Attorney fights to keep DUI-homicide suspect behind bars

An assistant district attorney is trying to keep Whitney Baker Howard, the 31-year-old who crashed her Jeep into a group of bicyclists and killed a University of Georgia graduate student in the process, behind bars. The attorney has argued against setting bail for Howard saying that allowing her out of jail puts others at risk because she may choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle again. The attorney said it would be like handing her a loaded gun with a shaky trigger finger, …

Creative Animal Foundation brings tiny house to Athens Tech

Stephanie Arne, who used to host Mutual of Omaha’s revived “Wild Kingdom” along with the man she competed for the job with, Tim Davison, are promoting their new Creative Animal Foundation and traveled to Athens recently in their tiny home to do so. An article in the Athens Banner-Herald explains that Arne and Davison have taken to the road in their tiny house and are traveling across the country in it to promote their new foundation. The couple reportedly took questions from visitors on Monday …

Envision Athens holds second public engagement event

Envision Athens held its second public engagement event on Thursday at The Classic Center. The event, which is called the Community Summit, allowed the planning team to share initial data gathered from the Community Assessment research along with results from the first round of engagement. “You’re invited to help shape the vision for the future of Athens-Clarke County,” the Envision Athens website reads. “We need your input and feedback which will provide a foundation for recommendations to guide community and economic development for the next …

UGA tuition increases for 2017-18 school year

Students enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year at the University of Georgia can expect to see an increase in their tuition bill. For undergraduates, the increase will be 2 percent and for graduate students, they will see a 2.5 percent increase. Read more: UGA Student Defense Lawyer, Athens GA According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the state Board of Regents approved the hikes Tuesday in the group’s monthly meeting at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick. For an undergraduate to attend UGA for …

Public Works making crosswalks safer in Athens-Clarke County

The Transportation and Public Works Department has workers busy installing two pedestrian refuge islands on Prince Avenue this week and similar projects are in the works for other parts of Athens-Clarke County within the next couple of months. According to an article published by Flagpole Magazine, the Transportation and Public Works Department is installing the islands at mid-block crosswalks at Pope Street and Piedmont College. Read more: Attorneys in Georgia The islands give pedestrians a place to stop safely after crossing two lanes of traffic …

Man on LSD stabs three people

A man who was reportedly under the influence of the drug LSD stabbed three people in Athens Saturday. An article by the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that alleged assailant who is 21-years-old, was arrested in connection to the stabbings. Read more: Criminal Defense Lawyer, Athens GA He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated battery, Athens-Clarke County police said. “According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the stabbings occurred shortly after midnight Saturday in a home in southeastern Clarke County,” the …

Potential media policy for Georgia could be one of strictest in SEC

A new media policy Georgia Coach Kirby Smart planned to implement this week can reportedly keep the media from reporting on player injuries during practices – among other topics. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the policy emailed Tuesday afternoon hours before practice said that media members can’t report on players wearing non-contact jerseys, working with the training staff, or becoming injured during open portions of practice unless Smart provides information about their medical status. Read more: Personal Injury Lawyer, Athens GA But reporters aren’t happy …

Officers hold cookout in attempt to bring community together following drive-by shooting spree

Officers with the Athens-Clarke County Police force took to the streets last Thursday and held a cook-out for residents in Athens Gardens. Residents of the Lexington Road apartment complex recently endured a string of drive-by shooting incidents and police decided to treat the residents to a cook-out of hamburgers and hot dogs in an attempt to bring the community together. “The community cookout will come just days after the latest incident at Athens Gardens,” an article posted by the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “On the evening …

Three businesses file suit against Athens-Clarke County due to licensing fees

Three businesses in Athens recently filed a lawsuit against the county government that claims the county’s licensing fee structure requires some businesses to pay more than the $5,000 annual cap for alcohol licenses. The annual cap was established by the state. “The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Clarke County Superior Court by Bellewis, Inc., which operates 9d’s bar in downtown Athens.; A.C.O.Y.A.A.S, Inc., which operates Porterhouse Grill, a downtown restaurant, and Copper Creek Brewing Company, a downtown brewpub, and P.L.F. Enterprises, which operates American Spirits, …

Art exhibit on display at Hotel Indigo gives viewers unique look at rainbows

People in Athens can now get a unique look at rainbows thanks to an art display at Hotel Indigo in downtown Athens. The project, which is a GlassCube called a Rainbow Cube that’s been installed at the hotel offers viewers a unique perspective depending on several factors, such as the time of day the visit or where they stand in reference to the cube. Read more: Business Litigation Lawyer, Athens GA  The Rainbow Cube was created by artist team Candice Greathouse and Curtis Ames, according to …

