5 things you need to know for September 24

Athens, GA – Athens-Clarke County police have confirmed that the body of a woman found in Ben Burton Park is the body of 40-year-old Mickey Lynn Mills of Athens, who was missing since September 22. According to police, a hiker called 911 on the afternoon of September 23 after finding the body deep in the park, partially submerged in the Middle Oconee River. There is no indication of foul play, and the body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Find out more about that story here.

Winder, GA – Cost of living salaries for Barrow County employees will be going up five percent this year. The raise comes from the county commission’s decision to forgo capital investments for the year. County commissioners also decided to lower property taxes for the first time since the 2008 recession, taking in $173,000 less than last year. Find out more on this story from Jordan Lee here.

Athens, GA – Local Athens citizens are volunteering time to help disabled veterans. One of these volunteers is a veteran himself. Roger Majchrzak is a retired Navy veteran who takes Athens-area veterans to their doctor’s appointments in Athens, as well as to and from Veterans Affairs facilities in Augusta. Allison Morrow has more on this veteran helping veterans here.

Athens, GA – The University of Georgia’s athletic board is working on plans to build a new athletic facility that will allow university athletes to practice indoors and year-round. This means that athletes will no longer have to practice outside in the elements, and instead can practice to prepare for indoor season sports even during the winter months. The athletic board just received $400,000 to find an architect to plan the facility, which would be used by all sports teams at the university. Ashley Rosenberg tells you more about that story here.

Athens, GA – University of Georgia President Jere Morehead held his monthly press conference where he addressed several issues on UGA’s campus. He commented on the campus cigarette ban, which begins on October 1, mentioning that the ban is not a university police issue but a Board of Regents issue. In addition, Morehead announced that the university is getting rid of the campus coal boiler and replacing it with an electric boiler pending approval from the Board of Regents, a move which could save the university more than 19 million dollars. Morehead also addressed the increased reports of sexual assaults on UGA’s campus, saying that the increase in reports was a good thing since the university is being alerted of the assaults and can handle them.

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