Climatologists disagree on winter forecast for Athens

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Expert climatologists don’t agree this year about how cold it might get in Athens this winter season. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s outlook for December through February says there’s a somewhat higher probability of a dryer and warmer winter. “NOAA’s prediction, based in part on the great Pacific El-Nino-La Nina water temperature cycle, isn’t always right, but the numbers over many years say there’s a strong relationship,” the article reads. “But a competing theory that’s gained …

Starbucks opens in UGA’s Tate Student Center

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Students at the University of Georgia now can get a Venti Caffè Mocha on campus before heading off to class. After several months of construction, University of Georgia Food Services has officially opened a Starbucks on campus, according to an article by The Red & Black.   The Starbucks is located on the third level of the Tate Student Center. “In a 2015 Food Services poll, UGA students collectively expressed their desire to see more coffee options around campus, with Starbucks being the most popular …

Agreement between transit system and UGA up for renewal

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An agreement between the Athens Transit System and the University of Georgia, which has been in place since 1977, is up for renewal on Dec. 6. The current contract allows bus services for students and as of 2003, UGA faculty and staff. If someone has a UGA ID, they are able to use the transit buses at no cost, according to the current contract. Read more: Business Litigation Attorney, Athens GA  The last time the contract was approved was in 2013, according to an article …

Woman injured after car flips in downtown Athens

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A woman was injured after her car was struck last Monday, flipping it on its side at the five-way intersection of East Broad Street in downtown Athens. The incident left traffic backed up for some time at the busy intersection. Read more: Personal Injury Lawyers, Athens, GA “Frederick Braswell said his wife just dropped him off at the restaurant he works at downtown when someone ran in, asking for him by name. Stefanie Braswell was driving a green Kia that was just hit by a …

UGA early admissions reach new high

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The number of students applying for early action admission to the University of Georgia has set a new record. Prospective first-year students have two application options at UGA: Early action or regular decision. Early action applicants are considered for admission based solely on their grades, the rigor of their high school curriculum and the results of their SAT or ACT scores. Read more: UGA Student Defense, Athens GA “More than 15,800 students from Georgia and across the nation applied for early action admission to America’s …

Bars in Athens surveyed by committee

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Bars across The Classic City are being surveyed by an Athens-Clarke County Commission committee about what Sunday they would like to be allowed to open next year. “The survey is being conducted in connection with a piece of state legislation passed overwhelmingly in both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly in 2015,” according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. “Originally targeted specifically at the City of Savannah, to allow bars to open on Sundays during the city’s famed multiple-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration, the …

UGA settles with EPA over hazardous waste violations

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The University of Georgia will end up spending more than $400,000 implementing various programs after federal inspectors found dozens of safety violations in the way it handles hazardous waste. According to an article by The Tifton Gazette, under a “consent agreement and final order” with the Environmental Protection Agency, the university will pay a $99,900 fine and spend $333,000 over the next 18 months on programs that will help “local public school districts and emergency response organizations in low-income areas” upgrade hazardous waste practices, response …

Kenyan students get tour of Athens

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About a dozen teenagers from Kenya receive online music lessons from Hugh Hodgson School of Music and the graduate students recently had the opportunity to take a tour of the Classic City. Twelve students from the Moi Girls’ High School in Eldoret, Kenya, recently visited, studied and vacationed in Athens, Atlanta and Savannah as part of their ongoing relationship with the Hodgson School. According to a University of Georgia press release, the trip included an array of activities: School of Music classes and performances, a …

Santa to make special stop in Athens before Christmas

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Santa Claus will be making a special stop in Athens before the big day arrives. “Families are invited to The Classic Center on Dec. 10 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for Breakfast with Santa, an event benefitting The Classic Center Cultural Foundation,” an article in the Athens Banner-Herald reads. Tickets, which are currently on sale, are $25 for adults and $20 for children 10-years-old and younger. People who attend will enjoy a full delicious breakfast buffet that includes some of Santa’s favorites such as pancakes, scrambled eggs, …

UGA Students helping homeless for the holidays

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Students at the University of Georgia are putting their heads together to help the homeless this holiday season. Many homeless people in Athens will be facing freezing temperatures soon and don’t have a warm place to lay their heads. UGA Home is an organization devoted to serving the homeless of Athens. It’s the registered Athens branch of the nonprofit WTFC (Working Together For Change), which has other branches in California, Macon, and Atlanta. UGA HOME is working to be a home to the homeless, according …

S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act Grant moved to December agenda

