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VIDEO: UGA football team hosts honorary tight end through Make-A-Wish Georgia

Gotta love them Dawgs! Even though they may not be the top team in the nation, the heart they have makes me proud to be their fan! GO DAWGS!

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 23:56

UPDATE: East Athens intersection reopened following traffic accident

@barryhollander: The accident did occur Lexington Rd at Gaines School Rd. The truck lost a wheel due to the accident so it was only movable by a tow truck.

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 20:10

Athens unemployment continues downward creep, hits 5.6 percent

@edwardb: Yes, that explains why Republican run Oconee County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state followed closely in second place by Republican run Madison County.
It is the Athens METROPOLITAN AREA that has the lowest overall rate...not ACC.
A lower unemployement rate, however, does not mean more jobs when you take into consideration the number of people who are no longer in the work force because they have given up looking, thus lowering the unemployement rate.

posted @ Friday, May 24, 2013 - 01:13

No redress for botched 911 call that cost Crawford man's life

@E.J.: Madison County is a very well run county. They have their bumps and bad spots but overall the current commision runs a tight ship. They were able to progress the county while getting the county out of debt, the budget back in the black and making a reserve fund all during the downturn of the economy. They sometimes seem like sticklers but they make sure they are spending the tax payers money in ways that are worthwhile.

posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 03:19

No redress for botched 911 call that cost Crawford man's life

[quote][b]E.J.[/b] -
Even though I live in Madison County, the growing medical community in Athens is the only thing I will miss here when I move to Colorado.
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Madison County currently has a great EMS system. I believe they have two stations staffed 24/7 with atleast two ambulances. Every time I have unfortunately had to use MC EMS they have been very prompt and professional.

posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 02:59

Booting cars temporarily suspended in downtown Athens

@matt1141a: There are laws on the books for non-consensual towing and for municipal towing, however leaves room for local governments to make regulations such as Clarke County in the county code §16-15. There is no way to regulate consensual towing by individuals besides having certain permits, insurance, and inspections. The state can't (well shouldn't) regulate price and contract certain companies to do towing for the general public like the county can for the police depatrment initiated tows.
There does need to be laws allowing municipals to perform booting. You cannot tell me that by the time your bill gets high enough to be booted you have not had "reasonable notice." Here in ACC, I have heard of times unpaid tickets have been as high as $800 but most times they are booted is around $200-400. Still, $10 parking tickets amounting up to $200? There should be plenty of "reasonable notice." The tickets themselves should be reasonable notice.
There also needs to be better laws for towing for no insurance and registration. From what I understand, the law authorizes police to tow vehicles with no insurance or registration but does not require it. Then, there are no laws requiring insurance and registration before an impounded vehicles is removed by its owner making it hard for impounding facilities and towing companies to enforce regulations...defeating the purpose of being impounded. If I get hit by an uninsured vehicle that just left impound for that very reason, I will be highly upset. Angry

posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 02:38

Student with cerebral palsy named prom queen

@Long Sufferer: In 2011, Madison County High voted specials needs students who I believe had down-syndrome for Homecoming King and Queen. The two students were nominated by the senior class because of their school spirit and great personalities. The female was a cheerleader at the school and supported everything the school did. The male was a friendly, funny young man who was friends with the entire student body. The female was also voted "most school spirit" by the senior class for senior superlatives. These are not always a "pity vote." The students of Madison County were truly inspired by these two students are were great friends with them both. Both of these students were very popular among the students, especially the senior class. I do not remember the names of the two but do remember how proud I felt of our local students.

posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 02:15

Jackson authorities mum on Monday about flea market charges

@hack: The owner and managers have no way of regulating booths content and knowing for certain the items are 100% legit. Yes, they probably have suspicions but there is nothing for them to prove. And why should they worry about individual business vendors? They simply provide a space for the vendors. It would be like the landlord of a commercial building being responsible for what the renters sell.

posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 01:51

Denson 'absolutely' will seek re-election as Athens-Clarke County mayor

I am a moderate republican and I have been very impressed with Ms. Denson. I have thoroughly enjoyed the times I have had the priviledge to hear her speak. Even as a democrat, she is willing to cut and control government spending. She has worked hard behind the scenes to help things like the Caterpillar plant become a reality. She has a heart for Athens and seeing it grow. I was most impressed by her opening her office and welcoming of the Occupy group to sit down and listen to their point of view. During the Occupy movement, so many leaders turned them away causing things to spiral out of control. But Nancy showed a willingness to listen which was appreciated by all.

