Macy’s at Georgia Square Mall closing

The Athens Macy’s at the Georgia Square Mall will close its doors in a few months. According to an article published by Flagpole Magazine, the Athens location is not the only one closing. In fact, 68 Macy’s stores across the nation will be closing this year. “Like most brick-and-mortar department stores [Macy’s] continues to face declining revenue. Read more: Business Litigation Lawyers, Athens GA  The Athens location, one of 880 nationwide, will close Mar. 1, potentially putting 69 employees out of work. Overall, the department-store chain …

With colder weather, homeless shelters experience influx of people

It’s officially winter in Athens and of course, with winter comes cold weather – something most people are able to adjust to with proper layers of clothing, more expensive heating bills and fires in the fireplace. But, not everyone in the City of Athens has a home to retreat to when the freezing temperatures strike – and the homeless shelters in The Classic City are most definitely feeling the effects. Athens recorded a small amount of snow last weekend. Snow fell early Saturday and stopped …

Report of simple assault at Athens post office

An irate customer at an Athens U.S. Post Office went ‘postal’ last Wednesday after things didn’t go quite her way. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, a simple assault was reported at the U.S. Post Office on Olympic Drive in Athens. The incident reportedly occurred that morning, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.  Read more: Personal Injury Lawyer, Athens GA “An officer met with a U.S. Postal employee who said the suspect was shipping a package and the cost was $66 for …

Authorities searching for armed robbery suspect

Police in Athens are on the hunt for a man who reportedly forced his way into a home in Athens last Saturday and terrorized a victim. According to various media reports, the man was wearing a mask and reportedly first knocked on the door of a home off Burgundy Court in Athens about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. “When the resident opened the door, the suspect pushed his way inside and asked ‘where is the money’ and where was her son, police said. The suspect then forced …

Athens board schedules executive director candidate interviews

At least six interviews have already been scheduled for candidates seeking to become the next executive director of the Athens Downtown Development Authority. “Chris Blackmon, ADDA board chairman, said authority members identified the half-dozen contenders for the job during a closed-door Dec. 20 meeting. State law allows governmental entities such as the ADDA board to meet outside of public view to discuss personnel issues,” an article by the Athens Banner-Herald reads. The former executive director, Pamela Thompson, served since 2013 and submitted a resignation letter …

Drunk driver speeds through construction zone in Oconee County

A DUI suspect was reportedly going more than 100 mph when he drove through a construction zone on U.S. Highway 441 in Oconee County last Wednesday. Authorities spoke out about the issue recently saying that his actions posed a real danger for those people who were working on the project.  “It was extremely dangerous,” Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry told a reporter at the Athens Banner-Herald. “We were able to bring it to a safe resolution with stop-sticks. We had to deflate his tires to …

Voxpro looking to expand office space

An Ireland-based company that earlier this year opened its U.S. East Coast office in downtown Athens is already looking to expand its office space. Voxpro is located at 1 Press Place on the street-level floor and has been there for just four months. The company recently filed plans to expand the space it currently occupies within the 1 Press Place building. Read more: Employment Lawyer, Athens GA  “Just four months after the company began setting up shop on the street-level floor at 1 Press Place, …

New brewery in the works in Athens

A new brewery is looking to set up shop in The Classic City, and this isn’t the first time the brewery and pub owner has tried to locate in Athens. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, this is the third time the owner has tried to open a brewery in Athens, but this time, it looks as if a new name and the right location could finally make those plans a reality. Read more: Business Litigation Lawyers, Athens GA  “Akademia Brewing, a rebirth of …

Oconee County residents lose power due to high winds

High winds last Thursday left about 2,000 people without power in Oconee County. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, it was high winds that swept through the county last Thursday afternoon that knocked down trees, resulting in a loss of electricity for many residents and businesses in Oconee County. “Two main outages occurred in the county, one inside the city of Watkinsville and another outside Bishop,” a Georgia Power spokesman told the ABH. “A tree that crashed across South Main Street in Watkinsville …

UGA State Botanical Garden names new director

The University of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden of Georgia recently announced a plant conservation leader with the Atlanta Botanical Garden will become its next director. “Jenny Cruse-Sanders, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s vice president for science and conservation, agreed to take over the garden’s leadership beginning Feb. 15,” an article by the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “UGA Vice President for Service and Outreach Jennifer Frum announced to Botanical Garden staff members and others shortly before Christmas that Cruse-Sanders agreed to take the job, succeeding Wilf Nicholls, who …

