Local news roundup
The Wayne National Forest saw one of the largest wildfires in southeast Ohio history last year. Climate change may impact Ohio’s annual fire season. (The Post)
The state has disciplined an Alexander High School teacher for a relationship with a former Alexander High School student. He and his partner say no crime has been committed. He is currently under a 240-day suspension. (The Athens Messenger)
The Athens County Foundation launched a capacity building grant program for local nonprofits, available on a rolling basis. The foundation will award grants of up to $3,000. (Athens County Foundation)
Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers Inc. is proposing a six-month emergency contract with the city of Athens — with a 37% user-fee increase. (The Athens Messenger)
- Indy context: The city rejected two waste contract proposals earlier this month from AHRC and Rumpke Waste & Recycling, after a contentious months-long bidding process.
The city will begin work within the coming weeks on the redevelopment of the historic Armory into a coworking space. The project will cost $4.5 million. (WOUB)
Nelsonville-York City Schools leadership is working to combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on students’ mental health. (The Washington Post)
Ohio University students are shifting their participation in the school’s well-known party culture. (The New Political)
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Members of the faith community and parents of transgender children testified last week against House Bill 6, which would ban transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports and youth athletics. There are only six female transgender high school student athletes statewide. (Ohio Capital Journal)
Both Republican and Democratic former Ohio governors have come out against efforts to raise the voter threshold to pass constitutional amendments to 60% and bring back the August special election for such initiatives. Months ago, DeWine signed legislation to eliminate August special elections. One former governor believes a higher voter threshold means a harder time passing ballot initiatives. (Ohio Capital Journal)
The Ohio House of Representatives’ new two-year state budget gives funding to food banks, following major increases in demand and a loss of $126 per month for food benefits recipients. (Statehouse News Bureau)
- Indy context: The house budget proposal was introduced by Representative Jay Edwards (R-94, Nelsonville), the House Finance Committee chair.
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.
5 p.m.: Athens County Veteran Service Commission has a regular biweekly meeting at OhioMeansJobs – Athens County, 510 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. Agenda
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.
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.
7 p.m.: Ames Township Board of Trustees has a regular monthly meeting at the Ames Township Building, 15900 Henry Rd., Amesville. In-person only.
5:30 p.m.: Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District’s Policy Committee and subcommittees have a meeting to discuss the district’s new Solid Waste Management Plan with the public at the Logan Hocking County District Library, 230 E. Main St., Logan. In-person only.
6 p.m.: Albany Village Council’s Finance & Personnel Committee has a regular monthly meeting at 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., 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 Albany Village Hall, 5153 Alton St., Albany. In-person only.
5:30 p.m.: Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District’s Policy Committee and subcommittees have a meeting to discuss the district’s new Solid Waste Management Plan with the public at the Athens Public Library, 30 Home St., Athens. In-person only.
6 p.m.: Buchtel Village Council has a regular monthly meeting at Buchtel Village Hall, 17710 N. Akron Ave., Buchtel. In-person only.
6 p.m.: Dover Township Board of Trustees has a regular monthly meeting at the Dover Township Garage, 15947 Main St., Millfield. In-person only.
11:30 a.m.: Buckeye Hills Regional Council Executive Committee has a regular monthly meeting at the Buckeye Hills Regional Council, 1400 Pike St., Marietta. In-person only.
11 a.m.: League of Women Voters “Running for Local Office 101” information session, at the Glouster Public Library, 20 Toledo St., Glouster. In-person only.
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