OK, lets see here, depending on what your definition of "Quality restaurants" is lets see the norm in Clarke.....Raffertys was built, in front of a strip mall, just like this one, and now the mall is practically vacant, and Raffertys is doing just fine, Ryans on Barnetts Shoals, which is now gone, and is now some Hibachi place, but sits in front of another strip mall, which half is vacant. However, Red Lobster and Longhorns, Logans and Olive Garden, which are not in front of or near a strip mall, seem to be doing just fine. I don't think allowing the sell of mixed drinks will do anything for the retail space, except put more money in Mr. Bishop's pocket, if he can rent the rest. Look at Chops and hops in Watkinsville, they are doing fine. I live in Oconee and avoid that entire area at Epps if at all possible, I think the new Center is an eyesore, and just makes getting to Lowes and Kroger more of a pain. Now I drive to the eastside to do my shopping, I live in Oconee and I can get to east side in 8 minutes and takes me longer with all the lights and traffic to get to epps bridge. The type of restaurant that will do well there, is a almost fast food but cooked to order place, like Inokos express or a China ?? or a Subway. People who want a Quality restaurant usually do not go to a strip mall to get it.posted @ Friday, January 24, 2014 - 15:26
I remember the day that we decided to no longer let my Grandmother drive. She had pulled out in front of someone, thank god it was on a back road and there was little damage and no one was hurt. It was a tough decision, but we at first used the reason that her car had to be repaired and that we would come and take her anywhere she needed to go until then. After a few months she decided that she liked us coming to get her, and wondered if we could come and take her, in her car. So we said that its still wasn't ready but maybe a one or two times it wouldn't hurt. So thats what we did, she never asked to drive again. She said why do I need to drive, when all I have to do is call you and you come running! And I am tearing up as I type this, cause she was correct.
So when it comes for family to make that decision, DO NOT look at driving your elders around as a burden, look at this as a blessing, I look back now that she has been gone now for 12 yrs, and that time of "Driving Ms. Daisy" around I would not have traded it for the world.
Second, I want to thank this Officer for the way he handled this, I am sure the kindness and compassion he showed, maybe he was thinking of his own grandmother, maybe his own experience. He did what needed to be done to protect her and others.
All Madison County Schools will be closed Tuesday, 01-07-2014. No decision has yet been made about Wednesday 01-08-2014.
Any way the reporter of this story find out any rabies cases, and when in the Oconee and Clarke areas??? Or give me a website to verify information??posted @ Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 09:56
Madison Countians, please don't eat Zip!!posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 13:43
"Officers interviewed people attending a party next door, but no one saw or heard anything, according to police",............. of course they didn't!posted @ Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 08:09
Be thankful it wasn't lodged in her, depending on where she was the chair may have saved her life.posted @ Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 08:05
Please don't go, I am not posting for everyone to protest either!!!!
Cole Bros. Circus Condemned
August 14, 2013 Danielle Hanna
Danielle Hanna, exclusive to Global Animal
Animal welfare protesters in Oceanside, NY warn circus visitors of the animal cruelty their dollars will support. Photo credit: Christina Daly / Herald
The Cole Bros. Circus is coming to town, but please don’t bring the kids!
This circus has been traveling around the country since 1884, showing off the abilities of amazing animals. However, how many circus visitors have any idea what’s happening on the other side of the curtain?
The company has been cited repeatedly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for “failure to correct previously identified noncompliance,” blatantly disregarding laws of minimum standards of care and procedures to help alleviate the medical issues of dangerously underweight elephants.
Besides failing to adequately care for the animals in terms of living conditions, veterinary care, and acceptable forms of discipline in training, Cole Bros. Circus has also been cited for failing to supervise animals in a way that is safe for the animals and the public.
There have been instances recorded where the handler turned his back or even walked away while members of the public were within reach of—or even riding on—elephants, or where only one handler was left to supervise two elephants. Inexperienced or unknowledgable handlers paired with potentially dangerous wild animals is a recipe for disaster.
In 1995, a 450-pound white tiger in the circus’ care escaped and proceeded to frighten crowds of visitors to a nearby park in Queens, NY. The madness caused by the tiger’s escape included many screaming onlookers, a 30-minute pursuit by armed police officers, a five-car pileup, and a $60 million lawsuit filed by individuals injured in the car wreck.
In 2012, Cole Bros. Circus was required by the USDA to pay $15,000 for violations of the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 (AWA) which outlines the minimum requirements for care and treatment of animals used for research or exhibition.
Circus customers walk by protesters on their way to the Cole Bros. Circus. Photo credit: Calista Condo, Gloucester County Times
The Cole Bros. Circus President and CEO, John Pugh, plead guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act in 2011 for selling two endangered Asian elephants to a man who intended to use them for entertainment at private parties. The elephants, Jewel and Tina, were taken into federal custody and now live at the San Diego Zoo.
The company was sentenced to four years probation, fined $150,000 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and restricted from owning animals. The animals currently used for their traveling performances are rented from other companies such as Carson & Barnes Circus, which has also been fined by the USDA for AWA violations.
