Authorities searching for missing 14-year-old in Athens

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Authorities in Athens-Clarke County announced they were searching for a 14-year-old girl Thursday morning in the area of Mitchell Bridge Rd and Westchester Dr. in Athens. “Police received the 911 call that Alaah Mitchell was missing at 12:41 Thursday morning,” an article on the 11-Alive News website reads. “As of 8:30 a.m., officers and fire department personnel were on scene searching the area. A K-9 unit will also aid in search efforts.” Police told the media they believe that Mitchell may have run away from …

Officials cut bridge project from plans

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The public can now offer feedback to MACORTS, the regional transportation planning organization, about changes to its planning documents. One of those changes is the removal of the Daniells Bridge Road extension and Loop 10 flyover, from its long-range plans. According to an article in the Flagpole Magazine, the first of three public meetings on those changes to the planning documents will be held on June 26 at the Community Center in Oconee Veterans Park. Read more: Business Litigation Attorney, Athens GA  “Subsequent meetings will …

Baptist church in Athens retains old rock steps

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Shady Grove Baptist Church in Athens has decided to bring back its original steps, which are made with field rock and concrete and were used to enter the sanctuary for decades, back to the front of the church underneath a cedar tree. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, for many decades members of Shady Grove entered the sanctuary by those steps. Read more: Attorneys in Athens GA  “But in 1960, that old wood-frame church had been replaced by a new building. The old …

Commissioners tackle animal control, restricted parking

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Athens-Clarke County commissioners met on Tuesday evening to officially view proposed changes to two local quality-of-life measures, for the first time. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, one of the changes governs animal control while the other proposed change offers opportunities to restrict parking in qualified intown residential neighborhoods. Read more: Personal Injury Attorney, Athens GA Commissioners looked at the proposed changes at their agenda-setting meeting held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall in downtown Athens. “In December, commissioners approved changes to …

Citizens learn about energy conservation at forum

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Athens citizens recently had the opportunity to attend a forum on Energy Generation and Conservation hosted by the Federation of Neighborhoods. The forum was held last Monday at Ciné, where six experts conducted a panel to discuss energy conservation and to answer any questions people had. The Federation of Neighborhoods is a coalition of neighborhood and citizens’ groups in Athens that have collaborated since the 1960s. The ACC Federation of Neighborhoods exists to study and inform neighborhood groups and citizens about local issues that affect …

ACCPD connects with young people through summer camp

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The Athens-Clarke Police Department held its Youth Summer Camp at Cedar Shoals High School last week as a way to connect with young people. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, police getting out and about to connect with Athens citizens is becoming more and more common as the police department continues to implement its community policing philosophy.  “By doing this — getting out here with the kids and showing them that we’re people, too — its makes them not afraid to approach police officers,” …

Athens Pet Market celebrates first anniversary

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Athens Pet Market, which opened last year, celebrated its first anniversary on June 2. The celebration of the first pet store on the east side of Athens was the one-year anniversary of its grand opening. “Geraldine Saavedra, along with her boyfriend Raul Vargas, was responsible for coming up with the idea of a new pet store in the underserved eastern area,” an article by The Red & Black reads. “After Raul moved from Miami to Athens, the two noticed the lack of pet stores and …

Athens boutique owner makes career out of artistic passion

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Diana Harbour has found a way to incorporate her passion for art and fashion into a successful career. Despite the statistics of start-up businesses failing, Harbour put everything on the line and she has been an exception to the rule. Red Dress Boutique is thriving and Harbour is doing what she loves. “Nestled in between Clubhouse and a Ben & Jerry’s on one of the busiest streets downtown, Red Dress Boutique was born out of the creative mind of Harbour while she was working a …

Two restaurants in Athens featured in statewide publication

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Two restaurants in Athens have been recognized by the state and featured in an annual list of 100 favorite restaurants in the state from the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division. This is the third time the publication has been distributed across the state at various rest areas and traveling spots. Read more: Lawyers in Athens GA  The state awarded the Athens restaurants with the distinction “100 Plates Locals Love,” according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald.  The National and Home.Made are both …

Madison County Superintendent injured in crash

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Madison County School Superintendent Allen McCannon was injured in a crash last Friday afternoon in downtown Danielsville. The crash reportedly involved two vehicles. “McCannon was injured when his car, stopped on U.S. Highway 29 at the Georgia Highway 98 intersection, was struck from behind by another car, according to police,” an article in the Athens Banner-Herald reads. Read more: Personal Injury Attorneys, Athens GA  If someone hits your car from behind, it is virtually never your fault, regardless of why you stopped. A basic rule …

