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Epps Bridge Centre developer encourages mixed-drink sales in Oconee

The new theater is great. If we get on the loop and off at the Oconee Connector we can get there quicker than we can get to Beechwood. Don't understand or care for the tiered pricing - aren't movie's expensive enough! Particularly when you are taking a bunch of kids with you!

The reserve seating is ridiculous. Don't mind paying extra for the rocking recliner premium seats though - they are fun!

Rest of the place is an eyesore and no where I would care to shop (except Ulta which is fun to look around in for those of us interested in stuff like that!)

As far as restaurants go, I think he is right. No major chain that would be a draw for the shopping center (the only major ones I can think of that aren't in Athens already are PF Changs and Cheesecake Factory) would come without mixed drinks. Not sure who he is targeting but just a few miles away (probably less than 3 as the crow flies) there are the following: Logan's, Outback, On the Border, Olive Garden, Applebees, Chili's, Carrabas, Red Lobster, Longhorn, Buffalos and Rafferty's (small chain). . .

posted @ Friday, January 24, 2014 - 16:44

UPDATE: Firefighters putting out hotspots in east Athens wildfire

The only things I can think of that have happened in recent years (i.e., in the last 15 years) that I needed (or cared) to know about immediately were the Jamie Hood situation and the George Zinkhan situation. Of course, Facebook and Twitter were blowing up about both of those situations and both happened to affect the CCSD community so I heard almost immediately about them.

With social media, I doubt much of personal interest goes on in Athens that I don't hear about pretty quickly.

posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 12:29

BLOG: Athens mayoral candidate Tim Denson releases campaign platform

Ok. Ruled this guy out. Who else is running????

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 23:54

BLOG: Athens mayoral candidate Tim Denson releases campaign platform

But the NSA is spying on us . . .

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 22:21

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

[quote][b]Chris White[/b] -
The current practice of giving it all away for free was the equivalent of throwing ourselves off a cliff.
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I just don't get this response. Sounds like the online version was profitable and now it may well not be. . . I don't know whether you guys have been sold the company line but having friends in larger markets who have been through this, it sound pretty ominous to me!

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 21:55

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

[quote][b]Joe Johnson[/b] - highest[/quote] Again, not worth it to me. And I don't buy a daily Starbucks for the same reason. . . I would much rather go to Cinco y Diez, the National and 5 and 10 - could probably spend enough during that tour for a years worth of ABH. I hope it works out but from all my friends in Alabama who have seen their papers die a quick death (including several journalists who have been suddenly put out of a job at 50 plus - all friends) I think this is the writing on the wall. . .

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 21:30

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

[quote][b]Jim Thompson[/b] -
Know what I think is arrogant, Doc (and please understand that I'm not necessarily talking about you here)? I think it's arrogant for online commenters, who agreed to abide by certain standards when they post here, to outright abandon those standards, turning these boards into more of a problem, frankly, than they're worth. And then, on top of that, here today some of them to try to make the point that their tasteless commentary is somehow vital to the operation of the newspaper and its website.
Earlier today, just for funsies, another editor here looked at the metrics on a particularly heavily commented story. Of the people who clicked on the story, just 25 percent ventured into the comments, and of that 25 percent, only 1 percent of readers lasted to the end of the first page of comments. So, let's say 1,000 people clicked on the story. Of that total, just 250 people even bothered to look at the comments, and by the end of the first page, we were down to somewhere around 10 people sticking around for the comments. Which, I'm guessing, represented mostly the usual cast of characters on the commenting boards.
Now, don't get me wrong. There are a number of commenters who have some serious thoughts to offer, and there are also a number of commenters who bring a true sense of humor to the commenting boards, which I welcome. There are, however, also a number of commenters who use these boards to pseudonymously say things they would never say to someone's face, and it is these people who also take up a significant amount of staff time here as we're forced to deal with those comments on our own, or with the assistance of conscientious commenters who recognize the problems caused by this relatively few number of commenters.
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All I can say is good luck and better sharpen up that resume . . . New Orleans, Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville (all larger markets) all fired, together, 400 people after making a very similar digital push . . . I would be concerned if I were you!

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 21:24

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

Can't you still read the obituaries through legacy.com??

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 21:18

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

@Jim Thompson: How many of those 1,000 readers will pay for the service is the question . . . I wonder how many of the 1,000 readers actually get delivery of the paper at home and thus may use the digital platform? For many like me, 180.00 a year is simply too much to pay for local news . . . not that I am on a fixed income or anything but it just doesn't seem to be a good value. I would rather go out to dinner a couple extra times a year Wink

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 18:19

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

New Orleans also has a 3 day a week paper - and many other papers have dropped home delivery, or at least dropped it for part of the week. . .

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 16:40

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

If you look at trends across the country, the next step after pushing the digital platform seems to be dropping to a 3 day a week print cycle and laying off large numbers of reporters, editors, photographers, etc. Wonder if that will be next??

http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2012/09/birmingham_news_staffers_depar.html

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 16:35

Get the most out of your All-Access membership

The online access is incredibly overpriced. I am not saying it is worth nothing - just not 10.00 a month. Maybe 3.00? I suspect there will be a precipitous drop in page views, causing a precipitous drop in ad revenue. We will see.