In Defense of Animals (IDA), a California-based organization, has filed complaints about the quality of care supplied by Cole Bros. Circus which resulted in a fine last year for “failure to provide veterinary care to an emaciated elephant, failure to handle an elephant in a way that minimized the risk of harm to the public and the elephant, using handlers who lacked the training and knowledge to safely handle tigers and elephants in public, and illegal trafficking in tigers.”
The animal rights organization continues to request that the U.S. Department of Agriculture investigates the traveling circus’ procedures, especially with regard to two baby elephants, Val and Hugo, who have been separated from their mother.
““In general, animals forced to travel and perform in circuses are deprived of everything that is natural to them – room to roam, participation in family and social groupings, and any ability to exert choice and control over their lives,” said Deborah Robinson of IDA.
“This is particularly hard on animals like elephants, who naturally are on the move for most of the day, and who, in the wild, stay with their mothers for their entire lives, in the case of females, or at least until adolescence if they are males. By contrast, the elephants traveling with Cole, who are leased from Carson and Barnes Circus, spend their days on trucks, in chains or in tiny pens, and have all been taken from their mothers as babies,” Robinson continued.
I have removed the info about protesters, I am NOT posting for folks to go out there and wave their signs and sing Koom-Ba-Ya either. Just posting for those who think the animals are cute and fun to watch, even tho they are treated horribly!posted @ Monday, September 16, 2013 - 14:06
Not sure what all the women are in jail for, but I am guessing not "hard crimes", since one states she is in for drugs. I am for anything that will help get them off drugs and a different way of life. However, If someone wants to dedicate their free time and help these ladies with yoga, go for it, however if my tax dollars are paying for it, I then have issues and say it is a non- necessity and should not be given at tax payers cost.posted @ Friday, September 13, 2013 - 08:11
I thought you could only call out collect from prison??
Guess I was wrong!posted @ Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 10:52
His shirt should say "yeah it was me" instead of YOU!posted @ Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 10:51
Not sure which made me laugh more,
A) the visual of the two dressed up running into the house or
B) the cat hissing and swatting at Batman!
I am goinng with B! LOLposted @ Monday, September 9, 2013 - 15:31
@Used2baFreeCountry: Based on the second one, she is soo full of BS!posted @ Monday, September 9, 2013 - 15:27
@Used2baFreeCountry: Thanks for the link, I skimmed the story:
Seems as About 3:40 p.m., Hudson said that Zimmerman was no longer detained and was not in custody
Hudson said Shellie Zimmerman had called 911 about 3 p.m., saying George Zimmerman was threatening she and her father with a weapon.
As of 3:45 p.m., three were still in the house. Hudson said Zimmerman was free to leave, if he so chose
She also alleged that George Zimmerman had battered her father, David Dean,
The police chief said about 3:30 p.m. Shellie Zimmerman and her father were consulting with their attorney to decide whether to give a sworn statement or press charges.
Seems to me she is trying to help herself out in the divorce, if he really threatened and "battered" why wouldn't you press charges regardless, why do you have to consult your attorney first.posted @ Monday, September 9, 2013 - 15:15
I think she pushed his buttons and set him up, he was found not guilty and she was found guilty. She wants him to pay for what he did to her, (media, court, life, etc) dead or alive, hence her wanting the life policy.posted @ Monday, September 9, 2013 - 15:04
Just get the head one, Superintendent Beverly Hall, ( I think )
she probably put everyones job on the line.
Why does she need a life policy on him? She gonna have him killed? They have no children, therefore no life policy is needed.
I get the splitting of assets, however Zimmerman needs to ask for half of any money she makes off of him, his name and his story.posted @ Friday, September 6, 2013 - 12:30
Yeah, there is more to this story than the boyfriend/married man is telling!
Dated a year ago, but maybe did "something" more recent and she found out he was married.
To the girlfriend/mistress, leave the breaking things and damaging SUV to the wife! That's her job!posted @ Friday, September 6, 2013 - 08:01
Thank goodness he was found safe!!posted @ Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 16:09
@bobbidiboo: Fair enough!posted @ Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 15:18
Sorry. I laughed at this one.
Only in GA would a gallon of Duke's, UGA license plate frame and dog treats be in the same theft.....
Jeff Foxworthy, you might be a redneck if.................... comes to mind!posted @ Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 15:03
First off, THANK YOU ABH and JOE for NOT putting Hoods picture on this story!!!
Second, lots of trials have had their cases heard in other courts and have had out of town jurors, not a big deal, his confessions alone are enough to convict him.
My hope is that Hood will do the RIGHT thing for ONCE, and plead guilty and face life in prison, instead of further dragging this out, for the sake of Buddy's family, his police family, and even Hood's own family.posted @ Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 11:09
Police went to the "triangle" and this is the only arrest that was made. Shocked!posted @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:21
I am guessing the car pulled out in front of the truck, thinking it could make it, guess not.
Hope they recover from their injuries soon!posted @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:18
Bet he feels like a million bucks the morning after!posted @ Friday, August 9, 2013 - 09:43
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more