CHEERS ...

To Monica Nieporte, our longtime publisher and president of Adams Publishing Group of Ohio. As reported, Nieporte is the new president and executive director of the Ohio News Media Association. Her “publisher’s farewell” column printed in the Jan. 27 newspaper and can be found on our website.

To Mark Cohen, our new publisher and APG-Ohio president who will start in Athens a week from today. He most recently served as president of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and has prior experience as publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal and with many other media organizations. An introductory column from Cohen will appear in the upcoming Sunday Athens Messenger.

To all the area basketball teams competing in the postseason tournament, as well as the wrestling teams in their tournaments and the Athens swimming teams for their achievements in the OHSAA District Swimming Championship.

JEERS ...

To the consolidation of six voting precincts in Nelsonville, Buchtel and York Twp. to being at one location on Burr Oak Boulevard, as decided by the Athens County Board of Elections. There are legitimate reasons to make precinct changes, but there are general concerns to be had when polling places are removed. One hopes this does not affect voter turnout.

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