Archive for the ‘News’ Category

June, 06 2022

ODNR accepting grant proposals to transform abandoned mine lands

Athens Messenger, June 4, 2022 COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering up to $17 million in grants for projects that will encourage economic and community development across Ohio. The Division of Mineral Resources Management (DMRM) is accepting applications for projects that will eliminate hazards left behind by mining activity and/or […]

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April, 06 2022

Construction contractor Kokosing to acquire Ohio’s Third Sun Solar

April 4, 2022 By Kelly Pickerel, Solar Power World Heavy construction contractor Kokosing has agreed to acquire Ohio-based distributed generation solar installer Third Sun Solar. The business will operate as Third Sun Kokosing Solar. “We started our solar business with the mission to accelerate the shift to clean energy,” recalled Geoff Greenfield, co-founder of Third Sun Solar. […]

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March, 28 2022

Four Southeast Ohio Communities Chosen for Prepared Communities Program

March 28, 2022 From Ohio Southeast Economic Development Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), in partnership with Bricker and Eckler LLP, today announced four communities in Southeast Ohio have been selected to participate in the Prepared Communities Program. Participating communities include Chillicothe in Ross County, Logan in Hocking County, Ironton in Lawrence County, and Athens in […]

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March, 15 2022

A “new leaf” for survivor services in southeast Ohio

March 14, 2022 By Dani Kington, Messenger Assistant Editor NELSONVILLE — Southeast Ohio’s landscape of survivor support services is turning over a “new leaf.” New Leaf Justice Enterprises, an initiative of the Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program, recently opened New Leaf Marketplace in Nelsonville, with other locations in progress in Athens and Glouster. The marketplace experienced […]

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March, 14 2022

Women’s History Month: Dirty Girl Coffee percolates growth in Glouster

March 14, 2022 By John Huthmacher, Athens Messenger GLOUSTER — A local coffee roaster is giving the village of Glouster a much-need economic jolt. And while Dirty Girl Coffee Co-Owner Jane Cavarozzi loves coffee, she said her thriving business has far more to do with empowering women and growing the once-booming coal town than it […]

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March, 07 2022

Solar array installed at Chauncey-Dover Baileys trailhead

March 4th, 2022 From Staff Reports, Athens Messenger A new solar array was donated and installed by Third Sun Solar at the Baileys Trail System’s Chauncey-Dover trailhead, the company announced in a press release. The solar array is located on the roof of the new restroom facility and will reduce the Village of Chauncey’s utility […]

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March, 03 2022

Project to preserve old Chauncey mine buildings moves forward

March 2, 2022 By Dani Kington, Messenger Assistant Editor With initial grant funding secured, “there really isn’t a question” that at least some of the old mine buildings in Chauncey will be preserved for an outdoor museum, said Chauncey Mayor Amy Renner. The collection of dilapidated mining industry buildings sits near the Chauncey-Dover Trailhead at […]

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Athens County Land Bank files state demolition grant application

March 2, 2022 From Staff Reports, Athens Messenger The Athens County Land Reutilization Corporation filed a grant application on Monday with the Ohio Department of Development to demolish 42 buildings and six mobile homes in a countywide effort to eliminate blight. Funding became available through the state budget passed last summer that allocated $150 million […]

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February, 24 2022

ODNR to restore mine lands in Athens area through bipartisan infrastructure bill

February 23, 2022 By Dani Kington, Athens Messenger ATHENS – Through the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed last fall, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was recently awarded over $46 million to reclaim and restore abandoned mine land throughout the state, including in Athens County. “These projects benefit everyone by removing dangerous features that create public […]

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February, 22 2022

City of Nelsonville working to demolish many condemned buildings

February 16th, 2022 By Dani Kington, Athens Messenger NELSONVILLE – Nelsonville City Council passed an ordinance at its Monday meeting allowing 23 previously condemned buildings to be demolished, setting the city up to benefit from grant funding available to remove dilapidated structures in the county. The city will work with the Athens County Land Bank […]

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