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  • The Townie Argument Against the Student Argument for Big Business in Athens

     

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    A relic of the past, according to student journalist Cassie Daigle.

    A UGA student recently wrote Red & Black column in praise of corporate chains, and people are pissed. I haven’t seen Townie Facebook this lit since the Prince Avenue Wendy’s burned down.

    Ordinarily, I’d let such less-than-well-thought-out commentary in the local student paper pass. And let it be known that I come here not to bury Cassie Daigle, but to praise her. She’s discovered the power of the hate click at a young age, and has a bright career ahead of her writing on the internet. But Flagpole wouldn’t be the “colorbearer of Athens” if we didn’t offer some sort of retort to this argument. 

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  • ACC Could Easily Extend Sewer to Oconee County

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    Athens-Clarke County has excess capacity at its Middle Oconee Water Reclamation Facility, the sewer plant closest to Oconee County, an analysis of the Discharge Monitoring Reports for the plant since January of this year shows.

    Athens-Clarke County also has a gravity feed sewer line running along its side of McNutt Creek, paralleling the sewer line that Oconee County is building from Bogart to Epps Bridge Parkway on its side of the stream.

    The existing ACC sewer line already carries sewage from a limited number of customers in Oconee County to the Middle Oconee plant.

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  • Oconee County Misled Public on Mars Hill Road Work

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    Oconee County Commission Chairman Melvin Davis.

    Oconee County administrators, to accommodate Board of Commissioners Chairman Melvin Davis, intentionally mislabeled $15,000 in expenses in giving a public presentation in June of a bill for added design work for Mars Hill Road.

    Moreland Altobelli Associates Inc. billed the county $10,000 for requested design work to reconnect Old Mars Hill Road to Mars Hill Road and $5,000 for design work on a median break requested by businessman Doug Dickens.

    In the presentation to the public, the reference to Old Mars Hill Road was eliminated, and the median cut was linked to the Athens Area Humane Society, not Dickens.

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  • Athens Power Rankings for the Week of Aug. 22

    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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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

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  • Police Identify 'Person of Interest' in Downtown Athens Shooting

     

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    Police Chief Scott Freeman (right) speaks to downtown business owners Wednesday at the Classic Center as Capt. Jerry Saulters looks on.

    Athens-Clarke County police have identified a “person of interest” in the murder of 28-year-old Daniel Macias downtown early Saturday morning, they said Wednesday.

    Police met with downtown business owners and the media Wednesday evening to update them on the investigation into the shooting of Macias, a Riverbend Parkway resident and Agua Linda server, near the ACC Courthouse at the intersection of Hancock Avenue and Jackson Street.

    Eight Athens-Clarke County police detectives and a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent are working 16-hour days reviewing video, interviewing potential witnesses and canvassing downtown apartment buildings to solve the murder of 28-year-old Daniel Macias downtown early Saturday morning, they said

    “We’ve got folks looking at every angle of this,” said Capt. Jerry Saulters, head of the department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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  • Green Party Presidential Nominee Jill Stein Probably Won't Be on the Ballot in Georgia

     

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    Jill Stein speaks at UGA in June.

    Sorry, Berners: Looks like it’s Hillary or bust.

    Even though a recent court ruling drastically lowered the number of signatures required to get on the ballot in Georgia, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s campaign failed to gather enough by the deadline, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Tuesday.

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  • Police: Few Leads in Downtown Athens Shooting

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    Athens-Clarke County police have yet to arrest anyone in connection with the shooting death of an Athens resident downtown early Saturday morning, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

    Daniel Joseph Macias, 28, a Riverbend Parkway resident and Agua Linda server, was shot and killed behind the ACC Courthouse parking deck.

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  • Activists Push to Add Civil Rights Committee to Anti-Discrimination Law

     

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    An MLK Day march in January.

    Athens for Everyone and the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement—two groups that have been a big part of the push for a local anti-discrimination ordinance—say they will oppose the ordinance unless the Athens-Clarke County Commission includes a civil rights committee.

    As proposed, the ordinance would allow city officials to suspend or revoke the alcohol licenses of bars that discriminate against certain patrons, but would not protect minorities from discrimination at any other local businesses.

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