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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

Protesters at 'Bat Rally' attack OU Prez's move from campus

by Conor Morris

"(Ohio University President) McDavis has no problem with bats. He has a problem with sharing," OU student Jessica Ensley shouted through a megaphone at a rally in front of OU's President's

Campus NEWS

McDavises' home swap, bats in President's Residence inspire rally

Faculty voice concern with McDavises move to suburbs, possible $1.2 million purchase of home

by Conor Morris

"Are bats a $1.2 million problem?" That statement, found in the introduction to a Facebook event for a planned "Bat Rally" this Tuesday outside of the historic Ohio University

Campus NEWS

OU expert clarifies campus bat situation

President's Residence could house bat colony

by Conor Morris

Last year, Ohio University spent $14,850 to "exclude" about 150 bats that had taken residence in a colony in the attic of O'Bleness House - a dorm on OU's South Green. 

Campus NEWS

Smaller fest copes with rules

By Sam Schooler

When Ohio University student Andrea Beard called in at 10 a.m. Friday, she said Palmer Place Fest pre-gaming was already underway.

Campus NEWS

Some opt for 'chill fest' during Palmer bash

By Tess Stevens

We Americans love traditions. We love traditions that come with holidays, like over-eating. We love traditions that come with sporting events, like singing the National Anthem.

Campus NEWS

Survivor Advocacy program has new home in works at OU

By Sam Schooler

Ohio University's Survivor Advocacy Program (OUSAP) will be getting a new office for the 2015-2016 year and continuing to offer its breadth of services to OU students and the local community.

Campus NEWS

#Fest founder talks safety, new rules in lengthy letter

by Conor Morris

Number Fest founder Dominic Petrozzi recently penned a lengthy letter explaining changes and increased security measures at this year's edition of the generally muddy, rowdy college music festival.

Campus NEWS

Biggest spring block party set for Saturday on Palmer

by Conor Morris

The biggest Ohio University student block party of the spring, Palmer Fest, is this Saturday. Some snapshots of past iterations of the party on Palmer Street: droves of intoxicated students and their guests partying in the sunshine; riot police shutting down wild house parties after furniture burns in the street; and, at the most extreme, a house set on fire in 2012.

Campus NEWS

Whose streets?

Student Senate president, members found guilty for role in protest march

by Conor Morris

Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec and two other members Senate were found guilty Monday of persistent disorderly conduct in Athens County Municipal Court. The charges were connected to their behavior during a student-led protest of a tuition hike approved in January by the OU Board of Trustees.

Campus NEWS

Winning innovators tackle sexual assault on campus

By Samantha Nelson

The third annual Scripps Innovation Challenge wrapped up its competition Monday afternoon with a finale that decided which teams would win the challenge.

Election NEWS

Dems & Repubs file for primary

Two local bike shop owners file for at-large City Council seats

by Conor Morris

Wednesday, Feb. 4, the filing deadline for Democrats and Republicans for the May 4 primary, has come and gone. Of special note thus far in this election cycle: Eight Democrats and two Republicans each seeking one of three at-large City Council seats.

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.

Local NEWS

On Court Street 3-30-15

This week we ask random people on Court Street: Are you OK with OU's current and future presidents living in a big, nice house on Athens' South Side?

Local NEWS

State overrules city objections to beer, margaritas at uptown Chipotle

by Conor Morris

The state Division of Liquor Control does not agree with Athens City Council's contention that sale of beer and margaritas at the Chipotle Mexican Grill on South Court Street would be detrimental to the city.

Local NEWS

Athens City School Board considers abuse reporting policy changes

by Conor Morris

The Athens City School Board considered recommendations for an overhaul of the school district's abuse/sexual misconduct reporting policies and guidelines at its Thursday meeting. 

Local NEWS

Palmer Fest arrests rise in '15

This year's Palmer Fest transpired routinely Saturday, though arrests during the annual student block party were up from last year, rising from 33 to 57.

Local NEWS

Holzer tax debate continues

by David DeWitt

A Federal Hocking School Board member is asking the Athens County Commissioners to follow through with rescinding several measures related to Holzer Clinic of Athens as the medical outfit continues to seek tax exemption from the state of Ohio.

