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County asked to join special improvement district

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist     The Athens County Commissioners have been asked to join the special improvement district that Mayor Steve Patterson is pursuing for uptown Athens. Patterson met with the commissioners on Tuesday. The district would be a way of funding such […]

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Population Growth Seen As A Key Driver Of Ohio’s Future Economic Success

Ohio has succeeded in creating jobs, but continues to lag behind other states in key indicators of economic growth, according to a report released Tuesday. The report produced by Montrose Development Advisors noted the world is moving away from traditional manufacturing that for decades bolstered the state’s economy and toward new types of businesses. It was intended […]

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With NYTimes writer present, local biz owners tell of community involvement

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By ABBEY MARSHALL For The Messenger   Throughout the Appalachian region, local citizens and businesses work to make their own differences in the community. Several Athens entrepreneurs were lauded at a local panel Sept. 27 moderated by David Brooks, a New York Times columnist and regular […]

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Land bank moves ahead cautiously on Eagles building

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Larry Di Giovanni Messenger Staff Journalist     NELSONVILLE — Members of the Athens County land bank voted Wednesday to move ahead on plans to acquire the historic Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge No. 39 in Nelsonville, despite expressions of concern about the building’s crumbling […]

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Farmers Market continues to look toward future

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Kayla Beard   Athens Community Center ‘campus’ under consideration for possible new market site; no timeline set yet The East Side dog park, shown here, has been discussed in the past as a possible new site for the Athens Farmers Market. It’s unclear whether it’s […]

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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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