Year: 2018

UGA marks Constitution Day with guest lecture

Today is Constitution Day, marking the 231st anniversary of the signing of the document that officially established the U.S. government. In celebration of the national observance, the American Founding Group and the School of Public and International Affairs hosted a guest lecture at the UGA Chapel by Carol Burkin, Presidential Professor of History Emerita at…

Interim Police Chief Outlines Plans for Department

Mike Hunsinger, Athens-Clarke County’s interim police chief tells Grady Newsource he wants a smooth transition as he assumes leadership of his department.  The former chief, R. Scott Freeman, resigned on Thursday.  Hunsinger did not want to comment on his predecessor’s departure. “We’re going to move forward, we’re not going to look back,” he said. “Our…

Lake Herrick Set to Reopen After 16 Years

ATHENS, GA— Lake Herrick at the University of Georgia is set to reopen after being closed to the public for 16 years Lake Herrick originally opened in 1992, and was used for experiential learning and outdoor recreation. But with urbanization and development in the watershed, storm water runoff, including oils metals and pesticides, polluted the…

Athens’ Senior Living Facilities Adapt To Increasing Elderly Population

As the elderly population continues to grow rapidly, finding affordable and accessible housing for this demographic has become a prominent issue. In Georgia, the older population is expected to make up 65.5 percent of the total population by 2030, according to the American Association of Retired Persons. One of the government agencies that directly deals…

Gaming Center Coming to Tate

Students will soon be able to relax and play video games at the Tate Student Center. A planned video arcade may open as early as this fall, according to Stan Jackson, director of student affairs communications and marketing initiatives at UGA.  Jackson told Grady Newsource the arcade might be located  across from Tate Theater in the…

National Adoption Weekend Could Help Pets Find Homes

The Oconee County Animal Services shelter says it’s full of pets in need of a home, and you can help. The shelter is partnering with the Athens Area Humane Society, Athens Clarke-County Animal Control and PetSmart Charities to host National Adoption Weekend this Friday through Sunday.  You can visit the PetSmart on the Oconee Connector…

BREAKING: Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Resigns

BREAKING NEWS: Athens-Clarke County Police Chief R. Scott Freeman resigned Thursday evening, according to a press release from Athens-Clarke County Unified Government. Chief Freeman had served the ACC Police Department since June 2015. Blaine Williams, the ACC Unified Government manager, said in a statement, “(Chief Freeman) has helped lead the Police Department during a number…

Eyes On Waffle House As Hurricane Florence Approaches

ATHENS, GA — As the first effects of Hurricane Florence are felt along the East Coast, it isn’t clear whether or not Waffle House will shut down restaurantss in the storm’s path. A local Waffle House employee told us the restaurants try to stay open in “rain, sleet, snow, and hail.”  And officials with the…

Georgia Bulldogs vs. MTSU Moved to Noon Due to Hurricane

BREAKING NEWS:  Kickoff for the Georgia Bulldogs vs Middle Tennessee State football game has been moved from 7:15 p.m. to noon, according to a press release from UGA Athletics. The decision is due to Hurricane Florence. UGAAthletics tweeted “After extensive evaluation involving the uncertainty of weather conditions on the east coast, and consideration of all…

Hurricane Florence Evacuees Can Find Shelter Just Outside Athens

Hurricane evacuees are finding shelter just outside of Athens. Fort Yargo State Park is one of many state parks accepting evacuees and their pets. Julia Autry, the park manager, said they are expecting evacuees to begin arriving as the hurricane heads closer to land. Explore Georgia, which promotoes tourism, tweeted Tuesday that sites are still available for…

Hurricane Florence Affects Week 3 of College Football

Hurricane Florence has caused some week three College Football games to be relocated or canceled. As the Category 3 storm bears down on Virginia and the Carolinas, several university athletic departments and football teams took to Twitter to announce cancelations to fans. University of Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said that he does not think the…