06
Oct
2011

As a native of Los Angeles, California, I happen to like the way Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is dealing with community relations, especially with schools.  His thorough and steadfast education program, called Student Recovery Day, has put 1,955 students back into public schools as students who formerly decided not to attend.  Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl should.

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Athens Mayoral Candidates Face Off in Debate

By: NATALIA RADIC  /   Category: City / Recent News   /   No Comments
06
Oct
2011

The Athens Public Library hosted a mayoral debate Tuesday evening between current mayor Paul Wiehl and Republican contender Randy Morris. The debate started with opening statements from both candidates - followed by questions from media representations from sources such as Ohio University’s The Post, WOUB and The Athens News. Questions ranged from job creation to environmental.

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03
Oct
2011

Athens City Council is considering legislation that would provide domestic partner benefits for city employees. A draft of the proposed legislation was presented last week and the ordinance will be up for first reading at Monday's council meeting. "As part of our ongoing effort to make the community as inclusive as we can, to make sure.

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30
Sep
2011

A long awaited boost to the economic, environmental and social well being in the Appalachian region is now more feasible after the Sugar Bush Foundation has granted a second round of funding to bolster the Zero Waste Initiative. The funding will allow the initiative’s second phase to set sail. The Zero Waste Initiative aims to.

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Athens Bus System Seeking Improvements

By: ERIC SAGONOWSKY  /   Category: City / Recent News   /   No Comments
30
Sep
2011

City officials are searching for possible improvements to the city bus system. Numerous candidates for oversight and bus route strategies are being considered in hope to provide a more efficient bus system. The city has applied for both federal and state grants that will provide $316,000 of the $560,000 total bus budget. So far, the Ohio.

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Athens Swears in New Interim Lieutenant

By: DOMINIQUE BUCCINA  /   Category: City / Recent News   /   No Comments
21
Sep
2011

On Monday Athens Police Department swore in a new Lieutenant, Adam Claar, after an emergency staffing ordinance was drafted to fill the opening. Claar, a resident of Vinton County, has been with the department since 2005 and holds an associate degree in law enforcement. Claar’s high scores on the civil service exam paired with his dedication.

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City Council Pushes to Ban Fracking in Athens

By: ERIC SAGONOWSKY  /   Category: City / Recent News   /   1 Comment
19
Sep
2011

A recent surge in natural gas leasing from landowners throughout the state of Ohio has prompted Athens city officials to push for legislation banning the use of horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or more commonly referred to as “fracking.” The process has been largely unregulated, which has caused many Athens residents to be concerned with the potential.

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12
Sep
2011

Ohio University’s decision to pay for a portion of the city’s new ladder truck has paved the way for more open communication over campus-city issues. Leaders of OU and the city of Athens have agreed to form a “Memorandum of Understanding.” Both Mayor Paul Wiehl and OU President Roderick McDavis will appoint staff members to work.

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Athens City Leaders Speak in Memory of 9/11

By: EMILY MADDERN  /   Category: City / Recent News   /   No Comments
12
Sep
2011

Athens American Veterans Post 76 hosted an "Evening of Remembrance" on Sunday night to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. "We are gathered here today to keep ever mindful of the cowardly attack on our country, the attack which caused the death of over 3,000 innocent men, women and children, and.

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911 Emergency Call Center Making Improvements

By: ERIC SAGONOWSKY  /   Category: City / Recent News   /   No Comments
12
Sep
2011

The Athens County 911 Planning Committee recently voted to keep the 911 Emergency Call Center under the control of the County Commissioners.

The commissioners selected Scott Warner to head the call center based on his qualifying experience and ideas for improvement. The decision came in spite of Athens County Sheriff.

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