Athens Council to host event on elder abuse

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The Athens Community Council on Aging is set to host an event that will bring awareness to the problem of elder abuse. According to a staff report released by the Athens Banner-Herald, millions of elderly Americans suffer each year from some form of neglect or abuse by their caretaker or a family member. “About 10 percent of those ages 60 and up suffer from elder abuse in the U.S., yet just one in 14 of such abuse incidents get reported to authorities, according to statistics …

100-foot building proposed for downtown Athens

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Developers on Thursday night told commissioners that they want to build a 100-foot, 10-story condominium at 155 Mitchell Street in downtown Athens. If the building is approved, it would be the tallest buildings in Athens. Read more: Business Litigation Lawyers, Athens GA  “Developers Carl Nichols of Athens and Steven Hill of Gainesville are seeking a rezoning to build the 10-story tower at 155 Mitchell St., a 1.7-acre lot between downtown, the UGA campus and the Carr’s Hill neighborhood, behind the St. Mary’s steeple and Steeplechase …

Regional Transportation group makes changes to Long Range Transportation Plan

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A Committee of the Oconee regional transportation body last week added $19.2 million to its Long Range Transportation Plan. The group did so due to a request by the Georgia Department of Transportation to cover a range of projects, which included several in Oconee County. “To accommodate the addition of the projects, the Committee eliminated the controversial Daniells Bridge Road Extension and flyover of SR Loop 10 from that same Long Range Plan, meaning it is no longer a part of the active projects in …

Clarke County BOE approves budget

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The Clarke County Board of Education approved recently a $145.6 million budget for the fiscal 2017-18 fiscal year that begins July 1. “The expenditure part of the budget is $2.8 million more than projected revenues — about $1 million less than the $3.8 million deficit school planners wrote into their initial budget proposal two months ago,” an article in the Athens Banner-Herald reads. Read more: Business Litigation Attorney, Athens GA  “Since then, Chief Financial Officer Larry Hammel revised his predicted growth in the county tax …

Clarke School Board member to run for ACC Commission

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A Clarke County Board of Education member announced recently that she will run for Athens-Clarke County Commission in District 9. Ovita Thornton made the announcement last week. “Thornton is serving her fourth term on the BOE representing District 9, which does not exactly correspond to Commission District 9, but covers much of the same territory in northern Clarke County. She has lived on Fowler Drive for 34 years,” according to an article posted on the Flagpole Magazine’s website. Read more: Attorneys in Georgia  Thornton is currently the …

Police searching for three men who invaded a home in Athens

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Police in Athens are searching for three men who invaded a home in the Woodlands of Athens condominiums recently. According to an article in the Athens Patch, Athens-Clarke County law enforcement officials are soliciting the public’s help in finding the perpetrators. Read more: Personal Injury Attorney, Athens GA  The three men descended upon a condo at the complex, which is located in Athens off Barnett Shoals Road. The homeowners reportedly called police when they realized someone had kicked in a baby gate that was located …

Public to weigh in on update to comprehensive plan for Athens

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An Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission meeting on Thursday evening allowed Athens-Clarke County residents to offer their input on an upcoming update to Athens-Clarke County’s comprehensive plan. “The planning initiative and its 10-year updates are mandated by the Georgia Planning Act, state legislation enacted in 1989 requiring local governments to chart a course for the overall growth and development of their communities in accordance with planning standards developed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs,” an article in the Athens Banner-Herald reads. Read more: Lawyers in …

Gang member suspected of shooting up home in Athens

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A man known to police as an active street gang member in Athens is suspected of shooting at least nine bullets into a house on Sena Drive on the morning of Wednesday May 31,  according to Athens-Clarke County police. “A man called 911 about 2 a.m. to report shots fired outside his home. As officers responded, police received another call from a neighboring home saying someone had riddled the front, back and sides of that home with gunfire, police said,” an article in the Athens …

Brightwell named ‘Distinguished Older Athenian’

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Anne Brightwell was recently recognized by the Athens Community Council on Aging as 2017’s “Distinguished Older Athenian.” Wednesday, more than 100 people gathered at a Council on Aging meeting room for a ceremony and reception to honor Brightwell, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. Read more: Elder Law Attorney in Athens GA “She retired 12 years ago after raising three girls and teaching math at Clarke Central High School for 22 years. Before that, she put in a few years teaching in Oglethorpe …

Clarke County Veterans Council remembers veterans with Memorial Day program

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The Clarke County Veterans Council held its annual Memorial Day program Sunday at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens to remember 232 veterans for their service and sacrifice. A roll call of the Athens area servicemen and women who served in American conflicts as far back as World War II was performed during the event. “Everything that we get in life that’s worth anything has a cost to it,” Veterans Council Chaplain Ray Fairman, a U.S. Marines veteran told the Athens Banner-Herald. “The cost for our …

