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Earth Day was the biggest environmental demonstration in history. Thousands of local volunteers made the event a success, motivated by the polluted state of the country’s shorelines, skies, and rivers.

A brigade of neon green-vested students and volunteers gathered at the corner of Second Street and Curran Drive in Athens Tuesday morning for a pilot project to stencil “No Dumping” signs on neighborhood storm drains in observation of Earth Day.

Public health officials in Fairfield County are trying to track down the source of a suspected outbreak of food-borne botulism after a church potluck over the weekend.

The city of Athens will soon be installing cigarette butt recycling receptacles along city streets to decrease the amount of butts littering the streets and sidewalks.

John "Jug" Lavelle, a sergeant for the U.S. Army and Harold "Skip" Billups, of the U.S. Air Force, both of Athens, were honored Saturday with a trip aboard the Honor Flight Columbus to Washington D.C. for the day. 

A hospital says one person has died and at least 18 others are ill with suspected food-borne botulism after a church picnic in central Ohio.

Officials planned to have the Ohio Statehouse buzzing, and not just with activity from lawmakers.

A state Senate committee has delayed voting on a bill that could expand use of a drug overdose antidote across Ohio.

It's aimed at reducing the state's record-high number of fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers, which are the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.

A state Senate committee is considering legislation to require Ohio students to be immunized against meningitis.
Emergency responders with post-traumatic stress disorder could be eligible for workers' compensation benefits even if they don't have physical injuries under legislation being considered by an Ohio Senate panel.