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  • The ADDA Just Saved Fourth of July Fireworks

     

    The Athens Downtown Development Authority has put together a last-minute Independence Day fireworks celebration after Georgia Square Mall, which has hosted the pyrotechnics display for the past two years, canceled the upcoming event last week.

    No company was available to shoot off fireworks on July 4, but the ADDA board voted this afternoon to approve a $20,000 contract for a fireworks show on Friday, July 1. ADDA Executive Director Pamela Thompson said she is confident she can raise that amount through corporate sponsorships.

    The fireworks will be launched starting at 9:30 p.m. from the top of the Classic Center parking deck, which is the only place downtown that the Athens-Clarke County fire marshal deemed safe, Thompson said.

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  • Athens Power Rankings for the Week of May 23

    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.

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    Myla Neal's dog, Riley, has got the power.

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  • Athens for Everyone Is Picketing Wendy's

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    Athens for Everyone will be picketing the Prince Avenue Wendy’s at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 27 to pressure the fast-food chain into improving the treatment of farm workers.

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  • The Athens Land Trust Is Raising Money to Keep Paying Student Farmers

     

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    The Athens Land Trust is raising funds to keep paying students who participate in the Young Urban Farmers program, which is on the chopping block in the Clarke County School District’s upcoming budget.

    The program pays students—many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds—who work in the West Broad Market Garden.

    ALT Executive Director Heather Benham said she met with program participants, and students “were not enthused” about receiving class credit rather than money.

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  • CCSD Will Follow Letter on Transgender Students

     

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    Attorney General Loretta Lynch has harshly criticized North Carolina's "bathroom bill."

    Gov. Nathan Deal issued a statement today criticizing a recent Obama Administration letter to school districts urging them to allow transgender students to use the restroom corresponding to the gender they identify as, but the Clarke County School District will comply with the letter.

    The U.S. justice and education departments provided “guidance” to districts last Friday that discriminating against students whose gender identify differs from the biological sex they were assigned at birth violates the federal Title XI law.

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  • Openness Is an Issue in Oconee Races

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    Oconee County Commission Chairman said the idea of building a sewer line for a poultry plant was merely hypothetical, but a poultry company has in fact expressed interest in locating in Oconee.

    The two candidates running as outsiders in the Oconee County Board of Commissioners contest have made transparency and openness in government a key issue.

    At the last Board of Commissioners meeting on May 3, Commission Chairman Melvin Davis gave them the perfect illustration of the problem they are addressing.

    With the other three commissioners sitting by, Davis told what is certainly a fabrication to a citizen who also made a misstatement about a poultry processing plant.

    Davis told Barb Carroll that references to a poultry plant were just an “example” and that nothing concrete has come before the county.

    That clearly is incorrect, as Oconee County Utility Department Director Wayne Haynie told the county's Industrial Development Authority in April, with Davis present, that the county was in discussions with a poultry concern.

    Haynie said the same thing to the Board of Commissioners on several occasions, starting as early as Jan. 26.

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  • Athens for Everyone Endorses John Knox for BOE

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    Athens for Everyone—the progressive group that grew out of Tim Denson's 2014 mayoral campaign—has endorsed UGA geography professor John Knox for District 8 on the Clarke County Board of Education.

    Knox is running against Kamau Hull, a local attorney, for the vacant seat representing the Eastside. Hull apparently impressed A4E as well, but they're siding with Knox nonetheless.

    Here's the full text of the endorsement:

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  • Athens Power Rankings for the Week of May 16

    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.

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