters pass Athens Schools income tax and Trimble Schools improvements levy

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

GOP candidates sound less different than they look

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

County general election to feature battle of the auditors

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

Dems to have primary in 6th District House race

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

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

by David DeWitt

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

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.

Local NEWS

One-vehicle crash claims life of 18-year-old Stewart man

by David DeWitt

A one-vehicle crash on Ohio state Rt. 329, north of the village of Stewart in Athens County, claimed the life of 18-year-old Michael Allen Rood last night.

Local NEWS

Athens native chasing dream, drops new music video

by David DeWitt

An Athens native living out her dream as a pop artist in Los Angeles released her first music video July 11. Alex Cappelletti, stage name Al-x, grew up in Athens and graduated from Athens High School.

Local NEWS

E. State/U.S. 33 interchange plan selected

At least it's not another roundabout

by Conor Morris

The decision has been made, and Athens drivers will just have to get used to it. The East State Street/U.S. Rt. 33 interchange will be home to a new diamond-shaped traffic flow design in 2016, which will direct drivers to drive on the opposite side of the road.

Local NEWS

Judge moves trial date for suspended sheriff to January

Suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly is now slated to go to trial on a 25-count indictment in January 2015 due to a "voluminous" amount of discovery that needs to take place.

Local NEWS

City Council approves Arts, Parks and Recreation levy

New .1 percent levy will be on November ballot

by Conor Morris

Athens City Council unanimously approved a potential 0.1 percent income tax rate increase to be put on the ballot in November to benefit the city's Arts, Parks and Recreation Department last Monday.

Local NEWS

Emerald ash borer found in Athens; ash removal incoming

Nasty little green beetle heralds the end for many ash trees in town

by Conor Morris

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed Wednesday that it has identified the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle in Athens County. Ron Lucas, Athens deputy service-safety director, says the EAB is an incredibly destructive invasive species from Asia that only infests ash trees, of which the city has about 300. 

Local NEWS

Archery program aims to teach life lessons

By Fred Kight

Anne L'Heureux has good reason to be proud. She created an Athens City Schools archery program and established a team that competed in the sixth annual National Archery in the Schools World Tournament.


Local NEWS

Good for the heart: Tricycle race fundraiser now open to all

by Conor Morris

Community members will put the pedal to the metal for a good cause this Saturday at OhioHealth's second annual tricycle race fundraiser.

Local NEWS

Program looks to expand environmental education

By Fred Kight

It's the kind of activity that makes Rural Action Environmental Education Coordinator Joe Brehm feel good all over. Inspired by an Earth Day lesson, some of his students instigated the cleanup of an illegal dumpsite.

Local NEWS

Brew week makes a splash

Rain doesn't much dampen "Last Call" celebration Saturday

By McKenzie Powell

Ohio Brew Week wrapped up its eventful eight-day festival with Last Call on Court Street Saturday. Last Call featured dozens of craft breweries from all over Ohio, along with various art and food vendors and performances from six local bands.

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

Progress seen on Athens-Belpre trail

By Kaleb Carter

The Athens-Belpre Rail Trail is well on its way to becoming a reality. A local effort to help connect regional trails is underway, with the former B&O railroad grade making up much of the path that will connect Athens to Belpre, an Ohio community across the Ohio River from Parkersburg, W.Va.

Regional NEWS

Planned drilling rules, taxes get mixed reception

by David DeWitt

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is slated to start releasing proposed rules for tightening oil-and-gas drilling regulation in Ohio. While the proposal has prompted support from some in the industry, others are expressing concerns.

Regional NEWS

Depending on the source, state’s doing great or lousy

by David DeWitt

The end of the year is nigh, and it may come as no surprise that Ohio's political leaders have starkly different views on what type of 2013 the state saw.

Regional NEWS

Huge petrochemical project proposed for 3 miles east of Athens County

Boosters in West Virginia say Wood County facility will remake Mid-Ohio Valley

by Terry Smith

About three miles east of the Athens County line, a Brazil company has proposed a major petrochemical complex intended to exploit the surge in Utica and Marcellus deep-shale gas and oil development in the Mid-Atlantic region and Ohio Valley.

Regional NEWS

Is senator on possibles list for running mate in governor race?

by David DeWitt

Reports surfaced earlier this month that the state senator representing the Athens area is in contention for the lieutenant governor spot in Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald's bid to oust Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Regional NEWS

Youngstown voters shoot down anti-fracking ballot measure

A proposed anti-fracking amendment on the ballot in Youngstown got turned down decisively by voters in Tuesday's primary election. The proposal was based on the same template that an Athens anti-fracking group is using to propose a ban on drilling and related activities in Athens.

Regional NEWS

Ohio GOP continues its war on moderation

Ohio Republicans continue targeting of sex education, women’s rights and health care for the poor

By German Lopez, Cincinnati CityBeat

In the early 1960s, Roe v. Wade had yet to legalize abortion, Medicaid didn't exist, and educating teenagers on issues related to women's health and sex was still considered taboo. Progressives often argue that society has made great strides on these issues since that time.

Regional NEWS

Pittsburgh taco man got inspiration from Athens

By Anna Moore

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

Regional NEWS

Was church fire set by LGBT haters?

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

by Terry Smith

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

Regional NEWS

State’s school chief resigns after report on conflicts

by David DeWitt

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

Sports NEWS

Former Bobcat star receiver released by NFL's Colts after his second drug suspension

By Kaleb Carter

Ohio University alumnus and until recently an Indianapolis Colt, Lavon Brazill, has found himself in hot water once more after violating the National Football League's substance-abuse policy for a second time.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat to suit up for Senegal during FIBA World Cup

Rising senior will compete with Senegal National Team during international basketball competition

Ohio University men's basketball senior Maurice Ndour has been selected to play for the Senegal National Team during the 2014 FIBA World Cup this summer in Spain.

Sports NEWS

OU prof studying European athletics to help US system

By Fred Kight

Most players in the NFL and NBA get there after playing football or basketball in college. But most sports professionals in Europe do not attend college. 

Sports NEWS

Copperheads coiled and ready to strike in 2014

By Kaleb Carter

Today (Thursday) begins another season of southern Ohio baseball in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League as Athens' own Copperheads set their sights on a championship one year after a heartbreaking semi-final playoff loss.

Sports NEWS

Athens High School QB commits to Ohio State

By Kaleb Carter

The much-coveted Athens High School quarterback prospect Joey Burrow spurned dozens of interested college football programs to make a verbal commitment to Ohio State University to play there in the fall of 2015.

Sports NEWS

Athens archery team shoots straight at nationals

By Kaleb Carter

When thinking about the successful school sports within Athens, the success that comes to mind is often on the gridiron and on the hardwood. However, possibly the most successful Athens athletics program over the last year has commanded a bow and arrow.

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.

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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