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New Development Site Coming to the Plains?

The original story can be found here in the Athens Messenger By Steve Robb Note: This story appears in the Friday, Jan. 11 newspaper on Page A1. THE PLAINS — A large tract of land near The Plains is being promoted on the internet as the potential site of a mixed-use residential and retail development. […]

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Tax Abatement for StewMac Expansion to Create 19 New Jobs

By Steve Robb The original story can be found here in the Athens Messenger The Stewart-MacDonald building at 21 N. Shafer St. in Athens will undergo renovations that will allow more of the building to be put into use, which is expected to result in 19 additional jobs at that location.Messenger photo by John Halley […]

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Athens Twp. Will Have to go it Alone with Plains Zoning

By Kayla Beard The original story can be found here in the Athens News The Athens Township Trustees voted in August, 2018 to establish a zoning commission, the first step in the process of creating zoning regulations in the unincorporated community of The Plains. Fred Kight The future of zoning regulations in The Plains remains […]

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For Jobs Training and School Help, WIOA’s on the Way

The original story can be found here in the Athens Messenger Travis Brands and Brittany Buck, owner and server at Gigi’s Country Kitchen, have both received funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program to help pay for college. Seated are Kim Hobbs and Joe McGowan from the OhioMeansJobs of Athens County office, […]

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Athens Armory: Plenty of uses; not much $$

The original story can be found here in the Athens News Outside of the Athens Armory on North Court Street in Athens. Photos by Conor Morris The old Athens Armory that anchors the north end of Court Street in uptown Athens is awaiting a new tenant or tenants, though the high price tag for renovating the […]

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Athens Medical Marijuana Dispensary Nears Completion

The original story can be found here in the Athens Messenger By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Harvest of Athens, a medical marijuana dispensary, will be located on West Union Street.Messenger photo by Steve Robb Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Jan. 2 newspaper on Page A1. A medical marijuana dispensary in Athens will […]

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UpGrade Ohio Acquired by Rural Action

The original story can be found here in the Athens Messenger UpGrade Ohio Executive Director Sarah Conley-Ballew, right, is seen in this file photo from April 2018, when she spoke about the opt-out carbon fee proposed for Athens during a meeting to discuss sustainability, energy and environmental plans for the city. Note: This story appears […]

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…And the Winners Are: Celebrating TechOhio’s Inaugural Startup Culture Awards

The original story can be found here by TechOhio TechOhio is pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural Startup Culture Awards! In a statewide competition driven by voters, the community selected Wiretap in Columbus as the early-stage winner, and Global Cooling Inc., parent company of Stirling UltraCold in Athens as the late-stage winner. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look […]

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Plans Moving Forward for Youth Residential Treatment Center at Former Doctors Hospital

The original story can be found here in the Athens Messenger An all-new roof and a new HVAC system was completed this spring at the Mary Hill Center, formerly known as Doctors Hospital of Nelsonville, with the facility scheduled for a Sept. 1, 2019 opening under operation by Integrated Services and Hopewell Health Centers. Note: […]

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Ohio University Licenses Technology to Ohio Startup Company to Develop Non-Invasive Osteoporosis Diagnostic Device

The original story can be found here on Ohio University’s Communication News Ohio University has licensed a technology that can accurately estimate bone strength to Ohio startup company AEIOU Scientific LLC. The company is now a client of the Innovation Center, the university’s business incubator. AEIOU Scientific began offering the Cortical Bone Mechanics Technology™ for […]

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Trio of State Working to Develop NGL Storage Facility

The original story can be found here by Kallanish Energy Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio are working together to develop natural gas liquids storage that is needed if ethane crackers are to be developed in the Appalachian Basin, according to Denise Brinley, senior energy advisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. Shell […]

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City OKs Land-use Agreement for Riverside Property

The original story can be found here in the Athens News The city of Athens will soon claim responsibility for a large parcel of land owned by Ohio University that skirts the Hocking River on the East Side of the city. Athens City Council members approved the agreement during a special session on Monday after […]