Clarke County Schools to adopt new student code

The Clarke County School board’s policy committee voted on Monday to send a proposed new student code policy to the full board for consideration. If the board approved the new code, it will then be placed on the school district’s website for public comment prior to the final vote, which is scheduled for sometime next month, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. Read more: Lawyers in Athens GA  The school district’s Executive Director of Policy and School Support Services Dawn Meyers told the …

Motorcycle ride benefits children with special needs

A motorcycle ride held Saturday raised money to benefit children with special needs.The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Cycle World of Athens hosted its 4th annual Ride for Dreams fundraiser at 10 a.m. Saturday. Money raised will be donated to the Butterfly Dreams Farm in Watkinsville. The Butterfly Dreams Farm, which is located on Hog Mountain Road, is a nonprofit organization that uses horseback riding as a form of therapy for children with special needs. The organization is located on nine acres of land in Watkinsville, …

UGA students teach middle school students about design

University of Georgia students from the College of Environment and Design took their knowledge to two Coile Middle School art classes recently to teach the children about design and building. Along with Chris McDowell, the materials reuse coordinator at the college, the UGA students erected five basic wooden structures on the Coile Middle School back lawn Tuesday morning and students had the opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, and design. Read more: Attorneys in Athens GA  “It was the job of the gloved students to add …

Athens man charged with intent to distribute heroin

An Athens man was behind bars as of last Monday at the Clarke County Jail after he was arrested on alleged charges that he had heroin in his apartment – and he had enough of it to also be charged with intent to distribute to others. An article in the Athens Banner-Herald reports that the 38-year-old male was charged last Friday not only with possessing the highly addictive drug, but also for possessing suboxone, which is a controlled drug that’s often used to treat people …

Wisconsin school admin tapped for Clarke County superintendent position

The Clarke County Board of Education recently announced their choice for the next superintendent of the Clarke County School District and he’s a Wisconsin school administrator. Read more: Lawyers in Athens GA According to an article published by the Athens Banner-Herald, Demond Means is currently superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District in Wisconsin. “The Wisconsin district has about 3,500 students, according to its website. Other data show the district’s racial and ethnic breakdown as of 2015 as 91 percent white, 3 percent black, 2 percent …

Aspiring STEM students gather in Athens

Last weekend, students who aspire to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), gathered at the Classic Center from Thursday through Saturday for the 69th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. The annual event is the culmination of months of work from hundreds of middle and high school students from across the state, according to an article by The Red & Black. Read more: Employment Law Attorney in Athens GA “At the event, students presented their own research projects to hundreds of judges, a routine that …

UGA students gain real-life experience at camp for adults with disabilities

Pharmacy students from the University of Georgia recently gained some real-world experience at Camp Blue Skies in Rutledge, Ga. Camp Blue Skies is a camp for people with development disabilities who are over the age of 21. Founder of Camp Blue Skies, Dick Sesler, said the number of services and support for persons with intellectual disabilities drops off dramatically after they reach the age of 21. A residential camp can offer these individuals opportunities for making new friends and experiencing new activities. Year after year, …

Athens man charged with DUI Drugs

An Athens man was recently arrested and charged for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs after a witness saw the man driving erratically and called police, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. An Athens-Clarke County police report explains what happened last Wednesday. Read more: DUI Defense Attorney, Athens GA The call that came in to police was about a potential drunk driver on Epps Bridge Parkway. The witness told police that the vehicle was swerving, hopping from lane to lane and crossing …

Athens company presents check to Extra Special People

An Athens restaurant recently presented a check in the amount of $5,000 dollars to Extra Special People. Barberitos Franchising, which is an Athens-based company, presented the check to ESP at the nonprofit organization’s facility in Watkinsville recently. ESP is the legacy of one woman who had a passion for children and young people with special needs, and a vision of a place where they and their families could focus on their abilities instead of their disabilities. Martha Wyllie founded ESP in 1986 offering a high-quality …

Jackson EMC awards more than $80,000 in grants

The Jackson Electric Membership Corporation Foundation board of directors in February awarded more than $80,000 in grants at their meeting – including $35,000 to organizations serving the Athens community. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, Jackson EMC awarded a total of $81,572. Read more: Attorneys in Athens GA  Jackson EMC awarded $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens. The money is for the clubs to hire part-time staff that will provide instruction at both club locations for its Mind Blowers Program. …

