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Day: November 9, 2016

Sighs of Relief at the Defeat of Amendment One

Local school board members in Athens-Clarke County are appreciative of the outcome of Amendment One, Opportunity School District. “I was happy, I was relieved.” This statement from Governance Committee Chair and District 9 Representative Ovita Thornton rang powerfully and spoke for several teachers and other board members in the community as past occurrences of community…

Another Day, Another Fire

Georgia Forestry personnel and firefighters will continue to monitor a fire in Athens-Clarke County over the next few days. Firefighters got word of a fire on John Collier and Hale Road around 1:30 pm. The Athens-Clarke County and Jackson County fire units were called, along with the Georgia Forestry unit for the area. The brush…

Oglethorpe County Has A New Sheriff Elect

Democratic Incumbent Sheriff Mike Smith lost the election for his office in Oglethorpe county yesterday. Republican Challenger David Gabriel, who is currently serving as a lieutenant in the Athens-Clarke County Police Department will take over the office on January 1 of next year. Follow Grady Newsource on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for in-depth coverage of all local elections.…

Election Day Hangover: Remedies and Reminders

ATHENS Ga– How do YOU feel about the results of the presidential election? #themorningafter — Grady Newsource (@GradyNewsource) November 9, 2016   We asked YOU how you feel about the outcome of this election. By the looks of it, most of you aren’t too happy. Some of you couldn’t be happier, and the rest of…

Clarke and Oconee Counties Pass E-SPLOST

School funding and building will be boosted after all. The funding for both comes from a referendum passed by voters yesterday. Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties have passed the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) in the November 8 election. In Athens-Clarke County, about 72% of voters voted YES, and 28% voted NO for…

Update: One Vote Deciding the Future of Watkinsville

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72S0gOn0Exc] One vote is separating two Watkinsville candidates for a seat in the City Council. Grady Newsource Reporter Molly Swindall says at least four more ballots are coming in from overseas military personnel which Pat Haize who runs the Oconee County Board of Elections says these ballots will likely decide THIS RACE. But there…

Light Up Sanford This Saturday

An already tradition-rich establishment added a new tradition last year.  The Redcoat Band prompted a movement called “Light Up Sanford” last season for fans in Sanford Stadium to turn their phone lights on when the fourth quarter began and the band played “Krypton.”  The end result?  Sanford Stadium lit up.  Now the Redcoat Band is…