@ponsoldt: Hearing you state you wouldn't vote for Nancy just makes me wonder about Jim Thompson's column the other day, where he said her re-election is a guarantee. Anyone have any thoughts about the possibility the new kid could get in?posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 15:41
@grove600: And you don't think Normaltown/ Boulevard has the perfect demographics for all those things? You must be confusing this with another part of town.posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:54
@crackerjack: No, there's a large parking lot behind Bottleworks and across the road. Simply cross the street and you're there.
Also, thanks to Hendershots for providing the anchor store needed to make all this happen.posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:51
@Humbucker bob: It is important to note the study was financed and implemented by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an organization which seeks to discredit any of the gains made for legal marijuana.posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 17:21
@barryhollander: And somehow I doubt the word "Misjoinder" was in his vocabulary.posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 17:38
That was a good read. The bumpy road starts when you start cutting into the profits of the oil industry.posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:19
If you must have an opinion, make sure it's one the mainstream media agrees with.posted @ Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 16:38
@Lets Get It Together: Maybe, but somehow I doubt drug dealers are accepting food stamps as payment, so I don't see the point.
The storyline here is that one of the General Assembly's most publicized efforts this year was to drug test food stamp recpients, but not one word about fixing a malfunctioning system.posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 - 16:00
Wait a minute. Wasn't the drive to drug test food stamp recipients one of the big story lines for this year's legislative session? But the fact that the office was malfunctioning never came up?
Or I suppose Obama's just coming after Georgia again, kind of like with the Savannah port deepening funds.posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 - 15:39
@nancy30683: The problem is, that proposal was not practical -- nor would it be practical in downtown Watkinsville, or downtown Winder, or downtown Jefferson. Wal-Marts have historically been developed in rural areas, and this would be a major departure from the norm.
Communities development land use plans for a reason. The west-side Athens Wal-Mart is considered by many an assett to Clarke County. The Epps Bridge Wal-Mart fits perfectly within Oconee County's land use plan. A downtown Watkinsville Wal-Mart would not, and if presented you'd better believe there would be widespread backlash in business-friendly Oconee.
I don't understand the argument that anything, anywhere is always good as long as it expands a tax base.posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 11:19
@nancy30683: I understand the need for an increased tax base, but the transition of downtown into a place where urban dwellers live in significant numbers has been a long time in the making. To me this is better than the housing sprawling into the outskirts.
Maybe the walkable city approach -- tying the North Oconee Greenway into the living areas and close to downtown -- will help minimize that traffic you speak of. Maybe not.
Either way, Wal-Mart didn't pull out because people complained. It pulled out because this was not a workable site.posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:18
Nah. I'll take the student housing project over the Wal-Mart. The Standard looks like an attractive addition to downtown if you ask me. It blends in nicely.posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 15:03
Here's exactly what we should do: NOTHING. Why the hell do we care? We don't and we shouldn't.posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 14:45
@nowheregirl: "I'm sure they'll get off with a slap of the hand."
Easy there tiger this is a family newspaper.posted @ Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 16:47
The "no consequences" statements were completely based on nothing. Ask Nick Marshall, whom Georgia kicked off the team for theft, only so he could transfer to Auburn and lead that team to a national championship game.
You can also ask the ousted Zack Mettenberger, one of the nations best quarterbacks who transferred to LSU and almost beat Georgia, and Isaiah Crowell (not sure where he's at now, but I'm sure he's playing somewhere).
The point is, the serious offenses get serious consequences at Georgia, and they go play somewhere more lenient, where that coach plays the good-guy roll and says he's giving them a second chance.
We'll have to wait and see how this latest thing plays out. My guess is they will miss significant playing time or get kicked out, and rightfully so.posted @ Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:23
@OCCountry: Seriously? I'm pretty sure the thug that carjacks someone is far worse.posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 18:23
I gotta admit, a Taco Bell belch must've been discusting. That would've ticked me off too. He didn't deserve the assault though.posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 18:05
I agree the Athens music scene needs to diversify. There aren't enough metal and hard rock bands here. That segment is totally disenfranchised.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:05
I'm all about using guns for protection, but enough already with the anonymous internet commandos. If this happened at your house you'd run and hide like a little girl.posted @ Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 19:57
He may not be able to decriminalize anything, but could influence police to make it a low priority, kind of like Denver did several years ago before Colorado legalized it.
As long as he doesn't act like too much of a fruitcake, he may actually have a shot. Nancy Denson is very similar to Doc Eldridge, and you may recall he was defeated by the far left's green party-supported candidate -- Heidi Davison. Beware of the runoff.posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 17:10
I'm guessing this is a response to all the varieties of "Bad and Busted" throughout the state. I'm all about open records, but it's only been until very recently that we've had full access to every mugshot with the click of a button.
And neither Bad and Busted, nor this paper, ever follows up on the results of the cases from those posted mugshots. In other words the general public knows about the arrest, but will never find out if the person is proven innocent.posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 - 11:37
@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: I think this would open up the last 3 or 4 miles before the river converges with the Chattahoochee. The upper miles will remain very much exclusive, so I guess you're statement is correct.posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 16:55
@E.J.: Use and preservation are co-dependant. If noone uses it, noone will care to protect it.posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 16:49
Sound like this will open river access back up to the public. River access right of way had been purchased by private landowners to keep canoeists and boaters off the river.posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 12:09
@whatsthepoint: I don't know but it sounds like the Kalisz kid might have been allowed to compete at a time in which he was academically ineligible -- which sounds really odd because he's a swimmer, not a football player. And maybe the coach is under scrutiny because he allowed it to happen.
That's only a guess, and probably incorrect.posted @ Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 11:12
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