Armed robbery reported at Oconee Waffle House

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Last Tuesday, two men wearing masks and one carrying a gun walked into the Oconee Street Waffle House about 2 a.m., forced both employees and customers to the ground, and stole from the victims. An article published by the Athens Banner-Herald explains the ordeal. “Upon arriving at the scene, officers were met by two employees and three customers who told them two men wearing masks, one of whom was brandishing a handgun, entered the restaurant and started ‘ordering everyone around,’ said Epifanio Rodriguez, public information …

High-speed chase leads to arrest

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A man who is a Winterville resident reportedly led deputies on a high-speed chase over the weekend, at one point entering Clarke County. The incident occurred last Saturday and according to authorities, he was eventually captured during a foot chase. “Jeremy Coty Sparks, 25, of Pittard Road was charged with attempting to elude in Madison County, while the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office along with Athens-Clarke police plan to file charges, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office,” an article in the Athens Banner-Herald reads. Read …

Four businesses raided following illegal gambling investigation

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According to various media reports, on Tuesday police raided four business locations in North Georgia, including Athens, due to suspected illegal gambling operations. Two homes reportedly associated with the alleged gambling ring were also searched. Multiple people were arrested as a result of the operation. An article posted on the World Casino Directory website reports that WAGA-TV released a broadcast report on the raid saying that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Commercial Gambling Unit coordinated the raid and more than 50 officers were involved. Search …

Georgia expected to practice despite upcoming solar eclipse

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While thousands of Georgians will travel to north Georgia counties or attend eclipse parties and events, the Bulldogs are scheduled to take to the field for practice shortly after the eclipse reaches its peak in Athens. “At a press conference on Tuesday, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart was unfazed when asked whether or not the impending solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will have any bearing on Georgia’s practice,” an article by The Red & Black reads. “Not that I’m aware of,” Smart said. The Red …

Wiltshire’s legal team helps clear client of child molestation charges

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Attorney Mo Wiltshire, a criminal defense attorney and partner at Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire in Athens, GA, successfully secured a jury acquittal for one of his clients who had been charged with three counts relating to allegations that he lured a minor to his home and then sexually assaulted her. Alphonso Hayes was charged last year with statutory rape, child molestation, and enticing a child for indecent purposes. The four-day trial that led to his acquittal on all three charges was held last week. Read …

Athens community gathers in solidarity with Charlottesville

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As tensions rise across the U.S. due to events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, the Athens community came together at the University of Georgia Arch in solidarity with the Charlottesville rally on Sunday. Last Saturday, multiple outbursts of violence took place including a car crashing into a group of protesters, killing one and injuring multiple others. “In the wake of this outburst of violence, over 100 members of the Athens community assembled at the University of Georgia Arch for the Stand in Solidarity …

Former Athens school serves as temporary home for other schools

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Gaines Elementary moved from its original location near the Gaines School Road-Lexington Road intersection more than a month ago. Despite its move, the halls are still filled with children as the Clarke County school year begins. “The building has temporarily been Winterville, Barnett Shoals, Chase Street and Barrow elementary schools for a year or more at a stretch,” an article by the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “The school has been the temporary home for elementary pupils while their home schools undergo extensive renovation, or demolition and …

UGA removes self-grading policy from syllabus

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A controversial option included in one University of Georgia business professor’s syllabus was officially removed last week. Business school Professor Richard Watson included in his syllabus a proposal to let the college students in his class pick their own grades, a move he felt would relieve their stress and possibly allow them to focus more on learning and less on grades. “Business school professor Richard Watson came up with the ‘stress reduction’ policy which gave students the option to choose their own grades,” an article …

Athens Banner-Herald sold to GateHouse Media

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Morris Communications Co. made an announcement last week that it signed an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group to GateHouse Media. The agreement includes selling the Athens Banner-Herald. The group said it’s all part of a strategic move to restructure its focus to lifestyle publications, new business, and property management. Read more: Estate Planning Attorneys in Athens GA  “The sale includes 10 other daily newspapers, numerous non-daily publications and associated websites and digital assets. The transaction is expected to close on October …

Emerging Media graduate program students present projects

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A group of the first Emerging Media graduates had the opportunity to present their capstone projects recently at Southern Brewing Company. Two projects were presented at the event, one by Eric Daniel and Chalen Duncan, and another by Amanda Keuler. “The capstone projects are oriented around solving a problem through the perspective of emerging media studies, a task Daniel said was ‘vague’ in order to allow them to explore unconventional methods,” an article in The Red & Black reads. “He and Duncan decided virtual reality, …

