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Hood files first motions as own attorney, asking cop-killing and drug murder cases be tried separately

@dahreese: Not so sure that Mr. Wray's family would think of it as a "waste." They probably want justice for their loved one as much as the Christian family wants justice for their loved one. Just sayin'

posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 13:40

UGA swim coach Bauerle suspended from coaching duties as NCAA levies allegations

I must be missing something here. While this was a horrible breach, what about giving people second chances? Bauerle has already been suspended for an entire season. He soon will be fired. Thugs in Athens get better treatment.
Where's the double secret probation here?? I think Bauerle should be given a second chance and some arena to do the good he is capable of doing before he is given the ax for a first offense.

posted @ Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 08:15

Man indicted for knife attack on Athens psychiatrist

Why are they withholding the name of the doctor? Is it just to preserve this POS's privacy? I can't think of another reason. Don't think HIPPA laws protect attempted murder.

posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 22:29

Student housing development proposed for tract near downtown Athens

@scarborj: Student housing brings in taxes - I own a house at The Retreat and the taxes I pay on that one unit are no where in line as to the depreciated value of what I paid years ago.

posted @ Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 08:55

Arrest warrants issued against UGA prof, allegedly asked student to buy drugs in Mexico

Oh for goodness sakes, that is Wellbutrin. Mr. Professor can't afford the $15.00 co-pay with UGA's generous insurance plan?
And it does not make you "horny" - it is one of the antidepressants that does not have sexual side effects.
What an idiot.

posted @ Friday, March 21, 2014 - 11:54

Steve Brooks steps down at Athens Christian

A Godly man - nah - just a little man with a bad temper...

posted @ Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 08:57

Human remains recovered in Banks County

Pray that it is either Justin Gaines or Josh Adams. These two young men have been missing for so long.

posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 08:14

UPDATE: Autopsy inconclusive in death of UGA student

I'm not going to speculate at all but wonder what this world is coming to when a locked door of a roommate does not open for 3 days and no one calls a parent, no one calls the resident assistant, no one notices on social media...

Perhaps he did not die instantly but was in a coma part of the time and could have been helped. Not judging - just trying to comprehend.

posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 21:08

He's back: Wilkins to lead Cedar Shoals football program again

Athens Academy will miss him. He has been a wonderful mentor to teens in the short time he has been there.

posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 20:11

Missing Georgia bank director arrested in Brunswick

Looks like it was just a traffic stop - with all of that money, he was either too stupid or arrogant to create another identity for himself. I'm sure he was not recognized by the Brunswick police - they put either his tag number or his driver's license into the system and VOILA - he is using the same name as he did when he absconded. Probably on his way to the Gator Bowl...

posted @ Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 20:48

Danielsville man caught with stolen gun, meth at Athens mall

@athena01: Oh puh-lease - I used to say that about my son too. He has found oxy in every large and small town he has ever lived in. He has stolen from his family, from a little old lady whose farm he worked on, - there is not a "better crowd of folks" that will keep an addict clean. My son and the rest of the people like Mr. Poore ARE the bad crowd of people.... This is truly an example of magical thinking - "if only he had stayed in Madison County..."

posted @ Monday, December 30, 2013 - 21:10

Danielsville man caught with stolen gun, meth at Athens mall

@athena01: Oh puh-lease - I used to say that about my son too. He has found oxy in every large and small town he has ever lived in. He has stolen from his family, from a little old lady whose farm he worked on, - there is not a "better crowd of folks" that will keep an addict clean. My son and the rest of the people like Mr. Poore ARE the bad crowd of people.... This is truly an example of magical thinking - "if only he had stayed in Madison County..."

posted @ Monday, December 30, 2013 - 21:10

Danielsville man caught with stolen gun, meth at Athens mall

Wasn't he just arrested a couple of weeks ago on similar charges?

posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:23

Athens woman charged with threatening son with gun

All I can say is HELL YES, she is on something. I hope she is on a strong anti-depressant. As a mother of an addict, you get so beat down from being stolen from, lied to and in being in fear of your life. Her eyes look dead, death from a thousand paper cuts - and in this case, probably more.
She looks like what I did when I looked in a drawer and realized that all of my jewelry was gone, my credit cards were gone (only to be run up buying gift cards for Bernard, Dennis, or any of the numerous drug dealers in this town...)
She looks like I did after no sleep trying to keep myself locked in my own bedroom thinking this can't be possibly true - I breast fed him, took him to story time at the library, took him to Little League, read to him, played ball with him outside, sent him to the best schools, volunteered with the PTA, did all the Mommy and Me crap that doesn't mean a thing, really... - and he has a father that I have been with over 30 years who has been a strong father figure, engaged in his life, etc. I'm not trying to make this news story about me but I'm telling you people, it could have been me or any of you out there. This is EPIDEMIC in this town and I hope the mother, instead of being charged with a crime, gets this POS son of hers out of her house before she is the one at the morgue. I never had to point a gun at my son, probably because I don't own one, but I can imagine the sadness and despair of having to arm oneself against the child you birthed.

posted @ Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 11:43

Urban Outfitters logo shown on downtown storefront plans

@makeitso: Are you kidding me? Do you go downtown on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and see all the sorority girls with their Mama's credit cards? All of those stores charge full price retail and no one looks at the price tag. I think this store will make a fortune. And the overhead - me thinks it's better than Lenox Square square footage rental. I welcome them to downtown and hope they do well.

posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 20:02

Police, GBI investigation closes The Plaza in west Athens

@georgiamom: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I was here in the 1970's when the Sunset rapist struck (very close to The Plaza/Indale St. area). I wouldn't walk by myself from the Brumby parking lot to my room at night. Ask one of my good friends that was raped in the sorority parking lot on Milledge... Person never caught.
Please, please, please - small town or no small town. You just can't walk by yourself anywhere at night unless you are in your own house, armed with Ackerman or a Smith and Wesson.
I pray that this family gets resolution soon.

