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  • Reminder: Several Athens Polling Places Have Changed Locations

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    As you go to vote today (and you are voting, right?), be aware that several polling places in Athens have changed.

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  • Anonymous Mailer Attacks Oconee County Commission Candidate as 'Career Politician'

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    The campaign for the open Post 2 seat on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners turned negative this week as a campaign flier attacking candidate Chuck Horton as a “career politician” who has threatened the county’s school system arrived in select mailboxes in the county.

    The dark colored, six-inch by 11-inch flier does not indicate who paid for the mailing, but it lists as the mailing address the postal box used by Marcus for Oconee BOC, the organization of candidate Marcus Wiedower.

    Wiedower has not responded to repeated attempts to talk to him about the advertisement.

    Ben Bridges, the third candidate for the Board of Commissioners position, said Thursday night he had not seen the flier and had nothing to do with it.

    Horton also said that 25 to 30 of his campaign signs posted on private property have been stolen or damaged. Several of the damaged signs were run over by a vehicle, he said.

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  • The ABH Has Endorsed Donald Trump

     

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    Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

    This is the man Athens Banner-Herald owners Billy and Will Morris think should be president.

    And what a great endorsement it was.

    Please don't put us in jail, Mr. President.

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  • Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday, Nov. 6

    Remember to set your clocks back Saturday night. 

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  • Man Accused of Harassing Voters at ACC Library

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    Photo Credit: courtesy of Tim Denson

    The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections has received several complaints about a man holding up anti-Hillary Clinton headlines in front of voters in line at the ACC Library.

    On Thursday, the man was sitting in a reading room located adjacent to a hallway where people were lined up for early voting. He was pressing a tabloid with an anti-Clinton cover up against the glass facing the hallway.

    "It's obvious he wanted to be seen," ACC Elections and Voter Registration Supervisor Cora Wright said. "He's not just sitting there reading."

    Athens for Everyone President Tim Denson said the man was "harassing" voters. He sent Flagpole a video of a confrontation with the man.

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  • UGA Provost Pamela Whitten Is a Finalist to Head the University of Tennessee

     

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    Photo Credit: Andrew Tucker/UGA

    University of Georgia Provost Pamela Whitten is one of three finalists for chancellor of the University of Tennessee.

    Whitten visited the Knoxville campus on Wednesday. She told faculty and staff at the forum that she is “a defender of an inclusive campus who understands the nuances of a Southern, football-crazed, land grant university,” the News Sentinel reports.

    UGA President Jere Morehead hired Whitten as provost in 2014. Previously, she headed the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State.

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  • Athens Is Getting a Civil Rights Committee, and No One Is Too Happy About It

     

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    Photo Credit: Blake Aued

    City Hall was packed out Tuesday.

    Every single Athens-Clarke County commissioner favors forming a local civil rights committee to deal with issues of discrimination in Athens, and so did almost every single one of the 100 people who packed City Hall for a commission vote on the topic Tuesday night. So why did most of them leave mad?

    A bizarre 6-2 vote instructing county staff to bring forward a framework for the civil rights committee revealed rancor between not only the citizen activists pushing for the committee and the commissioners who approved it, but behind the rail as well.

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  • Early Voting at the Tate Center Is Crazy Right Now

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    Photo Credit: Houston Gaines

    University of Georgia students are lining up in droves today to vote at the Tate Student Center—the first time Athens-Clarke County has set up an early-voting site on campus.

    As of about 11:30 a.m., more than 800 people had already voted today at Tate, according to Student Government Association President Houston Gaines. He was kind enough to send some photos of lines snaking through the building and out the door, which are posted above and below.

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