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Juvenile-justice reforms show results, officials say

That's odd, I just went to a seminar where the main topic was how the juvenile justice system is overwhelmed with all the extra work -- or course all the new attorneys and guardian ad litems are paid for by the county, so I guess the state is saving money.

posted @ Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 17:01 by: The Oracle of t...

The fight of his life: Athens boxer Tim Hall salvages career to provide for daughter

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] - Congratualations on a well researched, well written turnaround story, Fletcher.
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What he said.

Glad to see the ABH published a well written, well researched feature piece. Glad the ABH provided the support to the writer.

Good luck to Tim Hall.

posted @ Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 16:41 by: The Oracle of t...

Former Oconee County Sheriff Charles Holcomb dies

Sheriff Holcomb was a fine man.

Oconee County was extremely fortunate to have him as its chief law enforcement officer in transitional times.

It is a real credit to him that in a period where there was a great racial divide in similar sized counties all across the south, he was respected by persons of all races in Oconee County Georgia.

He was one of the last sheriffs I knew who would follow the old practice of contacting a defendant or his family when he had a warrant, tell them to turn themselves in, and wait for them to show up at the jail. No swat team, no armored vehicle.

Just a fine gentleman in all senses of the word.

posted @ Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 22:22 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens employees witnesses argument involving gun

"Athens employees witnesses argument involving gun"

Well, I see the crack team of ABH headline writers are back from the holiday.

posted @ Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 21:23 by: The Oracle of t...

South Carolina man jumped by UGA fans

Drug dealers disguised as drug dealers.

2:15 a.m., and Thomas and Clayton, and you just stop and chat up about the SC beat down.

Don't think so.

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 13:35 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens-Clarke police officer shot while responding to domestic dispute

[quote][b]Joe Johnson[/b] - @Swami-108: http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-08-11/tired-fighting-offenders-a...
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Thanks for the link, Joe. Reading the comments sure brought back memories of the old gang,

I wish you had time to follow up on my suggestion to find out what the cost (workers comp, lost time) is from all the officer fights.

Maybe a follow up on why no K-9?

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 11:51 by: The Oracle of t...

Defendant in Emily Bowman hit-and-run loses bid to suppress evidence

Plus this worthless POS doesn't have two dimes to rub together, so mommy and daddy are paying his lawyers bills, which probably are going to be $50K plus.

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 10:22 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens-Clarke police officer shot while responding to domestic dispute

This is going to happen when you use plastic guns with no safeties.

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 09:46 by: The Oracle of t...

Defendant in Emily Bowman hit-and-run loses bid to suppress evidence

http://time.com/3197033/dad-acquitted-shooting-drunk-driver/

Just saying.

And supposedly his father is an educator. Some really good values passed on there.

Especially like that part about wiping the cell phone when he was too drunk to drive -- just wonder who helped him with that.

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 09:40 by: The Oracle of t...

Largest Kroger in Georgia opened Wednesday in north Athens

[quote][b]barryhollander[/b] - @The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: Ah, I've never used the Kroger pharmacy at all. I also visit the eastside Publix, but not as often. Love the store. Can't afford it.
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Here's your customer service for you. After calling the pharmacy and getting no response, and then calling the store manager (who apparently has no control over the pharmacy), I am advised thusly.

Although I have called Wal Mart and posted the information above, which the entire world can verify, Kroger can only "price match" if I go to the store and stand there while they call Wal Mart. For some reason, Kroger can't just call Wal Mart without moi there, which at some level should be flattering.

The excuse is that I have to bring in my receipts to show how much I overpaid for the Kroger drugs, because apparently they have no record. And I own a bridge in Brooklyn.

Normally I would relish such an opportunity but right now I'm working a contract position in Atlanta, where I leave at 6:00 in the morning, and get home about 8;00 in the evening. Obviously everyone's time at Kroger is more valuable than my time.

It's just really apparent that despite the representations, no one in Kroger management gives a damm.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 21:14 by: The Oracle of t...

Largest Kroger in Georgia opened Wednesday in north Athens

[quote][b]barryhollander[/b] - @Youmustbekidding: You must be kidding. Been using Kroger on the eastside for, heck, as long as it's been there. Nice folks, good service.
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By and large I like the eastside Kroger, spend several hundred dollars a month there.

BUT

Today I got really ripped off in the pharmacy.

I'm private pay (self pay), and I can pay for my own prescriptions. Today I got a couple refilled that seemed a little high, and so when I got home. I called the Lexington Rd. Wally World. The difference is not insignificant. I don't mind paying Kroger a little extra for the convenience, but more than twice is not "convenient."

Wal Mart was substantially cheaper. I called Kroger because I knew that they PRICED MATCHED local stores. I asked for a refund. I left a number, which I was assured would be called right back as soon as they called Wally World (as if they didn't already know). I even offered to give them the number to Wal Mart.

So like the tried and true, bathroom wall doggerel, here I sit broken hearted. Apparently Kroger doesn't care that they are ripping off a good customer. No call back.

Lest one thinks this is another internet "choking Doberman" story, check it out yourself.

