Athens-Clarke County 

Local Jailer Deputy Takes A Community Approach to His Job

Senior Deputy Bright Onye ensures the safety and security of Athens-Clarke County Jail and its inmates. He does that by working as a team with his fellow officers and by treating everybody, including inmates, like a somebody. That means learning the inmates names, establishing a rapport with inmates, and by keep tense situations from escalating. Deputy Onye, originally from Nigeria, says he committed to this approach during his training days in the law enforcement program. But he recalls a specific time when he lived in Nigeria that led him to…

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Athens Hosts First-Ever Free Networking Event

Free coffee, free breakfast, and free swag is enough to bring 300 Athens community members together at 8 o-clock on a Monday morning. But the free stuff is only a small part of the bigger goal: to get people in Athens to meet each another and gain connections for their professional futures in the city. This event combines free breakfast, coffee, and a keynote speaker with the chance to network with local professionals in order to promote small businesses and expand the city of Athens. Rachel Bailey, executive director for My Athens, says…

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Board of Commission Madison Profile

Commissioner-Elect Lee Allen was born and raised in Madison. It is believed that he is the youngest ever Board of Commissioners member elected in Madison County. He is a man who wears many hats: farmer, former professional-golfer, golf coach, husband, father, and now Commissioner-Elect. Allen decided to run for office after an issue arose with the dirt road he and his family live on. He believes the best way to make change is to be the person either voting on or writing the laws. Governor Deal already sent over a…

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Shredded Shrubbery Sparks Sullen Students Saturday

It was a scene we have all seen too often in Sanford Stadium. With UGA’s narrow lead dwindling in the fourth quarter, Georgia Tech Running Back Qua Searcy ran for a six yard touchdown to seal the late game victory for the Yellow Jackets. As time expired, joyous Tech players stormed the field to celebrate their victory. But the gridiron giants did more than just revel in their victory, they caused significant damage to the field. Players tore chunks of the infamous Chinese privet hedges that have enclosed the field at…

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Drought Affects Barrow County

The Barrow County Commission has voted to increase the non-contract wholesale water pricing in Barrow County by 25%. This is a response to the ongoing drought in the area. Barrow County Commission Chairman Pat Graham said that the price increase should have little effect on Barrow County, as all retail water pricing will remain the same, and all contracted wholesale water buyers will also keep the same prices. The City of Winder, which has chosen not to keep a wholesale water contract with Barrow County, is likely the only buyer…

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Light Up Athens

A parade route change may cause your usual maneuver around downtown Athens on Thursday to stop. The Downtown Parade of Lights is set to start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, but roads will be closing sooner than that. According to the Athens Clarke County website, the parade includes 77 different floats and cars, ending the parade with Santa. The parade is expected to be under one hour, and the new route could help make that possible. The slight change has the parade starting in a different place. In 2015,…

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News Ways to Catch a Crook

Not all heroes wear capes…or even breathe for that matter. There’s an emerging way of fighting crime and this time it involves social media. At the sound of a siren, officers head out to search and catch criminals and now you can help save lives too. Using social media as a way to help catch lawbreakers is an emerging method that police and local sheriff departments realize quicken investigation processes. Athens-Clarke County Public Information Officer Epifanio Rodriguez says that involving the community by having a Facebook page “shows them [community members] that we’re…

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Your 5-day forecast (Finally, rain!)

ATHENS, Ga. — Strong storms are on the way to Northeast Georgia. They may bring more rain in a week than the area has seen in months. Less than half an inch of rain has fallen on Athens since the beginning of October, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS projects that we could see more than two inches before the end of Thursday. The rains will bring some desperately-needed precipitation to drought-stricken areas. Northeast Georgia is in an “exceptional drought,” according to the United States Drought Monitor. Level 2 drought restrictions…

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Ohh Christmas Tree: The City of Athens Christmas Tree Is Now Downtown

    The Christmas Tree of Athens is now Downtown for all of Athens to see. The Landscape Division of Athens-Clarke County started unloading the Christmas tree around 11:30 am, and worked hard all day and evening to make sure they finished before the rainfall. Jenny Connell, a supervisor in the Landscape Division of Athens-Clarke County said they planned on putting up nearly 1,000 light bulbs on the 30-foot-tall Christmas Tree. The official lighting of the Christmas Tree will take place at Athens-Clarke City Hall on Thursday evening right after…

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