Food Waste a Problem in Athens

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Dozens of people came out last week to the University of Georgia’s Memorial Hall to hear Rob Greenfield speak. Read More: Probate Litigation Attorney in Georgia Greenfield is a traveling advocate against food waste. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, more than 100 people showed up for the presentation. “A much smaller group accompanied Greenfield the following night for a hands-on demonstration of what he was talking about — a surprisingly productive round of dumpster-diving behind some of Athens’ supermarkets and restaurants,” the …

Hacked Records Sold on Dark Web

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The web of the Athens Orthopedic Clinic’s computer system hack is getting thicker. Read More: Criminal Defense Attorney in Georgia More than 200,000 patient records were compromised and according to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, like something out of “Mr. Robot,” – the American drama series on USA Network – the hacker who reportedly infiltrated the clinic’s computer system has been identified by various media reports as “The Dark Overlord.” The Dark Overlord, which is likely a group of people, claims to have hacked …

UGA Students Face Longest Semester Ever

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University of Georgia students are facing the longest semester ever recorded at the university after starting back to classes Aug. 11, leaving them with six weeks left of summer. Read More: DUI Attorney in Georgia According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, the return was the earliest start students and faculty ever began an academic year – a week earlier than when fall classes began last year. Classes will start back even earlier next year, on Aug, 10. “The academic calendar has been a …

Activists Pushing for Ordinance Change in Anti-Discrimination Law

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Athens-Clarke County commissioners had their first look about a week ago at proposed amendments to an ordinance targeting discriminatory admissions practices in some bars in downtown Athens. Read More: Employment Law Attorney in Georgia A vote on the matter is scheduled to take place Sept. 7 about adding the measure to the local code. Athens for Everyone and the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement—two groups that have been a big part of the push for a local anti-discrimination ordinance—say they will oppose the ordinance unless the Athens-Clarke County Commission …

Man Shot to Death in Downtown Athens

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An Athens man was shot and killed early Saturday morning in downtown Athens. Read More: Personal Injury Lawyer in Georgia The incident happened about 2:30 a.m. at the corner of North Jackson Street and East Hancock Avenue on the back side of the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. The 28-year-old man, Daniel Joseph Macias, who possibly lived at a Riverbend Parkway address was identified by Athens-Clarke County police late Saturday morning after police notified immediate family members. Police are …

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Program Gives Teens Work Experience

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A recent graduate of Cedar Shoals High School spent his summer gaining real-life work experience with his participation in the Innovation and Opportunity Act In-School Youth Program. Read More: Attorney in Georgia Terrell Callahan spent five weeks this summer discovering the responsibilities and benefits that come with being employed, according to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald. “As a member of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act In-School Youth Program, Terrell worked as a Program Assistant at the East Athens Community Center,” the ABH article …

Athens Teen Tries Buying Food at McDonald’s With Prop Money

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An Athens teen was arrested on Thursday after he tried to pass movie prop money off as real money while buying food at McDonald’s. Read More: Probate Attorney in Georgia According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, Derrick Rucker, who is 17 and from Vineyard Drive was arrested Thursday morning after he allegedly passed motion picture prop money at McDonald’s on West Broad Street and then reportedly tried to flee from police. “The cashier at the drive-thru window knew it was fake money when …

New Laws and Amendments in Athens Could Affect Students

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Multiple amendments were proposed to state and local law and University of Georgia policy during the summer that may affect students as they return to school. According to an article in The Red&Black, there are five laws and policies that students should consider as they begin to pass and take effect. The laws mentioned in the article include Michael’s Law, a stun guns law, the UGA amnesty policy, an anti-discrimination ordinance and the Clarkston marijuana ordinance. Read More: Student Defense Attorney in Georgia According to …

Trail Through Athens Cemetery is Sensitive Issue

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Last August, the Athens-Clarke County commission unanimously approved a project concept for a portion of the greenway to be routed through Oconee Hill Cemetery. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the technical details of constructing the paved trail through the historic cemetery have been worked out, but there’s still some work that remains in order to ensure smooth integration of the cemetery’s operational needs to allow public access to the greenway. Read More: Personal Injury Attorney in Georgia Athens-Clarke County commissioners learned about the additional work …

Price Tag for Athens Fireworks and Festival Tops $74,000

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The final cost for The City of Athens’ Independence Day weekend street festival and fireworks display has been tallied and the total came in well below the budget that was approved by the board of the Athens Downtown Development Authority. Read More: Business Law Attorney in Georgia According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, the cost pegs the cost of the July 1 Downtown Fireworks Spectacular at $74,632, well below the $82,401 budget that was approved. “That tally means the ADDA, whose board initially …

