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Georgia House of Representatives

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.

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.