Blog Topic: Great Job

  • In the Loop: Former Athens Judge Blocks Georgia Abortion Law


    Judge Steve Jones.

    Georgia's infamous "heartbeat bill" banning most abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy suffered a legal setback today when a federal judge blocked the law from taking effect while it's challenged in the court system.


  • In the Loop: Portrait Unveiled of Miriam Moore, First Black Woman Elected to Local Office

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    Photo Credit: Blake Aued

    A portrait of former Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Miriam Moore hangs in the community room of the East Athens Development Corp., a nonprofit she helped start, in a former elementary school that's now named after her.

    Community leaders unveiled the portrait at a ceremony Saturday attended by about 100 people who knew or were influenced by Moore. Known as Mimi, Moore fought to bring social services and quality affordable housing to East Athens before, during and after her four years on the Athens City Council and ACC Commission. She was the first African-American woman elected to both bodies in 1988 and 1990, respectively.

    Along with the late Jessie Barnett and Evelyn Neely, Moore helped revitalize Triangle Plaza and create the Classic Center, EADC, Athens Neighborhood Health Center and East Athens Park. The Miriam Moore Community Service Center on McKinley Drive was named for her in 1999. She died in 2006 at the age of 80.


  • Culture Briefs: Yes, That's Thor Drinking Creature Comforts in the New Avengers Trailer

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    Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

    "I know it matches your suit, Tony, but I'm sorry, they were out of Paradiso."

    A few, um, hawk-eyed social media users noticed something familiar about the beer can Thor is drinking in the new Avengers: Endgame trailer that dropped Tuesday.


  • Homedrone: Artist Crowdfunds Chiptune Version of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea


    Philadephia-based artist Levi Buffum, aka Doctor Octoroc, is known for his Nintendo-inspired takes on various pop culture staples, including a series of 8-bit film parodies and an imagined video-game version of Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog


  • Culture Briefs: Photo Gallery: 2019 Flagpole Athens Favorites Party

    In this week's issue, we reveal the 2019 Flagpole Athens Favorites winners—the local businesses our readers voted as being the most magical in town. Last night at Little Kings Shuffle Club, we celebrated with lots of this year's winners and runners-up. Congrats to this year's Favorites! Check out photos from the party below, courtesy of contributor Zach Tate:



  • In the Loop: In the Future, Athens' Climate Will Feel Like Florida's


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    Welcome to Athens circa 2080.

    Children growing up in Athens today won't have to move to Florida when they retire. Florida is coming to us.

    A study recently published in Nature Communications by researchers from the University of Maryland and North Carolina State University modeled how the climate will change in 540 North American cities by 2080, then found cities where the current climate matches the model. For the average city, the climate 60 years from now will be like the climate is today more than 500 miles to the southwest. For those who don't want to wade through the entire study, Earther interviewed co-author Matthew Fitzpatrick.

    If nothing is done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Athens' climate will most closely resemble that of Leesburg, FL's. Located near Tampa and Orlando, summers in Leesburg are now 2.4 degrees warmer and 78 percent wetter than in Athens.


  • Grub Notes: 'Brunch Bill' Takes Effect in Athens This Sunday



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    This Sunday, Athens restaurants can start pouring mimosas and bloody marys for early risers—and by early, I mean 10-ish.

    At a called voting meeting prior to their agenda-setting meeting Tuesday night, the Athens-Clarke County Commission unanimously approved an ordinance pushing up the time when restaurants can start serving alcohol on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m.


  • Culture Briefs: Documentary on Mary Frances Early, First Black UGA Grad, Airs Tonight


    Photo Credit: courtesy of the University of Georgia

    Mary Frances Early poses near the Arch in 2012.

    A documentary on the first black student to graduate from the University of Georgia will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting at 10:30 p.m. today and again at 11 a.m. Sunday.

    Mary Frances Early: The Quiet Trailblazer premiered in Atlanta last week, and an on-campus screening is being arranged, according to the university. 

    The film was co-produced by Maurice Daniels, professor and dean emeritus of the UGA School of Social Work, and Michelle Cook, vice provost for diversity, inclusion and strategic initiatives. It is narrated by former WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson.


  • Culture Briefs: Photo Gallery: Project Safe's '70s vs. '80s Lip-Sync Battle, Groovy Nights


    UGA Vets 4 Pets & People performed Tina Turner's cover of "Proud Mary."

    Athens mayor-elect Kelly Girtz and others got their groove on Saturday at Groovy Nights.

    The 17th annual '70s- and '80s-themed lip-syncing contest, held at The Foundry this year, raised funds for Project Safe, a local nonprofit that works to prevent domestic violence and offers assistance to survivors and their children.

    Girtz—who played coy about his song selection last week—went with Madonna's "Express Yourself." 

    The county commissioner wasn't the only elected official on stage, either. Watkinsville Mayor Dave Shearon also got into the act.

    Both may be skilled at winning elections, but neither could take home the prize at Groovy Nights. That went to the MAMAs for their rendition of Prince's "1999."

    Flagpole photographer Savannah Cole captured the event.


  • Culture Briefs: Classic City Rollergirls Cap Off Stellar Season With Big Win Against Gold Coast


    Photo Credit: Matt Hardy

    The Gold Coast Derby Grrls traveled nearly 700 miles from sunny South Florida for the opportunity to lace skates and do battle with our hometown Classic City Rollergirls in the hostile confines of Athens Arena, in Bogart. It was only the second-longest road trip of the season for the team from Fort Lauderdale, which made an even more epic trek to Milwaukee in June.


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