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Letter from Harry Sims Campaign to Athens 4 Everyone

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A letter to the members of Athens For Everyone

From Harry Sims.

One of the things teachers dislike hearing is a student (or their parent) saying they think their grade was unfair. I should know- I spent nearly 30 years in the classroom and while I was fair, I also had elevated expectations for my young students. On the occasion that they did not meet those expectations, I sometimes was told I had given an unfair grade.

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It was a full house at WUGA’s mayoral debate held at the Athens Regional Library Tuesday night.


Candidates Richie Knight, Harry Sims, and Kelly Girtz answered questions from WUGA listeners and well as a panel of local journalists consisting of Blake Aued from Flagpole, Lee Shearer from the Athens Banner-Herald and Ashley Soriano from The Red and Black.


Retired educator William Breeding attended the event.


Leapfrog Group

The state’s hospitals have improved in safety ratings.


Fifteen Georgia hospitals scored an “A’’ grade on patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Group report.


The ratings, released Tuesday, showed that 21 percent of hospitals evaluated in the state got a top grade. That’s a slightly higher percentage for Georgia hospitals than in the Leapfrog rankings issued last fall, but it trails the national average of 30 percent getting “A” grades.

UGA students, faculty and staff members who have died in the past year will be honored in a candlelight memorial service tomorrow. 


24 members of the UGA community have passed away since last April. They’re going to be honored in a candlelight ceremony on the steps of the UGA Chapel Thursday night at 7 p.m.


The names of each of the nine students, and 15 faculty and staff members will be read out loud. Then the Chapel Bell will toll and a candle for each will be lit.


Full House for WUGA's Mayoral Debate at Athens Library

18 hours ago
Photo courtesy Chris Shupe

WUGA held a mayoral debate at the Athens Regional Library Tuesday night.

Candidates Richie Knight, Harry Sims, and Kelly Girtz took part in the event which featured questions submitted by WUGA listeners as well as those from a panel of local journalists. William Breeding is a retired educator who attended the debate.

“Well, I think we have three good candidates and regardless of who wins I think we’ll be in pretty good hands from the answers they gave tonight,” according to Breeding.  

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Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump's embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit.

In a statement Thursday morning, Jackson said, "Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity."

Even now, 10 years later, park ranger Andrea Moore remembers the familiar smell in the air that told her it was going to be a good hunt — a damp, sweet smell. It was a mix of rotting bark with an undercurrent of rebirth as trees begin to grow new leaves, while dead ones still litter the terrain.

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