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Home » Articles »   By David DeWitt
Sunday, September 28,2014
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.
Sunday, September 28,2014
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.
Sunday, September 28,2014
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.
Wednesday, September 24,2014
Local NEWS

News gets worse for college – $4.2-M budget shortfall, enrollment still falling

By David DeWitt
The downward trend of enrollment numbers at Hocking College continues this fall, down 15 percent from last year and creating a $4.2 million to $4.7 million shortfall, officials told the Board of Trustees Tuesday night.
Wednesday, September 24,2014
Local NEWS

Judge race features 2 candidates with ample resumes

By David DeWitt
In judicial races, many topics cannot be discussed, with candidates barred from talking about how they might rule on specific issues. Often these races come down to a comparison of biographies.
Sunday, September 21,2014
Local NEWS

Area schools receive annual report cards

Some of the grades nothing to brag to mom about

By David DeWitt
Students at area school districts received their end-of-the-year grades in June. Similarly, every school system in the state gets a report card of its own each fall from the Ohio Department of Education.
Sunday, September 21,2014
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.
Sunday, September 21,2014
Local NEWS

Supplier in big Glouster drug ring gets 17 years in prison

Also must pay $100K to prosecutor's fund

By David DeWitt
A Detroit area ex-police officer accused of being the supplier of a multimillion dollar Glouster-based illegal prescription pill ring was found guilty and sentenced to 17 years in prison Friday in Athens.
Wednesday, September 17,2014
Local NEWS

Bypass wins honors as top 10 highway project

By David DeWitt
The U.S. Rt. 33 Nelsonville bypass was ranked a top 10 project nationwide in 2014 rankings from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Wednesday, September 17,2014
Local NEWS

Aggregation group narrows down energy suppliers

By David DeWitt
The Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council overseeing electricity aggregation in the city of Athens and Athens County has narrowed down potential aggregation supplier companies to AEP Energy and Empower Gas and Electric.
 
 
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