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Athens commissioners will discuss the S.T.O.P Violence Against Women Act Grant in December. The topic was moved to the December Mayor and Commissioner meeting at the Nov. 15 agenda-setting meeting, according to an article by The Red & Black. “The grant, originally passed by President Bill Clinton in September 1994, was designed to provide awareness and funding to further investigation and prosecution for violent crimes against women,” the article reads. “As stated in the agenda, VAWA essentially ‘provides financial assistance to states to develop and …

UGA graduate donates millions to Division of Student Affairs

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The University of Georgia announced last week that a UGA graduate donated millions of dollars to ensure students who struggle financially won’t go hungry. Jess Stokely reportedly gave UGA’s Division of Student Affairs $2.4 million. The donation is the largest ever one-time donation to the department, according to UGA’s media relations unit. Read more: Lawyer in Athens Ga “According to the announcement, $1.5 million will go for general student support, and $900,000 will go to the Let All the Big Dawgs Eat Food Scholarship,” an …

Athens officials review metered parking space removal request

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Last Tuesday Athens-Clarke County commissioners had their first look at a request to remove six metered parking spaces. The spaces are located on Prince Avenue in Normaltown. “The request comes from Smith Planning Group, a Watkinsville-based planning, engineering and architecture firm working with the owners of a 1.4-acre tract at 1282 Prince Ave., where construction of a medical office building and an associated parking deck has been underway since May of last year,” an article by the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “The original plan for the …

Logging truck crashes into home in north Athens

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A logging truck crashed into a north Athens home Sunday night while an elderly couple were sitting in their living room. According to an article by Athens Banner-Herald, the couple avoided serious injury despite the crash. Read more: Business lawyer Athens GA “Kenneth Barry, 73, and Barbara Ann Barry, 69, were sitting in the living room of their home on Creek Hollow Way shortly before 8 p.m. when the big rig plowed into the room, showering the victims with debris,” the article reads. “Kenneth Barry …

UGA students walk 70 miles to raise awareness for AIDS

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Members of the philanthropic UGA HEROs took to the road recently and walked 70 miles while carrying a flaming torch in an effort to raise awareness for children with HIV and AIDS. The walk took place last Tuesday through Saturday. “The walk began in Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of Atlanta, and ended four days later at the Tate Student Center on the University of Georgia campus,” an article by The Red & Black reads. “The walk, which acted as the opening ceremony for …

UGA fund raising campaign hits public phase

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The University of Georgia formally launched fundraising efforts Thursday that actually began four years ago. More than 1,000 people attended the launch, which was held at the UGA Tate Student Center.  “UGA President Jere Morehead didn’t announce a specific dollar goal for the campaign, dubbed by UGA marketers ‘Commit to Georgia.’ That announcement won’t come for another week, when Morehead meets with big donors at a private event in Atlanta,” an article by the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “But it will be well above the $1 …

UGA hospital renamed to honor donor

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The University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital has renamed its Small Animal Hospital in honor of Cora Nunnally Miller, a donor who gave more than $13 million to the College of Veterinary Medicine, an article posted by the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “The name change was made official Nov. 3 during a dedication ceremony that included the unveiling of a portrait of Miller that was painted when she was a teenager by Lamar Dodd. The portrait was donated to the college as part of Miller’s estate …

Athens residents gather for anti-hate protest

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Nearly 100 people took to the streets of Athens last Friday night with a message of peace following the election night results. Those 100 people quickly turned to about 300 people, according to an article by The Red & Black.   The group gathered at the University of Georgia Arch for what they were calling an “anti-hate” protest in light of the recent presidential election of Donald Trump. “Scheduled on Facebook to begin at 6 p.m., in the minutes leading up to it, several students …

Mixed-use development project on Prince Avenue in the works

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Three local developers filed a rezoning request last week with the Athens-Clarke County Planning Department, for a proposed mixed-use development project. The proposed project is for a commercial and retail development on Prince Avenue across from Piedmont Athens Regional hospital. Read more: Business lawyer athens ga “The development proposed for the six-acre tract at 1190 Prince Avenue will comprise two buildings, according to Jim Warnes, the attorney working with developers Bryan Austin, John Stamm and Trey Wallace. Additionally, the plan will preserve the distinctive round building …

Athens judge to resign this month

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An Athens judge who has presided over Athens-Clarke County Municipal court for more than six years has said she plans to retire at the end of the month.  Judge Leslie Spornberger Jones recently made the announcement that she will resign as of Nov. 30. Read more: Lawyers in Athens, GA “Jones, whose tenure is the longest of any municipal court judge since the Athens and Clarke County governments were unified in 1991, is leaving, in part, in connection with a dispute with county government management over …

