Kevin Klosterman wants a new jacket, one with “Buckeye KiloWatt” on one side and a long list of winning years on the opposite sleeve.
But before he can get it, Klosterman and C.G. Cantemir will have to do two things: get their electric-boat program up and running and break the world speed record for such a boat.
That’s all. Piece of cake.
A few years ago, that would not have been easy, but thanks to new electric-motor technology developed by NASA, the two men call breaking the 98-mph record “low-hanging fruit.”
Klosterman, a boat enthusiast who has been involved with racing for years, and Cantemir, an Ohio State University researcher with the College of Engineering, worked for about five years on breaking the 2009 record. At the time, Cantemir said, there was no available technology up to the task.
“(I said) ‘If it becomes possible, let’s talk,’” Cantemir said. “Well, now it’s possible.”
This year, Cantemir heard about a project NASA was working on that involves electric and hybrid-power air travel. The project aims to reduce fuel and energy consumption by fixed-wing aircraft, such as jetliners, by 2035.
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Maria Graham shuffled through videos on her Facebook page, eventually stopping on one from 2014.
In it, 3-year-old Layla smiled, dashed around the living room and told her mother that she wanted to listen to one of her favorite songs.
Graham closed the video and scrolled to another one made of her daughter a few months later. In this one, Layla’s steps were more labored, and she struggled to speak the word baby.
“See, that was really hard for her to get out,” Graham said.
Layla is 6 now, and things have progressively become more difficult. She has Batten disease, a rare, degenerative disorder that renders its victims blind, unable to speak and paralyzed before it kills them. According to the National Institutes of Health, it affects 2 to 4 of every 100,000 live births. Continue reading “Girl with progressive neurological disease benefits from Children’s clinical trial”
Officer Zack Hahn stopped his cruiser on the side of the road to watch a tipsy resident wobble across Athens’ west side.
It was “Bar:30”on the Friday night shift, as Hahn liked to call it, and bargoers were beginning their long stagger home.
“People like that sometimes are worth keeping an eye on,” he said. “(You have to) make sure they’re walking with a purpose.”
During the first three hours of Hanh’s shift, most of the calls from Ohio University included cases of public intoxication, which he maintained was fairly typical.
“It’s definitely a quiet night, that’s for sure,” he added.
Those kind of “quiet nights” are becoming more and more common for the Ohio University Police Department.
Since 2013, the number of alcohol related incidents fielded by OUPD has decreased by 30 percent, hitting a five year low, according to an analysis of police records.
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Emily Bohatch | News Editor
When Athens Fire Chief Bob Rymer compared staffing from his Athens departments to those of fellow college towns Bowling Green, Oxford and Kent, he said Athens staffing was “lower, lower, lower.”
With only 22 full-time members on staff, the Athens Fire Department has the highest ratio of firefighters to residents among similar college towns, with about 2,151 residents for every firefighter.
Kent’s ratio follows closest with a ratio of about 1,797 residents for every firefighter.
Though AFD is budgeted for 22 full-time staffers, Rymer said the department is currently short-staffed by three personnel. He added, though, that it is currently in the process of hiring two new full-time firefighters.
For Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl, however, 22 is enough.
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Former Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday morning almost a month after he was found guilty of 18 of 25 accounts in February.
Kelly’s sentence will commence immediately.
Kelly was handed three years in prison for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, which included Kelly instructing friend Pearl Graham to facilitate criminal actions by selling county property, and then ignoring the county’s requirement to provide car titles when scrapping vehicles at McKee Auto Parts & Recycling. Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity is a first-degree felony.
Additionally, Kelly was sentenced to two years for perjury by visiting Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove and two years for separate counts of theft.
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