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  • 11 Days of Christmas: 2 Many Chainz

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    This is a locally owned business.

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    In August, a UGA student wrote a dumb column for The Red & Black about how students prefer chains to local businesses. It outraged a lot of people, and I was bored, so I wrote a takedown that wound up being the most-read article on our website of the whole year. Read it again here

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  • Sign Up for Obamacare While You Still Can

    It's no secret that the incoming Trump Administration and congressional Republicans are plannning to dismantle Obamacare. But you can still sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act—at least for the next year.

    While the deadline to buy coverage effective on Jan. 1 was Dec. 19, HHS has extended the open enrollment period until Jan. 31, 2017.

    In addition, health care navigators from the Macon-based group Insure Georgia will be at the Athens-Clarke County Library (2025 Baxter St.) from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Thursday to help people sign up.

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  • 11 Days of Christmas: Athens Hip Hop Gets Political

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    Mokah Jasmine Johnson talks with ACCPD Capt. Mark Magnuson during a Black Lives Matter rally in July.

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    A new voice emerged in local politics in 2016—a year when blue-on-black violence continued to roil the nation. Hip-hop promoters Mokah Jasmine Johnson and her husband, Knowa, spoke up with a message of peace and harmony in a city that too often ignores its racial fault lines.

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  • Former Athens Tech President Named Tennessee Chancellor

    The Tennessee Board of Regents voted unanimously today to confirm former Athens Tech president Flora Tydings to lead the state's university system, capping a rapid rise that started when she left Georgia less than 18 months ago.

    Tydings served as president of Athens Tech from 2003–2015, then served stints as interim president of two other Georgia technical colleges before taking a job as president of Chattanooga State Community College in July 2015.

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  • 11 Days of Christmas: Athens Defeats Campus Carry

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    An anti-HB 859 protest at the Arch Apr. 27.

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    It almost seems like a minor issue now, given what's about to be unleashed by the Trump Administration, but last spring UGA was up in arms (bad pun intended) about a bill to legalize guns on college campuses.

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  • 11 Days of Christmas: Puppy Love

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    Photo Credit: Sanjana Ramesh

    From left, Barbie, Gabbi Markle, Elsa and Sanjana Ramesh.

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

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  • Huge New Playground Opens at Southeast Clarke Park

     

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    Athens-Clarke County officials and scores of parents and children braved frigid weather Friday to celebrate the re-opening of the all-new World of Wonder playground at Southeast Clarke Park.

    The 2.5 acre playground is a replacement for the original World of Wonder, Athens’ first “destination playground,” which drew people not only from all over the county, but the region as well.

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  • New Downtown Athens Hotel 'Tops Out'

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    Hyatt Place general manager Angela Smith gives a tour of the still-under-construction Hyatt Place.

    Don't book your room just yet, but the new hotel next door to the Classic Center reached a milestone today, as local tourism officials and event organizers from across the Southeast gathered to celebrate the Hyatt Place's "topping out."

    The nine-story, 200-room hotel's structural elements are now in place, although it won't officially open until late May or June.

    Hyatt Place guests will spend $13.5 million per year, creating a $20 million economic impact, according to Mayor Nancy Denson. Seven hundred people are employed in its constrution, and the hotel will employ 75 people permanently, Denson said.

    Along with other downtown hotel projects—a SpringHill Suites next door to the Holiday Inn and a Homewood Suites at The Mark, a student-housing development under construction on Oconee Street—the Hyatt Place will bring the number of hotel rooms downtown to 1,360, with another 385 rooms under construction in other parts of the city, according to Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Chuck Jones.

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