CHEERS ...

To the Federal Hocking Lancers basketball teams, who are having quite a start to 2019. The girls team has won four of its last five games, and upset Nelsonville-York with an overtime win on Tuesday. The boys team swept the season series against the Eastern Eagles with another win last Friday and have three TVC-Hocking wins on the month.

To the proposal of adding new buildings to the Theisen Industrial Park, as reported by The Messenger earlier this week. Expansion is just in the planning stages, but the project could provide space for new companies and jobs.

To a pair of grant applications from the Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society that seek nearly $1 million in funding. These grants would be instrumental in providing the preservation group with enough money to restore the historic church.

JEERS ...

To the job posting from Ohio University for a new LGBT Center director. The opening was posted on Jan. 22 and the application deadline is listed as Feb. 5. Campus officials said OU would conduct a “national search” for a new director, and yet the application period will remain open for just two weeks.

To the potential of a “food crisis” among recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as feared by the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services. February’s benefits were distributed last week because of the government shutdown. The next allotment will not be until March at the earliest.

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