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November 8th Podcast

Hello and welcome to the Athens News podcast, I’m Melissa Carter.  Athens-Clarke County Police need your help in solving a case … and Athens will be the hot spot for college football this weekend, but first…Here are your top stories brought to you by Drake Realty.

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It’s Election day, and with it brings a crucial race in Athens-Clarke County as the spotlight shines on the Clerk of Court contest. Eleesa Zaratay, the incumbent appointed to the role, faces off against Andrew Griffeth, who boasts a decade of experience in the office.

This election seeks to fill the unexpired term of Beverly Logan, who stepped down in May, with the term concluding on December 31, 2024.

Meanwhile, in Watkinsville, Mayor Brian Brodrick runs unopposed, while council seats see contested races between Chuck Garrett, Rebecca Billings, Connie Massey, and Carolyn Maultsby.

In Winterville, Mayor Dodd FARE-ell runs unopposed. Multiple candidates vie for two full four-year term council seats, and another candidate, Tina Mills, is the sole contender for an unexpired seat.

Lastly, in North High Shoals, Mayor Stephen Goad, as well as council members Fred Johnson and Eric Carlton, run unopposed, ensuring a sense of unity in these positions.

This from the Athens Banner Herald.


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The Athens-Clarke County Regional Library System (ARLS) has found itself under scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

A press release from ARLS indicated potential noncompliance issues with the IRS, prompting swift action. On October 19, the ARLS Board of Trustees made the decision to resolve the unpaid taxes and penalties by paying all assessed penalties to the IRS.

The trouble began when the IRS alerted the library system earlier this year, highlighting improper tax filing procedures and a remaining tax balance.

The ARLS disclosed that they owe $98,000, though there's a possibility of an $8,500 abatement. These financial discrepancies span several years, but there's no suspicion of malicious intent. Most errors resulted from delayed or late submissions.

ARLS has taken proactive measures to prevent such errors in the future. They've revamped their business office and welcomed a new business manager approved by the Board of Trustees. They've enlisted the services of Automatic Data Processing (ADP) for tax filings and payroll. A thorough review of policies and procedures is ongoing to ensure compliance.

ARLS is actively working to address the issue and ensure the continued availability of their vital services to the public.

This from the Red and Black.

Athens News


A fatal incident unfolded last week when a car collision claimed the life of a man as he, along with others, attempted to cross a busy highway.

According to authorities, a 2008 GMC Acadia, driven by 42-year-old David Edwards, struck a group of pedestrians around 8 p.m. Thursday. The group had been crossing Highway 29 from the Valero gas station to the Texaco on the other side.

The impact left 44-year-old Michael Wilson and 33-year-old Brittany Streetman injured. Tragically, Wilson succumbed to his injuries after being rushed to the hospital. Streetman, however, declined medical treatment.

As the investigation unfolds, it remains unclear if the driver, David Edwards, will face any charges.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Athens-Clarke County police.


This from WSB-TV

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With the end of Daylight Saving Time over the weekend, darkness now comes earlier in the evenings. While the change in time is known to disrupt sleep patterns, it can also be an extra hazard to drivers. A new study examining state Department of Transportation crash data warns that dark hours are the most deadly for drivers this time of year. And we’re not talking afternoon rush-hour.  For those with overnight shifts, 2am is the worst time to be on the road.  The safest times? 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. when the sun rises.


This from the AJC.

UGA News


Now news from the University of Georgia Main Library! The DigiLab has undergone a transformation, offering enhanced flexibility for diverse collaboration styles. This revamped space is now open for use.

Camie Williams, from UGA University Libraries, shared that the lab's redesign welcomes multiple users, even during busy classroom workshops.

The lab has been accessible since early September, with ongoing minor renovations. Upcoming workshops can be found on the DigiLab events page.

The DigiLab's core mission is to assist UGA students and faculty in integrating digital tools into their research. Initially focused on digital humanities, it's now broadening its reach. Nonetheless, it remains a vital resource for humanities and social sciences students and faculty.

UGA's plans include extending data services to the McBay Science Library, supporting research in computational and data sciences, life sciences, and engineering.

The DigiLab offers individual consultations every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for walk-in discussions on digital tools.

This from the Red and Black.

UGA News


The annual basketball game between the University of Georgia chapters of Alpha Epsilon Pi and Tau Epsilon Phi has brought the community together.

This weekend's game raised an impressive $24,000 for the American Friends of Magen David Adom, an Israeli aid organization. Magen David Adom, often called the Israeli Red Cross, has been providing essential aid to Israel since 1930.

UGA's Sigma Delta Tau and Hillel joined the cause, contributing to the fundraising efforts over three weeks leading up to the game. Tickets were available for just $5, and there was a chance to win a football signed by Kirby Smart with raffle tickets also priced at $5 for three.

This from the Red and Black

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Speaking of sports…In the world of college football, Georgia's victory over Missouri was hardly a moment to savor. The Bulldogs had barely caught their breath before the eyes of the nation turned to their next challenge.

Following the 30-21 Bulldog triumph, ESPN's College GameDay announced they're heading to Athens for the Georgia Ole Miss showdown on November 11th.

It's shaping up to be another epic clash, with both teams ranked in the top 10. Georgia sits at number two, while Ole Miss is currently holding the 10th spot.

This from the Red and Black.

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