Tagged: City

City Plans to Redraw Voting Wards

Following the 2010 census, Athens City Council and Athens County will be making changes to voting wards and precincts within the area. Athens City Council adopted the changes to the voting wards on Dec. 19 of 2011. Clerk of Council Debbie Walker said the entire council introduced the move. “It was done just after the results of the 2010 census came out. The whole council voted on it.” Walker said. The city was the first to adjust the voting wards. City Planner Paul Logue was the one responsible for re-designating which wards were expanded or shrunk. “[Ward redistribution] is based...

Jackie O’s Opening New Brewery on Stimson

The operators of the popular Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery, which has earned a great deal of acclaim from locals and beer lovers alike, have recently opened up a new brewery on Stimson Avenue. Jackie O’s has grown from what used to be O’Hooley’s and blossomed into what many in Athens see to be an excellent pub. Lenny & Megan Meyer, along with Arthur Oestrike – who all have co-owned Bagel Street Deli since October of 2003 – pursued an opportunity to buy the former brewery that was going under, and are now the proprietors of a business that is...

Athens, OU Groups Host Vigil for Bombing at Syrian University

Ohio University students and Athens residents participated in an emergency vigil for the victims of a bombing at a Syrian university last week. The vigil, called the National Emergency Vigil for Students of Aleppo, took place Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. in the courtyard at the top of Morton Hill. The Muslim Student Association, Project Nur and STAND Against Genocide organized the vigil. Lasting only about 30 minutes, about 60 attendees participated. “We thought it was a really great opportunity to raise awareness,” said STAND President Jack Spicer, who added that STAND was contacted to help organize the vigil by...

Athens, OU Still Clash on Major Issues, Despite Updated Agreement

Earlier this month, Ohio University President Roderick McDavis and Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl signed into effect additional appendices to the Memorandum of Understanding between the university and the city. “By formalizing these appendices, we are strengthening our ongoing commitment to collaborate and enhance our relationship,” said President McDavis of the additions, as reported in the OHIO Compass. On Jan. 2 the pair executed three appendices, with additions such as the Mutual Assistant Agreement, the City-University Joint Patrol Agreement for law enforcement and the Fuel Agreement. The Mutual Assistance Agreement outlines issues that the university and Athens can collaborate, if need...

Student Senate Supports Student Trustee Voting Rights

Wednesday’s Halloween-themed Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution supporting rights for Ohio University’s two sitting student trustees the Board of Trustees. “As I’ve said, I’m a big believer in the idea that ‘if you don’t vote, you don’t matter,’” said President Zach George, primary sponsor of the resolution. “While the Board might listen to students at this point in time, we are not soothsayers, we are not mystics, we cannot see the future, that’s not always going to be the case.” Senate Resolution 1213-14 was authored by Senator Jacob Chaffin and co-sponsored by Giles Allen, commissioner for state and federal...

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This Halloween, ‘Know Your Rights’

As we come to the home stretch for the Athens Halloween Block Party, Student Legal Services Managing Attorney Patrick McGee would like students to know their rights and assert them when needed. The Center for Student Legal Services is a non-profit organization committed to representing students in both criminal and civil matters. For students, those cases most often involve crimes related to alcohol consumption, which Halloween in Athens is notorious for. Last year, police reported about 50 arrests and 46 medical calls, most of which were alcohol related. The rights students are most often unaware of pertain to the fourth...

Columbus Road, Lancaster Street to Receive Makeover

Athens City Council continued its campaign for bad roads around Athens when At-Large Rep. Elahu Gosney introduced an ordinance to improve conditions on Columbus Road and Lancaster Street. The infrastructure improvement project is a multi-faceted program. The ordinance, once approved and signed by Mayor Paul Wiehl, would permit the city to send a surveying team to evaluate the current conditions of the two streets. The survey team is only the first step. “It is always a good idea to bring in a survey team, just to make sure that the job will be done correctly,” said Gosney. “They will find...

City Council Prepares for Halloween Block Party

Each year hundreds of visitors arrive in the city of Athens to join in celebrating the event that makes the area famous: Halloween. To help make the upcoming block party both fun and safe, Athens City Council prepared for the hoards of people by swiftly approving needed legislature. City council approved ordinances for the annual Halloween weekend street party on Court Street at a meeting Monday. The festival began in the 1970s and continued to grow each year to the point where the city and the university cooperated to try and control the party. By closing Court Street and bringing...

Presidential Race Impacts State Candidates Across Ohio

The race for the White House has come to the point where there is no room for error. A recent Real Clear Politics Poll has Governor Romney leading President Obama nationally with a razor thin lead of 47.4 percent to 46.9 percent. With the presidential election so close, one could postulate that races for the Senate and the House could be too close to call as well. In other words, the coattail effect, when a popular person in a party helps another get elected, may or may not be infiltrating the races around the country. This effect was evident when...

Obama Rallies OU in Historic Visit

As the first president to visit Athens since Clinton, Barack Obama presided over Ohio University’s college green Wednesday to a crowd of 14,000 people, some of whom had waited hours to see him. Fresh off of his townhall debate with Gov. Mitt Romney, President Obama gave special attention to the battleground states by traveling to Mount Vernon, Iowa, before coming to Athens in what was his sixteenth  visit to the state with one goal in mind: get Ohio votes. The rally began with addresses from Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl who stressed the importance of President Obama’s term thus far in...