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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

Ridges workshop seeks ideas from community

OU officials talk stablization package for worst-off historic buildings; nine to 10 buildings could see necessary repair work start by this winter

by Conor Morris

"Where would you take a picture if you were making a postcard for the Ridges?"

Campus NEWS

Land bought for River Gate apartment complex

by Conor Morris

Two parcels containing the New Life Assembly of God church in Athens – right next to the River Park and River's Edge apartment complexes near Ohio University's South Green – have been purchased for $1.7 million.

Campus NEWS

Top 15 Twitter accounts every student should follow

Two student reporters, two student lists


First it was MySpace, and then it was Facebook. Now the endless uploads of selfies and diary entries are floating throughout the Twitter universe.

Campus NEWS

OU Student Senate prez denied speaking role at freshman convocation

University official says there's nothing unusual about that

by Conor Morris

The Ohio University administration has denied a request by Student Senate's president to speak briefly at the annual President's Convocation ceremony this Sunday for first-year students.

Campus NEWS

Car-sharing program comes to OU

Swipe your card, and voila, car opens and you ride away

by Conor Morris

Ohio University has a new commercial car-sharing program coming to the Athens campus this fall. Specifically, two cars will be available for do-it-yourself rental, for as short a time as an hour or as long as seven days, from Lot 120 outside of Porter Hall, near Baker University Center.

Campus NEWS

Support club for sports participants at OU breaks old record

The numbers are in and fiscal year 2014 was one for the record books for the Ohio Bobcat Club, according to a news release.

Campus NEWS

OU has plan to make sure every student has a bed

133 students currently don’t have rooms

by Conor Morris

Ohio University currently has more housing deposits from students, about 8,268 as of Tuesday, than it has current space for those students, which sits at about 8,151 beds on its Athens campus. OU starts its fall semester in 11 days.

Campus NEWS

Big OU fraternity gets its own house

House on N. College St. cost $1.35 million

by Conor Morris

One of the largest fraternities at Ohio University closed on a $1.35 million deal last month to purchase its own fraternity house at 8 N. College St. The members of Phi Kappa Psi aren't moving far, though.

Campus NEWS

Trustees talk enrollment at Hocking

by Conor Morris

The Hocking College Board of Trustees at its meeting Tuesday discussed low final enrollment totals for its summer semester, as well as the challenges the school faces with current enrollment progress for the autumn semester of 2014.

Campus NEWS

Ohio AG applauds OU’s sexual assault outreach program

by Conor Morris

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stopped by the Ohio University Women's Center Thursday morning to discuss the progress of an outreach program designed to offer 24-hour service to victims of sexual assault and rape in Athens, Meigs and Perry counties.

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. 

Election NEWS

County general election to feature battle of the auditors

by David DeWitt

The battle of the public auditors is now on with city of Athens Auditor Kathy Hecht challenging Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson for her seat in November.

Election NEWS

Dems to have primary in 6th District House race

by David DeWitt

Before getting the shot to try to unseat U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, from Ohio's 6th Congressional district seat, Democrats will first have a primary battle for the opportunity in May, and national Republicans are already crowing about it.

Election NEWS

State senator won’t run for U.S. Congress but area farmer will

by David DeWitt

While state Sen. Lou Gentile has announced he will not seek a seat in U.S. Congress to represent Ohio's 6th district, Scott Wharton, a Fairfield County farmer and Ohio University graduate, has announced his bid for Ohio's 15th.

Election NEWS

Independent city candidate thinks voters need a choice

by David DeWitt

City of Athens voters will get some options this November after all. With the filing of independent candidate Troy Gregorino last Monday, the race for the three at-large City Council seats will now be contested.

Local NEWS

Hocking College goes wild for wetlands

The Hocking College School of Natural Resources has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to bring wetlands back, according to a news release from the college.

Local NEWS

If you were foolhardy enough to go home for the summer, here’s what you missed in A-town

by David DeWitt

As students flood back into Athens, the boozy, lazy, hazy days of summer have come to an end for you dear college folk, and we know you're ready to buckle down for 15 weeks of monkish dedication to your studies.

Local NEWS

Elected sheriff’s former assistant a "subject" in investigation

Prosecutor and interim sheriff decline to release details

by David DeWitt

Suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly's former administrative assistant, Teresa Kirkendall, resigned from her employment at the Sheriff's Office in a letter on Aug. 7.

