Athens Foodie Guide

By Janice Brewer, staff writer This Athens Food Guide is Food Matters interpretation of navigating Athens food joints and businesses. Many of these selected restaurants are a part of the 30-mile meal program and many source ingredients from regional farmers and partner businesses. Support your local food, support your local economy, support your local environments,…

Issue 7 Passes, Bans Fracking in Athens

By Cassie Kelly, Editor-in-Chief Video by Cassie Kelly On Nov. 4, Election Day, Athens’ Bill of Rights Committee gathered around the television, awaiting the fate of their proposed mandate to ban fracking operations within city limits, known as Issue 7. After years of petitioning, picketing, fundraising and registering people to vote, Issue 7 passed by…

Local Beekeeper Mike McAvoy

  Story and Photos by Alexandria Polanosky, Multimedia Editor   Mike McAvoy, an Athens resident and Professional Engineer, has an interesting side job: he is an avid beekeeper who maintains five different hives on his property. McAvoy is from Atlanta, Georgia where he grew up on a dairy farm and was first exposed to the…

The 2014 Ohio Pawpaw Festival

  Story by Cassie Kelly, CGM Editor-in-Chief Photos by Alexandria Polanosky, Multimedia Editor With a diverse selection of entertainment, record attendance and a zero waste initiative, this year’s Pawpaw Festival was a huge success for the community and the environment. Chris Chmiel, Athens County commissioner and founder of the Pawpaw Festival, said he started the…

Athens Groups Seek Federal Intervention — Original Press Release

Appalachia Resist! and Athens County Fracking Action Network Athens, Ohio June 4, 2014 For Immediate Release   Contacts: Madeline ffitch, 740-331-1007, appalachiaresist@gmail.com; Heather Cantino, 740-594-3338, acfanohio@gmail.com; Andrea Reik, 740-591-1736   ATHENS GROUPS SEEK FEDERAL INTERVENTION, CLAIM ILLEGAL NEGLIGENCE IN OHIO INJECTION PROGRAM Athens, OH June 4, 2014 –– Today Athens County Fracking Action Network (ACFAN) and Appalachia Resist! (AR!)…

Charges Reduced for The Athens 8 Arrested at the K&H Injection Well Rally — Original Press Release

Press Release For Immediate Release 3/24/2014 Media Contact:   Madeline ffitch 740-331-1007 Email: Appalachia.Resist@gmail.com   The Eight farmers and local business leaders, who were charged with criminal trespass for blocking trucks carrying fracking waste leading to a fracking waste disposal site operated by K&H Partners of West Virginia in early February, all took a plea deals this morning in Athens…

ACFAN files Legal Complaint against ODNR — Original Press Release

Athens County Fracking Action Network March 20, 2014 For immediate release contacts: Richard Sahli, (614) 428-6068; Roxanne Groff: (740) 707-3610; 448-6265   Athens County Fracking Action Network files Legal Complaint against ODNR   Athens OH, March 20, 2014 –– Athens County Fracking Action Network (ACFAN) filed a mandamus legal complaint this week in Franklin County Court of Appeals against…

Injection Wells Disturb Community and Area’s Beauty

Story by Janice Brewer, Staff Writer Photography by Rebecca Ciprus, Staff Photographer On Friday, March 14, 2014, Loraine McCosker organized a panel of participants to speak up about the injection well dilemma Athens County is facing. The panelist included journalism professor Bernhard Debatin , geographer Harold Perkins, undergraduate and OUSSC president Caitlin McDaniel, and Athens…