In the Loop

  • Police: Pedestrian Hit on Prince Was Not in Crosswalk

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    Photo Credit: Google Streetview

    A pedestrian who was hit by a minivan on Friday was not using a nearby crosswalk, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

    The pedestrian, an approximately 51-year-old man with a Honeysuckle Lane address, was crossing Prince Avenue from south to north near the entrance to Dunkin' Donuts at about 8 a.m. Friday when he was hit by an eastbound Honda Odyssey driven by an approximately 41-year-old Athens man, according to a police report.

    "The pedestrian walked into the path of the Odyssey and was struck by [it]," the report says.


  • Podcast: Trump and Country Music

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    In this week's episode cohosts Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg talk about right-wing politics, country music, guns and the terror in Las Vegas.

    This episode was engineered and edited by Brandon Soderberg, with music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra, and the Barnyard Sharks.


  • The Eastside Is Finally Getting an Aldi


    This is what an Aldi looks like.

    German discount grocery store chain Aldi is opening a second Athens location, this one in a shopping center on Gaines School Road near the Cedar Shoals Drive intersection.

    The company filed plans with Athens-Clarke County last week to renovate the 21,000 square-foot space, formerly occupied by Omni Club.

    "At this point, we are working through the process of obtaining permits and hope to begin construction in the next couple months," said Aldi Jefferson Division Vice President Thom Behtz.


  • Photo Gallery: Vulture Day at the Landfill


    Dozens of families gathered at the Athens-Clarke County Landfill on Saturday for the Solid Waste Department's fourth annual Vulture Day.

    The day began with a bird tour guided by the Oconee Rivers Audobon Society. Then, at the landfill's outdoor classroom, Bear Hollow experts gave a presentation on birds of prey. Lenetta Root of Watkinsville and other local artists worked on a mural. Children also had the opportunity to make vulture masks, pose for photos with an inflatable vulture and participate in educational activities, such as learning what "nature's recyclers" eat and how they digest their food.

    Flagpole photo intern Jessica Silverman documented the fun:


  • Democrat Jonathan Wallace Launches State House Campaign


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    Photo Credit: Nate Harris

    Wallace speaks to supporters at his campaign kickoff rally Saturday at the courthouse in Watkinsville.

    Jonathan Wallace hosted supporters across the street from the Oconee County Courthouse Saturday morning to kick off his campaign in the special election to fill Chuck Williams’ vacant District 119 seat.

    Wallace, a software developer and member of the board of directors at the tech incubator Four Athens, spoke briefly, outlining some key advocacy points of his campaign, including internet and health care expansion and education reform.

    "The state tried to take over the control of our locals schools," he told the crowd, referring to the controversial charter-schools amendment that was defeated at the ballot box last year. "That is unacceptable. Running for this position, I will fight to protect our public schools for our kids." Wallace called for an end to "high-stakes testing."


  • Dem Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Evans Touts HOPE Reform in Athens

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    Every time she drives along 316 toward Athens, Stacey Evans feels a slight thrill, remembering when she first came to the University of Georgia from Ringgold. She was the first person in her family to attend college, and she couldn’t have done so without the HOPE Scholarship.

    “This is where life started for me,” she told those attending Thursday’s meeting of the Clarke County Democratic Party. At the university, she became involved with the Young Democrats, thinking that doing so would give her a chance to help families like the one she had come from.

    Evans showed a brief video about her background, including her hardscrabble, rural childhood. Viewers learned that her single mother had her as a teenager, held various menial jobs and went through a series of boyfriends, some abusive, before marrying Evans’ stepfather. Evans moved 16 times as a child, one step ahead of bill collectors.


  • Denson Ousted From Democratic Committee Post

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    After decades of service as a Democrat, Athens Mayor Nancy Denson is no longer a member of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee.

    Members voted Thursday night to remove her after she violated the committee’s bylaws. She did so by hosting a fundraiser for the Republican candidate for House District 117 (formerly held by Regina Quick) though Democrat Deborah Gonzalez is also running.

    Denson has said she understood a special election to be nonpartisan, but candidates are nevertheless required to register with a political party in a “jungle primary,” where all candidates are listed on the ballot together, so she was staging an event for a registered Republican, Houston Gaines. She also contributed $1,000 to his campaign. Gaines was her campaign manager in the 2014 mayoral race.


  • Podcast: Poet Tariq Toure on Colin Kaepernick

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    In this week's episode, Brandon Soderberg talks with poet and activist Tariq Touré about his poem "Colin Kaepernick: For the Love of the Game."

    Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.


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