Two men arrested in pistol-whipping attack

Two Athens men were recently arrested and charged in a gun-whipping attack on another man. Various media reports say the men beat the victim so badly that when authorities arrived on scene, the man was nearly unconscious, lying in a pool of his own blood. The two suspects remained in the Clarke County Jail as of Tuesday night. Read more: Criminal Defense Lawyer, Athens GA “When police entered the Woodlands apartment on Barnett Shoals Road about 3 p.m. Sunday, they found the 21-year-old victim lying in …

Struggling Athens health clinic closes its doors

A health clinic in Athens recently closed its doors due to funding issues. The Athens Neighborhood Health Center, which serves the homeless, uninsured people, the working poor and other underserved populations within the Athens-Clarke County region, shut down its clinic on the westside. The health center still has two operating clinics open, though.  Read more: Business Litigation Lawyer, Athens GA  “The move comes as the center is struggling with a $200,000 funding shortfall,” according to an article published by the Athens Banner-Herald. “Facility officials have blamed …

Athens officials consider options for Fourth of July celebration

Athens-Clarke County commissioners are discussing whether the county should fund an Independence Day weekend event this year. The discussion comes on the heels of definitive word that Georgia Square Mall, once again, will not be hosting a Fourth of July celebration. Read more: Attorneys in Athens GA  Athens officials are discussing multiple options, which would include fireworks in downtown Athens, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. “Commissioners got official word at their agenda-setting meeting last week that the mall wouldn’t be hosting any July …

Jefferson man charged in box-cutter attack

A Jefferson man is facing aggravated assault charges after allegedly attacking and cutting a woman in her back with a box cutter.A box cutter knife is a thin, inexpensive razor-blade knife that is designed to open cardboard boxes. The man accused of the attack, Christopher Lee Couch, 44, was being held last Tuesday in the Madison County Jail. Read more: Personal Injury Lawyer, Athens GA  Couch was charged with aggravated assault in connection to the case and bond was set at $16,600, according to an …

Commissioners consider denying rezoning request for proposed senior development

Athens-Clarke County commissioners recently met with the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission about a rezoning request off Epps Bridge Parkway for a senior development project and according to an article published by the Athens Banner-Herald, the planning commission has recommended that the request be denied. Read more: Business Litigation Lawyers, Athens GA  The rezoning request, which was made by Bogart-based Rockwood Cottages LLC, would allow construction of dozens of attached residences on a 33-acre tract off Epps Bridge Parkway. The recommendation to deny the request is based …

Athens-Clarke officials discuss alternative ideas amidst concerns of federal budget cuts

Athens-Clarke county officials met recently to discuss the need for alternatives for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program, which could face large cuts with President Donald Trump’s proposal. The Trump administration is looking to completely cut funding for the $3 billion CDBG program and if that occurs, Athens will lack about $1.23 million in funds, according to an article published by the Athens Banner-Herald. Read more:Lawyers in Athens GA The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a …

Murder investigation continues in Athens

Investigators are still working to determine where a firearm was obtained that was allegedly used in the killing of an Athens businessman. According to an article published by the Athens Banner-Herald, the son of the man killed is now behind bars charged with his father’s murder. Read more: Criminal Defense Attorney, Athens GA  Oconee County sheriff’s investigators were working last Monday to try and determine where the son obtained the firearm that was used in the shooting. “Michael Raymond Blanton, 62, of Scarlet Oak Circle …

UGA ranked in Best Graduate Schools report

The University of Georgia was recently ranked in the 2018 Best Graduate Schools list by the U.S. News and World Report. Last week, the report, which list six categories, was released and UGA was ranked in all categories except medicine and nursing, according to an article published by The Red & Black. Read more: Employment Law Attorney, Athens GA  The categories include business, law, engineering, education, medicine and nursing. “UGA was ranked no. 30 among law schools, no. 35 among education schools, no. 48 among business …

Brewery and Humane Society collaborate for St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser

A popular Athens brewery joined efforts with the Athens Area Humane Society recently to raise funds for the animals. Creature Comforts along with the Athens Area Humane Society held “St. Pitty’s Day,” an outdoor adoption event, according to an article in The Red & Black. The event brought dog lovers and beer lovers together at Creature Comforts on Thursday, March 16. Read more: Attorneys in Athens GA  “Despite the chilly weather, the Creature Comforts patio was packed with students, locals and families who came out …

Two in vacant home face drug, burglary charges

Two people who were in a vacant home in the Athens region last week are now facing drug charges. An article posted by the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens reports that a Nicolson man and Athens woman are facing some serious charges after they were arrested last week in connection to a call police received about strangers who were inside of a vacant home. The duo was arrested when deputies responded to a call about strangers at the vacant house, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Read …