You will not find a nicer family than the Davidsons. My thoughts are with them as they face the holidays without Mr. Davidson. His family is still devastated beyond words. I think of them often. Every time I pass Mr. Davidson's home, I think of that awful night and my heart feels sad that this family has had to endure this tragedy at the hands of these awful criminals.posted @ Monday, December 23, 2013 - 11:45
This story is factually incorrect, however, the offender was in custody within one hour. Good job to all those involved in the robber's capture.posted @ Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 06:27
Make it a zero-tolerance, no shoplifting mall. Make it a requirement that if you are caught shoplifting, the store will PROSECUTE the shoplifter to the fullest extent of the law. This should make the 'shoplifting crowd' thin out. I don't like to let my teenaged daughters shop at Georgia Square without me being there because of the feet shuffling, saggy pants crowd that frequent that venue.posted @ Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 10:15
"Athens Land Trust"
Hypocritical do gooders looking to advance the feel-good liberal agenda.
At some point, you are enabling the sorry ones to continue destructive life choices...you are NOT giving a 'hand up.' But, hey, as long as we all 'feel good' about it, that is what really matters, right??
If you are looking for a nice environment with wholesome products, my recommendation would be the Oconee County Farmers Market on Saturday mornings at the Courthouse.posted @ Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 13:38
Good. Now we won't have to be bombarded with tragic stories of the 'poor bike rider' who caused a collision and sustained serious injuries on account of their own actions. She is probably one of the many bicyclists who ride without a helmet, no reflectors on the bike, and no headlight or rear tail lights while disobeying traffic laws... and the do-gooders do a fundraiser to help pay the medical bills when she sustains serious injury by being struck by a vehicle.posted @ Friday, April 19, 2013 - 06:33
In the future, perhaps the producers/performers/bands can be held responsible for the expense of significant public safety resources. There were about twice as many law enforcement mandated to work this event as is normally assigned to a UGA football game. That adds up. It is not right for the taxpayers of Athens-Clarke County to foot this bill.posted @ Friday, April 19, 2013 - 05:45
They are all guilty. They showed no mercy or compassion to the elderly victim so I hope they get the same treatment. None of the participants deserve to live another day. They killed a good man that night...a far better man than any of these POS thugs could ever hope to be. Rest in Peace, Mr. Davidson.posted @ Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 08:59
I just love reading the comments from people are not law enforcement. I love all the speculation about 'what they would do if...' and their ideas of why an officer responded to a situation in the manner he did. We have some very intelligent people on here I see. I love these armchair quarterbacks who do not know all the details of the case, yet they know exactly what they would do in every situation. Also, these smart people need to be reminded that the newspaper does NOT get all the details and are not privy to most of the information in a case until it is a closed case, therefore the information is lacking detail and does not completely portray the facts and circumstances at the incident. None of us know the reason( why the officer felt that he needed to fire the weapon during the traffic stop. There are internal measures, as well as the court systems, to ensure that the officer conducted himself properly. The officer is entitled to the same protections under the law as you intelligent, non-law enforcement badasses who like to talk tough behind the safety of your laptop.posted @ Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 11:22
REST IN PEACE, BUDDY. I know that you are watching over us.
You know the deal.posted @ Friday, March 22, 2013 - 23:51
A background check will not keep a criminal from obtaining a weapon... just as a TPO will not keep a criminal from committing a crime against his/her victim.
A piece of paper or 'court order' means absolutely NOTHING to a criminal.posted @ Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 12:41
Congratulations to Judge Barron! She is very deserving of the recognition and an outstanding role model for all. She worked against all odds and overcame difficult circumstances. She is a fair and honest person and I am very impressed with her abilities as a judge. Thank you for your contributions throughout our criminal justice system, Judge Barron.posted @ Monday, February 25, 2013 - 01:24
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"Reverend." Ha. That's funny.
He is about as much of a holy man as 'The Reverend' Jesse Jackson.
What a joke.
This is a slippery slope. WHO makes the determination of what constitutes 'mentally ill?' If this were to pass, it is virtually guaranteed that the definition mentally ill will then change to encompass as many people as possible. So if you ever have been prescribed anti-depressants or ADHD meds or anti-anxiety meds, or any other mood altering medication or behavior modifying medication, among any other meds that unnamed panels may decide, basically you will be denied second amendment rights. This will only serve to have people who need the medications legitimately to have a better quality of life, to refrain from getting the help they need from a doctor in order to avoid the stigma and label of being 'unfit' to own a weapon. I know a significant number of people who need anti-depressants in order to have a better quality of life, and are fully capable of owning a weapon and utilizing good judgment in where to use it.
This is another way to allow government to have complete access to your personal medical information and there are so many ways that this could be misused and the patient penalized due to mental or physical health issues.
