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Newly illegal drugs go up in smoke

As of yesterday, Ohioans are no longer allowed to possess, sell or manufacture chemicals found in “bath salts” and synthetic cannabinoids, both of which obtain chemicals that produce similar effects to that of marijuana.



Adding a little 'green' to HGTV

Adding a little 'green' to HGTV

It was in Southeast Michigan at age 9 that local resident Jeff Wilson began to lay the foundational know-how that would lead to the creation of his passive solar pièce de résistance at 69 S. Shannon Ave.



Thrifty idea gives animals a second chance

Thrifty idea gives animals a second chance

Irked by the methods of area “kill shelters,” local animal rights activist Terri Ann Smith has run her own shelter for years. To help fund the effort, Smith recently opened a thrift store, a move that has raised questions from local officials.


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The fight against fracking

Over a dozen residents and students lined the sidewalk outside of the Ohio University Inn over the weekend in an attempt to persuade those considering leasing their property to oil and natural gas companies for hydraulic fracturing to think twice.


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Ohio unites to educate about domestic violence

Every 15 seconds, numbers flashed bold and black in stark contrast against the white projector screen. The numbers reached 127 by the end of the news conference — the number of people beaten during a domestic dispute in 35 minutes.


Mayoral candidates square off

Mayoral candidates square off

Leadership, experience and the student-resident division were the main topics of discussion yesterday as the two Athens mayoral candidates squared off at the only public forum scheduled before the November elections.


Fracking: OU surveys property for prospective oil and gas drilling

Land auction further fuels 'fracking' debate

After the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced the purchase of more than 2,600 acres of land for the purpose of oil and natural gas drilling in Athens County, area public officials and residents have raised vocal concerns.


Athens mourns death of beloved business owner

Athens mourns death of beloved business owner

Known for his charm and genuine kindness, Paul Abraham personified and perfected the role of the small-town business owner. After he died last week, customers and friends, often synonymous at the Campus Sundry, began leaving notes and flowers at the doorstep for the West Union Street storeowner.


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