Shirley Sherrod, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official who was fired and reinstated during a bogus Obama Administration scandal, will be the first speaker in a new lecture series named for DeKalb County CEO and Athens native Michael Thurmond.
Sherrod was the Georgia state director for rural development at the USDA in 2010 when conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart posted a video online that purported to show Sherrod detailing how she refused to help a white farmer in a speech to the NAACP. Sherrod was fired; however, the video turned out to be misleading and selectively edited, and the Obama Administration apologized to her and offered her a new position, which she turned down.
The rumor has swirled around town for months, and now it appears that it's true: Kindercore Records plans to open a vinyl record-pressing facility in Athens later this year.
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A memorial service for Athens native and former University of Georgia football player Quentin Moses will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Shoals High School.
Moses, 33, was killed in a house fire in Monroe Sunday morning, along with Andria Godard, 31, and her 10-year-old daughter, Jasmine Godard.
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Athens-Clarke County commissioners will vote on a one-year moratorium on most new bars and apartment buildings downtown at its meeting Tuesday night.
The moratorium was added to the commission agenda late this afternoon. It would cover new bars—except those that open in spaces where another bar has closed in the past 12 months—with capacities larger than 49 people. New apartments of more than three units would be temporarily banned as well.
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The cute little building at Hancock and Broad that most recently housed Preserve is about to get a new tenant. Monica Huff will open The Fish Shack with her son, Julius, in February, although they're waiting on inspections to have an official date.
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The Seed and Plate, an online food-focused Athens magazine, is hosting an Athens location of a series of events called Empty Bowls South, not to be confused with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's annual Empty Bowls Luncheon, which will be held Mar. 1 at the Classic Center. The Seed and Plate's dinner happens tonight (Jan. 16), with seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. The former is sold out, but there are stll tickets available for the 8 p.m. seating, or you can make a donation on its website.
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Athens brewery Creature Comforts is releasing two limited-edition releases this month, Southerly Love and Get Comfortable.
Back for the first time since 2014 is Southerly Love (6.4% ABV), an American Wild Ale brewed with Belgian brettanomyces yeast and Idaho 7, Cascade and Crystal hops, giving it papaya and tangerine flavors to go with brett beers’ trademark funk. The collaboration with Florida’s 7venth Sun Brewery will be available on draft and in 750-milliliter souvenir bombers at the brewery starting Jan. 17.
University of Georgia scientific illustration major Katie Schmidt designed the label, pictured above.
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The University of Georgia will hold a memorial service Friday, Jan. 27 for Judith Ortiz Cofer, an award-winning author, poet and professor who died of cancer at her Jackson County home Dec. 30.
Ortiz Cofer was born in Puerto Rico in 1952. Her family moved to New Jersey in 1956, then to Augusta, GA when she was 15. She taught English and creative writing at UGA for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2013.
Ortiz Cofer was known for her prose and poetry about growing up Puerto Rican and being torn culturally between the mainland U.S. and her traditional family. Her 1989 novel The Line of the Sun was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and she was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2010.
The memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. at The Chapel, with a reception following at the Demosthenian Hall.
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.
If you're just back in town and looking for a way to properly ring in the New Year on this fifth day of January, you could do a lot worse than The Foundry, where Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks will perform with his newly formed Freight Train Band.
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