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November 21st Podcast

Hello and welcome to the Athens News podcast, I’m Melissa Carter.  The death of a beloved First Lady … and history about to be made by the Georgia Bulldogs, but first … Here are your top stories brought to you by Drake Realty.

Athens News


Jake Maxwell, a 22-year-old from Athens, has been convicted for his role in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. 


Maxwell faced charges related to physically confronting officers at the West Plaza during the assault. 


Although found guilty on three counts, including obstructing law enforcement, entering a restricted building, and disruptive conduct, he was acquitted on four other charges, specifically those related to attacking officers. 


Maxwell is scheduled for sentencing on February 22nd.


This from WSB.

Athens News


Over 50 churches in North Georgia and metro Atlanta are set to leave the United Methodist Church by the end of this month. The decision, affecting a total of 265 congregations, comes after a vote to dis-affiliate due to a longstanding split over LGBTQ issues.

The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church ratified the dis-affiliation requests of 261 churches during a special session on November 18th.

Dis-affiliated churches locally include:


New Prospect UMC

St James UMC

Young Harris Memorial UMC


The departure of these churches, effective November 30th, marks a significant moment for the denomination. 

Church leaders expressed sadness, calling it a "solemn day" in a news release. 

Following the exit, these congregations are no longer permitted to use the "United Methodist" name or logo.

This from Now Habersham.

Athens News


Former first lady Rosalynn Carter passed away over the weekend, at the age of 96. 

The Carter Center confirmed her peaceful passing at her home in Plains, Georgia, Sunday afternoon, surrounded by family.

Mrs. Carter, diagnosed with dementia six months ago, had entered hospice care at home. 

A staunch mental health advocate, she continued her work even after leaving the White House, leaving a lasting impact on awareness and legislation.

Married to President Jimmy Carter for over 77 years, the Carters devoted their lives to public service, founding the nonprofit Carter Center in 1982. 

The Carters' legacy lives on in Plains, Georgia, where a road, the "Rosalynn Carter Trail," was dedicated in her honor.

This from WSB.


The Bulldogs are on the verge of history, and a little help with your holiday travel, but first…

Social Media 

From the Athens-Clarke County News Facebook Page:

A University of Georgia student faces serious charges following a grand jury indictment. 


Felix Nguyen is accused of an armed robbery and stabbing of fellow UGA student, Alexander Lilly. 


The incident occurred during a drug deal at Waterbury Apartments in October. 


Nguyen allegedly fled with stolen marijuana after stabbing Lilly five times. 


The 20-year-old suspect was swiftly apprehended by UGA Police, and now faces charges including aggravated assault, armed robbery, and felony marijuana possession. 


His arraignment is scheduled for December 19th in Superior Court.


Aunty Lib said: Good.


Izzy Mendalbaum responded:  Dude.  Not good.  Look where this got you! Pay the man, get out, go home, don’t come back!

UGA News


A fight erupted at Brumby Hall, resulting in two UGA students hospitalized. 


Four visitors, including two from Georgia Southern University, clashed with UGA students on the fifth floor. 


Reports suggest a potential firearm was involved, used to inflict injuries on the victims, leaving one unable to communicate properly. 


The UGA Police, aided by a Snapchat tracking tool, located the suspects. 


Warrants for felony aggravated battery were issued, and the attackers are barred from UGA campus for two years.


This from the Red & Black.

UGA Sports


From the Red & Black:


The Georgia Bulldogs extend their win streak to an impressive 28 games after their defeat of Tennessee in Knoxville.  This streak joins the ranks of Alabama. 


With 37 consecutive regular season victories and 27 straight SEC regular season wins, the Bulldogs are on the verge of matching a 1970s Alabama record. 


Georgia eyes another milestone, aiming for the first three-year undefeated regular season streak in college football history with a win against Georgia Tech this weekend in Atlanta.


Kick-off Saturday night is at 7:30.

Athens News

Attention holiday travelers! Navigating Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this season demands strategic planning. 


With parking shortages, security lines exceeding an hour, and construction causing disruptions, here's your guide for a smooth journey. 


Arrive 3 hours early during peak times, brace for parking challenges due to ongoing construction, and check bag lines. 


Security may be time-consuming with lane closures and upgrades. 


Consider alternative parking options or use MARTA. 


For a stress-free experience, make parking reservations, utilize off-airport lots, and stay updated on security wait times. 


Pack snacks, as concessions may have long lines. Stay informed and plan ahead for a hassle-free holiday travel experience at the world's busiest airport.


This from the AJC.

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