Blog Topic: R.I.P.

  • In the Loop: RIP Former Commissioner Charles Carter

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    Photo Credit: Lord & Stephens

    Former ACC commissioner Charles Carter died on Thursday morning at the age of 91.

    The Winterville native, a cattle farmer, represented District 1 in rural eastern Clarke County from unification in 1991 until his retirement in 2006.

    “He was a man of few words, so when he spoke, everyone listened,” said Sharyn Dickerson, who worked for ACC when he was a commissioner and now represents District 1.


  • Homedrone: RIP Athens Musician Ash Rickli


    Photo Credit: Desiree Sharpe

    The sad news came in over the weekend that Ash Rickli, an Athens musician known for playing in the experimental rock band Strictly Rickli, among other projects, died after suffering a cardiac emergency earlier in the week.


  • In the Loop: Athens Man Shoots Woman, Shot At by Officer, Shoots Himself During Domestic Dispute


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    Police Chief Scott Freeman (right) shows reporters video from an officer's body camera.

    A man shot and killed a woman during a domestic dispute off Hawthorne Avenue this afternoon, then turned the gun on himself.

    An Athens-Clarke County police officer responded to a call at about 4 p.m. about a domestic dispute involving a handgun at the Columbia Brookside apartment complex.

    The shooting started "immediately, as soon [the officer] as arrived and got out of his car," ACCPD Chief Scott Freeman told reporters at a news conference tonight. "The officer witnessed this shooting, and he returned fire in an effort to stop the threat."


  • In the Loop: Memorial Service Planned for Tree Surgeon John Conaway


    Photo Credit: Emuel Aldridge

    John Conaway, a skilled and popular local tree service operator, fell to his death Wednesday, Oct. 4 while working on Holman Avenue. A limb to which he had attached his safety rope broke off and carried him down with it.


  • Homedrone: RIP Versatyle tha Wildchyld


    Athens rapper Versatyle tha Wyldchild died in his sleep Sunday night, friends of the popular musician and activist confirmed tonight.

    Versatyle (real name Anthony Bernard Little) had been in poor health for some time, but his death was unexpected, according to friends.

    He was a fixture on the local hip-hop scene for many years. He was part of the socially conscious Dreaded Mindz collective and more recently had formed his own clique of younger artists, The Wild Wolf Pack. Flagpole ran a three-part series on Little's life and career in 2014.

    He was also active politically, volunteering in schools, working with the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement and speaking out about issues facing the African-American community. Sunday, he attended Tim Denson's Athens-Clarke County Commission District 5 campaign kickoff at Bishop Park.


  • Homedrone: RIP Athens Musician Juan Molina


    Photo Credit: Photo via Facebook

    Juan Molina, a longtime Athenian known for playing in the bands Little Tigers, Time Toy and Go Van Go, among other groups, died Friday, according to reports on social media. No cause of death has been given.


  • Homedrone: RIP Athens Musician Mark Cunningham


    Americana singer-songwriter, friend, father and husband Mark Cunningham passed away suddenly the morning of Friday, May 26. 


  • In the Loop: RIP Ed Turner, Athens' First Black City Councilman

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    Photo Credit: courtesy of Eric Turner

    Edward L. Turner, an Athens civil rights pioneer who was the first African American elected to the Athens City Council (before city-county unification) in 1970, died Tuesday at the age of 73.

    Athens Anti-Discrimation Movement leader Mokah Jasmine Johnson passed along this obituary from Turner's wife, Deborah, and lawyer Ken Dious.


  • Homedrone: RIP Col. Bruce Hampton


    Col. Bruce Hampton, a Georgia music legend and an inspiration for generations of Athens artists, passed away suddenly last night, May 1.


  • In the Loop: Ex-UGA Player Quentin Moses Remembered as 'True Gentleman'



    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones

    Quentin Moses' father, Preston, comforts his mother, Claudette Smith, at a memorial service Thursday at Cedar Shoals High School.

    A crowd of over 300 people gathered at Cedar Shoals High School on Thursday for a vigil in remembrance of Athens native and former University of Georgia football player Quentin Moses, Andria Godard, and her daughter, Jasmine Godard, who died in a house fire Sept. 12.

    The only people who talked ill of Moses were the players on the opposite side of the ball, who were faced with the challenge of getting by him, said Moses’ former high-school coach Scott Wilkins during the vigil. “On the field, he was a player that locked down the left side of the field defensively, and off the field he was a true gentleman,” Wilkins said, adding, "He was the best player I ever coached.”


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