Atorvastatin (generic Lipitor), 80 mg, 30 tabs, Kroger, $81.06. Wal Mart, $30.00

Diltiazem, 120 mg. Kroger, 30 tabs, $40.39, Wal Mart $22.38

Total difference $70.10 PER MONTH -- a lot of money for drive up convenience.

I shall follow up with some other apothecaries and report back.

Like I say, I'm use to paying for my own medical care, and getting ripped off doing it, but even us suckers have our limits.

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 20:32 by: The Oracle of t...

Man accused in investment fraud with Jim Donnan to be sentenced

Apparently 12 jurors who actually heard all the evidence believed them, and that's what counts, isn't it.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:36 by: The Oracle of t...

Couple hospitalized after Athens wreck

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - She never had patients who actually hit the deer.
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Your point is generally well taken. But there was a woman who was killed in Oconee County several years ago when she hit a deer and it came through the windshield.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:20 by: The Oracle of t...

Couple hospitalized after Athens wreck

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - She never had patients who actually hit the deer.
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Your point is generally well taken. But there was a woman who was killed in Oconee County several years ago when she hit a deer and it came through the windshield.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:19 by: The Oracle of t...

GA board reinstates gun rights to convicted felons

[quote][b]proftom[/b] - @jtsim: No, you are not the only one.
I wonder if their voting rights were also restored in this process?
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Voting rights are restored automatically upon completion of their sentence.

Ergo, anyone who completed their sentence 5 years ago has been able to vote for 5 years without anyone doing anything.

What's interesting about this process is that the action of this Georgia Board does not necessarily restore the felon's rights to own or purchase a gun, which is controlled by federal law.

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 09:40 by: The Oracle of t...

Kinnucan's holding grand opening today

Well, if you're going to go to all the trouble to give them a free ad, you could at least tell what they sell, make, do, or whatever.

Kinnucan's isn't right up there with Wal Mart on the public consciousness.

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:46 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @observer1948: Maybe the solution is to take in a specific number of immigrants, and offer in trade an equal number of the parasites we already have. We can start with Tent City. If the IRC will accept an equal number of the poor we already have, we should be glad to trade them for fresh immigrants who will hopefully become productive citizens. I think I'll forward my plan to the mayor for consideration.
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That's actually a great idea. Work it like a baseball trade -- 150 folks from Bethel Homes for 150 refugees to be named later.

Maybe just do a work around of IRC -- go straight to Iraq and offer them 150 from Bethel Homes for 150 malcontents.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 13:09 by: The Oracle of t...

State school board allows exemptions for bake-sale fundraisers

Odd, isn't it, that it's not “ an absolute overreach of the federal government” for the federal government to fund school lunch and breakfasts, but it is “an absolute overreach of the federal government” to say what food the schools can serve.

If local control is such a big issue, all the schools have to do is quit suckling on the government teat, and then they can serve what they want when they want -- which is what private schools do. They can serve them baloney sandwiches on white bread with a side of Cheetos, and a Moon Pie for dessert, every day

Of course, no politician in recent times has ever been embarrassed by the hypocrisy of stuffing federal money into his pockets while complaining about "them folks in Washington" and "their overbearing rules denying good folks like us local control."

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:58 by: The Oracle of t...

Bus driver cleared in fare issue

Further review showed that was actually missing was the other modals that make the center multi.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 20:45 by: The Oracle of t...

Man claiming to be Marine questions service of wrong Athens cop

Congratulations to Sgt. Gale for getting back on the street. I admire her perseverance and dedication. Keep up the good work.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 16:07 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] - Should have thought of that before you concentrated all the public housing in the region in one community. [/quote]

That's not ACC's fault.

I'm not even sure refugees are eligible for public housing.

That information (including Section 8 (dumazz smiley, EIGHT)) would be an interesting followup.

Interesting that Jubliee Partners, which has a proven record of dealing with refugees, and integrating them into the community, seems to be out of the loop.

So can just anyone work out a deal with the federal gov't and plop down a bunch of refugees anywhere they want to?

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:42 by: The Oracle of t...

Family Dollar rebuffing Dollar General takeover bid

There will be rejoicing in households all across China.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:22 by: The Oracle of t...

Suspects in standoff with Athens police surrender

Good job, Joe, getting this out and online so fast.

Way to stay on top of things.

posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:37 by: The Oracle of t...

UGA student found passed out on park bench downtown

@La[quote][b]barryhollander[/b] - The lack of a name may have to do with him being hospitalized and will be charged later. And for fun, you can tell the students have returned. Go to the UGA police log and read the second table of, yes, public urination, arrests. Sigh. http://bit.ly/1mY3vjz
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When Joe Johnson does the police blotter, he typically does not name underage persons whose only offense is alcohol related. When he is not on duty, it's that policy is inconsistently applied, which seems to be unfair to the person named.

@LaMaReaRoja

You're exactly correct. The writing level at the ABH is pretty miserable given the venue.

posted @ Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 12:26 by: The Oracle of t...

Two people charged with burglarizing Athens convenience store to steal vodka

Since when did convenience stores start selling liquor? Maybe there's something else the police need to investigate.

If this place is selling liquor it has to close at all sorts of times, which it doesn't (election days for example).

posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:53 by: The Oracle of t...

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