Blog Topic: Bummertown

  • Grub Notes: Mama Bird's Is Closing and More Food News


    Mama Bird's.

    The shared kitchen/market version of Jennie de la Vega's Mama Bird's Granola, in the 909 Broad building, will close Sept. 24 after operating for two years. The space is up for lease. 

    Although some folks made use of the shared kitchen—which was licensed by the Department of Agriculture for the production of foods to be sold at retail, but not an option for food trucks—there weren't enough of them to cover expenses. This is unfortunate, as the groceries for sale in the space included fresh produce, making it a small oasis in the fresh-food desert that is downtown Athens.  The granola side of the business will continue elsewhere and seems to be in fine shape.


  • In the Loop: Mayor Denson Takes Bishop Park Master Plan Off the Agenda


    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    Soccer players at Bishop Park.

    After a number of commissioners criticized the expense of overhauling Bishop Park at last week's agenda-setting meeting, as well as the order in which projects would be completed, Mayor Nancy Denson has removed the Bishop Park Master Plan from the agenda for Tuesday's voting meeting. She told commissioners in an email:


  • Grub Notes: Rejoice/Despair: Pumpkin Spice Season Is Upon Us


    The temperature has dipped below 100 degrees, so it must be fall.

    Another sign: Terrapin is the first local beverage maker out of the gate with a pumpkin-spice product. 


  • In the Loop: Severe Storms Hit the Athens Area


    Photo Credit: Alexandra Edwards/Twitter

    Storm damage on College Avenue between Willow and Dougherty streets.

    More than two inches of rain fell on parts of Athens in less than an hour and winds gusted at 60 miles per hour earlier this afternoon, knocking over trees and knocking out power, mainly in the western half of the city.

    Georgia Power reported 45 outages in Athens affected 2,423 customers. Outages were spread throughout downtown, East Athens, Prince Avenue, the mall area, Rocksprings, the Hancock Corridor and Five Points. More than 1,500 of those customers are downtown and in Newtown, Pulaski Heights and Boulevard east of Chase Street.


  • Homedrone: 'It's Friday' Airs Final Show This Week


    Robb Holmes

    "It's Friday," the charmingly democratic WUGA-FM radio series that features live musicians performing in-studio each week, will air its final episode tomorrow, Friday, June 26. Host and producer Robb Holmes, who has worked at WUGA since 1987, will retire following the series finale.


  • In the Loop: Oconee County Creeks Are Full of Sewage


    Luckily for Oconee County utility workers, this photo was taken in India.

    Oconee County reported two new sewage spills to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division on Friday, one of which was classified as a “major spill” and involved the discharge of sewage into Calls Creek.

    The smaller spill was into McNutt Creek behind Creekside subdivision, which is on the east side of Jimmy Daniell Road at the county line.

    The spill into Calls Creek was at the troubled Calls Creek wastewater treatment planton Durhams Mill Way north of Watkinsville, where a separation of pipe allowed sewage to flow for five minutes into the creek.

    For more, visit Oconee County Observations.


  • In the Loop: Fire Destroys Abandoned Athens Mill


    Photo Credit: Video still via Fox 5.

    A 200-year-old abandoned cotton mill off Macon Highway was destroyed in a fire Thursday night.


  • In the Loop: Athens Is a Terrible Place to Raise Kids if You're Poor


    Photo Credit: Kristen Morales

    Children play outside the Nellie B public housing complex.

    Athens is one of the worst places for a child to grow up in a low-income family if that child hopes to escape poverty.

    The New York Times published an interactive feature today based on research into income mobility by two Harvard economists, Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren. They used data on segregation by race and income, schools, violent crime and two-parent households to determine how where children are raised affects their future income. They tracked 5 million people who moved during childhood to measure how moving affected their earnings.


  • In the Loop: It Was a Violent Weekend in Athens

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    I don't know if the rain was making everybody stir crazy or what, but it seems like there were way more assaults than usual in Athens over the weekend. All information was taken from Athens-Clarke County police reports.


  • In the Loop: Bogart Library Expansion Cut from State Budget

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    Photo Credit: Lee Becker

    A House-Senate conference committee removed all funding for the renovation and expansion of the Bogart Library from the state budget approved in the final two days of the General Assembly last week.

    The conference committee action was taken at the direction of Terry England, R-Auburn, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, according to Sen. Bill Cowsert, who represents Bogart and the rest of Oconee County.


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