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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  

Student arrested for allegedly assaulting OU Police officer

by Conor Morris

An Ohio University Police Department officer was hit in the face while he attempted to arrest an allegedly disorderly male student on campus Monday, Feb. 23.

Campus NEWS  

Is another old OU building doomed?

by Conor Morris

The Athens Historic Preservation Commission sent a letter to the Ohio University administration Friday asking that the university reconsider its plans to demolish the President Street Academic Center, a largely-unused, historic building on the corner of President and South Congress streets in Athens.

Campus NEWS

Accident claims life of OU official who also coached youth hockey

High school hockey players wore special helmet decals at an all-star game Sunday in honor of their coach, an Ohio University administrator who died in a highway accident Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle.

Campus NEWS

Student group plants symbolic headstones to make point about police violence

By Sam Schooler

This past Monday, an empty graveyard stood on Ohio University's College Green. Almost 100 cardboard tombstones, each inscribed with the name of a person who allegedly has died from police brutality or violence, were placed in front of Memorial Auditorium for a vigil attended by 20 to 30 students.

Campus NEWS

Pipeline will help OU shift from coal heating to gas

by Conor Morris

Ohio University is seeking to create a new, medium-pressure natural gas pipeline that will run underneath the Hocking River from the south side of town, near Dairy Lane, to OU's Lausche Heating Plant.

Campus NEWS

OU adjuncts plan event in solidarity with walkouts

This Wednesday, adjunct professors across the country will be holding events to call for better pay and working conditions.

Campus NEWS

OU named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students

Ohio University has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as a top producer of 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Students, according to a news release.

Campus NEWS

Student Senate resolves to support RA unionization effort

by Conor Morris

Ohio University's Student Senate passed a resolution last Wednesday supporting efforts by some residential assistants to unionize the university's entire RA staff.

Campus NEWS

For 13th edition, Number Fest seeks permanent home

by Conor Morris

The Athens Number Fest's (#Fest) founder and director said Monday that the festival is seeking a permanent home, which could end up being the same place where the wild, mud-and-music-filled festival has been hosted for the past few years.

Campus NEWS

OU provides construction update

By Sam Schooler

Ohio University officials held a conference call Thursday to discuss what's up with everyone's favorite season: construction.

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  

County wants $85K from convicted sheriff

Officials also in quandary about what to do with rotting official documents that sheriff dumped in local landfill

by David DeWitt

The Athens County Commissioners on Thursday authorized Prosecutor Keller Blackburn to file a lawsuit seeking more than $85,000 in salary and compensation former sheriff Pat Kelly received while suspended under indictment and waiting for trial.

Local NEWS  

New Nelsonville food pantry a tribute to its late founder, volunteers say

by Dennis Powell

When Bob Sheskey died last August, many thought - and others feared – that the Nelsonville Food Cupboard would soon close.

Local NEWS  

Work set to resume on big Richland Avenue project

Preliminary work will begin this week on the city of Athens' road reconstruction project for south Richland Avenue between Dairy Lane and Canterbury Drive.

Local NEWS  

Hocking prez lays down gauntlet to faculty union

by David DeWitt

The Hocking College administration has announced it will withdraw its objection to two professional bargaining unit grievances that the union has voted to send to arbitration.

Local NEWS  

Sheriff’s, prosecutor’s offices donate to local kids’ causes

The Athens County Sheriff's and Prosecutor's offices announced Friday a number of donations aimed at helping kids.

Local NEWS

APG Media names co-publishers for Athens NEWS

One is the paper's long-time editor; the other is a former ad manager for The NEWS

Terry Smith and Sherrie Bossart have been promoted to the roles of associate publishers of The Athens NEWS, APG Media of Ohio announced Friday.

Local NEWS

Man from The Plains dies in one-vehicle crash Thursday morning

A 73-year-old man from The Plains died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday morning in York Township in northeastern Athens County.

