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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

Construction nearing finish line on Park Place and Mulberry

by Conor Morris

Ohio University officials said last week they expect on-campus road construction for Park Place and Mulberry Street to be complete and for the roadways to be open by mid-January.

Campus NEWS

To infinity, and beyond!

OU botany students launch space experiment

by Dennis Powell

How do seeds, when they germinate, know which direction to grow? We all know that plants tend to grow toward bright light, but seeds, underground, find darkness in every direction. Might warmth of the sun on the ground's surface give the seedlings directions, perhaps?

Campus NEWS

OU gears up to be tobacco-free next year

By Sam Flynn

Ohio University is becoming a "Tobacco Free Campus," effective Aug. 1, 2015, in accordance with a resolution made by the Ohio Board of Regents in July 2012 to establish statewide tobacco-free campuses.

Campus NEWS

Faculty Senate talks athletics, state funding

By Sam Flynn

State funding, faculty compensation, and athletic spending were the issues at hand as OU Faculty Senate met for the final time in 2014 last Monday.

Campus NEWS

Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity suspended on OU campus

Sigma Alpha Epsilon's national headquarters announced last week it has closed its Gamma chapter at Ohio University, temporarily suspended its charter, and suspended all of its members.

Campus NEWS

Sexual assault at college a top issue for Scripps Challenge

With sexual assault on college campuses dominating the news in recent weeks, nearly half of this year's Scripps Innovation Challenge teams at Ohio University will be creating solutions to address this issue, according to a news release from the university.

Campus NEWS

OU responds to T-shirt lawsuit

by David DeWitt

An attorney for Ohio University has filed an answer to a federal lawsuit filed by a current student alleging violation of free speech when university officials are alleged to have ordered a campus group to stop wearing a T-shirt.

Campus NEWS

OU strives to increase sizable international population

Chinese student make up majority of international undergraduate students

By Fred Kight

While they're still a small fraction of the overall student body, more international students are coming to Ohio University.

Campus NEWS

On Court Street - 12-8-14

We ask OU students about Christmas shopping this week...

Campus NEWS

OU student says he didn't mean to 'side-eye' Taylor Swift

Student's seemingly derisive facial expression behind Swift during AMAs goes viral

by Conor Morris

Pictures of an Ohio University student's seemingly derisive facial expression behind an emotional Taylor Swift during a performance at the American Music Awards (AMAs) went viral last month.

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.

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.

Local NEWS

Charges filed in crash that killed two Athens County women

by David DeWitt

Charges have been filed for vehicular homicide against the driver in a one-car crash that killed two Athens County women this past June.

Local NEWS

ReUse to open community tool library early next year

ReUse Industries plans to open a community tool library to serve the general public and non-profit organizations at its Columbus Road location in Athens beginning in early 2015.

Local NEWS

Municipal tax reform bill looks to cost city of Athens over $200K

by David DeWitt

A municipal tax uniformity law opposed by local officials and area lawmakers has passed in the Ohio General Assembly and is heading to the desk of Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

Local NEWS

Athens City Council approves 2015 budget

by Conor Morris

Athens City Council approved a variety of ordinances during its last meeting of the year Monday relating to the city's 2015 budget. Some highlights from the ordinances passed: a 7.5 percent pay increase for most city elected officials over the next four years, a 7.5 percent pay raise over the next three years for the city's police union members, and a larger-than-usual overall budget as a result of 2015 city infrastructure projects.

Local NEWS

Meeting planned over new injection well application

by David DeWitt

The Athens County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting regarding a proposal for a third oil and gas hydraulic fracturing waste injection well in eastern Athens County.

Local NEWS

Emergency heating assistance program offered by HAPCAP

The winter crisis program for Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action is in full effect for 2014, according to a news release.

Local NEWS

Model train barn brings holiday cheer

by Dennis Powell

Next to rocking horses, nothing more shouts Christmas morning than the electric model train. Generations of children, mostly boys, started what often became a lifelong hobby with their first train set on December 25.

