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The debate over Confederate merchandise at the Athens County Fair has sparked a lively – and at times bitter – debate around town, including on The Athens NEWS Facebook page. One particularly ugly aspect of that debate has been individuals revising the history of the Civil War, in order to a…

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Local Republicans are holding their annual Fall Dinner tonight (Thursday) in Athens, and one of the guests of honor is LeeAnn Johnson, wife of U.S. House Rep. Bill Johnson, a true-blue Trump Republican* whose Sixth District includes part of eastern Athens County. LeeAnn heads Women for Trump…

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The violent arrest of a young black man in uptown Athens around midnight Saturday has sparked a brushfire around town and campus that was still alight as this edition went to press Wednesday afternoon.

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Starting this general election season The Athens NEWS will no longer publish unsigned endorsement editorials for candidates and issues. This ends our policy of endorsing in every election (if not in every race), something we have done dating back to years before I arrived as editor in 1987.

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Editor's note: This "Wearing Thin" column appeared in The Athens NEWS on Sept. 13, 2001. I wrote it the evening of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. I realized just now that it's no longer findable online, so I'm giving it new life. I still think it's a worthy messa…

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More than 33 years ago, I walked up the steps to the second floor of 14 N. Court St. for the first time for a job interview. It didn’t occur to me that I’d be climbing and descending those steps several times a day, six days a week, for the next 33 years and four months. That works out to ne…

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Since a traumatic event I experienced on July 22, I’ve felt a bizarre tingle in my fingertips, vision that’s extremely acute, and a tactile stickiness on my feet and hands. I’ve had an urge to climb the side of buildings, leap from tall towers, and save damsels in distress.

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It’s another Ohio Brew Week, and I very nearly moseyed up to my memory bar to tap another generous pour of my beer anecdotes. But then I realized that all the worthiest beer anecdotes probably have appeared in my previous OBW columns. I just can’t trust you folks to suffer from as poor a mem…