Alexia Ridley

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The Great American Solar Eclipse is now over. Athens residents and people around the state joined millions across the country for the first total eclipse we’ve had in nearly a century. Organizers held an eclipse ‘blackout’ in Sanford Stadium and provided free certified eclipse glasses for the first ten thousand guests. Early estimates show the turnout was much larger.

Members of the UGA women’s basketball team, including sophomore, Stephanie Paul, helped to hand out eclipse glasses to attendees.


Many school systems are delaying dismissals on Monday due to the eclipse. Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Madison, Oglethorpe, and Oconee counties are having late dismissals. Jackson County schools are holding their eclipse viewing activities inside. A post on the system’s Facebook page says the change comes in the wake of media reports concerning potentially unsafe eclipse glasses. Elementary school students will be dismissed at 3:15, while middle and high school students will be released on their normal schedules.



A coalition of law enforcement agencies executed six search warrants in Northeast Georgia at businesses accused of providing cash payouts for gaming machines. 

Businesses in Athens, Carlton, Comer, and Hull were searched.


A new, 90-minute documentary focuses on how Athens shed its small-town, conservative southern roots to become the city it is today.

Local film producers Kathy Prescott and Grady Thrasher are premiering their latest work, “Athens in Our Lifetimes” Wednesday evening at Cine. Prescott calls the film a labor of love.