Cochran, Kotses and McGee elected to city council, Issue 3 fails in Ohio

Emily Bohatch | News Editor After months of debates and duking it out, three at-large city council candidates have emerged victorious. Jennifer Cochran (D), Peter Kotses (D) and Pat McGee (I) will become sitting members of Athens City Council when the new year rolls around after Tuesday's election. And at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, the Associated …

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Athens Farmers Market continues to seek new, permanent space

Emily Bohatch | News Editor  Though the Athens Farmers Market has called the Athens mall parking lot on East State Street its home since the '80s, members and officials are seeking a new space to expand. The farmers market will present a proposal at Monday night’s Athens City Council meeting that will include ideas for …

Feasibility study could call for new service-safety building

Emily Bohatch | News Editor Safety service departments in Athens County have always worked together closely, but in the future, that collaboration could take on a new face. Athens City Council member Steve Patterson, D-At Large, proposed an ordinance at Monday night’s council meeting that would allow the city to apply for a grant to …

Council proposes system for dealing with overpaid employees

Emily Bohatch | News Editor Athens City Auditor Kathy Hecht’s request to Athens City Council for a protocol for receiving compensation from overpaid city employees didn’t fall on deaf ears. At their Monday night meeting, Athens City Council members proposed an ordinance that would establish a method of repayment for employees who had accidentally been …

Council declares West Union buildings historical

Emily Bohatch | Asst. Local Editor Athens City Council members agreed to make the West Union Street buildings, which were damaged by a fire in November, a “historic district” so their owners could apply for tax credits to help pay for reconstruction efforts. Athens City Planner Paul Logue initially proposed to include the buildings in …

Possible bar in Kroger stirs controversy with Athens residents and officials

Emily Bohatch | Asst. Local Editor When Kroger applied for a new liquor license with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control in December, the request went through Athens City Council in January without discussion. Nearly two months later, Council President Chris Knisely said council members have received complaints from constituents regarding the grocery store on …

Council discusses pay raises in response to Kathy Hecht’s actions

Emily Bohatch | Asst. Local Editor Though Athens City Law Director Pat Lang said Athens City Auditor Kathy Hecht’s 2-to-4 percent nonunion pay raises were within her power, Athens City Council members still thinks it’s a topic of discussion. At their weekly Monday night meeting, councilmembers, along with Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl and Athens Service-Safety …