Court Street: A Townie’s View

Dana Gilkey grew up in Athens, OH. He has never left the small, yet diverse, Midwest town. He graduated from Athens High School and then went to college at Ohio University. He graduated from college and then bought a house in Athens. He is what the student population would call a “townie”.

Understandably, “Court Street” stirs up different memories than what most college students will reminisce about. He remembers getting ice cream at Cold Stone with his mom when he was little (Yes, Court Street used to have a Cold Stone). His favorite places were the ones he and his high school friends had frequented though. The places where both teenage boys and college co-eds could both enjoy (Wonder why teenage boys frequented these places so much…).

I was interested what a “townie” experience would be like, so I asked him to walk me through what a Court Street adventure in his high school days would consist of and he gave me the exclusive tour!

The importance of small town volunteers

While larger cities can usually afford to pay members of their fire departments and emergency medical services, many small towns rely on volunteers to provide invaluable assistance. I spoke to two members of the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department who shared their thoughts on the importance of volunteering in small communities.

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It looks like St. Patrick’s Day, Mill fest and March madness took a toll on students

It’s very rare to see Court Street empty.  Usually the times you see this occur is a Sunday morning, the day after a fest…or maybe the Sunday morning after two fests.  A lot of emotions run through the streets of Athens this time of the year.  People are hungover because fests and very sad because their March madness brackets are quickly busted.

Graduating seniors reflect on Court Street

To some Ohio University students, the heart of Athens, Ohio, is Court Street. This brick road is located in Uptown Athens and is home to businesses that range from college bookstores to boutiques and pubs. In the video below, Heather Willard and Olivia Miltner, who are both graduating seniors studying journalism, mulled over what Court Street meant to them and to the city.