Month: October 2016

Firing a Threat to Northeast Georgia

The Georgia Forestry Commission was called to the start of a wildfire in Commerce, Ga today around 2 p.m. According to the Fire Danger Forecast, Clarke County and the surrounding counties are between a 3.5 and 4 rating, meaning high to extreme danger of fire. Payton Turner said he and his crew were very “fortunate” with the…

Athens in Harmony

The first annual Athens in Harmony event took place at the Foundry last night. It was a night of music aimed at bringing the community together, breaking racial barriers, and promoting community policing. The event was the brain-child of Pat Priest and hosted by Athens-Clark County Police Chief Scott Freeman and local activist Mokah Jasmine…

Where to Trick or Treat in Northeast GA

[…] Various communities in the Northeast GA area will come together and celebrate Halloween with “Trick-or-Treat” festivities. Jackson County will celebrate with a Halloween Walk taking place in downtown Jefferson. The Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department in Madison County invites community members to join them for candy. The Statham United Methodist Church in Barrow County will…

Professor Aims To Bring Change to Board of Education

Starting in January of 2017, a University of Georgia professor will be making decisions on local schools. Dr. John Knox has been a professor at UGA for 16 years, but he decided to add more experience to that time in local schools. Knox defeated A. Kamau Hull for the District 8 seat on the Athens…

A Tale of Two Senior Nights

As we get ready to turn our calendars to November, high school football season is coming to an end. For some teams, that means playoffs are just around the corner. For other teams, it means the players will get a lot more free time to spend on homework. Madison County High School and North Oconee…

Some Voters Experiencing “Voter Fatigue” This Election

ATHENS, Ga.-There are only a dozen days left until election day and some voters are tired of hearing about it. Voter fatigue is a term you may not recognize, but one that many people are feeling this election cycle. Professor John Weatherford of the University of Georgia’s New Media Institute understands this fatigue. Weatherford says,…

UPDATE: Man Still on the Loose after Convenience Store Shooting

HULL, Ga.– A suspect in a shooting at the Golden Pantry Convenience Store at 8874 US-29 in Hull, Georgia is still on the loose. Law enforcement are still searching for Steven Michael Harper, 42 of Hull, Georgia. Harper fled the scene in what is believed to be a blue, mid-to-late 80s Chevrolet truck. Just before…

Unemployment in Athens-Clarke County Falls

ATHENS, Ga.–The unemployment rate in Athens-Clarke county is falling, getting closer to national and state-wide rates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from June to August the unemployment rate in Athens-Clarke County went from 5.6% to 5.0%. In the same time frame, the Georgia unemployment went from 5.1% to 4.9%. Nationally, it remained…