Athens women marching in Washington D.C. in January

Several women from Athens will be joining more than 150,000 other women expected to march in Washington D.C. on Jan. 21 following President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, more than 3,000 women from Georgia have said they plan to make the trip for the Women’s March on Washington event and nearly 4,000 plan to protest in Atlanta in lieu of traveling. Read more: Personal Injury attorneys, Athens GA  “A Bogart woman, Tracey Wyatt, is the team leader of east Georgia …

ACCPD receives $177K H.E.A.T. grant

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department recently received more than $100,000 that will aid in highway safety measures. According to an article posted on the CBS-46 website, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awarded the ACCPD a H.E.A.T. grant worth $117,422.19.  “[The grant] will continue through September 2017 … and will help finance the goal of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by impaired driving and speeding,” the article reads. “The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to keeping everyone safe on our roads and …

Athens company sponsors two holiday charities

An Athens job agency sponsored two charities this holiday season to give back to the community. Express Employment Professionals said it was overjoyed to work with the Clarke County Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and 104.7 The Fish to spread holiday cheer. “This will really give us an opportunity to help even more people in the community, especially during a financially stressful time like the holiday season,” Express Athens owner John Culpepper said in an article on DigitalJournal.com. “ The holiday season is …

Athens burglar caught red-handed

A burglar in Athens was arrested after being caught in the act by a University of Georgia student and police. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, the incident took place a week before Christmas. He was reportedly in the process of burglarizing a student’s mother’s home in east Athens when he was caught. “The incident began at about 8 a.m. Sunday, when the 22-year-old student was still asleep in an upstairs bedroom at his mother’s home at the Georgia Green apartments on Fourth …

Athens residents receive help from Empty Stocking Fund

One Athens mom who has been struggling to pay rent after taking her sick mother in and caring for two children with special needs, received an answer to her prayers this holiday season. The Empty Stocking Fund paid her rent bill. “The Clarke County School District sent a request to the Athens Banner-Herald for assistance, and The Empty Stocking Fund responded with an endowment of $350 to pay for [the woman’s] rent,” a staff report on the Athens Banner-Herald website reads. “The Empty Stocking Fund …

Former Athens Tech president to become chancellor of Tennessee college system

The former president of Athens Technical College is set to become the top officer of Tennessee’s college system. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, Flora Tydings is poised to run Tennessee’s system, which has 27 technical colleges and 13 community colleges. “The state’s Board of Regents meets Tuesday to confirm Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s recommendation that Tydings be named the system’s next chancellor, the board announced Wednesday,” the article reads. “Haslam chairs the Tennessee Board of Regents and was also chairman of a …

Athens restaurant hosts traditional Hanukkah dinner

A restaurant in Athens hosted a traditional Hanukkah dinner two days last week. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, The National, located at 232 W Hancock Avenue in Athens, hosted a Hanukkah dinner on December 28 and 29. A three-course meal of traditional dishes was available at the Mediterranean-style restaurant for $32 per plate. The meal included traditional kale tabbouleh, beef brisket and other traditional dishes. “The full menu began with appetizers served family-style to the table,” the article reads. “There was hummus …

Local attorney Mo Wiltshire succeeds in getting client off murder charge

For the past two years Athens attorney Mo Wiltshire vehemently argued the innocence of his client surrounding the murder of his friend and fellow University of Georgia student Min Seok Cho. As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, the reputable attorney finally swayed prosecutors as the case against 22-year-old Lucas Amsler Raposo was presented to a grand jury for a second time last week, with a new indictment that did not include a murder charge. “I can’t really speak to the DA’s strategy and decision to …

Athens brewery releases new beer to raise funds for charities

A popular Athens brewery is releasing a new brew as part of a campaign to raise funds for local nonprofits. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, Creature Comforts is boosting its fundraising campaign called Get Comfortable with sales money from a beer by the same name. “A new brew called Get Comfortable is available and all sales will go to the fund that will later be donated to local nonprofits,” the article reads. “The Get Comfortable IPA features a newer hop called Cashmere, …

Oconee County looking to the future

Oconee County planners have started the process of updating its state-mandated “Joint Comprehensive Plan” for the county. The county has four towns, Bishop, Bogart, North High Shoals and Watkinsville. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, having an undated plan is a state requirement to be eligible for multiple state grant, assistance and permitting programs. Read more: Employment Law Attorneys, Athens GA “State rules require public involvement in the planning, and part of that will be the appointment of a “stakeholders” committee that’s supposed to …

