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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…

Fighting the Drought: New Plans for Water Recycling

New water recycling plans approved by the Athens-Clarke County Commission could potentially lower drought probability to almost 0% according to an assessment presented by the public works department in January. The assessment determined the existing drought resilience of Clarke County and created solutions for the county to become more water efficient in the future. The…

Machines Saving Lives: Taking Cardiac Emergency Aid to the Next Level

Barrow, Ga.- Barrow County Emergency Service’s (EMS) new team member isn’t human – it’s a machine. The department has purchased seven LUCASä2 automatic chest compression devices to give patients improved odds of survival in a cardiac emergency. The machines provide automatic continuous CPR for patients in cardiac arrest. EMS Capt. Heath Williams says that paramedics…

Early Voting Impacts Election Day Lines

Athens, GA– When Brittany Tippins drove to Clarke Central High School this morning to vote, she was expecting long lines and a very long wait time to cast her ballot. Those expectations were dashed after ten minutes when she walked out of the school’s gym with an “I Voted” sticker on her shirt. “To my…

A Tale of Two Senior Nights

As we get ready to turn our calendars to November, high school football season is coming to an end. For some teams, that means playoffs are just around the corner. For other teams, it means the players will get a lot more free time to spend on homework. Madison County High School and North Oconee…

Oconee County Fire Department Wants New Gear

One local fire department hopes to improve the safety of its volunteers in order to improve the chances of saving lives. The Oconee County Fire and Rescue Department is asking for more than $150,000 in extra funds, to update some of their breathing devices. These breathing devices aid the volunteers when they have to go into a…

Youth Soccer Treasurer Arrested for Theft

According to a Barrow County Sheriff’s release, 35 year old Chanin Watkins of Bethlehem was arrested today for 26 counts of theft by taking. The sheriff’s department was able to determine that Watkins unlawfully obtained $56,000 in funds from the Barrow County Youth Soccer Association, after a detailed investigation. She obtained the funds while acting…

Deputy Involved Shooting in Oconee County

                – 38 year old John Martin The GBI is investigating a deputy involved shooting in Oconee County. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Department says one of its officers shot 38 year old family violence suspect John Martin around 10 PM last night. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded…

No Foul Play suspected for Dead Inmate

No foul play suspected in the death of a 39 year old Barrow County inmate Jonathan Manus. That’s the word tonight from Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents looking into the death of the inmate. Deputies found 39-year old Jonathan Manus inconscious in his cell at the Barrow County Detention Center.  Deputies alerted medical personenl and…

Barrow County Drug Training Starts Tomorrow

Heroin, meth, cocaine, and oxy…These are some of the household names of the most common drugs that cause death from overdose. Now local police officers will be able to take advantage of another drug, to help prevent overdose. Naloxone is the life saving medication used to treat narcotics overdose in emergency situations. The Barrow County Sheriff’s…