Local NEWS

Local Children Services nabs $87K state funding grant

Athens County Children Services's grant application to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Efficiency and Innovation Fund has been approved. ACCS applied for funding to address the impact the opiate epidemic is having on the children and families of Athens County, according to a news release.

Local NEWS

Two Democrats announce bids for Athens City Council

Kraynanski and former deputy engineer Canterbury will seek at-large Council seats in May

by Conor Morris

Two Athens residents, both Democrats, announced their intention last week to run for at-large City Council seats in next year's May primary election.

Local NEWS

Village Bakery gets greener with new geothermal system

By Fred Kight

With energy provided by solar, wood and geothermal, Village Bakery and the Della Zona Pizzeria may be the "greenest" place in Athens. A geothermal system is the latest step toward environmental progress at the two adjacent buildings.

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

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.

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.

Sports NEWS

Starter or sixth man, Campbell produces for ‘Cats

Sophomore forward steps into extended role

By Matt Lardner

Late last season under coach Jim Christian, forward Antonio Campbell found himself inserted to Ohio basketball's starting lineup. After having averaged two points per game through the first 29 games of the Bobcat men's season, the then-freshman moved into the starting lineup and posted four double-digit scoring performances through Ohio's final seven games.

Sports NEWS

To Saul Phillips, even an ugly win is pretty

Team

By Matt Lardner

On Nov. 25 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Ohio beat the Golden Lions 69-60, only pulling away from its foe, which fell to 1-5 with the loss, in the game's final minutes. 

Sports NEWS

Ohio men imperfect, but do enough to win

Bobcats best 1-7 Alcorn State behind Ndour, Campbell

By Matt Lardner

Maurice Ndour scored 20 points, Antonio Campbell had a double-double on his first start of the season, and Ohio beat Alcorn State 66-55 in Saturday's sparsely attended winter-break basketball game in the Convo.

Sports NEWS

Stevie Taylor hopes to snap slump for Bobcats

Vocal Ohio veteran, a fan mainstay, adjusts mindset

By Matt Lardner

Stevie Taylor, the only senior who has been a Bobcat for four years, is no stranger to system shake-ups - the guard has played for three different head coaches.

Sports NEWS

There's little consolation in losing for Bobcat men

Ohio drops another home game

By Matt Lardner

The bad news is that the Ohio men's basketball team has lost three of its past four basketball games. The good news? For Ohio coach Saul Phillips, there isn't any. His team lost, again, Saturday.

Sports NEWS

Second-half struggles hurt Bobcat men against Bonnies

Ohio drops second straight at the Convo

By Matt Lardner

Antonio Campbell showed well from the bench, earning his first career double-double – but the ’Cats were outclassed in the second half Saturday by a Bonnies squad as long and lean as Ohio, and maybe more athletic.

Sports NEWS

Athens loses in a back-and-forth thriller

Toledo Central Catholic scores in last minute to edge Bulldogs

The Athens High Bulldogs' dream season came to a heartbreaking end Thursday evening, as Toledo Central Catholic beat them 56-52 in a back-and-forth contest that people will be talking about for years.

Sports NEWS

AHS Bulldogs one win from perfection – and state title

Burrow, Williams lead team from first-ever championship game

By Matt Lardner

While Ohio University awaits news on whether its football team will be selected for a bowl game, a local squad at the high-school level will vie Thursday for a championship in its first appearance in a state final. (Athens ended up losing the championship, 56-52.)

Sports NEWS

Silver lining for Bobcats in Saturday’s strong showing

Bobcat basketball men lose at buzzer to Belmont, but there’s a lot to like

By Matt Lardner

This week Ohio men's basketball played two close contests; in one, a 69-60 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Bobcats failed to impress against a 1-5 squad.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat men drop down-to-the-wire contest

Belmont wins shooting battle, 83-81, behind 42-point star

By Matt Lardner

In a battle between stellar shooting guards who scored career highs Saturday at the Convo in Athens, the game came down to the last possession - and the final touch for an electric scorer. Unfortu

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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