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Sixteen public forums are being held across Athens County to discuss a potential countywide 0.25% Transportation Sales Tax levy, according to a news release from Athens County, Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action (HAPCAP).

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One of the biggest events of Athens’ summer calendar arrives on Saturday with a celebration of the life of the late Ivan Faske, operator of the legendary uptown Athens bar Swanky’s.

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Daryl and his son Frank sat outside on a sunny day last week on Daryl’s porch in Nelsonville as Nelsonville Code Enforcement Officer Becky Barber pulled up in a beat-up red 1994 Chevy truck. A small collection of large water containers sat at their feet.

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Around 300 people showed up Saturday morning to participate in an uptown Athens Pride Parade as a part of festivities for the third annual Athens Pride Fest from June 5 through June 9.

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A national debate over so-called “drag queen story times” and other events featuring drag queens at public libraries gravitated down to the state of Ohio level two weeks ago, and now the controversy appears poised to make its second Athens appearance in the past year.

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A regional opioid conference last Wednesday, June 5, in Piketon, an hour west of Athens, featured a surprising keynote speaker – an executive for one of the major pharmaceutical companies in the crosshairs of state governments across the country for allegedly being complicit in the opioid epidemic.