Thursday evening, the 2018 Flagpole Athens Music Awards was held at the historic Morton Theatre. Hosted by local hip-hop artist and political activist Linqua Franqa, the evening was a spectacular success. Local musicians and artists received awards in 21 categories, including Jazz/World, Punk, Hip Hop, Live and Studio Engineer and Artist of the Year, to name a few.
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Your hometown women's flat track roller derby team, experiencing an unprecedented run of success—magnified by an early May road trip to Baton Rouge, LA for a pair of unexpected victories against favored foes—resumed the 2018 season last Saturday in Wilmington, NC, squaring off against the Cape Fear Roller Girls.
The Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award ceremony, presented by Classic City Rotary, took place last Thursday at The Foundry, where the second annual honor went to rapper, linguist and Commission District 2 candidate Mariah Parker, aka Linqua Franqa. Flagpole photographer Savannah Cole was there to document the evening. Check out a few of her photos below:
The finalists for the second annual Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award, presented by the Classic City Rotary in memory of the late Athens musician, have been announced.
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In a partnership with Athens Twilight, Academy Sports + Outdoors donated 25 bikes and helmets to members of the Boys & Girls Club of Athens on Tuesday afternoon.
The event was held to encourage local kids to spend more time outdoors, and the bikes were donated to children selected on need and good behavior.
“We’re very excited to be able to do this for the community,” said Cody Reid, the senior regional marketing specialist for Academy Sports. “We want to promote a more active lifestyle and get them outdoors.”
The Clarke County Sheriff's Office will no longer detain undocumented immigrants for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport unless requests are accompanied by a judicial warrant, the sheriff's department announced late this afternoon.
Sheriff Ira Edwards instituted a new policy in July, complying with ICE requests to hold undocumented inmates—many of whom had not been convicted of a crime—for up to 48 hours beyond when they would have otherwise been released so that ICE could pick them up and deport them. The policy change met with widespread criticism from activists, churches and other elected officials once it became public in December.
In January, Edwards convened an advisory committee that could not come to a concensus on the issue and recommended that he seek legal counsel from the Athens-Clarke County attorney's office, which told him "there is case law that has identified gaps in the current system that do not allow the Sheriff's Office to hold individuals solely on a detainer from ICE," according to a news release. "As such, the Sheriff wishes to avoid the potential risk to the county of civil litigation relating to ICE detainers."
Just a few hours after this post went live, Gov. Nathan Deal waded into the reimbursement dispute between Piedmont Healthcare, which owns Piedmont Athens Regional and several other Georgia hospitals, and Blue Cross Blue Shield that has thrown thousands of Athens workers and their families out of network.
Deal ordered both sides back to the negotiating table late Tuesday afternoon to hammer out a new contract setting reimbursement rates for Piedmont doctors and procedures. The last one expired at midnight Saturday, affecting almost 600,000 state employees on BCBS plans.
If an equitable solution is not reached, I’ve directed the Department of Community Health and the State Health Benefit Plan to explore all possible solutions to ensure our members have access to care," Deal said in a news release. "The university system stands ready to take similar action on behalf of its employees. "
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The sixth annual Athens Hip Hop Awards took place last night, with this year's event placing a special emphasis on activism. Local performers, politicians and community organizers gathered for a full evening of music and much more, in an effort to celebrate local hip hop and the community that supports it.
Read more about the awards here. Below, check out this year's winners:
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It happened to be St. Patrick’s Day, but the Classic City Rollergirls always wear green and black. They didn’t mess with that formula during the 2018 season opener Saturday night at Athens Arena, and, dressed for success, they massacred the visiting Boone, NC-based Appalachian Roller Derby, 197-139.
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