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More than a dozen Athens-area public schools made the cut on two state Department of Education list of the state's best-performing schools. Eleven area schools made the state's list of highest-performing schools, including seven in Jackson County's three school districts.
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A Clarke County grand jury last week indicted two men on charges related to a crime spree undertaken last month in east Athens. The men allegedly committed a home invasion, armed robberies, kidnappings and other offenses.
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The University of Georgia is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with events hosted by Multicultural Services and Programs and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute. The month-long celebration is observed now until Oct. 15, but events in the Athens area will continue through Nov. 1. It honors the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the U.S. while highlighting the diverse heritage and cultures of Latin America.
The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy recently named Ray Maddox as assistant dean to oversee the development of the college's new southeast Georgia campus in Savannah, an expansion of the college's 2+2 program. Students take courses in Athens for the first two years of pharmacy school and finish their degree requirements with two years of training in one of three places - Athens, Augusta or Albany.
College athletes have an average literacy level of a junior high reader, but one football player is striving to improve his reading skills. University of Georgia Bulldogs' star wide receiver has been meeting with a women's book club to improve his reading level, after being sidelined due to injury, according to WTSP .
An alleged assault Sunday afternoon at a mobile home off Lexington Road led to charges being filed against one man, and to plans for taking out a warrant against his twin brother, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report. Police said they arrested one of the brothers, 39-year-old Robert Greg Lee, and will seek warrants for William Craig Lee.
Athens-Clarke County police said they are searching for two suspects in the theft of an elderly woman's credit cards that were subsequently used for an expensive shopping spree. Credit cards from the 77-year-old victim's stolen wallet were used the same day to make purchases at businesses on Epps Bridge Parkway, including Lowe's, Best Buy and The Home Depot, according to police.
Athens-Clarke County police said they arrested on Friday an alleged gun-toting gang member during the Clarke Central-Cedar Shoals football game at Cedar Shoals High School. Shaddrick Demerious Cox, 18, of Gretchen Lane, was said by police to be associated with a gang whose members were responsible for a fatal drive-by shooting in May. He was detained at the high school Friday night because police said he had previously been barred from all Clarke County School District property.
Kay Elizabeth Rogers and James William Childers were united in marriage at 6 p.m. on May 31, 2014, at Cloverleaf Farm, in Arnoldsville. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Thomas Hayden Rogers Jr. and Dr. Cynthia Mercer Rogers, of Athens.
The Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services will present the "Viva Mexico!" Happy Mexican Independence Day 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated in Mexico with parades, fiestas, fireworks and picnics.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following biography was submitted by Frances Gibson, owner of Dover Grace Alternative Boutique in Watkinsville, as part of her new campaign "You Matter." The campaign is an effort to promote positive self-esteem in women of all ages and to encourage them not to feel pressured to conform to society's constricting definition of beauty.
The Oconee County Code Enforcement Office issued a building permit on Thursday for construction of the 70-unit Thrive Senior Living facility on Virgil Langford Road in Resurgence Park. Construction of the $6 million, upscale, assisted living facility to be known as The Village at Athens is expected to begin in two weeks and be completed by the end of July of 2015, according to the building permit.
Kevin Jones has started the new school year as principal of Winston Dowdell Academy, the school system's high school alternative school. Jones who has been Assistant Principal at East Coweta High School for the past two years was named by the Board of Education in August to the position.
The 49ers completed day two of their fall tournament openers. The 49ers are competing in the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Georgia and the Duke Fab Four Invite in Cary, North Carolina.
A 50-year-old man called police Friday to report he was assaulted by a black male with a handgun in the area of Cook and Washington drives. According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, police met the man at his home on Washington Drive.
A 72-year-old Athens resident called police Friday to report thousands of dollars worth of items were stolen from her home on Evergreen Drive. According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, the woman reported the residence was broken into between noon Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday.
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