In the Loop

  • Potential Costco in Oconee County Put on Hold


    The future site of Epps Bridge Centre Phase II at the intersection of Plaza Parkway and the Oconee Connector.

    The developers of the expanded Epps Bridge Centre have postponed until some unspecified time in the future construction of the part of the project that was expected to include a Costco membership-only warehouse store.

    In revised preliminary site plans submitted to the Oconee County Planning and Code Enforcement Department on July 31, Oconee 316 Associates LLC of Atlanta split development of Epps Bridge Centre II into two parts, labeled Phase 1 and 2.


  • UGA Prof: Texas Is Under Trillions of Gallons of Water


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    Texas National Guard soldiers rescue Houston residents from Hurricane Harvey flooding.

    Just how bad is the flooding in southeastern Texas? University of Georgia meteorologist and geography professor John Knox is here to explain in a Medium post.

    Knox looked at a 5,000 square-mile triangle between Houston, Port Aurthur and Lufkin, TX, that's home to about 7 million people. That region has received approximately 36 inches of rainfall. Calculate it, and that's 3 trillion gallons of water.

    To put it in perspective, according to Knox, that's five Lake Laniers worth of water that's fallen on an area the size of Connecticut.


  • Athens Rep. Chuck Williams Named to Forestry Post

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    Last week, Flagpole blogger Lee Becker reported that state Rep. Chuck Williams (R-Watkinsville) was in the running for Georgia forestry commissioner.

    Gov. Nathan Deal made it official today, appointing Williams to the post. Said Deal's office in a news release:


  • UGA Debate Society Takes Down Robert E. Lee Portrait



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    Members of the Demosthenian Society take down a portrait of Robert E. Lee after debating whether to remove it.

    The national discussion over Confederate monuments and memorials reached the floor of the Demosthenian Literary Society Thursday night, as the organization debated whether to remove a portrait of Robert E. Lee that hangs in its chamber.

    The society offered Lee honorary membership in March 1866.

    "My best guess is that they were trying to throw this old guy a bone," said Gilbert Head, a curator of presidential papers at the University Archives and a member of the society. "I don't think they were trying to make any statement at the time."

    A portrait of Lee has been in the chamber for several decades. Although some members estimate the portrait was hung up in the 1910s, the portrait itself is likely dated between 1875 and World War I, Head said.


  • Rep. Chuck Williams May Be Stepping Down, Too

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    Thursday, we reported that Gov. Nathan Deal had appointed state Rep. Regina Quick (R-Athens) a Superior Court judge. Now, Deal might be eyeing another Athens legislator.

    Rep. Chuck Williams (R-Watkinsville), who owns a tree farm in south Oconee, is under consideration for a position on the Georgia Forestry Commission, Lee Becker reported last night at Oconee County Observations.


  • Podcast: Bannon and Breitbart

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    This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with Wil Hylton, whose New York Times Magazine story "Down the Breitbart Hole" came out just two days before Steve Bannon, booted from the White House, returned to the site. And then Bannon called Wil...

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Calvin Perry for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra. 


  • Regina Quick Named Superior Court Judge

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    Gov. Nathan Deal has named state Rep. Regina Quick (R-Athens) to the bench, announcing her appointment as a judge on the Western Circuit Superior Court this morning.

    Quick will replace David Sweat, who retired as chief judge July 31. The other superior court judges—Eric Norris and Lawton Stephens—selected Judge Patrick Haggard as the new chief judge.

    Besides representing District 117 in the state House, Quick is a solo practitioner, mainly in the area of family law. Superior court judges hear divorce and child custody cases, in addition to other civil lawsuits and felony criminal cases.


  • Michael Thurmond: Stone Mountain Needs Context


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    DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond weighed in on the Stone Mountain controversy in an interview the AJC published today.

    He wouldn't endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams' call to sandblast Confederate figures Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson off the mountain, but he did call for additional context regarding the "Lost Cause" mythology surrounding the 1915 carving, as well as black representation on the board that runs the park.


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