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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 protesters question McDavis on wage disparities, other issues during ‘open office hours’; say president got ‘irate’

By Sam Flynn

Students met with Ohio University President Roderick McDavis during his monthly office hours 2-4 p.m. Tuesday in Cutler Hall to protest rising administrative salaries, low student worker wages and high student debt.

Campus NEWS  

OU’s campus crime stats down for 2013

But numbers from federally mandated Clery Act campus reports can be misleading

by Conor Morris

Findings from the Ohio University Police Department's annual report of all crimes that happened on and off campus for 2013 show that most crime and disciplinary referral categories were down from previous years.

Campus NEWS  

110 named top marching band

Ohio University's marching band, the Marching 110, was recently named the top college marching band in the country for 2014 by Collegesports-fans.com.

Campus NEWS

OU freshman’s dream becomes reality in new book

By Samantha Nelson

"I sighed a little as I gazed at the moon outside. It was one of those nights - one of those velvet nights when one couldn't help but gaze, mesmerized, at the horizon… and reminisce about their past, as well as the past of all humanity."

Campus NEWS

OU says $150 parking fines, no towing on Halloween

At least one towing company in town not happy

by Conor Morris

Ohio University's Transportation and Parking Services will not tow cars during the upcoming Halloween block party. Instead, the university will jack up the price of a parking ticket fine received on the Saturday of the celebration from $30 to $150.

Campus NEWS

Petitions call for recall election for Student Senate president

Effort comes in wake of controversy over anti-Israel video

By Sam Flynn

The backlash against Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec's leadership is continuing in a new form – an ongoing recall campaign.

Campus NEWS

Democratic, Republican clubs at OU gear up for election

By Sam Flynn

The General Election is less than six weeks away, and Ohio University student activists are hard at work on a grassroots level representing candidates and issues relevant to Athens and Ohio in general.

Campus NEWS

OU Greek life evolves from 'animal house' days

By Sam Flynn

Ohio University's Greek Life community evolves each year with the primary goal of its social groups - recruitment - being refined and adjusted. In recent years, this has meant a shift to more aggress

Campus NEWS

OU highlights new transportation and parking programs

by David DeWitt

In a conference call Thursday, Ohio University Transportation and Parking Services highlighted new programs this year that allow drivers to pay for parking with their smart-phones, track the whereabouts of campus shuttles with GPS technology, and take advantage of a new car-sharing network.

Campus NEWS

OU begins fundraising for athletic academic center

Ohio University last week announced a fundraising campaign for a new state-of-the-art Academic Center that will be located in the north end zone of Peden Stadium. 

Election NEWS

Auditor race pits ‘watchdog’ against ‘communicator’

by David DeWitt

The race for Athens County Auditor is taking shape with incumbent Jill Thompson citing her record as a watchdog for taxpayers, and challenger Kathy Hecht setting herself up as an auditor who will work more cooperatively with other elected officials.

Election NEWS

City airs levy to upgrade pool, parks and more

by Conor Morris

The city of Athens is asking voters to approve a renewal levy this fall for the parks and rec department to fund a number of improvements. They include replacing the aging city pool, ADA accessibility improvements to the city's parks, and updates to the Athens Community Center.

Election NEWS

Ohio House candidates differ over effort to repeal education standards

by David DeWitt

A debate in Columbus over education standards in Ohio is raging with a bill slated to possibly leave committee in coming weeks that would remove Common Core standards from the state and replace them in phases with new standards.

Election NEWS

Who's got the rural Ohio cred?

by David DeWitt

A debate has risen in the race for Ohio's 15th U.S. Congressional District about who has the right background to represent the large and varied district.

Election NEWS

Lang holds on to slender win after judge race recount

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

Dem candidate for secretary of state calls to increase voter access

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

Recount will proceed with judge’s race tightening

Lang maintains four-vote lead

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

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

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

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

Voters pass Athens Schools income tax and Trimble Schools improvements levy

by David DeWitt

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

Election NEWS

GOP candidates sound less different than they look

by David DeWitt

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

Local NEWS  

18-month prison term handed down in case similar to Sheriff Kelly’s

by Terry Smith

If he was following the news, Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly likely got a glimpse this week of what might be in store for him if he's found guilty of the public corruption charges that he's facing in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

Local NEWS  

Coroner resigns; Dr. Ortman may replace him

by David DeWitt

Athens County Coroner Dr. Harold Clay Thompson resigned from his position effective Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Local NEWS  

HC Trustee: No action taken with president

Emergency personnel meeting set for Thursday afternoon

by David DeWitt

Since last week when a Hocking College official announced the college was facing a $4.2-plus million budget shortfall, as well as continuing to hemorrhage enrollment, speculation has been rife on the campus that President Ron Erickson would be fired or let go.

Local NEWS  

Missing Hocking student found dead in Columbus

A Hocking College student who went missing last month has been found dead in Columbus, according to a news release from the Nelsonville Police Department.

Local NEWS  

Police, students bond over BBQ at OU

by David DeWitt

Park Place, a city road south of Ohio University's College Green, was shut down to traffic early Tuesday evening. Crowds of students milled about. The music could be heard a block away.

Local NEWS

Area superintendents respond to mixed state report card grades

Raise questions over so much testing

by David DeWitt

School districts in Athens County received annual report cards from the state of Ohio earlier this month, and while some districts did well and others did poorly, superintendents interviewed this week all pointed to burdensome and excessive testing requirements.

