In the Loop

  • Get Ready for Snowpocalypse 2017


    Good thing they finally built the Brain Train, amirite?

    The latest forecast from the National Weather Service predicts a mix of rain and sleet tonight and 1–3 inches of snow Saturday morning in Athens.

    The UGA campus will close at 3:30 p.m., meaning all classes and other activities are canceled, and faculty and staff can go home early. Campus Transit shuts down at 4:30 p.m. The men's basketball game Saturday and the women's basketball game Sunday are still going on as planned, for the moment. Check here for updates.


  • UPDATE: The Chess and Community Conference Has Been Postponed

    Local nonprofit Chess and Community will hold its annual conference Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at UGA's Tate Student Center featuring a keynote speech from the mayor of Tallahassee, FL, and chess matches between Athens youth and police, UGA football players and county commissioners.

    The conference will kick off with a welcome from Athens-Clarke County Manager Blaine Williams, followed by a speech by Andrew Gillum, who was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission at age 23 while a student at Florida A&M University and elected mayor in 2014. Attendees will also hear from Beau Shell, a young entrepreneur known as the Lil' Ice Cream Dude.


  • The Georgia Square Mall Macy's Is Closing


    The Georgia Square Mall Macy’s is one of 68 that will close this year as the company—like most brick-and-mortar department stores—continues to face declining revenue.

    The Athens location, one of 880 nationwide, will close Mar. 1, potentially putting 69 employees out of work. Overall, the department-store chain is shedding more than 6,000 jobs.

    According to a press release:


  • Watch a Llama Run Free in Oconee County


    Photo Credit: Oconee County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

    The offending llama with Capt. David Hale, the Oconee County Sheriff's Office's "llama whisperer."

    Llama, llama ... Oconee Count-ah?

    The Peruvian pack animal caused a stir this afternoon when it was spotted running free through the rugged peaks of Epps Bridge Parkway.

    According to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, they received a call around 4 p.m. that a "baby camel" was running loose around the busy commercial strip.


  • Where and When to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

    The presents have been opened, you're finally over your hangover from all that eggnog plus New Year's Eve champagne, and life is getting back to normal now that the holidays are over. So, what to do with that slowly dying pine tree in your living room?

    Athens-Clarke County has four drop-off locations to recycle Christmas trees for free (and get a free seedling) during its "Bring One for the Chipper" event Saturday, Jan. 7 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. They are:


  • Oconee Commissioners Turn Down Solar Farm

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    Photo Credit: Lee Becker

    From left, Oconee County commissioners Mark Thomas, Chuck Horton, Bubber Wilkes and Mark Saxon.

    Oconee County commissioners in a 3-1 vote Tuesday night turned down a request for a 30-megawatt solar energy farm at the intersection of McNutt Creek Road and Dials Mill Road in the northwestern part of the county.

    Commissioner Chuck Horton made the notion to deny the request for a special use of the 205 acres zoned agricultural for the solar farm, proposed by Rural Green Power LLC of Athens. Commissioner Mark Saxon seconded the motion and was joined by Horton and Commissioner William “Bubber” Wilkes in the vote on the motion. Newly elected Commissioner Mark Thomas provided the sole vote against the denial.


  • Judge: Georgia Immigrants Protected by DACA Can Pay In-State Tuition



    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    Undocumented students and supporters protest Georgia immigration policy outside UGA President Jere Morehead's office in 2014.

    Georgia residents who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and are protected from deportation by an Obama Administration policy should be allowed to pay in-state tuition at Georgia colleges, a Fulton County court ruled today.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:


  • Planners Recommend Approving Oconee Solar Farm

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    The location of the proposed solar farm and planned subdivisions around it.

    The Oconee County planning staff, after reviewing the revised plans for the solar farm on Dials Mill Road at McNutt Creek Road, has reaffirmed its recommendation that the Board of Commissioners approve the project.

    In a report dated Dec. 27, 2016, the staff advocated that the commission grant Mr. Chick Farms Limited Partnership a special use when the commission meets at 7 p.m. today at the courthouse in Watkinsville.

    The Staff Report addresses concerns raised by citizens in public hearings on Nov. 14 and Dec. 6, calling them “understandable” but dismissing them in the end as unfounded or inconsequential.


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