Month: February 2017

Campus Carry Reloaded

Campus Carry, a bill that caused a lot of controversy last year, is back on the agenda for the 2017 Georgia legislative session. Supporters say it may pass with the Governor’s blessing, thanks to one difference from its predecessor—but legislators are running out of out of time to get it through the house. This year’s…

See What’s Inside UGA’s New Facility

ATHENS, GA.—- The University of Georgia Athletic Association now has a 100-thousand square foot Indoor Athletic Facility (IAF). It was dedicated on February 14th. The IAF includes a 100-yard football practice field that connects to the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall and the Woodruff practice field complex.  Furthermore, the IAF includes a 65-meter track runway, jumping pits,…

Whitney Baker Howard in Court for Two DUI Counts

Whitney Baker Howard, who was involved in the vehicle accident that killed bicyclist Ashley Block, appeared in court on Monday for two hearings about two different DUI arrests she had during the summer of 2016. Howard faces separate charges of homicide by vehicle, endangering the life of a child and additional DUI charges for a…

High school students in Jackson County will soon be able to register for an AP Seminar course, which will begin at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year on August 4. Jackson County Comprehensive High School will join approximately 1,000 other schools worldwide by implementing the new AP Capstone program this fall. Originally developed in…

UPDATE: UGA football player Trenton Thompson withdraws from classes

ATHENS, Ga. — University of Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is withdrawing from classes this semester at UGA after being released from Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. A police report filed today indicated Thompson was found by police officials late Wednesday night wandering in the street on River Road on UGA campus. After determining that Thompson was…

UGA President Weighs in on Halting Bars and Apartments Downtown

The Athens-Clarke County moratorium that was put in effect earlier this month is still drawing criticism from both sides — most recently by President of the University of Georgia Jere Morehead. Morehead spoke out about the legislation at a press conference last Wednesday saying that the city would benefit from a more balanced business environment…

The Global Compassion of Athens

Compassion International connected Athens residents with kids from South America, Africa, the Caribbeans, and even Asia all in one weekend. They’re looking to connect even more residents to children worldwide. Compassion International came to Cornerstone Church Athens and ushered a walk-through in which attendants went through a twenty-minute visual presentation. Through an audio recording, they heard…

Georgia’s “Coyote Challenge”

You have six days left until a chance to win a life-long Georgia Hunting license, and help the state get rid of an animal that Department of Natural Resources says is harming wildlife growth begins. It’s called the “Coyote Challenge”.  The event lasts five months, beginning in March and ending in August. Wildlife Biologist, I.B.…

A solution to overcrowded schools is in progess

Oconee County Schools is inching closer to breaking ground a new elementary school. The school system are currently in the process of seeking bid proposals to build sewage treatment and disposals systems on the plot of land purchased in late 2016. The new elementary school, located at 7921 Hog Mountain Road in Statham, Georgia, was purchased…

Watkinsville’s La Parilla participates in “A Day Without Immigrants”

Local restaurant employees who intended to make a statement found themselves the victims of racist remarks last Friday.  La Parilla, a mexican restaurant in Watkinsville decided to close for the day last Thursday after many of their employees took the day to recognize a national protest called “A Day Without Immigrants.” They posted a sign…

Making Consent as Hot as Cocoa

A University of Georgia group is using Valentine’s Day to stress the importance of healthy relationships. Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention, known as RSVP on campus, held their fourth annual Cocoa for Consent on Friday, Feb. 10. The student group usually provides support and resources to students seeking help after experiencing sexual violence, but this event…

Extra Special People celebrates 10th anniversary of Big Hearts Pageant

Extra Special People’s Big Hearts Pageant raised funds for its many programs and gave kids with disabilities the opportunity to shine onstage on Feb. 11. More than 2000 people sold out the Classic Center to watch participants show off talents like flag-twirling, guitar-playing, and dancing. Big Hearts is one of ESP’s three biggest events of…