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Second man convicted in West Side shooting death
A second area resident was convicted Tuesday on felony charges in the shooting death of an Athens man on West Washington Street in Athens more than two weeks ago. Bernard Mitchell, 23, of Athens, pleaded guilty to eight felony charges in Athens County Common Pleas Court and was sentenced by Judge Pa
Photo contest highlights Athens County's beauty
From pileated woodpeckers to eye-catching landscapes, Athens County’s amateur photographers proved they are more than ready to show off the county’s finest views. Dozens of photos were submitted for this year’s Athens Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) photo contest. The annual contest feat
Athens man doesn’t show for sentencing
A warrant for the arrest of an Athens man has been issued by the Washington County Common Pleas Court. James M. Bunner, 36, of 16640 Thompson Ridge Road, Athens, is wanted for failing to appear for a sentencing hearing on Tuesday. The charge stems from a indictment by the grand jury in August for po
Councilwoman pleads innocent to theft in office
COOLVILLE — Village Councilwoman Teresa Holsinger pleaded innocent Wednesday in Athens County Common Pleas Court to charges of theft in office and tampering with evidence. The Messenger previously reported that Holsinger, 47, was indicted on the charges last month. At the time, County Prosecutor Kel
City adopts vending changes that appear to be ‘win, win’
Athens City Council approved an ordinance on Monday that’s intended to allow reserved vendor parking spaces on East Union Street to be available for public use more frequently while make reserving spaces easier for vendors.
Second Suspect Sentenced In Fatal Athens Shooting
ATHENS, Ohio – A suspect involved in a fatal shooting last month on the west side of Athens will spend more than two decades in prison after pleading guilty to various charges Tuesday.
Athens Twp. Trustees cancel December meeting
The Athens Township Trustees have canceled the next regular meeting, which was scheduled for Dec. 25. The trustees will next meet on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Moving forward in 2019, meetings will be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the township hall.
Ohio man arrested along I-80 faces federal drug charges
An Ohio man caught with over 8 pounds of heroin during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 last week will face federal charges for drug delivery. A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted Curtis Riley, 56, of Dayton, for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute over a kilogram of heroi
$1 million bonds on three charged in homicide
Three men charged with multiple felonies, including murder in the shooting death in Athens of Charles Duncan Sr., pleaded innocent Wednesday in Athens County Common Pleas Court. Each was placed under $1 million bond.
Athens Police will 'Fill the Cruiser' with donated food Friday at Walmart
This Friday, Dec. 14, the Athens City Police Department will hold a "Fill the Cruiser" event from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Athens Walmart on East State Street. Officers and their cruisers will on hand to collect donations of non-perishable food items for delivery to the Athens County Food Pantry.
Three Arraigned In West Washington Shooting Case
ATHENS — Three men appeared in court in connection with the shooting death of a man on Athens’ west side. Michael Russell, 18; Robert Martin, 26; and Troy Vermillion, 28, were all arraigned in Athens County Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning, on charges including murder and involuntary manslaughte
Guilty plea entered to involuntary manslaughter in Duncan homicide
Another defendant has pleaded guilty in connection with the Nov. 25 shooting death in Athens of Charles Duncan Sr. Bernard Mitchell, 23, Athens, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and seven other felony charges Tuesday in Athens County Common Pleas Court. As part of a plea agreement, a charg
Fundraiser to pay for Athens student lunch debts
Countless families in Athens County find themselves on the dividing line. These households earn too much money for children to qualify for free lunches at school, and yet too little to afford daily lunch costs.
Local kids 'Shop With a Cop'
In the face of tough circumstances, Jennifer Peterson feared that her children might not have the Christmas she wished for them this year. Delivering that sad news broke her heart, but after her husband lost his job she felt like they had no other options to afford Christmas presents.
Athens man arrested and charged with rape, abduction
An Athens man was arrested by the Athens Police Department Wednesday (Dec. 5) and charged with a first-degree felony count of rape and a third-degree felony count of abduction.
Fire destroys Athens family's home, kills family pets
A fire at a home on North Lancaster Street in Athens on Wednesday (Dec. 5) almost destroyed the home, and killed four of the family’s six pets, although none of the home’s human residents was injured.
Free job fair planned for Wednesday
A free job fair is open to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the OhioMeansJobs Athens County office, located at 70 N. Plains Road, Suite C, The Plains. The event will feature local employees looking to hire. Attendees are welcome to bring their resume and come prepared to
Schneider's prison sentence in teen video case remains at eight years
Although Athens County prosecutors sought an additional year in prison, the prison sentence of Benjamin Schneider will remain at eight years. Schneider, 47, formerly of Athens, was convicted last summer of 110 counts relating to video recording a teenage girl while she was showering or on the toilet
Libraries to host 'Not In Our Town' series
A series of documentary screenings and public discussions related to “hate on our lives” and “ways we can respond” is planned throughout Athens County over the next few months.
New EMS station moving closer to reality with land-use approval
A large plot of land on city-owned property will soon be home to a new Athens County Emergency Medical Services station that could house administrative offices and storage for the county agency.