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    Spring Break Allows Uptown Businesses to Reset and Relax

    ATHENS, Ohio– Ohio University students turned Athens back over to locals as they packed their bags for spring break on March 9. The exodus caused some uptown businesses to shut down, giving employees time off or allowing managers to save money by reducing payroll. Josh Thomas owner of Brenen’s Coffee Café said the decrease in customer traffic is even more pronounced when the university’s spring break coincides with that of area public schools. “In previous years before Ohio University switched the semester system, the city schools and Ohio University were actually not on the same break, so it would be a halfway decent week because we had some people that would stay in Athens,” he said. “Now the two match…

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    OHIO Golfer Brings Home Win for the First Time

    The Ohio University Women’s Golf team claimed third place this weekend at the 2018 Dolores Black Falcon Invitational. Six other Mid-American Conference teams teed it up, with the University of Toledo finishing in second place. This Invitational was the final tournament of the spring season before the Lady Bobcats set off for the 2018 Mid-American Conference Championship hosted by Northern Illinois. Invitational Recap Junior golfer Emily Hughes led the way finishing the tournament as the individual champion – helping the Bobcats finish the weekend with a total of 621. Hughes wrapped up the first day of play tied for 15th place with fellow Bobcat and freshman Ashley Flynn. Both finished the first round with a…

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    Athens High School Fails Disabled Students

    ATHENS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Education has issued a failing grade to Athens City Schools for the way they handle disabled students. At the same time, the Ohio School Report Cards suggests the school system places a higher priority on gifted students. Athens County Report Card Athens High School received an “A” for their gifted student programs, but an “F” in the assessment of learning progress of disabled students.  Athens isn’t the only high school struggling with a failing grade in their disability programs. Nelsonville-York High School received an “F” while Alexander Local School District received an “A.” The Beacon School Although failing to meet state standards for their disability programs,  Athens City Schools have long partnered…