CHEERS ...

To all those involved with the organizing of Independence Day events in Athens and Nelsonville. Thank you for providing a timeless tradition to local families.

{span}To Eryn Dael, Macie French, Keona Hibbard, MaKyle Mills and Allison Rollins. These five students from Athens County have been selected to participate in the 2019 All-Ohio State Fair Band.{/span}

To the Rubber Duck Derby, benefitting the Athens Food Rescue, which is planned for July 13 at the West State Street Park in Athens. It should be a fun time.

JEERS ...

To the state legislatures, which did not meet the deadline to passing a 2-year state budget. As reported by The Associated Press and in The Messenger, lawmakers instead passed a temporary measure to keep the state government funded while they continue to work through differences.

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