Police officers will always refer questions to the PIO (Public Information Officer) who is authorized to speak to the media. I would sure hate to disclose information to a 'journalist' and have my words twisted around, misquoted, or parts omitted so that the story doesn't reflect the facts accurately. Therefore, I will NOT EVER give any information to any Athens Banana Herald 'journalist' and any pictures they sneak of me will be of my back or butt, because I will not give them a good shot if I can help it. I know firsthand of the perils of speaking with the media so all of you 'journalists' can just be referred to the PIO or you can wait to see the copies of the incident reports when you stop by in the morning and review them.posted @ Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 15:30
I'd let Athens stick with the 'Occupy' crowd. There is no place for this type of mentality, lack of ethics, whining, complaining, and outright anarchy that this group promotes within a capitalist-based, hard-working, self-sufficient group of citizens. Anything that is affiliated with this Occupy group cannot be good. Do you remember the lawlessness and chaos this group caused for months during the Occupy Wall Street movement? They are counterproductive and never had a real plan other than to obstruct and cause logistical problems. Oconee County, take note, and keep this outside of your borders. Dan Matthews, perhaps you'd be a better fit in Athens, where you can be around more people who have your mentality.posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 22:09
I feel bad for the grandparents the most. These adults had no business venturing in hostile territory and should have known about the dangers involved in their 'adventure.' I am sure Grandpa tried to tell them, but the naive daughter with her carefree spirit and throw caution to the wind attitude had her head in the clouds instead of firmly grounded in reality. I am sure they thought the Afghans were good, poor people and they were doing their part in making the world a better place to live. It is too bad they had to learn their lesson the hard way.posted @ Monday, December 31, 2012 - 05:20
For several years, Sandy Creek Nature Center had a place where you can drop your old tree off for recycling. Check their web site.posted @ Monday, December 31, 2012 - 05:10
@MATT31: My weapons never 'assaulted' anyone. My weapons are purely for defense. Look up the definition for 'assault' weapon and you will see that this will eliminate a LOT of weapons used for hunting also. Once one portion of a ban is approved, it will be easier and easier to institute bans or 'taxes' or other some conditions which will effectively eliminate most law abiding citizens from having most firearms. The government will find a way to make it impossible by outlawing certain ammunition or by making it prohibitively expensive where the common person cannot afford the weapon, ammunition, or components. Be careful of what you wish for. History is repeating itself and the dumb masses are jumping up and down, chanting, 'Yes! Yes!" The ones that are disarmed will be the first victims.posted @ Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 17:28
@Tewise: Active Shooter training was unheard of at Columbine so the officer there responded the only way he/she knew: Set up a perimeter and wait for additional backup. Now there is very effective training that focuses on immediate response, without setting up a perimeter, waiting for backup, holding off for the SWAT team. You get in there immediately and engage the threat that is actively shooting people. If the response would have been different at Columbine, many lives could have been saved. But, that is in hindsight. The proper training and education relating to active shooter situations is is now available and is being taught to law enforcement.
I am a strong advocate of having a police officer stationed at each school. A lot of middle and high schools already have a School Resource Officer so this is nothing new. I don't see how this is 'scary.' My children are not afraid of police officers. They realize that bad people exist in the world and that the police are there to help the good people. It is reality.
School security needs to be priority. There should be only one way to enter a school building, not multiple doors around the school which are not secure so that anyone can just walk onto the campus and enter. Maybe the entry should be like the saliport at the jail, where you have to enter one door and allow it to close and lock behind you before entering the second door. There are many options and it just depends on the level of security and/or 'inconvenience" that is tolerated. Make the security just as effective as the White House. Nobody has managed to breech those doors and take out the occupiers, so I'd say it is pretty effective.
Schools should also incorporate active shooter drills into practical training. Conduct training scenarios so that teachers, faculty, and students know what to do in the event of an incident. It is like the old school tornado drills and fire drills that we used to do in grade school. It is good to have a policy written down on paper, but you need to physically practice also. When it all goes down, people will instinctively revert to their training. The students also need o be actively involved in the training. When possible and safe to do so, yes, barricade yourself into a secure area. Otherwise, I would recommend to confront the attacker. Physically overpower and overtake. There are many students and most likely one attacker. Be proactive and not reactive! Fight for your life instead of being frozen in fear. But this mentality is not instilled in most young people today. This is not a time to be passive and meek. It is a time to think fast and survive.
I also believe that if a teacher is willing to be trained and to conceal carry at school, it should be allowed. The teacher should go through the same drills as the police and know how to tactically respond. A lot of devastation can be caused by a shooter in a very short period of time. To have a teacher who is armed, trained, and is proficient with a weapon and already on scene to confront someone who is actively killing people, could save countless lives. It will take the police several minutes to get there and the teacher would be familiar with the layout of the school and could have already taken out the threat by the time that law enforcement is on scene. I don't believe that teachers should be mandated to carry a weapon, but if a teacher wants to step up and take on that responsibility, it should be an option.posted @ Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 16:43
I've gone to the shooting range plenty of times, but it doesn't mean I am obsessed with weapons. It means that I want to be proficient with the weapon and to be sure that I hit my target. Stupid media is out to scrutinize and sensationalize every little detail to sell the story.posted @ Monday, December 17, 2012 - 01:53
What a waste of money. Who in their right mind will pay full market value rent to live within government subsidized housing? Of COURSE the residents want the old ones to be demolished and for the government to build them nice apartments! Who wouldn't? After all, they take such pride in their neighborhood and their apartments now, right? This is just like the idiot liberal do-gooder mentality. Continue to throw money at 'problems' and expect it to get better by itself when you have multiple GENERATIONS that choose government assistance rather than putting effort towards a proper education and gaining the proper tools to become a productive member of society. To the people who will elect to live in these apartments among the government assistance crowd, be sure that you have rental insurance. Also, I recommend to have a good alarm system and reinforce both doors to prevent kick-ins...because you are going to come home and find that your stuff has been stolen while you are at work. Go ahead and hate me for stating the obvious. When it happens, and it will, I will say, "I told you so!"posted @ Monday, December 17, 2012 - 01:49
How much more 'support' can we give one segment of the population? At some point, they have to take responsibility for SOMETHING. Their own diet would be at least SOMETHING. It's minimal, but it's something.
Go make like the little red hen and plant, tend, and harvest one of these new fad community gardens. Plenty of fresh veggies and fruits there...
Rest in Peace, Mr. Davidson.posted @ Friday, December 7, 2012 - 05:23
I never had the money to buy $1,000 worth of baby formula when my children were babies. I sure didn't have the money to stockpile $1,000 worth of baby formula. To have that much baby formula on hand, plus EBT card, it sounds like fraud? I wonder where this victim WORKS? Should I even ask?posted @ Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 11:08
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
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