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Georgia Brewery Bill takes effect September 1

Georgia’s Senate Bill 85 will go into effect on Friday, September 1. But what does Senate Bill 85 actually entail? Also referred to as the “Booze Bill,” Georgia SB 85 legislation will allow breweries and distilleries to sell alcoholic beverages directly to consumers, versus consumers purchasing “tours.” As a result, several breweries throughout the state…

Woman’s Body Found in Athens Hotel

UPDATE — The woman has been identified as Casey Devanna, 32. Devanna is from Florida. An autopsy is being preformed today. DEVELOPING — Police will not release the name of a woman found dead in a local hotel until they notify her next of kin. A housekeeping staff personnel of the Best Western on North Milledge…

Unconventional Small Business Strategy: Athens Skate Shop Gets Creative

Sebastian Uhde is an Athens native and owner of Earthcruzerz longboards. His shop opened last April and has been growing ever since — bringing in new customers like Jesse Conrad. “It was awesome. Sebastian was super helpful and it was really nice of him to make some time,” said Conrad who recently took up longboarding…

Long-Awaited Firefly Trail Takes First Steps in Athens

After nearly seven years of planning, the much anticipated Firefly Trail is finally being built. The Firefly Trail, a proposed 39-mile rail-trail, will be constructed along the now abandoned historic route of the Georgia railroad running from Athens to Union Point. When finished, it will be the 3rd longest trail in the state of Georgia.…

Free Coffee for a Cup of Kindness

ATHENS, GA– A new student club on campus is brewing up some positivity. Every other week, the club serves free coffee to students and local residents. There’s a catch. If you accept the cup of coffee you have to promise to perform an act of kindness. Jaren Mendel, a sophomore accounting major, founded Karma Coffee…

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…

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…

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…