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Taking their business elsewhere: Best Buy latest to leave Clarke for Oconee

Oconee used to be a nice place. Then about 25-30 years ago, the county sold out to the subdivision developers and a little later the strip mall developers who proceeded to rape Oconee with hodge-podge development with no planning, pocketed the profits, took the money and ran and left an epic mess of sprawl behind.

Now Oconee is indistinguishable from the sprawling suburban nightmare that is Gwinnett Co.

For any county in the United States looking to manage growth, Oconee County is the poster child of what NOT to do.

posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 15:00

Sheriff plans classes as gun questions abound in Madison County

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - @paper: I didn't read anything about him having a class on budgeting and checkbook balancing 101.
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Exactly. That's why I said Kip Thomas needs to take a class on how to balance a budget. Because his department is over $208,000 in the red.

posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 10:54

Sheriff plans classes as gun questions abound in Madison County

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - It will be good for people to understand just what the new law means and what is and is not allowed. I wish our current transparent administration in DC would do things like this.
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Kip Thomas can't even make a budget and stick to it, like we all have to do in our family households. Kip Thomas' department is over budget by over $208,000!

Maybe a little more common sense and fiscal responsibility is in order, and a few less "classes." Kip Thomas fits right in with the clowns in D.C.

Maybe Kip Thomas should go back to 9th grade and re-take a class on how to balance a checkbook and do basic budgeting. Dum-dee-dumb-dumb-dumb!

posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 03:03

New Lyndon House supervisor wants to improve center's visibility

[quote][b]W.B.[/b] - "One change will be moving the art book library out of the office space it currently inhabits — Dunphy’s new office, to be exact — and make it accessible for all to use."
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The problem is, that statement is simply not true. It was a library. It has always been the art library from day one. The library was never described as "an office" until this lady showed up and claimed it as her office. Turning art rooms or the library at the Lyndon House into offices is simply not acceptable.

posted @ Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 19:20

Judge rejects widow's claim of deception in Donnan bankruptcy

So, if the widow had been closer to the top of the pyramid in the scheme and she had made lots of money at the expense of the newer investors at the bottom, would she willfully step up and give those people their money back? Not likely.

posted @ Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 20:31

Two insurers pull out of Georgia health exchange

When the greedy, crooked health insurance companies realize they can no longer stick it to us, they turn tail and run.

Time for the PUBLIC OPTION.

posted @ Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 01:27

Georgia requests emergency delay on health exchange

Mr. Hudgens, in his cherry picking of stats, also fails to note the huge decreases many Georgians would see if Georgia did what virtually every other state has already done (including most red states) and expand Medicaid to get those billions in federal dollars sent here to Georgia. With Medicaid expansion, low income families who currently pay for crappy, worthless health care "coverage" would now be covered under Medicaid. Their premiums would drop 100%, saving those families thousands of dollars annually. Mr. Hudgens, time to get on board with the rest of the United States and expand Medicaid. If you don't, we still pay the same amount in taxes. The only difference is Georgians will be paying for Medicaid expansion in other states while not keeping any of those dollars here at home helping Georgians.

posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 14:34

Georgia requests emergency delay on health exchange

Let's see...people who could not get insurance for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was having a pre-existing condition, will now be able to buy insurance. So before, they were denied any health coverage and paid 0 in premiums but were forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash out-of-pocket, lose their homes, or do without. But now, they will be able to pay a monthly premium and have coverage. Hmmmmmm...yes, technically, that's a "huge increase" in premiums....from zero to a few hundred dollars to actually have coverage and get treatment. Take your games and get to work doing your job, Mr. Hudgens, most Georgians are smarter than you. And this country voted for health reform and Obamacare not once, but twice, by epic landslide majorities. "Rule of law" Mr. Hudgens, "rule of law." Time for you to get to work following the law.

posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 14:29

Jittery Joe's announces move from 14-year Broad street home

Based on what that building has been used for and housed gosh-knows-what for storage, don't know if I would want to consume coffee that had been stored or roasted there. Concrete absorbs, and you can never fully clean or eliminate what it has absorbed.

posted @ Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 13:48

Woman dies after arrest for DUI charge in Oconee

She was not DUI. She was never found guilty of the offense, meaning she was not guilty. For that matter, the instant she died, the charges are dropped.

Some of you suggesting otherwise had better edit your posts or you may end up on the wrong end of the law yourself.

posted @ Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 12:47

Hugh Acheson plans new restaurant in former 5 & 10 space

[quote][b]E.J.[/b] - “Whitney is an extensively skilled chef,” Acheson said. “She worked for me for a very long time. She turned around Farm 255.”
If she turned Farm 255 around, why is it closing?
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Maybe she turned it around THE WRONG WAY.

uh-oh!

posted @ Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 10:43

Cine launches Kickstarter campaign to fund digital conversion

The itty bitty theaters at Cine are just that: too small and dingy. Also, there is always a musty odor, and they need to clean the theaters regularly as they reek of sour beer and wine spilled on the floors.