Local NEWS

Will Coast Guard allow frack waste barging on Ohio River?

by David DeWitt

A Texas-based company looking to construct a deep-shale drilling waste off-loading facility on the Ohio River in Meigs County pitched to its investors last month that it had been given the go-ahead by the U.S. Coast Guard to barge oil-and-gas drilling waste materials down the river.

Local NEWS

Nelsonville couple hit with charges after disabled cousin’s death

by David DeWitt

A Nelsonville couple has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies related to a lack of care that contributed to the death of a disabled woman.

Local NEWS

Athens, the coolest

City named among ‘20 coolest towns’ in U.S.

by Terry Smith

I feel cool; don't you feel cool? You should feel that way after Athens, Ohio, won placement among the "Top 20 Coolest Towns in the U.S." on the travel website Matador.

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  

Ohio women clinch division, conference title at Convo

First regular-season MAC title in 20 years comes after win over Bowling Green; conference tourny the next hurdle

By Matt Lardner

While students fanned out to their far-flung spring break destinations Saturday afternoon, Ohio women's basketball stayed in the unrelenting winter of Athens to make a statement.

Sports NEWS

Ohio women clinch MAC championship by defeating BG

Last time the women ’Cats won the conference was 20 years ago

The Ohio women's basketball team took a decisive victory over Bowling Green Saturday afternoon in Athens, giving the 'Cats their first MAC regular season championship in 20 years.

Sports NEWS

Bobcats doomed by Akron runs in sixth straight loss

Longest losing streak in more than 15 years for Ohio

By Matt Lardner

The Ohio men's basketball team is in the midst of its longest streak of losses since the 20th century. The Bobcats lost their sixth straight game – all by double digits – Friday night in a 70-58 loss to Akron.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat men’s season perched on the brink

9-7 squad in midst of season-long loss streak

The Bobcats may have reached a season nadir Tuesday when Bowling Green scored the first four points of the second half to make the score 44-22 in favor of the Falcons and all but finalize Ohio's fifth consecutive loss.

Sports NEWS

Bobcats blown out at home in fifth straight loss

Ndour big after Willis injury but 'Cats 'beasted' on the glass

By Matt Lardner

Despite the best efforts of Maurice Ndour, Ohio lengthened its losing streak to a season-long five games Tuesday at home against Bowling Green.

Sports NEWS

Women rebound from upset in convincing road win

Guard Black carries team with 31 in followup game to contest where winning streak was snapped

By Matt Lardner

Where some teams may have been shaken by an unexpected loss against a fatigued team, Ohio women's basketball rebounded Saturday with a persuasive win on the road against one of the conference's best squads.

Sports NEWS

Scoring woes continue for 'Cats in fourth straight loss

Behind sloppy shooting Ohio falls to Kent State 64-51

By Matt Lardner

The Ohio men's offense continued to struggle on a snow-covered Saturday at the Convo, with the team mustering just 51 points in a loss against Kent State. The 64-51 result marks the fourth loss i

Sports NEWS

’Cats back from Spain in time for hockey playoffs

Ohio coach Hogan, three players represented U.S. in international tourney

By Matt Lardner

Ohio hockey coach Sean Hogan accompanied three Bobcat players to Granada, Spain for the Winter World University Games to represent the United States on the international level over the past three weeks.

Sports NEWS

‘Cats can’t beat Broncos to buck losing streak

Willis’ 21 paces Ohio in close road loss

By Matt Lardner

A 9-0 Western Michigan run during the final minutes of Ohio's Wednesday road game negated an inspired effort from the Bobcats and guard Bean Willis. With the 'Cats 1-7 on the road this season an

Sports NEWS

Ohio men succumb to pressure in pair of recent conference losses

Meanwhile, Bobcat women continue their winning ways

By Matt Lardner

This past week for the Ohio Bobcat men's basketball team week defined by pressure. Mainly, unfortunately, it was how Ohio couldn't handle it. Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Bobcats lost to Central Michigan in a game basically over before it started.

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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