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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

Graduate Student Senate wants grad students to boycott legal aid service

By Sam Schooler

Ohio University's Graduate Student Senate is calling for all graduate students to waive their legal fees.

Campus NEWS

OU Wilson Hall rape reported to OU Police

First rape reported in 2015 in OUPD's jurisdiction

by Conor Morris

A female Ohio University student reported last weekend to the OU Police Department that she was raped in mid-January at a campus residence hall.

Campus NEWS

OU Trustees OK tuition plan, say it will help students

OU students express skepticism during protest

by Conor Morris

Ohio University on Friday became the first of 14 public universities in Ohio to implement a tuition guarantee plan that sets tuition rates for four years for each future incoming cohort of undergraduate freshmen at OU.

Campus NEWS

Six charged after anti-tuition hike protests at OU

Three arrested on Friday during Board of Trustees meeting

by Conor Morris

Two OU students and an OU alumnus were arrested by Ohio University Police officers for allegedly disturbing Friday's Board of Trustees' meeting while protesting the Ohio Guarantee fixed-rate tuition plan on which Trustees were about to vote.

Campus NEWS

Several dozen students protest guaranteed tuition program, with its 5 percent tuition hike

By Sam Flynn

Between 75 and 100 students and others protested outside the ground-floor entrance to Ohio University's Baker Center Thursday against the Board of Trustees' expected approval Friday of a 5.1 percent increase.

Campus NEWS

Former OU Trustee chair sentenced in connection with data-rigging case

University says Harris was a strong and resposible Trustee chair

by Terry Smith

A former Ohio University Board of Trustees chairwoman last week pleaded no contest to a second-degree misdemeanor charge of dereliction of duty in connection with the Columbus City Schools' data-rigging scandal.

Campus NEWS

Have coffee with a cop at Baker

Officers from the Ohio University Police Department will get to know the faces and voices within the community they serve this morning (Thursday), when they sit down and enjoy cups of coffee at The Front Room in Baker Center as part of Coffee with a Cop.

Campus NEWS

Campus event focuses on race and inequity

by David DeWitt

What is it like to be black? What is it like to be white? When was the first time you realized that race is an issue?

Campus NEWS

Fest season less than two months away

Schedule has been set with first street fest March 13

By Scott Proietti

Though the calendar and outside temperatures may say winter, the 2015 spring semester at Ohio University is well underway, with the highly anticipated student fest season less than two months away.

Campus NEWS

OU Trustees to talk about demolition of President St. building

Some city officials express concern for historic building

by Conor Morris

The Athens City Historic Preservation Commission has drafted a letter asking Ohio University to postpone the proposed demolition of a building on the corner of President Street and Richland Avenue.

Election NEWS

Canterbury gets the party nod for council seat

Former deputy county engineer will be sworn in Tuesday before City Council

by Conor Morris

Former Athens County deputy engineer Mike Canterbury was appointed to a vacant at-large Athens City Council seat at a meeting of members of the Democratic Central Committee Wednesday evening.

Election NEWS

Fourth Dem says he’s running for at-large City Council seat

by Conor Morris

Another Democrat has said that he will run for an at-large Athens City Council seat in this year's May primary. Since December 2014, four Democrats and one Republican have announced they will seek an at-large seat (the city has three at-large seats).

Election NEWS

All City Council members not seeking new offices will seek re-election

Hecht and Cochran also say they will seek re-election

by Conor Morris

Current council members Jennifer Cochran, Kent Butler, Jeffrey Risner, Chris Fahl and Michele Papai as well as City Auditor Kathy Hecht (all Democrats) told The Athens NEWS this week that they will be running for re-election in next year's May primaries for their current seats on Athens City Council.

Election NEWS

Council member says she’ll run for City Council president

by Conor Morris

Athens City Council member Chris Knisely Tuesday confirmed her intention to run for the soon-to-be vacant council president position next year.

Election NEWS

City prosecutor says she'll run for law director position

Chief City Prosecutor Lisa Eliason announced Friday that she has taken out petitions and will seek the office of law director for the city of Athens for the term commencing Jan. 1, 2016. 

Election NEWS

Grim to retire from Municipal Court judgship, Grace to run

Athens County Municipal Judge William A. Grim announced Tuesday his intended retirement at the end of his term, while local lawyer Todd Grace announced the same day his intention to seek Grim's seat.

Election NEWS

Athens Mayor Wiehl says he won't run for re-election

City Council member Patterson, however, throws his hat into the ring

by Conor Morris

Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl announced Monday night (Dec. 1) that he will not run for re-election next year. A City Council member, Steve Patterson, however, said he intends to run for Wiehl's seat.

Election NEWS

Phillips' re-election confirmed in official count

by David DeWitt

After holding a narrow margin on election night, state Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, picked up significant provisional votes and has now officially won re-election to her fourth term representing Ohio's 94th state house district.

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.

Local NEWS

Defendant Kelly held in contempt of court for violating gag order

Given $500 fine, and warned about jail if violation happens again

by David DeWitt

Suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly was held in contempt of court Friday during the third day of testimony in his jury trial on a 25-count, multiple felony indictment.

Local NEWS

Sheriff’s trial motors into week two

First week testimony focuses on finances and conceal carry permits

by David DeWitt

The second week of witness testimony in the trial of suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly begins today (Monday) in Common Pleas Court.

Local NEWS

Second OU student Republican says he’ll run for council

by Conor Morris

A second Ohio University student has announced his intention to run as a Republican for an at-large Athens City Council seat this year.

Local NEWS

Nelsonville code law goes to voters

By Fred Kight

Without any discussion, Nelsonville City Council Monday evening placed a property maintenance referendum on the General Election ballot for November.