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 09:38

Best Buy pulls permits to move to Epps Bridge Centre

My friends call it baby Gwinnett - very appropriate! Gotta love that urban sprawl . . .

[quote][b]barryhollander[/b] - Epps, the new Snellville. Kinda crazy getting in and out, but very nice shops. Too congested for me to visit regularly.
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posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 14:16

Best Buy gets permits to move to Epps Bridge Centre

@barryhollander: Will never ever darken the door of Best Buy in the little Gwinnett shopping center out there. Ick. Only place I have found I like is Versona - good quality stuff at not much and nothing similar in Athens. My sister commented on a necklace from there - thought I paid over 100 bucks for it - told her it was 20 bucks. May turn green in a year but I got my money out of it Wink

posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 20:49

Best Buy gets permits to move to Epps Bridge Centre

@barryhollander: Will never ever darken the door of Best Buy in the little Gwinnett shopping center out there. Ick. Only place I have found I like is Versona - good quality stuff at not much and nothing similar in Athens. My sister commented on a necklace from there - thought I paid over 100 bucks for it - told her it was 20 bucks. May turn green in a year but I got my money out of it Wink

posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 20:49

Four Brothers Sports Tavern coming to Mitchell Bridge

I wish them luck. Los Coyotes and Iron Grill had really bad food, at least when we tried them (and we tried them both twice since we live extremely close). Bissetts food was ok, never great, but they did have a good bar and it seemed to be a neighborhood gathering place. Whenever we went in for dinner we would run into someone we knew from the 'hood.

I think the sports bar concept is great. Normal Bar seems to have a real following of "adults" and I think there is a need for a cool place to go get a drink with a friend on this side of town.

Service is king, and no matter how good the food is, if it takes 30 minutes to get our dinner we won't be happy Wink.

I think there is a lot to be said for doing a few things and doing them very well. A hint (even though our children are older) - if you are trying to make this family friendly, I would suggest asking if parents want you to bring out the children's entrees if they come up before the adult ones (they generally do because they are simple). We always appreciated that when our children were small because once the food came they were not squirmy and the adults could relax Wink

posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 19:37

Judge allows use of suspect statements in deadly Athens home-invasion

It seems that Stonehenge is the alternative Bethel Homes. It is sad because my boys have played basketball on a team with some young men in Stonehenge and I have spoken to their mothers (single parent usually) - they are trying to do right by these boys and keep them occupied with sports to keep them out of trouble. It is hard to do when the neighborhood is full of crime . . .

posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 22:29

Clarke students learn a new language: computer code

And a final point - Andy Plemmons is such a credit to the CCSD with his innovative thinking! Kudos to you my friend!

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 23:15

Clarke students learn a new language: computer code

Duplicate post - so I will add and say he went on and on about how cool the "Hour of Code" was and talked about some websites they were given to fool around with to create their own code . . . and he has continued to play around with it!

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 23:12

Clarke students learn a new language: computer code

This is awesome. My middle schooler just did this at Athens Academy. This should be mandatory throughout the CCSD . . . the world is a changing!

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 23:12

Classic City High School graduate celebrates accomplishment with eyes on her future

@E.J.: Classic City High School is an alternative model school in the CCSD that trys to re-engage students that have struggled or not been served by Clarke Central or Cedar Shoals. Many have either dropped out of the more traditional high schools or have situations that require more flexible scheduling. From what I understand it is very technology driven (many computer guided courses) and a different format from the traditional high schools . . .

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 22:48

Classic City High School graduate celebrates accomplishment with eyes on her future

Congratulations!!! She is already making a very bright choice to go to North Georgia college and then transfer to UGA. This is one of the main tenets Clark Howard talks about to make college more affordable - take advantage of the associate degree programs and transfer to a 4 year college later. Very cost effective.

My only advice is keep your eye on the prize Smile. Chose a major that translates into the real world work force - where there is a demonstrated need or career path. Focus on what will help you in your job and future . . . pharmacy, engineering, computer science, nursing, pre-med, etc. The days where you could get any liberal arts degree without post graduate work and find a job are gone, I am afraid!

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 22:42

Wreck on Timothy Road cleared

This is a dangerous intersection!!! If I have to get on the loop from Oconee I inch in til I feel like I can see. If there is someone in the turn lane, you cannot see at all. It really does need some attention (but NOT before the Jennings Mill/Atlanta Hwy intersection which is a death trap!!!)

posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 - 20:48

Clarke graduation rates show improvement

When you are dealing with a population where many parents didn't graduate from middle school, much less high school, it is an uphill battle. I will never forget several years ago reviewing demographic questionnaires from one of the more affluent elementary schools in the district (required by the Safe Routes to Schools Program). I was astounded by the number of responses where the last grade completed was elementary school! Slow, hard progress!!!!

posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 21:04

QB Murray to sign autographs at Georgia Square Mall — for $35 a pop

This has sure made the rounds. My 10 year old came home talking about it. It was a little too close to the Johnny Football allegations for him to see the difference . . . I still say way too soon!

posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 20:04

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