Nancy Denson 2014!

By the way...the Park and Ride was decided years ago by our previous mayor and commission. They had to put it somewhere before the city lost the grant.

posted @ Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 13:13

Aldean concert won't be last in stadium, say UGA leaders

@catman: Actually, all the hotels in Athens were full. People had to stay in Atlanta for the closest hotel. Even Bulldog Inn was booked up.

posted @ Friday, April 19, 2013 - 00:14

Elderly Athens woman found living in squalor

The link posted by @shellysmith33 really makes you think. The spending is ridiculous. See for yourself...
Flights - $8,725.15
Hotels - $5,451.45
Restaurants - $6,846.53
Grocery Stores - $2,680.10
Amazon - $6,493.51
Vehicle Related (Akins Ford, Phil Hughes Honda, A-1 DUI School, Bulldog Car Wash) - $2,607.16
Party City - $350.73
Flowers - $339.20
GA Aquarium - $117.40
iTunes - $79.89
Coffee - $52.45
NOTE: I may have left off a few so these numbers are probably less than in reality.

posted @ Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 05:51

Planning Commission gives blessing for planned Kroger in northeast Athens

I would assume this is coming in the empty lot behind the McDonalds and Regional First Care. Isn't there a large empty restaurant sitting right there already? If I was Kroger, I would have went to Madison County near Ingles where there are less regulations and you still get the same customers as near Athens Tech, maybe even more with the added people in Madison County looking for something like this. That area of Madison County is growing and seems to have more potential than near Athens Tech with more competition. Either way, I'll still be sticking with Ingles.

posted @ Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 23:51

Obama on immigration overhaul: 'Now is the time'

Opposite of popular belief, immigrants, even illegal, actually help the economy. Most jobs they take are low paying jobs in farming and landscaping fields...the jobs most snotty Americans won't do. You end up with problems like in Alabama and south Georgia where there are is a shortage of workers in those fields. Also, when they receive fake social security cards, they have to pay into social security but can't receive from it. Also, with more people in the country, the demand for products increase therefore the amount of goods producers will supply increases causing more jobs to be created. And with higher education, statistics show most illegal immigrants do not perform well enough and cannot afford to send their children to college. Those who do make the cut are obviously smart enough to be there and deserve the chance as much as anyone else. And why should we punish the children when their parents had them here illegally their whole lives?
Yes, we should crack down on the border because our population is growing to rapidly. But, we should make it easier for those who are here to become legal citizens. All because we are born here we want to say those who aren't have to jump through hoops to become a citizen. Most of us started as illegal immigrants who took over Native American's land yet we look down our noses and tell Hispanic immigrants they are not welcome.

posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 08:02

NY passes 1st US gun control bill since massacre

Lastly, I find it interesting that an administration that wants gun control gives guns to Mexican cartel (AKA "Operation Fast and Furious"). The Obama Administration has tried to cover up this operation but it has not been succesful.
Here is a great article with 22 facts about the scandal: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/fast-and-furious-22-shocking-f...
NOTE: What is even more interesting is fact number 8 that over 150 people have been killed by these gus...outweighing the number from recent massacres.

