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  • In the Loop: Severe Storms Hit the Athens Area

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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  • In the Loop: Fire Destroys Abandoned Athens Mill

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    Photo Credit: Video still via Fox 5.

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

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

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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • In the Loop: There's Been a Rash of Car Break-Ins Lately

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    A rash of car break-ins have been reported all over Clarke County in the past several days, ACC police said this afternoon.

    Mostly, the thefts have been smash-and-grabs, where thieves break windows to take valuables left in plain sight.

    Among the entering autos reported this week:

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  • Homedrone: The Powder Room Suffers Van Fire, Equipment Loss

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    Photo Credit: via Facebook

    After suffering the major indignity of having a van full of gear stolen on the mean streets of Chicago last year, Athens rockers The Powder Room rallied strongly. Most recently, theyreleased their debut albumCurtains, had it pressed to vinyl, enlisted longtime Athens drummer Patrick Ferguson and headed out of town a couple of weeks ago for a short tour.

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  • In the Loop: Todd Gurley Hires Jay-Z as His Agent

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    Todd Gurley won't "Run This Town" anymore. The running back will "Change Clothes" out of his Georgia uniform because he's going "H.A.M." in the NFL after signing with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Although Bulldog fans wanted an "Encore," Gurley was widely expected to forgo his senior year, something Coach Mark Richt confirmed a couple of weeks ago. Signing with an agent, though, means it's set in stone. He's ineligible to play college football.

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