Local NEWS

ODOT uses high tech to monitor low dip

Project a precautionary measure to prevent issues related to old mines

by Dennis Powell

The new Nelsonville bypass wouldn't be of much use if a section of U.S. Rt. 33 southeast of it collapsed into abandoned mines.

Local NEWS

Partnership in works to light Court Street for events all year long

by Conor Morris

Athens City Council, Ohio University and members of the Athens Uptown Business Association (AUBA) have agreed to work toward putting a uniform set of white LED perimeter lights on the front of buildings on Court Street.

Local NEWS

Athens' first wine bar coming in October

by David DeWitt

Longtime bar and eatery The Oak Room on Athens' west side is no more, but coming next month in its place will be the city's first wine bar in modern history, Athens Uncorked.

Local NEWS

Past rumbles, whirs & clatters at event

by Dennis Powell

There is "steampunk" - and then there's steam-powered. The former was the theme of festivities three weeks ago, but the real thing was on display this past weekend at Lake Snowden, as hundreds of participants and thousands of visitors gathered at the Albany area park for the Athens County Antique Machinery Show.

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.

National NEWS

Rep. Gibbs, in first 7 months, attacks regulation, taxes

by David DeWitt

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs displaced incumbent Zack Space in 2010 during the race for Ohio's 18th Congressional district seat. Now with seven months in office under his belt, Gibbs claims he's on his way t

Regional NEWS

Progress seen on Athens-Belpre trail

By Kaleb Carter

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

Regional NEWS

Planned drilling rules, taxes get mixed reception

by David DeWitt

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

Regional NEWS

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

by David DeWitt

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

Regional NEWS

Huge petrochemical project proposed for 3 miles east of Athens County

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

by Terry Smith

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

Regional NEWS

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

by David DeWitt

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

Regional NEWS

Youngstown voters shoot down anti-fracking ballot measure

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

Regional NEWS

Ohio GOP continues its war on moderation

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

By German Lopez, Cincinnati CityBeat

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

Regional NEWS

Pittsburgh taco man got inspiration from Athens

By Anna Moore

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

Regional NEWS

Was church fire set by LGBT haters?

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

by Terry Smith

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

Regional NEWS

State’s school chief resigns after report on conflicts

by David DeWitt

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

Sports NEWS

Ouellette establishes Ohio ground game against EIU

Bobcat running back sets tone to win before ankle injury

By Matt Lardner

After his 27-carry, 132-yard day against Idaho, freshman and former walk-on running back A.J. Ouellette was moved atop Ohio's depth chart. The Bobcats handed the ball to Ouellette, making his first collegiate start, on the game's first play.

Sports NEWS

Bruising Bobcat run game leads team past Eastern Illinois

Four rushing touchdowns help Ohio win without Vick

By Matt Lardner

Down a quarterback, the Bobcats went to the ground game to pound Eastern Illinois Saturday afternoon at home. Between new running back starter A.J. Ouellette and replacement quarterback JD Sprague

Sports NEWS

OU walk-ons are major contributors so far in ’14

QB Sprague and RB Ouellette worked hard to ascend depth chart

By Matt Lardner

It's rare for a Division I football program to start a former walk-on at a skill position. It's nearly unheard of for a team to have two share the same backfield.

Sports NEWS

Though QB Vick goes down, Ohio offense finally takes shape

By Matt Lardner

In the home opener Saturday night, Ohio head coach Frank Solich may have had a season-long quarterback controversy settled in the worst way - a serious injury to starter and team captain Derrius Vick.

Sports NEWS

Bobcats too much for Vandals to handle

Freshmen Ouellette, Poling key to win in Peden opener

By Matt Lardner

Two A.J. Ouellette gadget plays were instrumental in Ohio's hard-fought 36-24 victory Saturday night at home against Idaho. Freshman Ouellette scored from a yard out on a direct snap in the secon

Sports NEWS

'Cats not hitting panic button before Idaho

Little will change in home opener against 0-2 Vandals

By Matt Lardner

Ohio head coach Frank Solich is known for his conservative approach to the game. And part of his prolonged success at Ohio is a function of his consistency.

Sports NEWS

Bobcats end tough road stretch on sour note

By Matt Lardner

As the bell tolled at Joan C. Edwards Stadium after Ohio's 44-14 loss to Marshall, it was hard not to think of how the game could have played out differently.

Sports NEWS

Bell tolls for 'Cats after rivalry blowout loss at Marshall

Bobcats had won past three Battles for the Bell

By Matt Lardner

Heading into their game at Marshall, the Bobcats had won the past three meetings in the Battle for the Bell. Saturday's rivalry game was all Herd.

Sports NEWS

Crutcher at center of stout run defense for Bobcats

By Matt Lardner

You might not know the name of the senior anchoring one of the best rush defenses in the MAC. Ohio's Antwan Crutcher isn't often the center of attention - that is, except in the game plans of opposing offensive linemen.

Sports NEWS

Wildcats too tough to tame despite QB shake-up

By Matt Lardner

After Bobcat head coach Frank Solich hinted coming into the season that he may use more than one quarterback this season, J.D. Sprague Saturday night saw his first action of the year in the second game of the season with 9:59 left in the second quarter.

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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