From the June 24, 1979 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

  • The newly created West-Side Neighborhood Council sought recognition from Athens City Council. Chairman William Walker, a local attorney, said, “I see it primarily coming out of an area that had been ignored to a certain extent.” Members included Walker, Gertrude Linnenbruegge, John Kotowski, Michael Holden, Joan McReynolds, Edwin Van Leunen, Gina Giardino, Larry Kent and Paul Bair.
  • Ten high school students were elected to Buckeye Girls State: Sharen McFadden of Nelsonville, Debby Sue Lightfritz of New Marshfield, Susan Sayers of Millfield, Theresa Ackerman of Athens, Mary Kieffer of Buchtel, Lisa Quattrock of Athens, Teri Moleski of Glouster, Susan Lipscomb of Coolville, Martha Kline of Athens and Mary Skiver of Carbon Hill.
  • In advertising, Ford’s Jeweler at the Athens Mall offered a deal on a 1/4 carat bridal pair of rings, with eight diamonds in each, for a total of $450.
  • In sports, The Messenger featured Ohio University Bobcat basketball standout Tim Joyce, who awaited the 1979 NBA draft with hopes of being selected. The irony is Tim Joyce’s teammate at OU, Steve Skaggs, was drafted ahead of him by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 131st pick. The Cavs, as it turned out, used their next pick on Joyce with the 169th overall selection. Neither reached the NBA. Magic Johnson was picked No. 1 in the draft. Other notable draftees included Bill Cartwright, Sidney Moncrief and Bill Laimbeer.

From the June 20, 2004 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

  • Athens City Councilman Paul Wiehl spoke out against the city’s $45,000 cost for hosting the annual Halloween Block Party. He suggested organizers find a way to pay the city’s share, or else have the party be declared a riot and shut down by police. Mayor Ric Abel said that plan was unfeasible; “there’s no probably cause for calling the event a riot,” he said.
  • Hungry Howie’s Pizza Inc. opened at 235 W. Union St., Athens.
  • In sports, Spartans baseball standout Jake Hale was selected for Team Ohio in a national tournament. Hale was drafted by the Cleveland Indians a year later, but opted to attend Ohio State University. He was drafted again in 2007 by the Toronto Blue Jays, but again did not sign. He finally was drafted one more time in 2009 by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 27th round. Hale pitched two seasons in the Diamondbacks minor league system before transitioning to playing independent pro ball. Hale is among two Alexander players to have ever been drafted; catcher Scott Chapman was picked by Houston in 1995 and spent seven seasons in the Astros and Chicago Cubs organizations.
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