Athens Woman Thankful for Kindness of Police

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An Athens woman who was traveling to the store to purchase school supplies for her young children recently ended up stranded on the highway with her three children for about an hour, but it was a kind gesture by an Athens-Clarke County police officer that she says she will be forever grateful for. Jessicah Mcelheney told the Athens Banner-Herald the incident occurred last Saturday. “Officer Edward Herron responded to the scene, where he stood in the middle of the road to stop traffic as a …

Man at Athens Regional Hospital Following Golf Cart Crash

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  A Walton County man is still recovering at an Athens hospital following a golf cart crash he was a passenger in last month near Statham. The Walton County man was reportedly still in the intensive care unit of Athens Regional Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, Jason Hunter Jones of Monroe was left in a coma following the incident, which occurred on July 29. Jones hit his head on the pavement along Rat Kinney Road when he fell …

Athens-Clarke Working Through Backlog of Fee Appeals Due to Stormwater Utility Fees

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Eleven years ago, Athens-Clarke county government instituted a “stormwater utility fee” under terms of the federal Clean Water Act. Under the law, communities that don’t comply with stormwater permitting requirements can face monetary penalties. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, in addition to the penalties, communities also face the prospect of not being able to obtain the federal permits needed to operate their water and wastewater systems. “Athens-Clarke County public works personnel are now working through a significant backlog of ‘stormwater utility fee’ appeals the interim …

Athens-Clarke Commissioners OK New County Office

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Athens-Clarke County commissioners recently decided to build a new county office for the Cooperative Extension Service. The office will be located on the far west side of the county. It will share a more than 7-acre tract of land with a new fire station. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, there was some public opposition to the project, including one young girl who believes the new office will “be the end of 4-H.” “An outreach initiative of the University of Georgia, the Cooperative …

New Planned Facility to Bring 500 Jobs to Athens

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A firm that operates call centers and provides technical support for various high-profile tech firms has plans to open a new facility in Athens. The new facility is expected to bring 500 jobs to the area over the next four years. Voxpro is an award winning provider of Multilingual Customer Experience & Technical Support solutions to giant global brands, according to its website. Headquartered in Cork, the company has offices in Dublin & San Francisco. “Our success is our people. Their creativity and hunger deliver compassionate, clever and …

Oconee County Facing Traffic Issues as School Year Starts

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Due to construction on Mars Hill Road in Oconee County, traffic is expected to impact drivers at three Oconee County Schools this new school year. The Athens Banner-Herald reports the Georgia Department of Transportation is widening Mars Hill Road, and for some time, there will be no turn lane in the middle of the asphalt strip near the intersection of Mars Hill Road and Hog Mountain Road. “That’s going to affect traffic flows into three schools at or near that intersection — Oconee County Primary …

Changes Coming to Oconee County Government January 1st

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John Daniell, who will be taking over as chairman of the board of commissioners in Oconee County as of January 1 announced in an interview recently that citizens will witness a change of culture in the county’s government once he takes over. The Oconee County Board of Commissioners is the county governing authority as provided by state law.  The Board is vested with budget and taxing authority, ordinance making authority, and control of county property, roads and facilities. The chairman and commissioners are elected at-large …

Man Arrested for Armed Robbery of Athens Store

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The Kwik Pick on U.S. Highway 29 North near the Madison County border was robbed last week by a masked man and an arrest has been made in connection to the armed robbery. The Athens Banner-Herald reports the robber was armed with a semiautomatic pistol that he kept pointed at the clerk as he stole money from the cash register. “Investigators used store security camera video footage to identify the robber as 27-year-old Mikkos Shavoris Gantt of Colbert, according to Lt. Mike Tyndell, commanding officer …

AT&T Expanding Coverage in Athens

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Residents in Normaltown will soon have better cell coverage thanks to the future installation of a cellular monopole by AT&T. The monopole will be installed on the University of Georgia Health Sciences campus. AT&T currently provides service in this area, but this installation will provide a stronger signal with more capacity, according to an article by the Red&Black. “Paul Chambers, the Northeast director of external affairs for AT&T said the company is always looking for ways to improve wireless networks. The monopole will help to …

Planning Commission to Review Rezoning Request for Mixed-Use Development on Prince Avenue

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A rezoning request for a mixed-use development in Athens on Prince Avenue was back in front of the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission on August 4, just three months after the developer pulled it from consideration as Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commission were preparing to vote on the request, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. The area under discussion is Pulaski and Childs streets in the western edge of downtown Athens. “The development will comprise a mix of multifamily residential options with commercial uses …

