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Athens County unemployment falls as state’s rises

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Heather Willard Messenger Staff Journalist     August unemployment numbers show that unemployment has fallen in all counties in the Athens area.   Ohio’s unemployment rate rose slightly in July, but remained constant in August, at odds with the national unemployment rate — which fell […]

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OU Innovation Center awarded Rural Business Development Grant

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By OU Compass   Ohio University’s Innovation Center has announced a Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) grant award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture worth $99,000, with funds to help purchase biotechnology equipment for use by small and emerging private businesses served by the business incubator. […]

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Nelsonville receives $500K neighborhood grant

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Larry Di Giovanni Messenger Staff Journalist       NELSONVILLE — The city of Nelsonville has received a $500,000 Neighborhood Revitalization Grant, which will focus on improved mobility and safety when traveling through some streets as well as improvements to Polley Field Park. The […]

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Land bank acquires first property

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Larry Di Giovanni Messenger Staff Journalist     This property on Toledo Street in Glouster, with the mobile home to be removed by the previous owner, became the Athens County Land Bank’s first property acquisition this past Monday through a process known as a […]

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OU president takes tour of 4 area businesses, institutions

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Kayla Beard   Ohio University President Duane Nellis, left, observes as Global Cooling, Inc. CEO Neill Lane presents the company’s ultra-cold refrigerator.   In an effort to learn more about businesses and institutions in Athens and Hocking counties, Ohio University President Duane Nellis spent the […]

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OU prepares to start significant Ridges renovation projects

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Conor Morris   This illustration shows the layout of buildings discussed in this article. It’s cropped from a larger graphic that OU previously released.   Ohio University is moving forward with several projects to renovate and repair facilities at The Ridges, with the first phase […]

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StewMac Building to be a designated historic building

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Heather Willard Messenger Staff Journalist       The stately, brick building at the corner of Shafer and State Streets has long been known by Athens residents as a focal point of the city’s west side. Now, more than a century after being first built, […]

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New office building planned for Stimson Avenue

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Steve Robb Messenger Staff Journalist       Two small brick houses that more than 100 years ago served as homes of Athens Brick Co. workers were being demolished Tuesday to make way for a new office building on Stimson Avenue. Pete Good, who […]

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Regional sewer project receives cash infusion from Army

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Larry Di Giovanni, Messenger Staff Journalist   NELSONVILLE — The City of Nelsonville continues to make progress on a regional sewer project estimated at more than $16 million, with City Manager Charles Barga announcing before City Council recently that the Army Corps of Engineers […]

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Local company plans expansion into Theisen Industrial Park

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Steve Robb Messenger Staff Journalist     A local company has expansion plans and is in the process of purchasing vacant buildings at Theisen Industrial Park near The Plains. QuickLoadz, a company in Nelsonville that produces high-tech trailers for moving shipping containers, will be […]

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IHOP coming to Athens

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Steve Robb Messenger Staff Journalist       An International House of Pancakes restaurant will be opening in a few months on East State Street in Athens, according to a company official. “Our goal is to be open before Thanksgiving,” said Tommy Tsitouris, who […]

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Goodwill to open local activities/training center

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Steve Robb       In addition to soon having a new store in Athens, Goodwill Industries will be opening an adjacent training center. Marvin Jones, CEO of Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio, said the Athens Activities and Training Center is expected to […]

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Sewer expansion headed toward EPA permit review

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Kayla Beard   The Athens County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized a permit application to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the sanitary sewer expansion project in the U.S. Rt. 50 corridor southwest of Athens. This is considered a significant move forward for the long-planned […]

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Athens company named top solar provider in Ohio

Click here for the original story in the Athens News     Announced this week, Athens-based Third Sun Solar, a leading provider of commercial, public sector and residential solar solutions, has been named the top solar provider in Ohio as part of the 2018 Solar Power World Top 500 Solar Contractors List. Nationwide, the company […]

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Commissioners updated on Route 50 sewer project

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Steve Robb, Messenger Staff Journalist   Design plans for the Route 50 sanitary sewer project are nearly complete, and on Tuesday the Athens County Commissioners authorized the project engineer to submit a permit application to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The estimated $28.8 million […]

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Ohio ‘earthworks’ sites seen as economic generator

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By John Lasker   The world-famous Serpent Mound near Peebles, in south-central Ohio. Photo courtesy of the non-profit Arc of Appalachia.      The United Nations may soon designate the Newark Octagon and other prominent Native American Ohio earthworks as World Heritage sites. The Octagon, […]

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Tax Free holiday set for first weekend in August

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Heather Willard Messenger Staff Journalist   Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday is just around the corner, having been set for Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5 this year. The weekend is designed to help back-to-school shoppers save money on common items by listing […]

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Expedited foreclosure process being considered to help with blight

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Steve Robb Messenger Staff Journalist   The Athens County Board of Revision is considering adopting rules and procedures that would allow for expedited foreclosures on tax-delinquent properties that are vacant and abandoned. Such a procedure would be intended to aid in removal of blighted […]

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Athens County unemployment rises along with entire state

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger From staff reports       Unemployment rates rose in June among all Ohio counties, echoing both the national unemployment rate, which also rose at a slight rate. Ohio’s unemployment rate in June rose to 4.5 percent, up from 4.3 percent in May. That 4.5 […]

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ReUse Industries opens combined store/makerspace

Click here for the original story in the Athens News     Athens MakerSpace and a new store called “ReUse on Union” are now open at 751 W. Union St. in Athens, according to a news release. The 5,000-square-foot Athens Makerspace provides tools, workspace and classes in woodworking, metalworking, fabric-fiber arts, 3D printing, sustainable design […]

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Is zoning in the cards for The Plains or Athens Twp.?

Renewed call for zoning in The Plains spurs discussions, though opposition is expected By Kayla Beard Click here for the original story in the Athens News   Some residents in The Plains recently have expressed a desire for mild zoning regulations, something that has long been opposed by many residents of The Plains and other […]

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ACEnet unveils new food processing facility

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Heather Willard Messenger Staff Journalist   NELSONVILLE — ACEnet unveiled a food processing facility at its new Food and Farm Enterprise Center on Friday in Nelsonville. ACEnet, which stands for Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, is a business incubator with locations in both Athens […]

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OhioHealth announces new Sustainability Plan

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Erin Franczak   OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital announced a new focus on sustainability this week, with plans to improve its environmental impact in the years ahead. The Sustainability Plan was announced Tuesday and is set to begin on Sunday. The five-year plan focuses on three […]

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County concerns on Route 50W sewer project are alleviated

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Larry Di Giovanni Messenger Staff Journalist   Despite concerns about public meeting “performance” and the project timeline, the Athens County Commissioners appeared to have all of their questions satisfied Tuesday concerning the $25 million Route 50W sanitary sewer project. Their questions were directed toward […]

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