In the Loop

  • Protestors Raise a Ruckus at Doug Collins Town Hall

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    Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville)

    Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins—who represents a sliver of North Athens—held a town hall meeting in his hometown of Gainesville yesterday, and although the district is one of the most conservative in the country, Democratic protesters were out in force.

    The Gainesville Times was there:


  • Morris Publishing Will Sell the Athens Banner-Herald

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    Photo Credit: Blake Aued/file

    The News Building, a tiny portion of which is home to the Athens Banner-Herald.

    Augusta-based Morris Publishing Group has reached an agreement to sell the Athens Banner-Herald to GateHouse Media, the company announced this morning.

    The sale also includes Morris' two other Georgia newspapers, the flagship Augusta Chronicle and the Savannah Morning News, as well as the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and seven other papers.

    GateHouse owns more than 500 small papers, mainly in the Midwest.

    Morris did not disclose the terms of the sale, which is expected to close in October.


  • A UGA Professor Wanted to Let Students Grade Themselves


    Rick Watson.

    A conservative website's post about a University of Georgia professor who planned to allow students to choose their own grades went viral over the past couple of days.

    Campus Reform wrote Monday about business professor Rick Watson's "stress reduction policy," which would have allowed students who felt "unduly stressed" about their grade email Watson with a suggested grade, "and it will be so changed."

    The policy was included in the syllabi for two of Watson's fall courses.

    Watson is the Terry College of Business's J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy and a regents professor, a position awarded to Georgia universities' most highly distinguished faculty members.


  • The Alleged 40 Watt Burglar Has Died

    The man who was charged with burglarizing the 40 Watt Club last week died on Thursday, according to an obituary in the Athens Banner-Herald.

    Michael Wilson Simpson, 35, died at his home in Athens, says the obituary, which does not give a cause of death.

    Athens-Clarke County police confirmed he is the same man who was arrested last week in connection with the burglary at the 40 Watt.

    Simpson, a musician and sound technician who formerly worked at the 40 Watt, stole dozens of microphones, amplifiers and other music equipment worth approximately $20,000 while the famed music venue was closed the morning  of July 28, according to police.


  • Commission Approves T-SPLOST List, Milledge Circle Historic District Study, Chase Street Reboot


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    The future Firefly Trail.

    The Athens-Clarke County Commission approved a $109.5 million list of transportation projects on Tuesday, unchanged from a work session last month.

    That means completion of the Firefly Trail will be fully funded at $16.8 million, allowing it to be completed all the way to Winterville if voters approve a 1 percent sales tax for transportation in November.

    T-SPLOST would also fund road repaving, extending the North Oconee River Greenway, new sidewalks and bike lanes, hybrid buses and bus stops, transit service up Highway 29, replacing an aging Tallassee Road bridge, and a roundabout at Milledge Avenue and Whitehall Road.

    The commission also:


  • White House Shrugs Off Stories Suggesting Trump Orchestrated Russia Cover-Up

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    At Tuesday’s press briefing, just a day after Anthony Scaramucci was fired from his role of White House Communications Director, that story already seemed distant. As Sarah Huckabee Sanders came out into the briefing room, everyone wanted to ask about two stories that had broken since the Mooch’s ignominious departure.

    The Washington Post reported Monday that President Trump himself had dictated his son’s first, misleading statement that the discussion with a Russian lawyer—who we now know had contacted Don Jr. with the promise of handing over dirt on Hillary—had been about adoption.


  • Update: Police Recover Stolen Equipment, Make Arrest in 40 Watt Break-In

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    Photo Credit: Kevin Schlot/Flickr

    Dozens of pieces of music equipment were stolen from the 40 Watt Club during a break-in this morning, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

    The burglary happened sometime between the legendary downtown music venue's closing at 2:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., police said. Owner Barrie Buck reported it to police earlier today.

    Officers noted damage around the the rear door and called in a forensic unit to collect evidence, said Sgt. Epifiano Rodriguez, ACCPD's public information officer.


  • Russell Edwards Is Running for Commission District 7

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    Flagpole reported a couple of weeks ago that activist and business owner Russell Edwards was considering a run for mayor.

    As it turns out, Edwards is passing on that race, but he will seek the Commission District 7 seat currently held by Diane Bell.

    In a statement released this afternoon, Edwards said:


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