The projection system is the least of their concerns.

posted @ Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 16:43

Fire Fly Trail and residences' proximity to Oconee Street draw Athens-Clarke Commission attention at Selig hearing

[quote][b]Anonymous Dude[/b] - @paper: Bull. And watch...Hickory Street WILL be a full-fledged through street. Just watch.
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Of course it will. A full-fledged street servicing those giant kiddie condos. You sound more than a little butthurt. Selig beat you. Like a drum.

posted @ Friday, June 21, 2013 - 16:14

Fire Fly Trail and residences' proximity to Oconee Street draw Athens-Clarke Commission attention at Selig hearing

[quote][b]Anonymous Dude[/b] -
There is no WalMart; that was Selig's original plan, and they were foiled by well-organized activism. Why peeps have their BVDs in a wad over this is rather obvious.
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You're seeing Selig's original plan in action. Selig's original plan was to distract the "activists" with rumors of a Walmart. Did Walmart ever even sign on? Seems like any time Walmart weighed in they made it clear they had no interest in downtown, and certainly no plans to be in downtown. Why would they? They have 2 huge Walmarts and a Sams here already. The plan to distract the naive "activists" with the Walmart story worked beyond Selig's wildest dreams. Now they have their big kiddie condo development exactly as they wanted all along. Thanks to the "activists," they even got to make it a lot bigger. I would be surprised if Selig didn't send the "activists" a Thank You note. Game, Set, Match: Selig.

posted @ Friday, June 21, 2013 - 15:34

Five Star Day permanently shuts doors

Why not just move to a shopping center? Lots of cheap space, and they will do much more business as, unlike downtown, customers have a place to PARK near the restaurant. Also, no vomit, urine, feces, or broken glass to step over.

posted @ Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 17:27

Athens woman facing death for pregnant clerk's murder points finger at husband

If you need to stop in and use the restroom, you don't park "across the street." You park in front of the store. However, if you intend to rob the store or murder the clerk, you certainly do park across the street so your car isn't on camera or witnessed at the scene.

Each of these murderers deserves the ultimate penalty.

posted @ Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 23:58

Oconee County OKs beer and wine sales at Epps Bridge movie theater

Wait...you mean people still go to unclean theaters full of folks talking/texting to see movies at far less resolution than a cheap HD flat screen? WHY?

Well, at least now we know why they have to sling drinks and serve booze!

posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:54

Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys

Glad to see what has essentially been a closeted majority homosexual organization from day one finally have the courage to come out. About time. Keep moving forward, Boy Scouts.

posted @ Friday, May 24, 2013 - 14:32

Madison chairman wants powers diminished in wake of controversy

Wait a sec...did I understand this right? You mean THEY DON'T HAVE TIME CLOCKS?!? Why WOULDN'T they have time clocks? Wow...Everywhere anyone works has time clocks! Unreal!

Does Madison County still use horse-and-buggies and outhouses, too?

posted @ Monday, May 20, 2013 - 17:38

Athenian new chairman of Georgia GOP

Republicans said they would change to appeal to the changing electorate, for if they do not, they said they realized they were irrelevant.

Let's see...a Republican convention that consisted of 100% old white farts, just chose an old white fart to lead them.

No change at all. OK. Irrelevancy it is then.

posted @ Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 23:09

Reward offered in burglary probe of Lake Oconee home

Wealthy? Really? It was all over the news how they ran Reynolds into the ground, lost even the support of the property owners who were some kinda pizzed, then lost it all after that.

Mr. Reynolds probably should look at his neighbors. Probably just trying to recoup some of the money they lost. Smile

posted @ Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 23:07

Athenian new chairman of Georgia GOP

Republicans said they would change to appeal to the changing electorate, for if they do not, they said they realized they were irrelevant.

Let's see...a Republican convention that consisted of 100% old white farts, just chose an old white fart to lead them.

No change at all. OK. Irrelevancy it is then.

posted @ Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 23:04

Athens-Clarke police looking for armed robbery suspect

Looks more like a woman.

posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 01:47

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

From the time of the initial 911 call, how much time elapsed until an ambulance actually arrived on the scene?

Hope this lady and her attorney appeal to a higher court as I'm certain they will prevail. Don't let this goon get off on a technicality.

This dispatcher certainly sounds like a complete incompetent moron who should be fired. And instead she is made Director? Whoa...truly chillingly frightening. Glad I don't live in Oglethorpe!

A 911 director telling a spouse whose husband is dying on the floor to "kiss her a$$?" That is truly the lowest of the low. And what kind of county employs and promotes this type of individual? If I lived in Oglethorpe, I and all of my neighbors would have a word with my commissioners ASAP!

My condolences to Mrs. Colquitt. It certainly seems that your husband should be alive today, or at least should have had an opportunity to survive the attack but for the bizarre unprofessional mean-spirited bungling you encountered. At least due to your courageous actions, Sherrill Abney has been exposed to the world. Thank you.

posted @ Monday, May 13, 2013 - 13:12

Motorist arrested for ghost-riding in downtown Athens

So they can still charge him with DUI?

posted @ Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 19:20

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