In the Loop

  • More Sewer Spills Reported in Oconee County

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    Photo Credit: Lee Becker

    Oconee County has informed the Georgia Environmental Protection Division of yet another problem with the operation of its Calls Creek wastewater treatment facility. 

    From 5–8 a.m. on Sept. 25, the plant released an estimated 50,000 gallons of discharge containing total suspended solids that exceeded the permitted level, according to the county’s report.

    The county also acknowledged on Wednesday another violation of its permit for the Calls Creek facility based on data the county filed for operation of the plant in July. 


  • Whatever You Do, Stay Away from Campus Saturday

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    Football game days in Athens are always intense, but the Georgia-Alabama game this weekend has the potential to be pure pandemonium. Hide the women and children, board up your windows and hunker down.

    “The high-profile 3:30 p.m. game in Sanford Stadium is expected to draw one of the largest crowds of the past couple years,” according to a UGA news release.


  • Police Make Arrest in Greenway Attack


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    The greenway near College Avenue.

    Athens-Clarke County police arrested Pedro Alvarado, 43, on Tuesday in connection with a reported assault on the North Oconee River Greenway.


  • Athens Power Rankings for the Week of Sept. 28

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    Photo Credit: Andy Mitchell/UGA Athletics

    Malcolm Mitchell carries the ball during Georgia's 48-6 win over Southern University.

    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.


  • Caterpillar Is Laying Off 10,000 Workers


    Caterpillar announced plans Thursday to lay off 10,000 employees, saving the company about $1.5 billion annually.

    The Illinois company’s sales have declined three years in a row. It recently lowered its 2015 outlook by $1 billion and expects 2016 revenue to decline by another 5 percent. CEO Doug Oberhelman attributed this to a slowdown in the mining and energy sectors.


  • The UGA Medical Training Class That Killed Dogs Really Lasted Until 2014


    On Monday, the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it was filing a federal complaint about a University of Georgia veterinary college program that trained National Guard soldiers in battlefield medicine using live goats, pigs and dogs.

    UGA at first defended the program, then said that it had stopped in 2013.

    Tuesday, PETA provided documentation that it said showed that the program had continued on into 2014. When asked about it at a media briefing that day, UGA President Jere Morehead said he didn't have any information to that effect.

    But Wednesday, the university released a letter from Vice President for Research David Lee to PETA confirming that the program was not, in fact, completely discontinued until last year.


  • Ort's Out of Jail; Here's How He Got There


    Photo Credit: Jason Thrasher

    Beloved Athens man-about-town William Orten Carlton, aka Ort’s, troubles with Athens-Clarke County regarding the condition of his property stretch back at least 15 months.

    After spending the night in the Clarke County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of probation violation, Ort was released on his own recognizance this afternoon, according to attorney Bill Overend. Ort commented on our previous story:


    I'm back on the street (as of 2:30 this afternoon) and ready to start in working as soon as possible. Thanks for all the concern.

    I await the next step: committal proceedings. It's been tried before. Yawn.

    Wholeheartedly, Ort.

    P. S. I AM crazy, and I'm PROUD of it. And my house is not quite a sty... now that the carport is cleaned out, it's looking more like a residence.

    But he still has a ways to go in cleaning up his property to avoid more legal trouble. Overend set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the cleanup. It raised more than $4,000 in six hours, and Overend has now asked that people stop donating because it’s exceeded the $2,500 goal.

    Here’s how Ort got into this pickle, according to ACC Community Protection Division and Municipal Court records:


  • Drunken Mayhem on the Georgia-South Carolina Weekend


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    After every UGA home football game, Flagpole reporter and photographer Joshua L. Jones will be checking the police blotter to find the weekend’s strangest drunken antics. All information is taken from Athens-Clarke County police reports.


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