Local NEWS

Sipping n’ shopping? Athens Kroger seeks new liquor permit

by Conor Morris

If Athens' Kroger management is awarded the D5 liquor permit it's currently seeking, local Kroger shoppers could soon have the ability to sip a glass of beer or wine as they go about their shopping.

Local NEWS

Deputy Kelly takes anti-drug message into schools

Exhuming the Morgue

by Terry Smith

It's been a tough week trying to keep up with everything. Best of Athens is a colossal undertaking for both our writers and editor (me), the journalism equivalent of a kidney stone until it's been passed.

Local NEWS

Union Bar owners get state permit for new roof

by Conor Morris

The co-owners of the Union Bar & Grill building have received a partial building permit from the state so that they can replace the bar's roof that was destroyed in the West Union Street fire that devastated that block Nov. 16.

Local NEWS

Adversaries in Kelly trial argue good intentions vs. criminal intent

Each side lays out its strategy in opening statements

by David DeWitt

Prosecutors in the trial of suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly portrayed the case in opening statements Wednesday as one about public corruption and greed, with Kelly flouting his oath of office and using campaign donations and taxpayer dollars for personal financial and material gain.

Local NEWS

Athens High teacher arrested for alleged affair with student

An Athens High School teacher has been arrested for allegedly being "involved in a sexual relationship with student" at the school dating back to at least December 2013.

Local NEWS

Local First Amendment activist acquitted in trial involving Church Directory at courthouse

Judge decides Kalman case from bench, leaving First Amendment out of it

by Conor Morris

A local man was acquitted by a visiting Franklin County judge Tuesday of criminal mischief in a case that had revolved around different interpretations of the First Amendment. Ultimately, however, the judge rules on another issue.

National NEWS

OU alum, Pulitzer winner passes away while covering ebola in Africa

By Emily Estep

Photographer Michel du Cille, graduate of Ohio University's journalism master's program and a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has died after likely suffering a heart attack while on assignment for The Washington Post in Liberia.

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.

Regional NEWS

Count of area homeless people scheduled for late January

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that communities receiving Homeless Assistance Grant funding complete an annual sheltered and biennial unsheltered Point-In-Time Count during the last 10 days in January.

Regional NEWS

Lawsuit challenges fracking waste facilities in Ohio

By Mike Ludwig

Cheryl Mshar lives less than a mile from a fracking waste processing facility in Youngstown, Ohio. She worries that the air she breathes is polluted with chemicals and even radioactive contaminants. State regulators did not hold a public meeting before allowing the waste facility to begin operating earlier this year, so Mshar and her neighbors never had a say in the deal, until now.

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.

Sports NEWS

Bobcats play close, can't top Central Michigan

Strong second half overshadowed by slow start

By Matt Lardner

After getting blown out against Eastern Michigan Tuesday, the Bobcats returned to the state with a better outing that ended, despite a late push, with the same net result.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat bubble bursts in blowout at Eastern Mich.

Ohio men abysmal from the field in 76-40 road loss

By Matt Lardner

On a soul-crushing Tuesday night for fans of the Ohio Bobcat men's team, the 'Cats missed three-pointers like a broken record in a 76-40 beatdown to Eastern Michigan.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat men shoot blanks in quest for a win streak

36-point blowout Ohio's worst loss of year

By Matt Lardner

Just when the Bobcat men looked as if they could put up a fight in the Mid-American Conference during this season of transition, Ohio produced a clunker in that state to the North. Visiting Easter

Sports NEWS

Ohio men’s 2nd win sparks controversy over fist pump

Monster game, winning jam from Ndour both reasons for excitement

By Matt Lardner

After a trying 0-4 start to the Ohio men's Mid-American Conference season, the biggest thing coach Saul Phillips has to worry about this week is a fist pump.

Sports NEWS

Ndour's buzzer-beating slam helps 'Cats beat Buffalo

Forward scored 29, 10 of Ohio's final 11 in 63-61 win

By Matt Lardner

In a high-intensity game from start to finish, Maurice Ndour shouldered the load. A game-winning Ndour slam dunk gave Ohio (7-10, 2-4 MAC) a 63-61 win against Buffalo (12-6, 3-3 MAC) Saturday in the Bobcats' first nail-biter since a November loss to Belmont.

Sports NEWS

Urban Meyer pays a visit

Ohio State coach visits QB recruit's home in The Plains

By Matt Lardner

Less than 72 hours after winning the national college football championship, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer sat at an Athens area dining-room table.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat offense sizzles in first MAC win of season

Bean Willis, Stevie Taylor combine for 45 as team snaps slump

By Matt Lardner

Bean Willis was lights out in Muncie as the Bobcat men earned their first MAC win and first win on the road this season, beating Ball State 82-73.

Sports NEWS

Ohio men puzzle over shortcomings after 4th straight loss

Bobcats haven’t won on the road or in the MAC

By Matt Lardner

It's like a second-hand puzzle: Some pieces may be there, sections and spurts may look pretty and reveal a pleasing portion of a picture, and it might feel like progress - but it's frustrating to realize pieces are missing and the image cannot be perfect.

Sports NEWS

Ohio men suffer fourth consecutive loss, 69-59, at Kent

Garbage-time comeback tempers ugly overall game

By Matt Lardner

The Ohio men's basketball team's frustrating start in what's shaping up as a tough transitional year with a new coach continued with a suffocating loss Saturday night at Kent State.

Sports NEWS

I’m both a Buckeye and a Bobcat, so sue me

By Paul Meara

That's right. You read the headline correctly. I'm a Buckeye and a Bobcat and proud to be both.

Monday night, as I watched the final victorious seconds tick away on what would ultimately be Ohio State football's sixth outright national championship, one thought came across my head: thank God I'm not in Athens right now.

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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