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Cine is continuing the celebration of its 30th Anniversary with a day of events on Saturday October 21st. The Wilson Center is bringing Athens native and Hollywood writer and director James Ponsoldt to town.

He will present screenings of “The Spectacular Now”, which he directed and shot in Athens, and “The Last Picture Show.”

“Growing up in Athens, I felt really lucky, in retrospect, to grow up in a community that’s so supportive of the arts and creating a community that supports the life of an artist,” Ponsoldt said.

AthHalf Half Marathon Sunday, October 22

Oct 20, 2017

The 8th Annual AthHalf Half Marathon takes place this weekend. There are some changes to the event. In addition to a news course, due to construction at Sanford Stadium, a 5K has been added. Jill Helm is Executive Director of AthFest Educates.

“We thought we would add a 5K as a way to let family and friends who come out to support their runners also get involved in race weekend,” Helm said. “It’s such this hyper-local event that we wanted to be able to expand it to people who might not care to train for 13.1 miles but are happy to train for 3.1.

2017 Latinx Festival in Athens

Oct 20, 2017

Members of the community are invited to the annual Latinx festival in downtown Athens. The event will feature food, dance, music and other offerings from a wide range of Latin communities, including Aztec, Mexican, Peruvian, and others.

Beto Mendoza is one of the coordinators of the fest.

“Every year we try to share the contributions of the migrant community to Athens, Georgia with food, dance, music” Mendoza said. “We try to do the most representative performance we can have.”

Georgia Lawmaker Asks About Quarantining HIV Patients

Oct 20, 2017

A Georgia state lawmaker who is married to former U.S. health secretary Tom Price asked during a legislative committee meeting about the possibility of quarantining people with HIV.
State Rep. Betty Price, a Republican whose district includes parts of Atlanta's northern suburbs, asked the head of the Georgia Department of Public Health's HIV Epidemiology Section at Tuesday's meeting about stopping the spread of HIV — the virus that causes AIDS.

Two Men Charged After Shooting Incident Near Madision County School Bus

Oct 20, 2017

The Madison County Sheriffs' Office is investigating after an altercation between two men included shots being fired while a school bus loaded with children was in the area of Honeysuckle Road and Jack Sharp Road.

According to Online Athens Madison County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jeff Vaughn said Friday that investigators consulted with the district attorney’s office before filing the charges.

Robert Marcus Jones, 41, of Colbert, was charged with trespassing and simple assault.

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