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Christie had no problem using a portion of the relief dollars for a self aggrandizing commercial rather than a commercial simply reporting how the dollars were helping New Jersey. He is a liability.

posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 11:55

It is definitely the parents' jobs to control their children. Too many of today's parents seem to go with the premiss to "let children behave as they will" no matter where they are or the disturbances caused.
Last fall nice evening outside dining area at Agua Linda as we enjoyed a beverage: 2 different groups of two couples each arrived with children along - both groups allowed children to run, pull on other patrons' chairs, scream, crawl under tables, etc. We got our dinner to go and haven't been back.

posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 11:19

Remember the intriguing spiral stairway that led from the penthouse to the old bar/grill near the then pool. K&P has always been awesomely great.
Cloister, on the other hand, is now so "majestically" overbuilt and exclusive that it's charm has vanished. What a shame.

posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 10:26

Melissa Clegg offered a wonderful chicken & white currant salad on challah bread with honey mustard when she owned/operated Lumpkin Cafe in the late '80's. Enjoyed it again & again with no need to "converse" with the food. Wishing for the recipes.

Andre, you need a descriptive writing course. This article is overdone.

posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 09:29

Appears that official rinks are 200 ft by 85 ft which is 17,000 square feet. How is 6,000 sq ft going to work for Ice Dog games? Seems incongruent.

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 11:21

“I believe there are people who would like nothing better than to see the public school system fail,” Barge said."
Who are those people?

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 10:20

[quote][b]grove600[/b] - Sometimes it's tough to expand in the same town. You double your expenses, and split your clientele. Transmet, Bissettes, 5 Points Deli, and the many before them who doubled up before closing up. [/quote]
Exactly. And Transmet west depended on Forest Heights for general support. Bissett's developed poor over all business decisions, and 5 Pts Deli's changes to save money included binding ingredient from mayonnaise to salad oil which separates to float on top - really bad decision for chicken salad & pimento cheese. BTW, Hendershot's is booming at their new Bottleworks location. Smile

posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 13:14

It's just tax money for DOT to use willy-nilly. They redid Mars Hill Rd in Oconee 3 times in short order before they were happy with it. Think of the wasted $$ from poor initial planning. But, hey, they need their jobs.

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 16:20

@swhitney: Perhaps ABH should have interviewed you for their initial story. I do believe we had forecasters warning of the unusual weather several days out.

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 15:56


Similarly, years ago at a car wash on Atlanta Hwy. and elderly lady pulled behind me as I stored items from my car to the trunk. She continued to press the accelerator rather than the brakes and trapped me between the 2 cars. No matter how I and others yelled for her to back up she continued to compress my legs further until an attendee pushed her out of the drivers seat and backed the car away. She thought she was pressing the breaks.
On my ambulance ride to Regional the car wash manager that road along told me they had called her family who said she was having the car washed before she traveled out of town to visit her 98 year old mother. The family took her keys that day, but my left leg hasn't been right since. Even stranger, being trapped between cars was then and continues to be my phobia.

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 15:40

Vehicles & keys must be removed from access as well. When vehicles remain available, unlicensed drivers can and do obtain new key sets from dealerships and may continue driving.
Also, there are those younger who've been incapacitated from safe driving, still have a valid license, and so continue to drive. There needs to be a mechanism in place to curtail such.
Many times these elderly and younger impaired people refuse to acknowledge the danger to others and seemingly completely disregard themselves.
Always be leery of vehicles with handicap signs - though you can never tell if they are fact or fiction. Some folks are able to obtain these signs for parking convenience even though they are completely healthy enough to golf, hike, etc.

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 12:07

Kudos to Athens 1st UMC,First Baptist Church, Hull Baptist Church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Campus View Church and the others involved.
But see
"Representatives of more than a dozen other area churches said they didn’t plan to open doors Monday night to homeless seeking refuge from the cold. While some churches said they simply didn’t have plans or the capacity to help, others said they would pass the idea on to pastors and leadership at their churches to see about offering such services in the future."
One supposes that churches "simply" have a standard "brotherly love" policy at times of such unusual need. How difficult can it be for pastors to contact their governing bodies to set help in motion?

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 10:55

Washington came up with "zero tolerance". Another faux pas in the control game.

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 09:44

Lovely interior, sad view from the patio/deck.
Bissett's had a good history downtown Athens which began in 1986 UNTIL owners decided to open the 2nd location on Mitchell Bridge and then tried to franchise in Atlanta - failed to pay local taxes so couldn't obtain liquor license and was forced to close. Got too big for their breeches.
Iron Grill was initially a good concept but with poor management it soon lost it's main chef and segued to terrible food and service.
Arbor Events as a meeting venue never really got off the ground - again poor management.
Los Coyotes - who really knows since it only lasted for a minute.
All of these in only 6 1/2 years poses a real challenge for another restaurant locating there, especially if this is Andrew Miller's 1st ownership rodeo.
Are there really 4 brothers?

posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 10:10

'The character of Jack' short in ABH on Friday.

Today is probably more press than he wants.

posted @ Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 10:17

As a 30 year resident of Colorado said yesterday: "Of course, legalizing marijuana takes some of the fun out of smoking it!"

posted @ Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 10:53

"trusty Marquee writers" should let readers vote.

posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:32

@April: Can you clarify? I thought a previous article in ABH stated that Hendon Properties managed the property for an off shore owner.

posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:03

[quote][b]Humbucker bob[/b] - Has anyone noticed that chefs, in this town, change restaurants more often than guitar players change bands? [/quote]
Even more often than guitar players change broken strings. It amazes me that with the plethora of restaurants in town they survive.

posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 - 11:32

Free speech and the now politically correct speech. Know the difference.

posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 - 11:07

@OCCountry: Yes, and this article regards Athens-Clarke Metro which includes the surrounding counties. The only way to get a clearer picture of each surrounding county's unemployment rate is to contact the individual economic development offices and hope they have the correct numbers to share. If Athen-Clarke's specific number was reported I expect it would be much higher.

posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 - 10:15

Did a ticket receiver call Harlem out or did they discover the problem on their own?

posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 11:26

[quote][b]oconeefellow[/b] - What is going to happen with The Red Zone?

Good questions. Red Zone owners aren't forthcoming.

posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 11:24

@yeti: Don't know about these particular teenagers or their parents, but kids have been known to sneak out after bed check. That isn't a new phenomena. The talk about weekend parties would surprise you if you could be a fly on the wall some Monday mornings in ANY school hallway.

posted @ Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 10:12

Crude dancing has been in culture longer than you're acknowledging here. The song "Shake Your Tail Feather" comes to mind. I don't know how old any of these commenting folks are, but does anyone remember the "dirty dog" and chaperones at Saturday night teen-towns at school gyms warning kids against vulgar dancing?

posted @ Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 10:04

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