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Upset woman hits dog owner after her pet attacked at Athens dog park

I've never gone as far as a physical altercation, but I have had a couple of heated "discussions" at the park with irresponsible owners. I think of my pets as my children, and it's frustrating when others come there and don't follow the rules.

Please don't bring your pets if they have not been spayed/neutered, vaccinated properly, or if they are aggressive! It creates an unsafe environment for both pets and people.

posted @ Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 09:37

Police: UGA frat pledges lined against wall and punched during alleged hazing

I don't get how you stand around and take the hazing because you want to join, then go and press charges for it. Seems to me that you always have the option to quit. It's not the like the military where you have to stay. I think it's dumb to do this to each other, but it is a voluntary activity. Doesn't seem to me that it should be illegal when someone stays around on their own free will.

posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 09:13

Athens police charge drunken naked man found at westside home

@CharlotteLadyGardner: Very good point! As easy as it is to make fun of this story, the Bowman story is tragic. Thankfully this guy didn't ruin a poor girl's life.

posted @ Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 16:48

Paula Deen's 'Today' appearance ends in tears

@THX1138: What a haughty and unnecessary comment. I certainly didn't say TMZ is the authority on hard news and I wouldn't go there for just any story. But when it comes to getting commentary about celebrities and scandals, I'd say they've got it covered. Not to mention, Al's right there on video giving his opinion. I'd say it's pretty reliable.

posted @ Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 10:37

Paula Deen's 'Today' appearance ends in tears

If Al Sharpton is taking up for her, then I think it is well past time for everyone else to let it go.
http://www.tmz.com/2013/06/24/reverend-al-sharpton-paula-deen-racism/

posted @ Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 09:26

Athens-Clarke County manager sees 17-percent pay jump as commission restores raises

I'm against the size of the raises to begin with, but agree with barryhollander that it was particularly "sleazy" to handle it that way and I find it very insulting as a citizen.
I will personally remember this when election time rolls around and I hope Nick and the ABH staff remind us of this incident.

posted @ Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 09:43

Athens career criminals charged in weekend robbery

@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: I agree he doesn't control who is put into the jail, but he does control how it is managed. He and his chiefs and captains create the atmosphere that babies and caters to a lot of these criminals. I personally don't feel like treating them with hugs and kisses is the right way to go. (And I'm talking about your career guys like Shabazz and Andre. Not a one time pot user or DUI.)

posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 16:36

Athens career criminals charged in weekend robbery

@E.J.: Weems may not be elected but don't forget that Sheriff Edwards is. I think it's a sad testament that so many citizens in the county are dissatisfied with all the crime, yet he is re-elected by default because he runs unopposed. Something to think about...

posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 09:09

Court rules brain-damaged man can be tried for alleged Athens rape attempt

I hope he is put somewhere he is not a threat to others, but is also kept away from those who would prey on him. This is truly a sad story for all involved with no clear answers.

posted @ Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 14:56

Homeless man charged with burglarizing downtown Athens bars

I agree with all the posts above. After 4 trips to prison have done nothing to deter his criminal activity, let's just stick him somewhere for the remainder of his life. Maybe that sounds harsh to some, but it's necessary.

posted @ Monday, February 11, 2013 - 16:06

Waitress fired for posting customer comment online

The story seems to be real (although who ever reallyknows?) and this link has a larger photo and more details, including what the pastor is saying now that's it's gone viral.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2013/02/01/pastor-apologizes-for...

posted @ Friday, February 1, 2013 - 17:28

Homeless camp under North Avenue bridge in east Athens destroyed by arson fire

@TrollKiller: I have stopped and given food/water/money several times to people in the area as well as worked with local groups. I've heard straight from the mouth of some homeless people that they have been banned from a shelter or group for a set amount of time after breaking the rules. I've also talked to the Salvation Army shelter and they will tell you they turn people away if they are obviously on something. I've had several conversations with Rayanne herself on the corner at North Ave. So, I suppose it's a mixture of my observations and talking with the homeless.

posted @ Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12:17

Homeless camp under North Avenue bridge in east Athens destroyed by arson fire

Deleted double post. Sorry.