Forbes ranks UGA one of top 25 colleges for academics, sports

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Forbes magazine released a list of the top 25 colleges that dominate both academics and sports on August 2 and the University of Georgia was ranked No. 17 on that list. “The Forbes rankings were made based on schools’ numbers of Division 1 NCAA championships. Universities were required to have a minimum of 20 championships to make the list,” an article in The Red & Black reads. Read more: Self Defense Attorney, Athens GA  The rankings factored in various schools’ academic records, which were based …

Sanford Stadium to open for upcoming eclipse

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With the arrival of the much anticipated solar eclipse that will leave much of North America in the dark on August 21, the north stands of University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium will be open for viewers to catch a glimpse of the once-in-a-lifetime event in Athens. “That afternoon, Athens will see a near-total eclipse of the sun, and the University of Georgia and its UGA Athletic Association are opening up the stadium to the public for eclipse-viewing on that day,” an article in the Athens …

Athens bustling with return of UGA students

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Grocery stores and other locations were packed on Sunday as more than 4,500 students were busy moving into on-campus housing in preparation for the new school year at the University of Georgia. While the arrival of students was evident, this year’s new move-in policy that was implemented by the university helped to drastically reduce traffic jams and large crowds as compared to years before. Read more: Fake ID Lawyers, Athens GA   “This is the second year that we have had arrival appointment times,” University Housing …

Bulldog Laundry to open following fire

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Bulldog Laundry Wash and Fold on Baxter Street plans to reopen soon despite a fire that caused serious damage to the interior of the building in late June. “On the night of June 27th, an electrical fire broke out in the ceiling of Bulldog Laundry Wash and Fold’s 798 Baxter Street facility. Though the structure remains standing, the interior sustained serious damage, and Bulldog Laundry closed its doors to assess the damage and plan renovations,” an article in The Red & Black reads. Read more: Georgia …

Children’s garden gets underway soon at State Botanical Garden

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The University of Georgia State Botanical Garden plans to break ground on Sept. 1 for its newest edition, the Alice H. Richard’s Children Garden. According to an article by The Red & Black, Koons Environmental Design of Athens is leading the renovation process. The garden will consist of two and a half acres of land. “Richards, the woman the garden is dedicated to, was a large supporter of the garden and served as a charter member of the State Botanical Garden Board of Advisors until …

Athens man stabbed during Facebook Live video

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An Athens man who was involved in a fight at Rolling Ridge apartments last Friday was stabbed and the incident was reportedly captured on video. “The stabbing occurred during a fight at the complex that was broadcast on Facebook Live, Athens-Clarke County police said,” an article by the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “The video was quickly removed from Facebook by those who posted it after learning police were looking into it.” Read more: Personal Injury Attorney, Athens GA  The victim, who is 36-years-old, told Athens police …

UGA professor involved in making of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

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A University of Georgia assistant professor had the opportunity this summer to work on an iconic Hollywood movie that premiered July 14. Roberta Salmi is a veteran primatology researcher whose most recent endeavors made it to the big screen. “Premiering in theatres across the nation On July 14, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is the third installment in a series of prequels to the culturally iconic 1968 film ‘Planet of the Apes.’ The film currently boasts at a box office revenue of over …

Alleged burglars strike Athens music venue

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Several well-known musicians have rallied around the 40 Watt after word spread that an apparent burglary left the venue without thousands of dollars in electronics and other musical equipment. Despite the outpouring of support from bands like R.E.M. and Jason Isbell, Athens police have hinted that they wonder if the break-in was possibly staged. “As word of Friday’s alleged burglary spread, well-known musicians with ties to the West Washington Street music venue took to social media to express outrage and pledge monetary support,” an article …

Driver killed in one-vehicle crash near Athens

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A crash Monday morning claimed the life of a dump truck driver near Athens. The one-vehicle crash occurred on Georgia Highway 53 near U.S. Highway 78 next to Bogart. “The wreck closed traffic to one lane in an area between Highway 78 and Lane Creek Road, according to authorities,” an article posted by the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “The truck caught fire after the wreck and workers had to cut down trees in order to extricate the truck from the forest.” Read more: Personal Injury Lawyer, …

Unemployment rises in Athens

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According to the latest data on unemployment rates, more people in the metro-Athens region are unemployed. The unemployment rate in the metro-Athens area was 5.2 percent in June. According to an article by The Red & Black, the unemployment rate for the Athens region is seven-tenths higher than it was in May. However, it’s still less than the 5.8 percent rate from this time last year. Read more: Employment Law Attorney, Athens GA  “Unemployment rates classifies unemployed people as those who are willing and available …