Commissioners discuss food truck permit program

Athens-Clarke County commissioners discussed last Tuesday a food truck permitting program. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, the program hasn’t attracted much interest from potential vendors since it was implemented about a year ago. “In November 2015, after months of consideration in the commission’s Government Operations Committee, commissioners unanimously approved a permitting program to allow food trucks to operate on College and Hancock avenues at the City Hall campus in downtown Athens from 7 a.m. Thursdays until 2:30 a.m. Fridays,” the article reads. …

Abandoned grocery store in Athens being renovated for new use

An eastern Athens-Clarke County grocery store that was abandoned years ago will soon be renovated. According to an article by Athens Banner-Herald, the abandoned Piggly Wiggly grocery store at the corner of Lexington and Cherokee roads in eastern Athens-Clarke County will be renovated as a two-story, climate-controlled self-storage facility by the owner of a self-storage business on Danielsville Road. Read more: Attorney in Athens GA “Chad Keller, who operates Elbow Room Self-Storage at 925 Danielsville Road, will open Lexington Road Self-Storage in June of next …

Investigators trying to ID roofing thieves

Investigators in Barrow, Jackson, and Oconee counties are trying to identify thieves who have stolen roofing materials from a Statham construction company three times within the last few weeks. “Talastar Inc. employee David Frost said Tuesday that thieves stole roofing materials from three of their worksites including ones in Jackson and Barrow counties and one near the Hall/Jackson county line,” an article by Athens Banner-Herald reads. “The most recent theft was found Dec. 13 when 72 bundles of shingles and two boxes of nails were …

Athens officials meet about sharing transportation tax

Athens-Clarke County commissioners met with county management recently to discuss possibly steering funds from a proposed 1 percent sales tax to either the east or west side of the county to help pay for various transportation-related projects. “Commissioner Jerry NeSmith, who represents the western end of the county, told members of the Athens West Corridor Group, a business development group focused on Atlanta Highway on the county’s westside, that each group of commissioners has asked about the possibility of having ‘a few million dollars’ from …

Athens woman denied motion for new trial

An Athens woman who is currently serving life in prison for the murder of her newborn son four years ago was recently denied a motion for a new trial. A Clarke County Superior Court judge denied the motion, which was signed Dec. 15. Read more: Criminal Defense Attorney, Athens GA According to an article published by Athens Banner-Herald, Judge H. Patrick Haggard ruled that 25-year-old Cassandra Elyse Norwood had not proved her contention that a new trial was warranted on grounds that the jury’s guilty …

Athens restaurant closing at the end of the year

A popular restaurant in Athens, Georgia is closing its doors at the end of the year. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, Buffalo’s Café, which is located in the Beechwood Shopping Center, will be closing at the end of 2016. “The Beechwood Shopping Center restaurant, which has been there since 1997, and its owners, Sharon and Rick Roberts, bought it in 2004. The Roberts planned to sell the restaurant in July, but their plan backfired,” the article reads. “The landlord notified us that …

UGA to clean up polluted lake

During a recent “Sustainability Summit,” a University of Georgia spokesperson said the university will clean up a polluted lake that has been closed to the public since 2002. Lake Herrick has been off limits to the public for 14 years since an algae bloom showed off the man-made lake’s high pollution load, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. “University of Georgia Vice President for Research David Lee touted the impending cleanup of Lake Allyn M. Herrick this week as he spoke at the …

St. Mary’s named to list of top neurosurgery and spine programs

The 2016 Becker’s Hospital Review list of 100 Hospital and Health Systems with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs was recently released and one Athens hospital received national recognition. St. Mary’s Health Care System is among the hospitals recognized in the 2016 Becker’s Hospital Review list for its great neurosurgery and spine programs. Becker’s Healthcare is the leading source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders. Read more: Lawyers in Athens, GA  The company’s portfolio includes five industry-leading trade publications: Becker’s Hospital Review …

Man accidentally shoots neighbor

A young man in Oconee County accidentally shot his neighbor, according to various media reports.According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, the Oconee County woman escaped serious injury last week when she was accidentally shot by a man who was reportedly shooting at some chickens. “The 42-year-old woman took a pellet from a .20-gauge shotgun to the arm and was treated on the scene, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said,” the article reads. “The 19-year-old man ‘actually shot three times. He hit her van, …

Toys for Tots sought last-minute donations

The Athens-area Toys for Tots campaign last week conducted one final push for donations. The group was about 2,000 toys shy of the goal of collecting 5,000 toys for more than 2,000 children. “Part of that need was generated Sunday, as the Athens Jaycess and the Marine Corps League, joint sponsors of the annual Christmas toy drive, held a last-minute registration for families in need of a little extra help to ensure that Santa Claus finds their homes this year,” an article by the Athens …