Hundreds of Athens children to receive free lunches this summer

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Hundreds of children will receive free lunches this summer thanks to the Summer Food Service provided by the Athens Housing Authority in Clarke County. The goal is to bring healthy lunches during the summer months to children who may lack food during the summer since school is out. “But as the total meals served reaches nearly 1 million, this might be the last year the authority runs the program begun by Housing Authority Resident Support Director Geraldine Clarke in 1990,” an article in the Athens …

Camp DIVE aimed at preventing ‘summer slide’

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Dozens of children in Clarke County will spend their summer learning reading, history and other subjects at Camp DIVE, which begins on June 5. This is the second year Camp DIVE will bring faculty from UGA’s College of Education together with students from UGA, and Clarke County teachers – all in the name of preventing the “summer slide” in learning for children in the Athens region. Read more : Attorneys in Athens GA  “The annual program, a partnership between the University of Georgia and the …

Officials still trying to determine cause of loud boom heard across Athens-Clarke

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Officials in Athens-Clarke County are still unsure what caused a loud boom Saturday afternoon that spurred multiple calls to Athens-Clarke County police. The boom, which some are calling a possible explosion, was heard across Athens-Clarke County and neighboring counties. Read more: Criminal Defense Lawyers, Athens GA  “We don’t know what caused it or where it came from,” Athens-Clarke police spokesman Epifanio Rodriquez told the Athens Banner-Herald. “We got phone calls from all around the county. It was not one specific area.” The explosion was heard …

Athens recognized nationally for water conservation efforts

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Athens-Clarke County was recently recognized as one of five winners of the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The Wyland Foundation’s Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, which is held every April, is a competition that encourages cities across the nation to see who can be the most water wise by asking their residents to take a series of informative, easy to use pledges online to conserve water, energy and other natural resources. Read more: Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer  The non-profit campaign is presented nationally by …

Athens seeks to be “trauma-informed” community

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Hundreds attended a summit Monday and Tuesday in Athens at the Classic Center aimed at recognizing trauma in children’s lives and discovering the best course of action to take. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, more than 200 people who work with children and families in Athens attended the gathering, which was called “Awareness to Action: Community Summit on Trauma and Toxic Stress.” “Initiated by a committee chaired by Athens-Clarke County Juvenile Court Judge Robin Shearer, the summit aims to build on a …

Library’s Family Fun Day encourages summer reading

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Children in Athens are committing to read over the summer thanks to the Athens-Clarke County Library’s reading program. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, more than 100 children signed up for the summer reading program on Saturday as part of the library’s annual Family Fun Day. “The annual event, sponsored by the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library, featured a petting zoo, craft activities and a performance by Dave Holland and Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events with lots of audience participation,” the article reads. …

Athens man stripped and robbed in home-invasion

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An Athens man who planned to spend the night with a woman he has known for years was stripped and robbed early Friday morning.  According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, a home-invasion and armed robbery occurred during the encounter at the victim’s home on Herbert Road. The man told Athens-Clarke County police that the suspect is a 24-year-old Watkinsville woman who he had known for years and had recently began communicating with. Read more: Personal Injury Lawyer, Athens GA  “She reportedly contacted the …

New paths along North Oconee River in progress

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Workers have begun projects that will more than double the North Oconee River’s greenway trails paths with two new trails alongside the river. “One segment begins near the old mill building now home to the University of Georgia School of Social Work, then makes its way along the river to an edge of Oconee Hill Cemetery,” an article in the Athens Banner-Herald reads. Another path will start near the Waffle House located on U.S. Highway 78 and will make its way down to the river …

Committee proposes residential parking changes in Athens

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With the new changes the Athens-Clarke County Commission’s Government Operations Committee is proposing, non-residents will be limited on where and when they can park in Athens. The committee is suggesting a parking permit that can be used by non-residents in order to park on the street in certain residential areas. Read more: Employment Lawyers, Athens GA  “The proposed changes, which must be approved by the full commission before they can take effect, would more specifically describe the circumstances under which neighborhoods can be considered for inclusion …

Work begins on Russell Hall renovation

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Russell Hall at the University of Georgia is getting a $44.5 million renovation and the university announced over the weekend that work has begun on the dormitories. The dorm, which is a 230,000-square-foot high-rise has the highest occupancy capacity of any UGA residential units, according to an article published by the Athens Banner-Herald.  Read more: Attorneys in Athens GA The Russell Community, which includes Russell Hall, is  located on Baxter Street and designated solely to first-year students. Russell is a coeducational residential community and home to …