Local news roundup
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The Athens City School District may impose a new tax levy on district residents to cover the costs of constructing a new high school. Previous reporting showed the difficulties for the district to obtain state funds for capital projects. (WOUB)
Athens County Emergency Medical Services Chief Rick Callebs announced his retirement at last week’s Athens County Commissioners meeting. (Athens Messenger)
Demand on food pantries in southeast Ohio has ballooned since expanded benefits introduced during the early stages of the pandemic ended earlier this year. (WOUB)
You can donate peanut butter and jelly to Athens County Children Services every Thursday through July 27 at distribution points throughout the county. (Athens News)
The Ohio Department of Transportation awarded some $3.3 million to improve the Stimson Avenue bridge over the Hocking River. (Athens Messenger)
16 miles of new trails are open at the Baileys Trail System. (Baileys)
The former Follett’s Bookstore at 63 S. Court St. may become an extended-stay hotel with retail on the ground floor. (WOUB)
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A former employee of Athens shipping container company QuickLoadz filed a federal sexual harassment lawsuit against her supervisor. (WOUB)
Over 80 quilts from around the world are being showcased at the Dairy Barn Arts Center’s 2023 Quilt National, open through September. (WOUB)
On Friday, Nelsonville paper arts shop Paper Circle celebrated the work of its founder Sara Gilfert. (WOUB)
A team of scientists led by Ohio University physics professor Saw-Wai Hla took the first X-Ray of a single atom. (OU)
The Ohio Oil and Gas Land Management Commission has begun accepting proposals for fracking on state-owned land, which newly-passed legislation requires it to accept, despite a pending lawsuit seeking an injunction against the enforcement of this law. (Ohio Capital Journal, Earthjustice)
Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, told supporters at an event in Seneca County that State Issue 1 is “100% about keeping a radical pro-abortion amendment out of our constitution.” The issue, which will appear on the ballot for a special August election, raises the threshold needed for ballot referendums to amend the state constitution to a supermajority 60% of voters.
Meanwhile, lobbyists are being instructed to avoid bringing up reproductive healthcare at all when talking up the bill in public. The proposal has been condemned by a bipartisan slate of former Ohio governors, among others. (News 5 Cleveland, Cleveland.com, Ohio Capital Journal)
- Pride Events:
- Athens Pride Parade. 10 a.m., Saturday, June 10 in Uptown Athens.
- Athens Pride Drag Show. 7 p.m., Saturday, June 10 at Eclipse Company Store, 11309 Jackson Drive, The Plains. $10 cover.
- Athens Pride Family Field Day. 12 p.m., Sunday, June 11 at Richland Avenue Park, 8493 Dairy Lane, Athens.
- Appalachian Pride Heritage Walking Tour. 11 a.m.–12 p.m., Sunday, June 11, meeting at United Campus Ministry, 18 N. College St., Athens. $5-$30.
- Athens Pride Pool Party. 8–10 p.m., Sunday, June 11 at the Athens City Pool, 701 E. State St., Athens.
- Southern Ohio Copperheads Season Opener and Firework Night. 7:05 p.m., Tuesday, June 6 at the Bob Wren Stadium, 140 S. Shafer St., Athens.
- Walk, Talk & Roll. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Friday, June 9. Sponsored by the Athens City Commission on Disability, OU Division of Diversity and Inclusion, City of Athens, Sech-Kar Co., and Echoing Connections at Passion Works Studio, 20 E. State St., Athens.
- Classics & Cocktails: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. 7–9:30 p.m., Friday, June 9. Presented by the Athena Cinema on the roof of the Athens Parking Garage, 15 E. Washington St. $8 admission, drink prices vary.
- Coolville Founders Day. June 10 at Coolville United Methodist Church, 26460 Main St., Coolville.
- Happy Hollow Hootenanny. June 8-11 at the Snow Fork Event Center, 5685 Happy Hollow Rd., Nelsonville. Presented by Stuart’s Opera House. Prices vary.
- Exhibit: “i want to reach you.” Open through June 25 at Majestic Galleries, 20 Public Square, Nelsonville.
- Exhibit: “Quilt National 2023.” Open through September 11 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane, Athens.
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- City of Athens: Hydrants will be flushed this week on Fort, Mound, Carpenter, Fremont, Pine, Congress, Ring, Woodward, Fairview, Ellis and Boyd streets.
- City of Nelsonville: Residents and business owners are encouraged to complete a water line survey online or in hard copy for an EPA mapping mandate.
- Athens County Engineer
- Mill School Road (CR 42) is closed until 3 p.m. Friday between Hogue Hollow (CR 47) and South Rodehaver (CR 57) roads for culvert replacement.
- Culvert replacement also will take place on Goose Run Road (CR 67).
- Brush trimming: Vanderhoof Road (CR 65).
- Grading: Goose Run Road (CR 67).
- Mowing: Baker (CR 10), Pleasant Hill (CR 21) and Jacksonville (CR 27) roads.