posted @ Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 11:09

Homeless camp under North Avenue bridge in east Athens destroyed by arson fire

Let's not forget there is a homeless shelter within sight of this camp. They do have options. So why aren't they at the shelter? Because the local shelters will not allow you to use drugs or commit crimes (i.e. prostitution) on their property. Many of these people will flat out admit to you that they won't go to a shelter because they can't use there or have already broken the rules and the shelter is not allowing them to come back. There are people trying to help the homeless, but they must learn to help themselves a little as well.

posted @ Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 11:09

Homeless camp under Athens' North Ave. bridge destroyed by arson fire

This woman might as well list the jail as her permanent address because she has been arrested dozens of times. She has many addiction and health issues and will never be a productive citizen. Granted, she has had some unfortunate things happen to her, but mostly due to her own bad choices. She has been offered help by every bleeding heart organization in Athens and some in Atlanta and still returns to her old habits. I don't know what the answer is for people like her, but this sounds like it could have been very serious with fire near a gas line. Thankfully it wasn't a huge tragedy.

posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 13:35

Disabled vet overwhelmed by offers after home in west Athens burglarized

Thank you so much, Joe, for posting a happy update to this story. It is wonderful to hear of a good outcome for someone who truly deserves it!

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:49

Roommate dispute leads to arrest in Athens

This is not my area of expertise, but isn't Parkview public housing? Are residents allowed to have roommates moving in? Obviously the one man is a romantic partner, but a third roommate is also mentioned. If you are living in taxpayer subsidized housing, I don't think you should be allowed to make money for yourself by renting out the place. Probably another example of someone who is happy to live off the government forever.

posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 10:13

Burglars targeted Athens house in which homeowner was slain

This is such a sad story, made even worse by the fact that this murderer has already been in prison before. I realize all crimes don't deserve a life sentence or the death penalty, but doesn't it seem awful that we had this criminal in captivity and released him to take an innocent, elderly man's life?

posted @ Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 13:36

Athens woman recognizes burglar

I sincerely hope he is not offered any kind of deal again. 12 years for murder is not enough and he has thoroughly proven that the system did not "rehabilitate" him. This woman was very lucky she woke up. I hate to think what the headline would read like if she had not!

posted @ Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 10:03

Athens 'Most Wanted' suspect released on bond to re-offend

If you have dealt with the ankle monitors at all, you know how truly unreliable they are. For petty drug users, maybe it's a good solution, but anyone with a history of violence should not be released with a monitor. They are put on and monitored by a private company. I dealt with the monitors (on the right side of the law, I might add) and it's like pulling teeth to get reliable information out of the company. I was under the impression there was real time monitoring and the company would notify the authorites if the offender strayed. In reality, the court system has to ask for a print out of the offender's status and then the report is looked over to see if they have left their boundaries. Things may have changed, but this was how it worked in my experience. I like Judge Stephens, but wish they would think a little harder on some of these decisions.

posted @ Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 13:25

McKillip, Quick qualify to run for Athens House seat

Doesn't anyone want to run for sheriff? Please. It's about time for someone new!

posted @ Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 20:56

Athenian will run 12 hours for Relay for Life

I couldn't even stand up for 12 hours, much less run it! This is a great cause and I hope he raises lots of money. It's always nice to see positive stories about people doing good things.

posted @ Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:25

South Ga. detention center nearly sold at auction

I don't understand how this place can be running out of money! Clarke County had to have helped them earn a pretty penny when they were holding 100-plus of our inmates for over a year. Charging per inmate per day, it seems like they would be turning a profit. Maybe I'm missing something.

posted @ Monday, April 23, 2012 - 14:38

Donors learn 7-year-old Oglethorpe boy not sick after all

As a former employee of a nationwide nonprofit I heard of many scams like this. That's why I encourage giving to reputable charities and letting them handle the disbursement of funds. That way the organization can pay directly to doctors, hospitals, etc. Even if the person really is sick, there's no guarantee the money will be spent in a way the donor prefers. How would you feel if you donated your hard earned money, the child was cured a week later, then you saw the parent driving a new BMW or vacationing in Jamaica the next? I know I'd feel cheated! Yes, it sounds pessimistic, but it also happens every day. Give but give wisely!

posted @ Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 01:37

Conrad Fink, longtime UGA journalism prof, dies at 80

If you are blessed enough to have known Conrad Fink, you are truly sad for this great loss. I was in awe just being in his presence. We have lost a great and accomplished man; a wise gentleman. Keep spreading the news up there, Fink!

posted @ Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 00:54

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