Celebration

Southern Ohio’s Zyon Avery (right) is greeted at home plate after hitting a recent home run for the Copperheads.

CHEERS ...

To all the Scholar-Athlete awardees from the recent OHSAA Southeast District Athletic Board banquet, including Sylvie Wilson of Athens High School.

To the Cheads, who are 4-2 in their last six games and appear to be getting things together. The team is 9-10, but just 2.5 games out of first place in a very balanced league.

To the Brick Criterium, which proved to be a fun, family-friendly event last Saturday. Whether you were a lifelong bicyclist or a total novice spectator, it was a captivating afternoon of racing. Kudos to all the organizers and volunteers.

JEERS ...

To Athens County being again being designated as "Distressed" by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the lowest-possible economic rating. Our representatives should see this as another wake-up call to do what they can to bring jobs and opportunities to Southeast Ohio.

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