Clean Energy Roadshow held in Athens

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The Athens Sustainability Summit and Clean Energy Roadshow hosted by Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols and State Representative Spencer Frye was held yesterday in Athens. The event was held at the Athens Holiday Inn from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Read more: Attorney in Georgia  According to an article by The Red & Black, the event offered several panels of energy efficiency, utilities, renewable energy and alternative fuel vehicle experts working with sustainability teams in Athens to put into action cost-saving sustainable project plans. “Representatives from Cox …

Elberton man killed in work-related accident

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A 36-year-old Elberton man was killed last week when he was crushed by a rock while working at an Oglethorpe County granite rock quarry. Authorities recently released the man’s identity as Matthew Walter Kantala IV. Read more: Wrongful Death Attorney, Athens GA  “Kantala was killed in a work-related accident that occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday at the Blue Sky Quarry located off Veribest Road in a northeastern section of the county, according to Oglethorpe County Deputy Coroner Mark Bridges,” an article in the Athens …

UGA fundraising efforts hit record amount

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This year, University of Georgia fundraising efforts brought in nearly $228 million in gifts and pledges, up about 24 percent from last year’s efforts. “The $227.8 million total was another record for UGA President Jere Morehead, who said when he became UGA’s top administrator four years ago that his success as president would be judged by how much money he raised,” an article in the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “UGA fundraising has risen to a new record high each year Morehead has been in office.” Read …

UGA grad named entrepreneur of the year

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A University of Georgia graduate and local Athens businessman was recently recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast U.S. in Real Estate and Construction. According to an article by The Red & Black, in the late 1990’s, Wesley Rogers had no idea his experiences as a University of Georgia undergraduate student would lead to the business he runs today. Read more: Lawyers in Athens GA  Rogers is the President and CEO of Landmark Properties, which is the nation’s largest general …

Athens teen allegedly attacked by boyfriend

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A 17-year-old girl recently reported that her 20-year-old boyfriend attacked her at an Athens home. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, Michael Lee Hughes was arrested in connection to the crime on July 13. The incident occurred at the couple’s home, which is located on Vintage Court. Read more: Domestic Violence Attorney, Athens GA  “A dispute began when Hughes was using the 17-year-old victim’s phone to make call when a text message arrived from a man asking for a full body picture,” according …

Athens locals get free gaming at hobby store

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Dragon Star Hobbies is the vision of one Oconee County man who had been going to local hobby stores for more than 20 years and just never found what he was looking for. According to an article in The Red & Black, Joe Teskey decided it was time he open up his own store. Read more: Business Litigation Lawyer, Atlanta GA  “Dragon Star Hobbies is located off of Gaines School Road with hours starting at 10 a.m., and happily stays open as late as people …

Athens man stabbed to death during argument with roommate

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An Athens man was stabbed to death last week by his roommate during an altercation. According to various media reports, the fight started as a verbal dispute and then eventually turned into a physical altercation. “Robert Bryan, 21, allegedly stabbed roommate Wesley Ford, 24, after an argument about Bryan moving out to live with someone else, Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said Monday,” an article by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reads. Read more: Wrongful Death Attorneys, Athens GA  Police told the media that the argument began as a …

Athens named one of the ‘Best College Towns to Live in Forever’

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The Classic City was recently recognized by CollegeRanker.com as one of the top 50 “Best College Towns to Live in Forever.” Three cities in Georgia reportedly made the list. Athens was ranked at 17, Savannah was ranked at 32, and Brunswick 44. Read more: Attorneys in Georgia “Following are excerpts for each city. Note to the editor, Georgia is the nation’s first State Chartered University, not the first state university in Georgia. In addition, although we’ll always love R.E.M., many current musical groups call Athens …

Athens police arrest two in armed robbery case

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Two people were arrested last weekend in connection to an armed robbery case in which the suspects stole $5,000 that was in a bag, along with several money-making books including “Ways to become a Millionare,” and “Art of the Deal.” “Warrants were also obtained for the arrest of a third suspect, said Epifanio Rodriguez, public information officer for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department,” an article in the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “All three suspects have local street gang ties, according to Rodriguez, but the June 21 …

Oglethorpe deputy arrested on drug charges

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An Oglethorpe sheriff’s deputy was arrested recently after authorities reportedly discovered evidence that the deputy possibly bought drugs from an alleged methamphetamine dealer in Comer. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the alleged drug dealer was arrested on July 10 and a few days’ later officers also arrested Cpl. John Raymond Parker. Parker was charged with possession of a controlled prescription drug, possession of a firearm during a felony crime, and violation of the oath of a public officer. “The investigation concluded and …