- ODOT projects in Athens County:
- Work continues on the US 33/US 50 interchange, with complete replacement of asphalt pavement and construction of a roundabout on Stimson Avenue. Multiple entrance and exit ramps are closed. Expected completion: October 1.
- Lane closures on US 50 between Harmony Road (CR 24) and Della Drive (CR 52) for sign upgrades. Expected completion: October 1.
- Lane closure on US 50 between Della Drive and River Road and between Vanderhoof Road and SR 144 for resurfacing.
- The SR 7 north ramp to US 50 West is closed until July 15. Detour: SR 144 to SR 329 to US 50.
- SR 78 is being resurfaced between Trimble Twp. Rd. 675 and the Morgan County line. Traffic maintained by flaggers. Expected completion: August 15.
- All of SR 143 is being resurfaced. Expected completion: August 1.
- SR 681 from US 50 to the Meigs County line is being resurfaced. Expected completion: August 1.
- US 33 will be resurfaced between Elm Rock Rd. (York Twp Rd 36) and SR 550 beginning May 22. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers. Expected completion: September 1.
Meeting schedule is based on meeting notices published by public bodies and on regular meeting schedules of community organizations. Meeting information may change after this is posted. Check our website for the most up-to-date information.
8:30 a.m.: Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District has a regular quarterly meeting at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, 35 Public Square, Nelsonville. In-person only.
5 p.m.: Athens City-County Board of Health has a regular monthly meeting at the Athens City-County Health Department, 278 W. Union St., Athens. In-person only.
5 p.m.: Glouster Village Council has a regular monthly meeting at the Glouster Depot, 51 High St., Glouster. In-person only.
6:30 p.m.: Carthage Township Board of Trustees has a regular monthly meeting at the Carthage Township Office, 2741 Lottridge Rd., Guysville. In-person only.
7 p.m.: Canaan Township Board of Trustees has a regular monthly meeting at the Canaan Township Office, 16167 S. Canaan Rd., Canaan. In-person only.
9 a.m.: Athens County Budget Commission has a regular weekly meeting at the Athens County Courthouse, 15 S. Court St., 1st floor annex, auditor’s conference room, Athens. In-person only.
1:30 p.m.: Athens County Investment Advisory Committee has a meeting at the Athens County Courthouse, 15 S. Court St., 2nd floor, Athens. In-person only.
5:30 p.m.: Athens City Commission on Disabilities’ Outreach & Accessibility Committee has a regular monthly meeting at the Athens City Building, 8 E. Washington St., 1st floor conference room, Athens, and over Zoom by request for accommodations. Agenda
7 p.m.: Ames Township Board of Trustees has a regular monthly meeting at the Ames Township Garage, 15900 Henry Rd., Amesville. In-person only.
7 p.m.: Athens County Fair Sr. Fair Board has a regular monthly meeting at the Athens County Fairgrounds, 286 W. Union St., Athens. In-person only.
5:30 p.m.: Tomcat Bridgebuilders Coalition has a regular monthly meeting at the Glouster Public Library, 20 Toledo St., Glouster. In-person only.
6 p.m.: Albany Village Council’s Finance & Personnel Committee has a regular monthly meeting at the Albany Village Hall, 5153 Alton St., Albany. In-person only.
6 p.m.: Athens Environment and Sustainability Commission has a regular monthly meeting at the Athens City Building, 8 E. Washington St., 1st floor conference room, Athens. In-person only.
6 p.m.: Waterloo Township Board of Trustees has a regular monthly meeting at the Waterloo Fire Department, 8224 Hawk Rd., New Marshfield. In-person only.
6:30 p.m.: Albany Village Council has a regular biweekly meeting at the Albany Village Hall, 5153 Alton St., Albany. In-person only.
12 p.m.: Athens County Creating Healthy Communities Coalition has a regular monthly meeting over Zoom.
6 p.m.: Albany Village Council’s Grants Committee has a meeting at the Albany Village Hall, 5153 Alton St., Albany. In-person only.
6 p.m.: Bern Township Board of Trustees has a regular monthly meeting at the Bern Township Office, 16877 Joy Rd., Sharpsburg. In-person only.
No public meetings.
4:30 p.m.: Le-Ax Water District Board of Directors has a regular monthly at the Le-Ax Water District, 6000 Industrial Dr., Athens. In-person only.
5:30 p.m.: Athens City Historic Preservation Commission has a regular monthly meeting at the Athens City Building, 8 E. Washington St., 1st floor mayor’s conference room, Athens. In-person only.
7 p.m.: Little Hocking Water Association Board has a regular monthly meeting at the Little Hocking Water Association, 3998 Newbury Rd., Little Hocking. In-person only.
7 p.m.: Trimble Village Council has a regular monthly meeting at the Trimble Village Hall, 19549 Congress St., Trimble. In-person only.
7:30 p.m.: Tuppers Plains Chester Water District Board has a regular monthly meeting at the Tuppers Plains Chester Water District, 39561 Bar 30 Rd., Reedsville. In-person only.
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