Georgia Governor Poll Shows Race Is Tied

The election of Georgia’s next governor will be Nov. 6, and one recent poll has the two candidates, Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, neck and neck. The University of Georgia’s Survey Research Center at the School of Public and International Affairs conducted the poll for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This is the first time…

UGA Student Briefly Hospitalized After Bird Scooter Accident

ATHENS, GA — A University of Georgia student was sent to Athens Regional Medical Center after a bird scooter accident last week. Christina Conner was riding down Sanford Drive when she says she lost her balance and hit her head on the concrete. “Apparently I fell twice, and I don’t remember falling two times,” Conner…

Smart complimentary to Missouri coach, team in advance of Saturday matchup

  Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart opened today’s press conference with positive remarks about Missouri head coach Barry Odom. “Barry Odom is similar to myself…is coaching his alma mater. And through the SEC…I’ve gotten to know him well. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He’s a really good ball coach. I thought…

East Broad Street Bridge and Road Closure Starts Sept. 18

The East Broad Street Bridge and surrounding roads were initially set to close Monday morning on Sept. 17, but due to weather concerns, there was a minor delay in closing preparations and installments.  The Athens Clarke-County Government says the bridge will be closed by Sept. 18. The bridge and approaching roads are expected to be…

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…

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…