In the Loop

  • Democrats Rally the Troops, Attack Trump and Isakson at Debate Party


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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones

    State Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens) speaks at the Clarke County Democrats' debate-watching party Monday at the Athens Cotton Press.

    Jim Barksdale, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, attacked Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson as an obstructionist and Trump supporter during a speech prior to a debate-watching party Monday night sponsored by Clarke County Democrats that drew about 200 politicos—including a few big names from Atlanta.

    Isakson, who is seeking a third term, has spent the past eight years obstructing President Obama for political gain, Barksdale said.

    “This is not acceptable,” he said. “We need to say that’s not the way a representative of the people should act.”

    Instead of standing up to the controversial Republican presidential nominee, Barksdale said Isakson has opted to “ride on Donald Trump’s bandwagon of exclusion, his bandwagon of hate, as long as it gets him re-elected.”


  • ACC Police Ask for Help Solving Hit-and-Run

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    Athens-Clarke County police are asking the public for information on the driver who hit and killed a pedestrian on the Loop Saturday.

    Charles Sokol, a 22-year-old former University of Georgia student, was killed around 1:41 a.m. Saturday while walking along the inner Loop near the Commerce Road interchange. Sokol, 22, lived in the Bridgewater subdivision off nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

    Police said the vehicle that hit Sokol was last seen headed east on the Perimeter and may have exited at Danielsville Road. The vehicle's windshield and hood may have been damaged, and a side window was broken out.


  • Where to Watch the Presidential Debate (and Drink) in Athens

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    The horror... the horror...

    You’re probably going to watch the presidential debate tonight. Let’s be honest: No matter where you are on the political spectrum, it’s going to be depressing, and you’re going to need gallons of booze to get through it. Unless you want to end up sobbing on the floor by yourself like Martin Sheen at the beginning of Apocalypse Now, maybe it’s best to go out in public. Here are some options:


  • Athens Power Rankings for the Week of Sept. 26

    Welcome to Athens Power Rankings. In the spirit of sports rating systems, through painstaking analysis, we rank the top movers and shakers in the Classic City each week. Who's hot? Who's not? Find out below.



  • Weekend Events: Black Lives Matter and Local Food Rallies, Terrapin's Hop Harvest



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    A vigil for Eric Garner and Michael Brown, black men killed by police, December 2014 at the Arch.

    The Athens NAACP and Athens for Everyone will have a vigil for the two latest black men shot and killed by police, Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, tonight starting at 7 p.m. at the Arch.

    An Oklahoma officer shot and killed Crutcher, who was unarmed and had his hands raised, after his car broke down in the middle of the road. Scott’s death sparked three days of protests and clashes with police in Charlotte.

    Organizers will also be collected signatures on a petition in favor of a local civil rights committee.


  • UGA: No Choice but to Change Pay Schedule


    UGA administrators say they're sympathetic to employees whose pay will be delayed in November as the university implements new federal overtime rules, but that they have no choice but to switch from a monthly to a biweekly pay schedule.

    "I deeply care about our staff and want to make this transition as smoothly as we can," President Jere Morehead said at his quarterly media briefing this morning.


  • Cyclist Killed in Collision With Bus in East Athens


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    53-year-old Anthony Zackery was killed Tuesday night while riding his bike on Nelly B Avenue in East Athens when he collided with an Athens Transit bus.

    According to Athens-Clarke County officials, Zackery was riding on the sidewalk at 8:05 p.m. when the bus activated its turn signal on and turned left onto Martin Circle. Zackery braked but fell off his bike into the street and was hit by one of the bus' tires. The driver stopped the bus, and the dispatcher called 911. Zackery was pronounced dead at the scene.


  • Photo Gallery: Ashley Block Memorial Bike Ride


    Photo Credit: Matt Hardy

    Hundreds of Ashley Block's friends and other members of the local cycling community gathered Monday for a group ride one week after Block, a 25-year-old UGA graduate research assistant and triathlete from Minneapolis, was killed by an allegedly impaired and distracted driver on Athena Drive.

    "It was an amazing turnout and symbol of love and support for Ashley and her family," says photographer Matt Hardy, who documented the group ride from Five Points through campus to the spot where Block was hit. See more of Hardy's photos below.


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