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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.

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The Scioto Valley Local School District School Board on Monday announced its decision to close a middle school in Piketon immediately, due to the detection of enriched uranium inside the school building and neptunium-237 in a U.S. Department of Energy air monitor adjacent to the school.

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Editor’s note: This is part of a series that the Pike County News Watchman published over the past two weeks about concerns related to contaminants found near a disposal site currently under construction, Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, that many believe are coming from that s…

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A group of Ohio University biology students spent their summer wading waist-deep through icy stream waters in Pennsylvania, gently overturning rocks in search of some truly ancient critters that are endangered in Ohio. “Devil dogs,” some call them. Others call them “snot otters.”

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Citizens are being invited to provide input into the latest update of the Wayne National Forest Management Plan, which was last updated in 2006. The plan is currently undergoing a revision process that probably will take over a year to complete, according to Wayne National Forest Supervisor …

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Throughout Ohio, the remnants of an ancient and highly intelligent culture can be observed in the Ohio earthworks. The Newark Octagon, for instance, is believed to be a 2,000-year-old lunar temple, designed to track the motions of the moon, and is theorized to be twice as precise as Stonehen…