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Blog Topic: R.I.P.

  • In the Loop: Woman Killed Crossing West Broad Street

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    An elderly woman was killed Friday night while crossing West Broad Street, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

    Patricia Barker, 74, was crossing West Broad at Briarcliff Road, where she lived, when she was hit by a driver in a minivan traveling east at about 8:30 p.m. Friday. She was crossing north to south and had made it across all but one of seven lanes of traffic when she was hit, police said.

    When police arrived, National EMS personnel were performing CPR. Barker was then taken to a hospital, where she died of her injuries.

    There is no crosswalk at Briarcliff Road, and there are no sidewalks to the nearest crosswalks on that part of West Broad.

    No charges have been filed against the driver, a 36-year-old Oconee County woman.

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  • In the Loop: Memorial Scheduled for Karen Tinsley

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    The University of Georgia has scheduled a memorial service for Karen Tinsley, the UGA faculty member who was hit and killed by a truck while riding her bike Tuesday near Bishop.

    The service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Apr. 9 in the Chapel on North Campus. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. in the Georgia Center's Mahler Hall. 

    Lord & Stephens West funeral home in Watkinsville has not announced funeral arrangements.

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  • In the Loop: Driver Kills UGA Professor and Cyclist Karen Tinsley

    Karen Tinsley, a faculty member in the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences, died Tuesday after being hit by a truck while riding her bike in Oconee County.

    An F-150 struck and killed Tinsley, an avid cyclist, on Astondale Road near Bishop Tuesday night, according to the Oconee Enterprise.

    Tinsley, 45, is a native of Augusta who moved to Athens in 2002 and earned her master's degree and doctorate from UGA. The Watkinsville resident was recently promoted to senior public service associate at FACS.

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  • In the Loop: RIP HOPE Scholarship Founder Zell Miller

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    Zell Miller, the cantankerous former Georgia governor and senator who had a more profound effect on the University of Georgia than any governor since perhaps Eugene Talmadge, died today at the age of 86.

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  • In the Loop: RIP Peter Appel, Barry Hollander and Rich Rusk

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    Athens recently lost three prominent members of the community in activist Rick Rusk and University of Georgia professors Barry Hollander and Peter Appel.

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  • 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.

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  • Homedrone: RIP Athens Musician Ash Rickli

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    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.

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

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    Photo Credit: Blake Aued

    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."

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

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    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.

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  • Homedrone: RIP Versatyle tha Wildchyld

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    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.

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