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Third-grade retention, one yearly test removed under proposed Ohio education bill

A new bill supported by education groups across the state would mark the end of the third-grade reading retention requirements, but wouldn’t eliminate all the proficiency tests students during the year. House Bill 497 would eliminate the Third Grade Reading Guarantee that would have held back students who didn’t show proper proficiency in reading. But the English Language Arts Assessment will still be administered once a year. But that doesn’t...

Nelsonville names K.J. Tracy acting police chief

NELSONVILLE — K.J. Tracy was sworn in as acting police chief during the Nelsonville City Council meeting Monday in council chambers. Tracy replaces Scott Fitch, who left the Nelsonville Police Department to take over as Meigs County sheriff. Fitch’s unofficial last day was Nov. 25. “He is going to be missed,” Tracy said of Fitch, after being sworn in. “We are maintaining day-to-day operations as it is. (His departure) hasn’t...

Ohio dismantles UC Clermont for third straight win

Seemingly starting to round into form, Ohio men’s basketball picked up their third straight victory earlier in the week, this time dismantling UC Clermont 113-44 at the Convocation Center. Shooting just under 60% as a team, Ohio (4-3) led a balanced scoring attack with six players reaching double-digits while every Bobcat that checked in scored at least a bucket. Freshman AJ Brown paced Ohio with an efficient shooting night. Brown...

Grieco continues on path to ultimate dream

While watching the NHL Network recently, a spur of the moment comment from former professional goalie turned broadcaster, the great Kevin Weekes, seemed destined to become one that would instantly inspire any aspiring athlete. “Every player has his path to playing in the NHL.” Jotting that quote down proved more than just a little fortuitous as it comes in handy when describing the trajectory that led Bobcats’ hockey forward Aiden...

Rourke ready to help win, even if from the sidelines

It’s finally time. All the persistent work and dedication the Bobcats have put on the field this season comes to a culmination this weekend in Detroit. The blood, sweat and tears have been drained. People come to Ohio with the dreams of bringing back the Mid American Conference championship back to Athens. It’s time, but now they have to do it without the best player in the MAC. ...

Lady Bulldogs grab first win of the year over Wellston

Behind a dominant second half effort, the Lady Bulldogs grabbed their first victory of the season with a 41-28 defeat of Wellston (2-2, 0-1) on Thursday night. Asa Holcombe paced Athens (1-1, 1-0) with 19 points on 6-16 shooting with a 4-4 mark from the free throw line. With neither team shooting particularly well to start, Wellston was able to jump out to a lead after the first quarter and hold it by the end of the first half when the Lady Bulldogs went into...

Cases against couple in child death move ahead in Hocking County

LOGAN – A Logan woman and her boyfriend appeared in Hocking County Municipal Court Wednesday morning, for preliminary hearings on charges related to the death of their 10-month-old daughter. Both Daisha L. Somers, 24, of Logan, and Jerry K. Johnson IV, 33, formerly of Columbus, waived these preliminary hearings, allowing their cases to be bound over to a county grand jury for possible indictment. One issue that was to be addressed at the hearing was a request by defense attorneys for the court to impose...

Woman who allegedly threatened to blow deputy’s head off found in Cuyahoga County

LOGAN – In a criminal case that appears to have sat dormant in Hocking County Common Pleas Court for the last 20 months, the county prosecutor’s office has requested that a summons to court be issued to a Circleville woman who is facing local charges for having allegedly threatened in late 2020 to do serious violence to a county sheriff’s officer. Nicole Rene McCray, 37, was charged back in December 2020 with making a terroristic threat. She was alleged to have left a phone message...

Angle Parking

There is a sign on College Street that reads “Back in Parking Only – Cars Only.” The angle parking experiment on College Street in Athens is getting a few more necessary adjustments. When big pickup trucks used these spaces, many times the truck would stick out in the road too far. Now trucks are prohibited. When a car pulled in front first into the space, it was very difficult to see oncoming traffic as they pulled out of their space. Now there is “back in parking only”. Not everyone obeys these new rules, but it’s slowly catching on.

North Pole Nelsonville set for Dec. 3

NELSONVILLE — Celebrate the holiday with a trip to North Pole Nelsonville on Saturday. The city will host various activities Saturday that culminate in a parade and lighting of the Public Square and visits with Santa Claus. Activities begin with the Nelsonville Fire Department’s annual breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m. to noon at the Elks Lodge, 53 Rock Boot Way. ...

Three Things to Know - 12/1/22

Nelsonville Division of Fire Breakfast Set for Saturday NELSONVILLE — The Nelsonville Division of Fire will be holding their annual Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, Dec. 3. The breakfast will be held at the Nelsonville Elks Lodge located at 53 Rocky Boot Way. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. until noon. The price for breakfast is $8 for adults and children under 3 are free. For delivery or pickup orders...

George Wagner IV found guilty on 22 counts in Pike County massacre

The jury returned guilty verdicts on all 22 counts charged against George Wagner IV, Wednesday at the Pike County Courthouse. Wagner seemed emotionless, as he has the whole trial, as the verdicts were read. The jury deliberated for less than seven hours before coming to a unanimous verdict. The guilty verdicts ended the longest, most expensive trial in Ohio history. Wednesday marked the end of a trial that started with...

Same-sex marriage protected under bill passed by U.S. Senate with GOP support

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would enshrine protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, codifying many of the rights that would disappear if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn those landmark decisions the way it overturned the nationwide right to an abortion this summer. The 61-36 bipartisan vote sends the bill back to the U.S. House, where lawmakers expect to give it their final stamp of approval soon, before sending it to President Joe Biden. The House voted 267-157 in July...

63 S. Court St., Athens

Athens County Economic Development Council has proposed that funding be awarded for remediation and demolition work at the former Follett’s University Bookstore building at 63 S. Court St. According to Molly Fitzgerald, council director, the developer plans to make the first floor commercial space, with the other two floors will be a hotel.

Bobcats, Rockets have more than one date this weekend

In an ironic twist, both the OU football team and the Bobcats’ hockey squad have a date with destiny with the University of Toledo this weekend. That irony is not lost on Ice ‘Cats Head Coach Lionel Mauron. “It’s amazing to see our football team’s success. They play with an incredible sense of belief, and you can see the special connection these players have. I hope we come out with...

Economic Development Council brings over $8M to Athens County

During the past year, Athens County Economic Development Council and Athens County Port Authority helped secure $8.39 million in funding for the county. Mollie Fitzgerald executive director visited the Athens County Commissioners and Athens City Council at meetings earlier this week. The funding was secured either directly or by assisting other entities. The biggest piece...