Voters in the Barrow County town of Bethlehem go to the polls today: they’ll decide a referendum on Sunday alcohol sales. This is also Election Day in Hart County, with voters choosing a new Hart County Magistrate. There are sales tax referendums on the ballots in Newton and Union counties.
A special called meeting of the Winder City Council is on tap for tonight, 6 o’clock at the Community Center in Winder. The mayor and council will elect a replacement for the late Ward 2 City Councilman Charlie Eberhart. The Council also appoints a new Winder Municipal Court judge.
The DOT is at work along highways in several northeast Georgia counties: drivers can look for delays along Highways 17 and 72 in Madison County, 72 in Elbert County, State Route 174 in Franklin County, and Highway 15 in Jackson County.
The University of Georgia names a new dean for its Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication: Charles Davis is a journalism professor at the University of Missouri. He’ll take over for retiring Grady College dean Culpepper Clark.
An Athens 8 year-old continues his recovery in a hospital in Atlanta: the boy was critically injured over the weekend, attacked and mauled by a pit bull at a home on Hidden Lakes Drive. He was flown by helicopter to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta.
Look for a marked increase in traffic in Athens, especially in downtown Athens: students at the University of Georgia are back in town after last week's spring break. Clarke County School System students and teachers are also returning from a week away from the classroom.
One of the finalists to be the dean of the engineering school at the University of Georgia is on campus today: Donald Leo is a vice president at Virginia Tech.
We have this morning the name of the second person charged in connection with the drug overdose death of a Barrow County teenager: Terry Littleton is 25, from Flowery Branch. He and former Winder Barrow Middle School teacher Emily Smith are accused of providing prescription painkillers to the 18 year-old ...
His mother says on her Facebook page that Tripp Halstead has been moved out of the intensive care unit of a hospital in Atlanta: the 2 year-old Barrow County boy has been in the hospital since October, multiple surgeries after a critical brain injury suffered when he was hit in ...
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports the drug-related arrests of five suspects, accused of trafficking in marijuana and methamphetamine: the drug suspects are from Nicholson, Commerce, and Danielsville. All were booked into the Jackson County jail.
The state Labor Department reports an increase in the Athens unemployment rate: 6.6 percent in January, up from 6.4 percent the month before. Athens still has the lowest jobless rate in the state.
The Athens-Clarke County Commission is in the midst of county budget hearings, working on the spending plan that will be adopted later this spring: the heads of the county’s independent agencies have been asked to draw up plans for two percent cuts from last year’s budget levels.
Registration for the 4th annual Athens Half Marathon is underway: it’ll be run on Sunday, October 20. Online registration is at Active dot com.
The Jackson County School Board is now anticipating an April vote on a plan to consolidate school facilities: a decision on the money-saving move is expected at the Board’s April 15 meeting in Jefferson.
We learned earlier this week that Republican political operative Karl Rove will speak at the state Republican Party convention; now comes word that former Georgia Congressman, U.S. House Speaker, and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will also take part in the May convention at the Classic Center in downtown Athens.
A Georgia Bulldog basketball player is the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. The honor, as awarded by SEC coaches, goes to Bulldog sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. KCP is the first Georgia player to win that award since Dominique Wilkins in 1981.
The state Board of Regents votes to name a residence hall in honor of former Governor George Busbee. What will be George Busbee Hall is in the University’s East Campus Village. And the Regents, meeting Tuesday in Atlanta, approved the construction plan for the University of Georgia’s new Health Science ...
There is more cautious optimism from the family of Tripp Halstead, the Barrow County boy who suffered a critical brain injury last October: they say he could be released from an Atlanta hospital by the end of the month. Tripp was 2 years old when he was hit by a ...
Wilson Heaton posts bond and walks out of the Clarke County jail: the 22 year-old Cartersville man surrendered to Athens-Clarke County Police last week on charges stemming from a February 16 hit-and-run wreck on Oak Street. Heaton was allegedly drunk behind the wheel of the truck that struck and critically ...
Political operative Karl Rove is coming to Athens: the man who masterminded George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns will speak at the state Republican Party Convention, a session to be held in May at the Classic Center.