Reward Offered in Athens Gang Shooting

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Athens-Clarke County police announced Monday a cash reward is being offered for any information to help identify gang members who were involved in a shooting over the weekend that injured seven people. Crime Stoppers is offering the reward of up to $1,000 in connection to the incident. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, the reward is for information that helps police identify any alleged shooters who remain at large, said Capt. Jerry Saulters, commanding officer of the Athens-Clarke County police Criminal Investigations Division. …

Broad River Festival to Highlight Music, Tubing, Games and More

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The Broad River Watershed Association Benefit Festival is scheduled this year on August 6 and has a lineup of 16 bands, river tubing, games, food and much more. The 2016 festival is slated to take place from noon to night at Camp Kiwanis, 2613 Old Wildcat Bridge Road, Danielsville, and is a major fundraiser for the association formed to protect the Broad River and its watershed. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, the music will be performed from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. …

Madison County to Have New Sheriff Come January

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Come January, Madison County will have a new Sheriff. It was announced Tuesday that former sheriff’s deputy Michael Moore won the Republican Primary runoff against incumbent Sheriff Kip Thomas. Since there are no Democrats seeking the sheriff’s office spot, Moore will take the post as soon as Thomas’ term expires, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. Moore took 2,281 votes of the 4,322 votes cast in the runoff. That’s just over half – or 53 percent of the ballots in the race. Elsewhere …

Athens Achievement Test Scores Improve Slightly

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Tuesday the state released the results of this spring’s “Milestones” achievement tests and the averages in Georgia showed slight improvements over last year’s results, which was the first year the new standardized tests were administered.   “Statewide, the biggest improvements include gains in science in grades 5 and science and math in eighth and seventh grades, but in other areas scores declined slightly; only 8 percent of third-graders scored “distinguished,” the highest grade, in tests administered this spring, down from 10 percent last year, for …

Intoxicated Woman Abducted From Athens Bar

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Saturday in Athens a woman who became intoxicated to the point where she couldn’t walk was reportedly abducted from outside Boar’s Head Bar. According to an article in the Red and Black, Athens-Clarke County police responded to a call of a missing person in downtown Athens. The woman had been removed from the bar after she became so intoxicated she couldn’t walk properly. According to the article, the woman’s friends had set her down outside of the bar and were going to retrieve a vehicle …

Athens Cops Have Emotional Reunion with Man they Helped

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This weekend was a special one for three Athens police officers who had the opportunity to reunite with a man whose life they helped save. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, about a week on ago on July 17,  three Athens police officers teamed up to save the life of Stuart Sullivan, a 62-year-old man who suffered a massive heart attack on a sidewalk in downtown Athens. ”Sullivan’s heart reportedly stopped at least twice before an ambulance and paramedics arrived, but the officers …

Data Breach Reported at Athens Medical Clinic

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Patients at Athens Orthopedic Clinic may have had their personal information compromised recently. Monday the CEO at Athens Orthopedic Clinic announced the clinic had suffered a breach of its electronic medical records, according to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald. While not all patients were necessarily affected, the data that was accessed may include names, addresses, Social Security numbers, telephone numbers, and some medical data, according to a release from the clinic the ABH reports. “At the end of June, we confirmed that a hacker …

Athens Zoo Opens Despite Recent Vandalism

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A zoo in Athens that recently experienced vandalism reopened to the public on Sunday despite the setback. Bear Hollow Zoo and Memorial Park are facilities of the ACC Leisure Services Department. Memorial Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to sunset on weekends and holidays. Bear Hollow Zoo is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The zoo is free of charge and offers families the opportunity to see Georgia’s wildlife. It houses a reptile and amphibian exhibit and offers facilities for birthday …

FBI Seeking Assistance in Bank Robbery Investigation

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An investigation into a bank robbery at a Madison County bank has spurred the FBI to seek assistance from the public in catching the unidentified suspect. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the FBI recently joined forces with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation. The robbery occurred Monday at the First Madison Bank & Trust in Colbert, according to a news release from the federal agency’s Atlanta office, the ABH reports. “As part of its investigation, the FBI is asking anyone …

Athens Considering Free Transit Rides for Youth

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Athens-Clarke County commissioners had their first look at a proposal Tuesday that would allow people between the ages of 5 through 17-years-old to ride public transit in Athens for free. “The proposal for making Athens Transit free for young people on a year-round basis comes as a wildly successful summer program offering no-fare rides to young people ages 5-17 is drawing to a close,” the ABH reports. “That pilot program, approved in April by Athens-Clarke’s mayor and commission, will end on Aug. 9, the first …