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USDA Launches New Program to Create High-Speed Internet e-Connectivity in Rural America

Click here for the original Press Release on usda.gov   WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service […]

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Waste Water Improvement for Rural Communities

The original story can be found here in the Athens Messenger By GRACE WARNER For The Messenger LOGAN — The United States Department of Agriculture announced earlier this month it would make a $1.2 billion investment to help improve rural water infrastructure for Americans in 46 states. Here in Southeast Ohio, the communities of Nelsonville, […]

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Commissioners Pursue Grant to Help Renovate Nelsonville’s Mechem Building

The original story can be found here in the Athens Messenger By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Hocking College plans to renovate the Mechem Building in Nelsonville for use by the Hocking College Innovation Gateway program, and the Athens County Commissioners want to get a grant to help. Messenger file photo Note: This story appears […]

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Commissioners to Hold Injection Well Meeting

The original story can be found here in the Athens Messenger By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist This file photo from 2014 shows a public meeting held by the Athens County Commissioners that allowed residents to comment on a pending injection well permit. A similar meeting is planned for Dec. 18 for another injection well […]

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Nelsonville to get Federal Water Infrastructure $$

The original story can be found here in the Athens News The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $1.2 billion to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states, including Ohio, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced in a news release on Wednesday. Some […]

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Athens Signs Agreement with DriveOhio

The original story can be found here in the Athens Messenger By Heather Willard Messenger Staff Journalist The city of Athens may become a test site for a self-driving vehicle program.File photo by John Halley Athens officials have noted interest in DriveOhio since it was first announced in January, and recently signed an agreement to […]

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Menards Official: Athens Store Likely to Open in 2020

Local Lowe’s store, meanwhile, not on list of closings By Kayla Beard The original story can be found here in the Athens News Stock photo of a Menards store Menards’ long-awaited arrival in Athens is inching closer, as the company recently applied for state building permits and released a tentative date for construction to begin. […]

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Local Program Offers Free Learning, Job Training – Here’s How to Get Involved

The original story can be found here in the Athens Messenger Note: This story appears in the Sunday, Dec. 2 newspaper on Page A1. The best-kept secret in Athens County offers adults here a free chance to learn, get a GED, gain job skills and even attend college. Organizers want to spread the word about […]

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Land Bank Gets State Funds to Address Blighted Properties

Click here for the original story found in the Athens News All things appear to be going according to plan for the Athens County Land Reutilization Corporation, known as the Land Bank. At its monthly meeting Monday, the Land Bank Board updated the public on the agency’s progress, including two projects that were recently approved […]

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New Seed Fund at OU to Encourage Student Entrepreneurs

Click here for the original story in the Athens News Ohio University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, will launch the Bobcat Seed Fund this month to provide grants up to $3,000 to support promising ideas and ventures proposed by Ohio University […]

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Mayor Patterson to represent Ohio in nationwide organization

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Heather Willard Messenger Staff Journalist     Steve Patterson first started attending National League of Cities conferences back in 2015, when he was a city councilman running for Athens mayor. Now, just three years later, Patterson has become the only official from Ohio on […]

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Goodwill Activities Center Opens

Click here for the original story found in the Athens News Nov 11, 2018 Workers on Monday mount the sign at the new Goodwill Industries store on Columbus Road in Athens. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday, the same day the store opened. Terry Smith Goodwill’s Athens Activities and Training Center opens today (Monday) […]

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OHIO’s new CoLab in Alden Library officially opens, creating a space for collaboration and innovation

Click here for the original story in the Ohio University Compass From Staff Reports   (L to R) Executive Vice President and Provost Chaden Djalali, President M. Duane Nellis, National Trustee David Pidwell and Board of Trustees Chair David Scholl participate in the ribbon cutting of OHIO’s new CoLab.  Photographer: Stephen Zenner/Ohio University Libraries   Ohio […]

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