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Historians and genealogists looking for past issues of the Athens Messenger have several options.

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to fulfill look-up requests, but we can hopefully point you in the right direction.

For articles and obituaries for the time period 2008 - present, check our website archives.

For articles and obituaries that published earlier, you have several options.

Ohio University's Alden Library on the Athens campus and the Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library in Columbus both have microfilmed copies of our newspaper.

You can use the Historical Society's Online Index to see which years are available in their microfilm room. Don't forget to check the index for publications that were produced in some of the smaller communities too. Many of those weekly papers are available on microfilm at the historical society. The link to the index is

For searchable digital archives, try, and Those third party vendors have electronic editions of the Messenger for certain time periods that are searchable by name and keyword, not just edition date.

The Athens Messenger staff:

Amanda Montgomery, senior general manager of Southern Ohio for APG Media

740-592-6612, Ext. 301121

Allan Brown, editor

740-592-6612, Ext. 301131

Eric Decker, sports editor

740-592-6612, Ext. 301139

John Halley, photo editor

740-592-6612, Ext. 301133

Nicole Bowman-Layton, staff writer

740-592-6612, Ext. 301155


Teresa Humphreys, advertising director

740-594-8210, Ext. 300623


Paula Keplar, advertising account executive

740-592-6612, Ext. 301126

Ann Blunt, director of distribution and audience development

740-592-6612, Ext. 301111

Adam Calhoun, controller

740-592-6612, Ext. 301185

Cheryl Powers, webmaster

740-592-6612, Ext. 301151

For assistance with subscriptions and billing, contact our circulation department 740-592-6612, press "1" and then "5."


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