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 05:26

NY passes 1st US gun control bill since massacre

Two great quotes:
1) "As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not itself worthy of trust. Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people." -- Jeff Snyder
2) "To disarm the people... was the best and most effectual way to enslave them." -- George Mason, speech of June 14, 1788

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 05:25

NY passes 1st US gun control bill since massacre

Which would you rather attack, a home with gun owners or a home with no guns?
Statistics show that states with more gun control have higher crime rates. Even though the assault weapons ban was overturned years ago, crime in the US continued to decrease and actually at an even higher rate. Gun control is a states issue, not a federal issue. What works for one state may not work for another. Plus, all the gun contol freaks can go to New York and Conneticut with their high gun laws and high crime. I'll stay here in Georgia with our low gun control and lower crime rate.

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 05:24

Wal-Mart to hire vets, buy more American products

"The beauty of the private sector is that we don't have to win an election, convince Congress or pass a bill to do what we think is right. We can simply move forward, doing what we know is right."

One of the best quotes out of this man's mouth ever. If only more businesses and individuals saw it this way. Less dependence on government would help this country all around in every area.

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 05:15

Connecting Point Church to host mobile food pantry Thursday

Great to see our local churches helping those in need. I wish more churches, community groups, organizations, and individuals would step up to the plate as well.

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 05:09

NY seals 1st state gun laws since Newtown massacre

Lastly, I find it interesting that an administration that wants gun control gives guns to Mexican cartel (AKA "Operation Fast and Furious"). The Obama Administration has tried to cover up this operation but it has not been succesful.
Here is a great article with 22 facts about the scandal: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/fast-and-furious-22-shocking-f...
NOTE: What is even more interesting is fact number 8 that over 150 people have been killed by these gus...outweighing the number from recent massacres.

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 05:05

NY seals 1st state gun laws since Newtown massacre

Two great quotes:
1) "As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not itself worthy of trust. Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people." -- Jeff Snyder
2) "To disarm the people... was the best and most effectual way to enslave them." -- George Mason, speech of June 14, 1788

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 04:43

NY seals 1st state gun laws since Newtown massacre

Which would you rather attack, a home with gun owners or a home with no guns?
Statistics show that states with more gun control have higher crime rates. Even though the assault weapons ban was overturned years ago, crime in the US continued to decrease and actually at an even higher rate. Gun control is a states issue, not a federal issue. What works for one state may not work for another. Plus, all the gun contol freaks can go to New York and Conneticut with their high gun laws and high crime. I'll stay here in Georgia with our low gun control and lower crime rate.

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 04:35

Former Clarke Central RB Quenshaun Watson walks away from scholarship at Tennessee

UGA will grab him if he decides to go back to college. I understand leaving college. When in college, I received more knowledge and experience on the job than I did in most classes. The college system over complicates the classes students must take. Many students have to take classes that have nothing to do with their degree because someone deemed them necessary. A business major should not need science, art, or psychology classes. Some degrees are just a waste of time and money but people such as myself get to far into it to and have already paid to much to turn around. It's a shame when someone like Watson drops out and are automatically deemed a "bum."

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 04:16

Video captures images of men stealing at Madison County home

Good old Madison County Sheriff's Department. Release information on a crime a month after it happens. Should have been released the same day but then good 'ol Kip couldn't have said HE found the perp.
And this has not been mentioned in the Madison County Journal at all.

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 03:53

Trucker trapped in Athens wreck released from hospital

How many wrecks are going to happen in this dangerous entrance/exit combination mess before they make a change? It is a very simple fix if they will just do it. The Olympic Dr./Peter St. red light may be annoying but not as dangerous as this part of Loop 10. More wrecks happen here than at Olympic. And now they want to change the Lexington Rd. off ramp from the outer loop just to get rid of a red light. Where are our priorities? Convenience should not outweigh lives.

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 03:37

Caterpillar to start hiring assembly floor workers

It amazes me how quickly they put together this building but how long it would have taken our government. Caterpillar has the urgency of making money but the government has the tax payer's money in hand using it how they please with no need for urgency.
Maybe the government should take note. If our government had this urgency, we might get alot more done. Instead they want to drag their feet.

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 03:28

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