CHEERS ...

To the Trimble Tomcats basketball team for winning its sixth consecutive Division IV sectional championship. The Tomcats defeated South Gallia, 58-55, on Wednesday. Our congratulations to coach Howie Caldwell and the rest of the team.

To the suggestion of the Athens Brick Criterium bike race returning to Athens, as The Messenger reported this week. This would bring a significant amount of tourism and energy to the Athens area. We hope this effort is successful.

To the agreement made this week to keep Federal Hocking Supt. George Wood as a consultant to the district following his retirement as superintendent. This should assist with the transition period and provide the district with helpful institutional knowledge.

JEERS ...

To the postponement of the Richland Avenue pedestrian passageway project. There are understandable reasons for this delay (see Messenger stories), but the fact remains this dangerous intersection will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future. We hope there are no more accidents there in the meantime.

To the disturbing report that police are investigating a possible animal torture case here in Athens. A gravely injured opossum was reportedly found last week in an uptown parking lot and it died several days later. Hopefully the Athens Police Department determines what happened. 

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