Alexia Ridley

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Hurricane Irma hasn’t made land fall in the US yet, but her presence is already being felt in Georgia. Governor Deal has issued a mandatory evacuation order for city of Savannah, other coastal areas, starting Saturday. It covers all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is accepting outdated prescription medications — pills and tablets only.

You can take them to one of ACCPD’s prescription drug drop-off boxes located at the Lexington Road or Mall precincts. 

The department receives large amounts of medications that are no longer needed or that are out of date. Police are accepting prescription tablets/pills in their original containers, plastic bags, or blister and daily packs, but no loose pills.

The Athens-Clarke Police Department is investigating a death at a local hotel.

According to a new release from the department’s Public Information Officer, Epifanio Rodriguez, officers were called to the scene at the Best Western Hotel on Milledge Avenue around 2:00 on Sunday afternoon.

They were informed by housekeeping that they believed one of their guests was deceased in a room. Police say the cause of death is not known at this time and an autopsy will be conducted.

Representative Regina Quick is being tapped to fill a vacancy on the Western Judicial Circuit. Governor Nathan Deal has announced he is appointing Quick to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Judge David Sweat. The appointment will take effect upon Quick’s swearing in. She currently represents District 117, which includes parts of Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, and Oconee counties.

Athens-Clarke County was recently designated a SolSmart community in recognition of it being one of the top 100 communities in the United States working to support the use of solar energy.

SolSmart is an initiative of the International City/County Management Association to recognize the communities adopting programs and practices that make it faster, easier, and cheaper to implement solar.