Local NEWS

Grant will help addicted moms and their babies

Athens-based agency will administer program

The State of Ohio has awarded Athens-based Health Recovery Services (HRS) $600,000 in grant funding to reduce lengthy hospital stays and promote improved health outcomes for mothers who are dependent on heroin, or other opiates, and their newborn babies.

Local NEWS

Dam project dirt hauling damages nearby road

Contractor says they will repair damages

by Conor Morris

Very noticeable road damage on a rural road just east of Athens is the result of dump-trucks traveling between a nearby hillside and a dam project at Strouds Run State Park a short distance away.

Local NEWS

Electric aggregation loosens rules for opt-out alternative

by David DeWitt

The Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council overseeing electricity aggregation in the city of Athens and Athens County has opened up the opt-out period to any time.

Local NEWS

Athens and Meigs counties lead state in seized pot plants

by David DeWitt

Law enforcement authorities in Ohio have seized 12,341 marijuana plants in eradication efforts as of Aug. 14, with Athens and neighboring Meigs counties leading the state in numbers of plants seized.

Local NEWS

So when’s the block party? For now, it’s Oct. 25

by Conor Morris

Ohio University students and townsfolk alike, ready your costumes and message your out-of-town friends (and warn them not to break anything this year). The 2014 Athens Halloween Block Party is currently set for Saturday, Oct. 25.

Local NEWS

Prosecutor launches program for addiction services & more

A program that will provide for addiction services and other community justice efforts in Athens County has been launched, county Prosecutor Keller Blackburn announced Friday afternoon in a news release.

Local NEWS

Protest dismissed, but no drilling in Wayne anyway

by David DeWitt

The U.S. Department of the Interior has dismissed a protest against oil and gas drilling in the Wayne National Forrest but also has decided against allowing any such drilling.

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

’Cats will need to refuel, refocus in 2014

By Matt Lardner

In his 10th season in Green and White, Frank Solich needs to replace a number of offensive weapons, including the Norman, Oklahoma backfield pair of Tyler Tettleton and Beau Blankenship.

Sports NEWS

OU hockey, the cradle of coaches

By Scott Proietti

Ohio University is known for many traditions, although the school's outstanding hockey program is often taken for granted. Hockey began play at OU in 1958, and Bird Arena has seen its fair share of talented and successful coaches make their way through Athens over the years.

Sports NEWS

Will NCAA rule changes hurt OU's major sports?

By Matt Lardner

The landscape of major college sports is changing. Already, juggernaut programs (think Scarlet and Gray) bring in massive revenue in men's basketball and especially football, while the majority of programs below the top tier (think Green and White) lose money.

Sports NEWS

New leadership a big plus for 'Cats, Solich says

'Cats have opening game Aug. 30 at Kent

By Kaleb Carter

Ohio Football Media Day went down without a hitch Friday afternoon, as the Bobcat coaching staff and a handful of players answered questions from the local media in Peden Stadium. 

Sports NEWS

Athens is ground zero for NFL North fan friction

Predictions for upcoming season

by David DeWitt

Athens, Ohio, is uniquely situated in National Football League geography. By Google Maps, it is 217 miles to Cleveland by car, 201 miles to Pittsburgh, and 156 miles to Cincinnati. The 358-mile tr

Sports NEWS

NFL rosters filled with former Bobcats – for now

With the start of NFL training camps underway across the country, Ohio University football has 10 former Bobcats listed on NFL rosters, according to a news release from Ohio Athletics.

Sports NEWS

Best fans in the MAC

Ohio University tops in attendance

By Kaleb Carter

Ohio University athletics released its annual report on Thursday, a 16-page booklet that runs down a list of accomplishments in terms of performance, marketing, academics, compliance, ticket sales and more.

Sports NEWS

Former Bobcat star receiver released by NFL's Colts after his second drug suspension

By Kaleb Carter

Ohio University alumnus and until recently an Indianapolis Colt, Lavon Brazill, has found himself in hot water once more after violating the National Football League's substance-abuse policy for a second time.

Sports NEWS

Bobcat to suit up for Senegal during FIBA World Cup

Rising senior will compete with Senegal National Team during international basketball competition

Ohio University men's basketball senior Maurice Ndour has been selected to play for the Senegal National Team during the 2014 FIBA World Cup this summer in Spain.

Sports NEWS

OU prof studying European athletics to help US system

By Fred Kight

Most players in the NFL and NBA get there after playing football or basketball in college. But most sports professionals in Europe do not attend college. 

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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