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Neighbors Voice Dirty Water Concerns Over New Pipelines

Residents of Oconee County were “up in arms” after the Board of Commissioners approved an Amendment to expand Calls Creek Wastewater facility. The plan says they will have to install pipelines along the creek because of the increased amount of waste that is filtered and poured into the creek. Neighbors of Calls Creek are worried about how the plan will disrupt the natural environment and wildlife in their backyards once construction begins. Homeowners at the meeting wore t-shirts in opposition to the plan. They are members of a non-profit organization…

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First a Dawg, Now an American Citizen

Dreams can take a month to achieve, a year, a decade or never happen. UGA student Rafael Paz Abromson, from Brazil, achieved what he’s been dreaming of for 12 years. He finally became a U.S. citizen two weeks ago. Abromson has wanted to be a U.S. citizen since he was seven. He was turned down for a green card from the United States Citizenship Immigration Services the first time he applied. “The conditions weren’t right for me for them to accept me,” Abromson said. “They knew if I probably came…

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One New Animal Shelter, Many New Pet Homes

Jackson County’s first animal shelter opened on February 13, and in just over one week, rescuers and families adopted all 24 animals in the shelter. Brad Richards, the Director of Animal Control, says that the shelter is needed because of the increase in the population of Jackson County. People are moving into the county without spaying or neutering their cats and dogs, which results in more strays. Richards and his two Jackson County Animal Control Officers picked up more than 700 animals in 2016 alone. The officers go out into…

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X Marks the End of Modern Slavery

ATHENS, GA. — Red x’s drawn on hands and t-shirts sprinkled the University of Georgia’s campus last Thursday as some students symbolically “x-ed out” modern-day slavery. Over 1,000 University of Georgia students participated in the day’s events. They say they joined the fight against human trafficking on the END IT Movement’s “Shine a Light on Slavery Day”.   “Both of my parents immigrated here from Vietnam, where child sex trafficking is unfortunately very common. This is why I’m passionate about human trafficking”, said UGA student Christina Dinh. She says, “Slavery still…

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A Look Inside UGA’s Meal Plan Scholarship

A team in the Office of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia will be working hard over the next month to go through hundreds of applications for the “Let All the Big Dawgs Eat” Food Scholarship. Of all the applicants, only 50 will receive a scholarship for the seven-day meal plan at UGA dining halls starting this fall. At UGA, a majority of what the school calls food insecure students are also in-state students. Though most come to college with scholarships from the HOPE program, these scholarships do not…

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Athens Animal Workers Oppose Georgia Pet Bill

The Georgia House is considering a new law to regulate the sale of pets in retail stores. The bill, introduced by Rep. Earl Ehrhart, of District 36, would prohibit local governments from preventing the sale of dogs and cats from any pet store in the state of Georgia. HB 144 would require pet stores to vaccinate their animals against certain diseases, and allow a 14 day return policy for owners. The idea of not prohibiting animals from being sold raises concerns for pet advocates on whether or not this leads…

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Investigation Update: Barrow County Deadly Plane Crash

UPDATE 3/2 10:23 p.m. – A preliminary report released Thursday into a plane crash that killed two people last month in Barrow County reveals “no evidence of any inflight structural failure.” The report from the National Transportation Safety Board adds that the NTSB is still in possession of the wreckage for further examination. The report adds that student pilot Shannon Ewing and flight instructor Henry Ewing were killed after takeoff on February 16, 2017. According to the preliminary findings, no one witnessed the airplane taking off. A pilot landing at…

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READ IT HERE: Preliminary Report on Barrow County Plane Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the plane crash that killed two in Barrow County last month. Read the full preliminary report here: On February 16, 2017, about 1400 eastern standard time, a Beech C23, N24695, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain after takeoff from Barrow County Airport (WDR), Winder, Georgia. The flight instructor and student pilot were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight, conducted under the provisions of Title 14…

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