Local NEWS

Grenade found in yard near Glouster Municipal Park

Ohio Rt. 13 open again after detonation

by David DeWitt

UPDATED: Ohio Rt. 13 in Glouster has been reopened after the detonation of a hand grenade Glouster Mayor Miles Wolf said was found Saturday afternoon by an area resident digging in his yard.

Local NEWS

Eighth frack well on way with approval of K&H No. 3

by David DeWitt

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved a new drilling-waste injection well in eastern Athens County that will become the third owned by K&H Partners of West Virginia.

Local NEWS

Recycling Day mainly for stuff that’s not easy to get rid of

Community members in Athens and the surrounding area will have the opportunity to bring recyclable items and donations to the RecycleMania Community Recycling Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Athens County Fairgrounds.

Local NEWS

Danger zone to the highway; residents call for safer Radford Road

by David DeWitt

Some residents of Radford Road concerned about safety want to see stop signs and traffic signals installed right away, but according to Athens County Engineer Jeff Maiden that just won't be possible.

Local NEWS

Five local men, one woman, busted in drug roundup

The Athens County Major Crimes Unit conducted a drug trafficking roundup operation on St. Patrick's Day that landed six Athens County residents in jail.

National NEWS

Jordan’s King Abdullah’s on the warpath

By Martin Kufus

From the Fox News website, Feb. 4, 2015: "Jordan's King Abdullah, himself a former general, angrily vowed to pursue ISIS until his military runs 'out of fuel and bullets,' in a closed door meeting with U.S. lawmakers that followed the release Wednesday of a grisly video showing a captured Jordanian airman being burned alive in a cage by the terrorist army.

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.

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

‘Gravel Rouser’ features events from strenuous to hilarious

by Dennis Powell

After a long, dark, cold winter, outdoor athletes are eager to get back to it - and none more than the area's many avid bicyclists.

Sports NEWS

No quit for underdog Bobcats in loss that ends season

27-win campaign ends at hands of Arizona State in first round of 'Big Dance'

By Matt Lardner

With a game that never broke Ohio's way now out of reach, the Bobcat women made a 13-0 run that spoke to the team's character during the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in Tempe, Arizona, Saturday afternoon.

Sports NEWS

Arizona State defeats Bobcats in first-round NCAA match-up

Turnovers, foul trouble, outside shooting send Ohio home early

By Matt Lardner

Ohio's dream season ended Saturday in the Arizona desert, both Bobcat offense and defense struggling to transcend traveling across three time zones via plane.

Sports NEWS

Area’s roads, atmosphere play starring role in bike event

As winter melts away, cyclists from around Ohio and beyond will be making their way to Athens this weekend to participate in the Gravel Rouser Classic, a four-day bicycling event sponsored by Athens Bicycle.

Sports NEWS

Tough tourney draw sends 14-seed Ohio to Arizona

Bobcat women meet Arizona State Saturday

By Matt Lardner

Two days after winning the MAC tournament for the first time since 1986, Bobcat women's basketball has a long way to travel just to make it to the team's first-round destination: Tempe, Arizona.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat women set wins record, make NCAA tourney

Conference tournament championship fulfills Ohio’s miracle turnaround

By Matt Lardner

Two teams with compelling storylines met Saturday in the MAC championship game for women's basketball, with the winner earning a bid for the NCAA championship.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat women headed to NCAA tournament after MAC championship win

Team sets program record with 27th victory of year

By Matt Lardner

The Mid-American Conference's hottest women's team lost Saturday afternoon in the tournament championship to the MAC's best team all season long. The Bobcat women will go to the "big dance"...

Sports NEWS

Bobcat women win semifinal, advance to MAC championship

Three score 13 to get Bobcats within a game of NCAA tournament

By Matt Lardner

For a game in which neither team took a foul shot in the first half, Ohio free throws helped preserve and augment a small but consistent lead against Buffalo to win Friday's semifinal game in the MAC women's basketball tournament.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat men bow out in first round of MAC tournament

Loss to Western Michigan comes despite best efforts of Taylor, Ndour

By Matt Lardner

Despite elite performances from seniors Stevie Taylor and Maurice Ndour, Ohio was felled in the first round of the MAC Tournament Monday evening, ending the Bobcats' season.

Sports NEWS

We are champions!

OU women’s basketball team heads to MAC tourney after magical turn-around season

By Matt Lardner

Ohio women's basketball cut down the nets Saturday after leading Miami from start to finish in the final game of the MAC regular season.

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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