Athens-Clarke County News 

Athens Organization Working to Battle Bigotry

It is 58 days into the Trump presidency, and Tanya Toledo feels that rhetoric from the new administration has increased the presence of bigotry in her day-to-day life. “I have had to encounter some situations where you know people will yell things… it’s just an uncomfortable situation,” said Toledo, a Sophomore Marketing and International Business major from Duluth, GA. In these situations, many young people like Toledo are sometimes left unsure of how to respond to statements they find offensive. That uncertainty is exactly what the local community-building organization 100…

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Madison County Jail Considers Changing Mail System

Madison County may change its mailing system for inmates after two officers have been exposed to drugs in some mail. Last month, Chief Deputy Jeff Vaughn said two Madison County jail officers were exposed to ecstasy while examining the inmate’s mail. As the officers picked up the mail, their fingers began to tingle and grow numb. “One of them accidentally touched their face, their face started tingling, mouth went numb, scared him half to death,” Vaughn said. Vaughn said the officers were taken to the hospital where they checked out…

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Georgia Representatives Receive Backlash for Lack of Public Town Hall Meetings

Georgia senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga, and David Perdue, R-Ga, as well as Georgia’s 10th District Representative Jody Hice are under fire from many constituents from their refusal to hold public, in person town hall meetings with their voters. Congressman Hice hasn’t hosted a town hall in Athens since his election in 2014. Senator Perdue said he prefers small meetings and telephone town halls, while Senator Isakson, just recently held a tele-town hall. Yet, none of these are putting Athens residents’ concerns at rest. Leandra Nessel, member of Athens’ chapter of…

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Student Boxer Remains Undefeated

A University of Georgia student is preparing to defend his undefeated streak in a local boxing match this month. The series is called “Friday Night Fights” and features amateur boxing matches in the Athens Arena in Bogart, GA. Brian Barron, a junior criminal science major from San Mateo, California has been boxing with Keppner Boxing Gym’s Head Trainer Keith Keppner since August. His next match on March 31st will pair him with another amateur boxer who is also 2-0. Barron is hoping at his upcoming fight he will walk away…

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Sandy Creek Nature Center to Hold Tree Planting Day this Saturday

ATHENS, Ga.- Sandy Creek Nature Center wants residents to come out and plant trees this Saturday. The event is part of a long term Managed Forest Project at Sandy Creek Nature Center. The project will convert 30 acres of low-quality wildlife habitat into a managed forest. Over 25 years ago, Sandy Creek started the managed forest project using a group of volunteers and staff. This weekend, the project will continue its ongoing efforts to maintain a strong forest ecosystem by planting trees. One of the project’s main goals has been…

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Bear Hollow Zoo Has a New Look This Spring

ATHENS, Ga.- After three weeks of construction and countless hours of intense labor, the bear observation deck at Bear Hollow Zoo has a noticeable new look. Clinton Murphy, the zoological coordinator at Bear Hollow Zoo said the renovations made were normal protocol to keep the zoo up-to-date. “Who needs a gym, right, when you got eight by eights, 12-foot-long and post hole dig going on,” Murphy said. The changes to the observation deck are now more consistent with safety designs being implemented all around Athens-Clarke County. Murphy said the design…

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Sorority Affirms Membership for Transgender Students

Alpha Chi Omega sorority has opened membership to transgender women at the national level. The UGA chapter has been silent on the matter thus far. The national branch of Alpha Chi Omega announced via a video statement released on the sorority’s Facebook page that it will allow “all who identify as women” to join the organization. The organization says it will continue to choose women based on the same criteria it has in the past, but some transgender students and advocates see this as a step forward for transgender rights….

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Immigrants in Athens Fear Discrimination

An Athens woman is afraid she and her son may be the target of discrimination because of recent controversy surrounding immigrants and immigration policy. “America is my home I have children here, I have settled here, I went to college here, but I feel like I could be more targeted. My son who looks like me could be more targeted,” said Athens resident Patty Tacuri, a Peruvian legal permanent resident in the process of becoming a citizen. Tacuri points to policies like President Trump’s immigration ban and Georgia’s own proposed…

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Georgia Bills Seek Special Licenses for Non US Citizens

Two bills in the Georgia State Legislature seek to visibly differentiate driver’s licenses held by non US citizens. SB 161, introduced by Senator Frank Ginn, proposes that non US citizens be issued vertically oriented licenses, while HB 324, introduced by Representative Alan Powell, proposes that the licenses of non US citizens be marked with the term “ineligible voter.” (The bill’s original version suggested the term “noncitizen,” but was revised after being unable to pass through subcommittee.) The bills’ proposal was shocking to immigrants like Ingrid Abisambra, a Colombian and Italian…

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Athens Restaurants Adapt to Cheap Food Trend

ATHENS, Ga. – A new restaurant has just opened downtown. Its owners say they hope to preserve what they call the spirit of Athens. In recent years, many other restaurants and stores have closed. Restaurants that have closed recently include NONA, Preserve, Square One, Hip Pops, Brixx, Ten Pins Tavern, Tin Drum, Goodie Two Shoes, East West Bistro, the Cafe on Prince and Paul’s Bar-B-Q. Prices at both NONA and East West Bistro ranged from 11 to 30 dollars per entree. Most restaurants in Downtown Athens are listed on Yelp…

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Georgia Senate Bill to Protect LGBTQ Community

ATHENS, Ga.—Some Athens residents are speaking up about a newly introduced state senate bill that – if passed – could have a big impact on the LGBTQ community. Senate Bill 119, also called the ‘Georgia Civil Rights For All’ bill, would create full protections in public accommodations for LGBTQ individuals. The bill was introduced in the state legislature in an effort to extend protections to LGBTQ individuals. The state currently has no laws prohibiting discrimination against them. Athens For Everyone is an organization that advocates for state legislation they believe will…

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Auctioning Seized Property To Fight Drug Crime

The Oglethorpe County Board of Commissioners is auctioning off  property from various drug seizures by the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s department. People can be bid on online at, a site that provides services to various government agencies that want to sell surplus or confiscated items over the internet. Items can also be viewed in person at 882 Athens Rd, Crawford, Georgia 30630. The money earned from selling these items will help fund the purchase of equipment and training for the employees of the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Department. Oglethorpe County Sheriff…

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