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 20:03

Police, GBI investigation closes The Plaza in west Athens

@georgiamom: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I was here in the 1970's when the Sunset rapist struck (very close to The Plaza/Indale St. area). I wouldn't walk by myself from the Brumby parking lot to my room at night. Ask one of my good friends that was raped in the sorority parking lot on Milledge... Person never caught.
Please, please, please - small town or no small town. You just can't walk by yourself anywhere at night unless you are in your own house, armed with Ackerman or a Smith and Wesson.
I pray that this family gets resolution soon.

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 20:03

Athens student sells pot to help dad

This must be the oldest excuse passed down from punk to punk. One of my son's friends got arrested for dealing pot about five years ago and he told the police that he saw his father lose his job in the recession, and he wanted to develop a work ethic so he would never be put in the position that his father was. Mom had to go into her 401k to pay Ed Tolley -
Everything old is new again.

posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 08:26

UGA employee’s car stolen

Can someone please tell me why UGA victims' names are blacked out in a news report? Is this every state employee - or just UGA employees.
What is the logic behind this? Just wondering.

posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 08:11

Burglar leaves flip flops at Athens home

Instead of looking for underage drinkers peeing in the bushes, LI should go to the gas station on North Avenue and pick up this guy. He did this at a rental house I own in the area, - left a pair of stinky sneakers after trying to break in unsuccessfully - and the tenant described him to police and said that she saw him daily panhandling at the gas station.

posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 07:53

Paddling still common outside metro Atlanta

@DawgFan1988: Oh let's start paddling all children who YOU perceive are privileged... Let me tell you what paddling looks like in a small middle Georgia town growing up in the sixties.. Brown vs. Board of Education had not arrived to our small county so there were no black children disproportionately paddled.

Paddling was reserved for the "cotton mill" children, the children whose parents were tenant farmers and and who, themselves, had to pick cotton before they came to school. A paddle never touched the "behind" of the lawyer's son or the schoolteacher's daughter. It was a definite "class" thing - and if you were white trash and you got caught chewing gum - well then you "got it."

It broke my heart to see these kids getting the spirit knocked out of them and interestingly enough, I still am in touch with some. They are now the doctors and lawyers and schoolteachers IN SPITE of being paddled and humiliated, not because...

posted @ Monday, November 4, 2013 - 08:31

Tifton man arrested for bringing gun to Athens school

@lawq: I always thought of him as one of those "lounge lizards" in a leisure suit. But, I never knew he was a convicted felon. At 64, he needs to be easing into Social Security - not looking for an ex-wife that he probably has not seen in decades.

posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:44

Tifton man arrested for bringing gun to Athens school

This guy was a local barfly in Athens in the 1970's. He had a regular job and then he flew off the radar. Now we know where he is. I think he was married several times - wonder which ex-wife he was looking for?

posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 07:09

UGA student who headed fake ID ring violates probation weeks after sentencing

@CharlotteLadyGardner: I agree with you. There are lots of white males at UGA who are not "privileged." However, today's youth of all races appear ENTITLED.
My husband through the years has had many UGA interns. Whereas you or I had a "summer job" and showed up when we were told, some of the interns think that 9:00 means somewhere before lunch. And forget Friday morning - it is a given that there will be way too much partying Thursday night.
On the other hand, the kids from "the projects" are no better or no worse when it comes to punctuality - except when its time to meet "a client" at the Golden Pantry on Jefferson Road to "make a deal."
Moving on to another subject, I have mixed feelings about this particular case. Underage drinking is a CASH COW in this county. The sheriff's office is in bed with the bondsmen and everyone goes home happy except the middle class parents who have to get up in the middle of the night to bail out their stupid ones.
I realize that this defendant's name wants everyone to yell "silver spoon" and "trust fund" - but more than likely, he is named after someone's civil war relative and the father is the manager of Kinko's.

posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 07:03

Attorney claims illegal searches, tactics by Athens police in Emily Bowman hit-and-run

@barryhollander: I agree 100% with you. This is the way the system works. This whole commentary is complete out of control. Speculation about Heaton's "investments" being hidden - folks this family is a middle class working family with no trust funds etc. Just because he appears to be a white male without a mullet, everyone is speculating that somehow he is likened to the Kennedy relative (Skakel) who bought his way into getting a new trial. The attorney is only doing his job here - last time I checked the Constitution everyone is entitled to a defense.
And, if you've never had a child who has a substance abuse problem, you cannot even imagine the heartache that this brings. My son, by the grace of God has not killed or maimed anyone that I know of, but he is lucky that he is still upright. I don't think there is a shred of evidence that the mother hid him from authorities or anything of the sort. This case needs to go through the justice system just the way it is going through and to say that the parents need to also be convicted or shunned or run out of town on a rail is just ridiculous. If you have never walked in these shoes of having a child who is just an effing mess, you have no idea of what these parents have gone through.

posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 09:52

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