Residents voice concern over 13Fest

Emily Bohatch | Asst. Local Editor Despite 13Fest’s location falling outside of the city’s jurisdiction, Athens City Council saw a full house at its Monday night meeting of residents eager to put down the fest. Residents flocked to the Athens City Building, 8 E. Washington St., Monday night to call the 13th edition of the …

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OUPD sees uptick in marijuana related calls

Emily Bohatch | Asst. Local Editor The Ohio University Police Department fielded 160 drug-related calls in 2014. For Martha Compton, the director of OU Community Standards and Student Responsibility, that isn’t exactly surprising. “If there is a drug out there, I’m pretty sure it’s been on this campus at some point,” Compton said. OUPD Lt. …

Athens mayor race: Patterson pushes experience as Looker flaunts fresh perspective

Emily Bohatch | Asst. Local Editor Of the two candidates running for mayor of Athens, one has sat on City Council for more than three years, and the other has yet to graduate from college. Naturally, Wednesday’s forum debate focused on the experience of candidates Steve Patterson, D-At Large and Ohio University professor, and Republican …

APD warns of misinterpreting law while drinking with moms

Emily Bohatch | Asst. Local Editor Although some students choose to take their moms hiking at The Ridges or to a nice restaurant Uptown for Ohio University’s Moms Weekend, others take the opportunity to show their parents the Athens spirit and hit the bars. Naturally, with an influx of mothers in the area, Athens Police …

Council proposes ordinance to solve pay raise dispute

Emily Bohatch | Asst. Local Editor Starting May 1, those parking Uptown might want to start carrying a few extra quarters in their pockets. Athens City Council members passed a series of ordinances at their meeting Monday night allowing officials to move forward with the roughly $1.9 million reparations to the East Washington Street parking …

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 …

A bar may be in the future for Athens Kroger

Emily Bohatch | Asst. Local Editor After Athens City Council declared it would be fighting Chipotle’s, application for a liquor license in October, the outlook for other Athens businesses hoping to serve alcohol looked bleak. But at council’s Jan. 5 meeting, the reading of Kroger’s application for D5 and D6 liquor licenses went over without …

Turmoil in city building halts communications between mayor and auditor

Emily Bohatch | Asst. Local Editor Communications between the Athens Mayor’s office and the Athens City Auditor’s office have been strenuous after Mayor Paul Wiehl accused Auditor Kathy Hecht of “overstepping her boundaries” at last week’s council meeting. “I’ve been operating in a vacuum,” Wiehl said. He added the heart of the problem, which has …