Local News

Georgia Veterans Cemetery to Expand in Milledgeville

Jul 20, 2017

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service has been awarded a $2.4 million grant to help expand the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville.

Officials say the project will develop about 15 acres and ultimately serve 105,326 veterans and their families.

Dan Holtz, assistant commissioner for administration, health and memorials, says the expansion will include the construction of 1,520 pre-placed crypts, 320 columbarium niches, roads, landscaping, irrigation and supporting infrastructure.

ACC Library

The Athens-Clarke County Library is hosting a program for grandparents who are raising grandchildren on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. Two speakers from the Athens Community Council on Aging, Paige Powell and Kelli McCain, will share coping methods as well as resources available through the ACCA to the attendees.

Reception for Retiring Judge David Sweat

Jul 19, 2017

A reception is being held for Chief Superior Court Judge David Sweat Thursday afternoon. Sweat is retiring July 31 and Governor Nathan Deal will appoint an interim judge to serve the remainder of Sweat’s term, which expires on December 31, 2018. Sweat was elected in 2002. During his nearly 15-year tenure, he created a Treatment and Accountability Court.

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According to a study published today in the journal Science Advances, humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s.

This study is the first global analysis of the production, use and fate of all plastics ever made. Researchers working on this project are scientists from the University of Georgia, the University of California, Santa Barbara and Sea Education Association.

Oconee County Considers Demolishing Old Jail

Jul 19, 2017
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Commissioners for Oconee County are considering a plan to tear down the old, unused jail tucked at the rear of the existing courthouse in Watkinsville.

John Daniell, Oconee County Board of Commissioners Chairman, proposed the plan at the end of a Town Hall Meeting held by the Commissioners Thursday night. In addition to tearing down the old jail, Daniell mentioned that the county should build an addition to the courthouse where the old jail now sits.