Walton County, GAvaldostatoday.com

GBI assists in Walton County, GA death investigation

The GBI was requested by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a death investigation. On August 2, 2021, Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a deceased man located inside a residence on Jersey Social Circle Road, Covington, Walton County, GA. The deceased man had been discovered by the property’s landlord. It is not known how long the man has been deceased. The body will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsy. Positive identification and notification of next-of-kin is pending.
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Athens, GAFOX Carolina

Police seize Fentanyl-laced hard candy disguised as gummy bears

ATHENS, GA (FOX Carolina) - Police are stressing the danger of laced candy after Fentanyl-laced hard candy was found by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. According to the department, Jolly Rancher candy was melted, infused with Fentanyl and reformed into gummy bear shapes. Police mentioned that these Fentanyl-laced products are...
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Athens, GAAthens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke police looking for driver of SUV that hit and injured bicyclist

Athens-Clarke police are searching for the driver of a mid-size SUV that hit and injured a bicyclist Saturday night on Tallassee Road. The 67-year-old Athens man told police that after he was struck by the vehicle’s passenger-side mirror, the SUV “never slowed down or stopped.”. The incident occurred about 11...
Athens, GAAthens Banner-Herald

Drug unit seizes candy laced with fentanyl during search of Athens home

Candies infused with a potentially deadly opioid drug was seized recently in Athens prompting Athens-Clarke police to issue a warning to the public. The bag of more than 500 pieces of candy infused with fentanyl was recovered last week at an undisclosed location by the Northeast Georgia Drug Task Force, police Lt. Shaun Barnett said Wednesday.
Athens, GAAthens Banner-Herald

Athens commissioners pass homeless encampment location, COVID-19 measures and more

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commission on Tuesday night held its monthly regular commission meeting, voting to approve a homeless encampment, nondiscrimination ordinance, and several COVID-19 related measures. Homeless encampment. Commissioners voted to approve the North Athens School on Barber Street as the spot for the government-sanctioned homeless encampment. The...
Athens, GAUS News and World Report

Athens Approves Site for Government-Sanctioned Homeless Camp

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Local leaders in Athens have decided on a site for a government-sanctioned homeless camp. The Athens-Clarke County Commission on Tuesday voted to approve the North Athens School as the spot for the encampment. The vote was tied - with five commissioners for it and five against....
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NE Ga police blotter: meth bust in Lumpkin Co, robbery suspect ID’d in Elbert Co

A man from Jefferson County is identified as the suspect in the July 24 armed robbery of a pharmacy in Elbert County: Willie Bradford is 53 years old, from Wrens. He was, at last report, still at-large. The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office says he handed a note to a worker at a CVS pharmacy in Elberton, claiming to have a gun. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen; no injuries were reported.
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Road closure in Barrow Co

There is an ongoing road closure in Barrow County: a stretch of Sims Road from Hog Mountain Road to Doster Road is expected to remain closed through Friday. Crews are working on culvert installation. A detour takes traffic onto Lackey Road in Barrow County. From the Barrow Co government website…
Clarke County, GAflagpole.com

Commission Reinstates Mask Ordinance as Delta Cases Rise

Athens-Clarke County’s mask ordinance took effect this morning once again after commissioners unanimously renewed it. The commission allowed the ordinance to lapse in May, but after being very low all summer, the COVID-19 infection rate has skyrocketed in recent weeks. There were 82 confirmed cases in Clarke County on Tuesday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the most since Jan. 28. Local hospitals’ intensive care units are filling up with COVID patients again and are now nearly full.
Clarke County, GAwuga.org

Clarke County Students Head Back to School Amid Rising COVID Numbers

Nearly 12,500 students were due back in Clarke County schools today. Due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, low vaccination rates among eligible children, and CDC recommendations among other concerns, all students, staff and visitors are required to masks while inside any district building. It’s a decision former Emergency Room...
Georgia Statedawgnation.com

4 biggest Georgia football question marks entering fall practices

ATHENS — Georgia football practice starts this week with players likely ready to put what has been a grueling offseason of conditioning behind them. There are two predominant approaches to evaluating a team entering a season: Finding reasons a team will win, or finding a reason a team will lose.
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The Times

Why Athens route is preferred over Hall County for high-speed rail

Hall County appears out of the running for proposed high-speed passenger rail between Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. Officials now favor a route running through Athens that “best meets the purpose and need of the project” in several ways, including that it “would improve overall regional connectivity,” according to a June report by the Georgia Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Transportation.
Athens, GAAlbany Herald

Participants explore all things poultry at Avian Academy

ATHENS -- Agriculture and science educators from around the state participated in the University of Georgia's 2021 Avian Academy program to learn about the state's No. 1 industry through hands-on labs led by teaching faculty in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Hosted by the Department of Poultry Science...