UGA enrollment grows

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More people are enrolling at the University of Georgia. Enrollment numbers grew by a modest 1.2 percent over the last year, according to statistics the university released last Wednesday. “UGA’s official fall semester enrollment is 36.574, up by 444 students from last year’s record 36,130 students,” an article by Lee Shearer at the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “The previous year, from fall 2014, to fall 2015, UGA enrollment jumped by nearly 1,000 students. Over the past decade UGA growth has been modest, however. Enrollment has grown …

Athens DDA will not hold Independence Day fireworks in 2017

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Members of the Athens Downtown Development Authority decided last Tuesday that they will not stage an Independence Day Festival or a fireworks show in downtown Athens next year. This year, the authority took on the project when members learned the Georgia Square Mall would not be hosting a July 4 festival and fireworks show – something the mall had done in 2014 and 2015. At that time, a spokesperson for the mall did indicate there would be a 2017 festival and fireworks display.  Read more: …

Some UGA employees face paycheck hit

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While not all University of Georgia employees will experience paycheck changes, nearly 3,000 will. Within the next few weeks, many employees who are payed via a monthly payroll will now be paid every two weeks. According to an article in Flagpole Magazine, some of those employees may not be able to afford their mortgages, credit card bills, car payments and other life-sustaining monthly necessities after the change occurs. Read more: Business Litigation, Athens GA “The transition comes at a tough time when families spend more …

Local Habitat for Humanity ends association with Twilight Criterium

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The Athens Area Habitat for Humanity recently announce it is ending its association with the yearly Twilight Criterium. The Twilight Criterium, which is held each year in downtown Athens, is a professional cycling event and festival. The event is tailored to be enjoyed by fans, families and racers alike. Twilight Criterium is a favorite spot on the national cycling tour circuit, both for its unique evening format and the large crowds that gather in Athens’ vibrant downtown area. Read more: Attorneys in Athens GA Founded …

Athens Banner-Herald endorsed Donald Trump

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  The editorial board of the Athens Banner-Herald released an endorsement for presidential nominee Donald J. Trump on the Sunday before the election. In the endorsement, the paper argues that Trump is the only candidate capable of enacting dramatic change in Washington. “A line in the sand must be drawn now,” the endorsement read. “The only candidate who can do these things is Donald Trump.” “The opinion article listed issues it claimed must not be ‘kicked down the road,’ which included an expanding debt, immigration, …

UGA professor speaks at virtual reality conference

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A University of Georgia professor spoke in Atlanta on Oct. 27 at the Southeast’s largest virtual reality conference. The FutureX Live: Alternate Realities conference focuses on virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality as a form of communications. The conference, which was held at the Moxie Atlanta office, featured speakers from Lucasfilm New Media, National Geographic Channel, USA Today, Huffington Post and the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, among several others. “Justin Archer, chief marketing officer of Moxie, …

Drunk man attacks strip club employees with knife

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An intoxicated man wielding a knife who was at a downtown strip club in Athens last Wednesday attacked two employees at the club. The man was reportedly kicked out of the club, but violently returned. “Jedediah Tayt Sackash, 38, was kicked out of Toppers International Showbar on North Jackson Street at about 12:20 a.m., and soon after came charging back in and grabbed a female employee working at a desk by the entrance by the throat and pushed her to the ground, according to Athens-Clarke …

Unemployment up in Athens-Clarke County

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Unemployment is up in Athens and surrounding areas. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the numbers are up due to an increase in the labor force combined with new layoffs. Included in the Athens metropolitan area are Athens-Clarke, Oconee, Madison and Oglethorpe counties. The unemployment rate was pushed to 5.6 percent in September, up six-tenths of a percentage point from 5 percent in August, the ABH reports. The rate in September 2015 was 5.2 percent. “According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the …

UGA climatologist contributes warm weather to global warming

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While warm weather is nothing new to Athens, last year was the hottest year experienced on record. And according to an article posted on the Flagpole Magazine website, this year is likely to beat it. Athens has reportedly had 108 days that hit the 90-degree mark so far this year – the average number of 90-degree days in a year is 58. Read more: Corporate Law Attorney, Athens GA “Of course, it’s never a good idea to draw conclusions about climate from a small sample …

UGA student stabbed in head by girlfriend

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Early Wednesday morning last week an argument broke out in an Athens apartment that led to a University of Georgia student being stabbed in the head by his girlfriend. Crime reporter Joe Johnson with the Athens Banner-Herald reports that the Athens-Clarke County police said the student allegedly was stabbed by 21-year-old Lauren Nicole Jones after returning to Jones’ apartment at University Towers. The two had reportedly been out drinking for the night. Read More: Criminal Attorney,Athens Ga  “They ‘started arguing about who each other has slept …