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Police have 'grave concerns' for fate of missing Athens men

One month after two missing Athens were last seen, the lead investigator on the case said Friday that he had “grave concerns” about what may have happened to Joshua Lee Jackson and Derrick Davion Ruff.


Police: 2 Athens bars served underage customers

Employees of two downtown bars face possible charges for selling alcohol to underage customers, Athens-Clarke County police said. During a series of compliance checks, plainclothes officers entered Whiskey Bent and Bourbon Street on East Clayton Street and monitored two underage operatives as they e


Rain, storms, flurries this weekend in north Georgia

A powerful weather system will sweep through north Georgia this weekend, bringing rain, isolated storms, very cold temperatures and even flurries to north Georgia. After dense fog Friday morning, conditions have improved in metro Atlanta for the afternoon and evening.

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Teen's car vandalized in Athens

An 18-year-old Clarke Gardens resident reported his car was vandalized while parked at the Publix shopping center on Barnett Shoals Road, Athens-Clarke County police said. The teen said he parked the car there the night of Jan. 12 because the vehicle was having unspecified problems and when he retur


Georgia Sheriff: Angry Waffle House patron throws drink at worker

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — A sheriff's office in Georgia says a woman threw a soft drink at a Waffle House worker who put her change on the counter instead of in her hand. The Covington News reports the Newton County Sheriff's Office says the woman was angry about the placement of her change and threw th


Athens man arrested following car wreck

A Gretchen Lane man was arrested Jan. 13 following a car accident at East Broad and Thomas streets, Athens-Clarke County police said. The man had an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and he told officers he thought that he was in his own driveway, according to police.


2 arrested for entering vehicles at west Athens apartment complex

Athens-Clarke County police on Tuesday nabbed two alleged thieves after they were seen looking for unlocked vehicles in a parking lot at a westside apartment complex. The incident occurred about 4:35 a.m. when a resident of The Bluffs at Epps Bridge called 911 to report seeing the suspects pulling o


Top 5 things to do in Athens this weekend

As the first weekend of the semester approaches, The Red & Black has compiled a list of the need-to-know events happening on campus and throughout the city for the next four days.


Athens police blotter: $2,400 worth of clothes shoplifted, license plate stolen and more

Two women stole approximately 50 items of clothing from Belk in the Georgia Square Mall on Jan. 8 around 7:20 p.m., according to an Athens-Clarke County police report. The suspects exited without purchasing the “high-end clothing” from brands such as Columbia, Nike and Under Armour. The clothing was


Diner leaves Athens restaurant without paying

A diner at China Star Buffet on Atlanta Highway left Sunday evening without paying for her meal valued at $13.70, Athens-Clarke County police said. The suspect, described as a female Hispanic teenager, entered the restaurant with three other people, all of whom paid for their meals, according to pol


Athens resident says sister stole her paycheck

A 16-year-old Harvest Way resident reported her older sister stole her paycheck made out for $223.34 and cashed it at a convenience store on Newton Bridge Road, Athens-Clarke County police said.


Flagpole Premieres: Grand Vapids, 'Dead Syllables'

Believe it or not, it's been four whole years since the release of Guarantees, the impressive debut album from Athens mood-rockers Grand Vapids. That record, which Flagpole's Andy Barton called "an album of sheer beauty, featuring a dense wall of guitars and a chugging rhythm section," received prai


North Georgia restaurant cited for dirty dishes, food build-up, dead insect in sauce

A North Georgia restaurant has been cited for multiple dirty surfaces and a dead insect found in sauce, according to this week's restaurant report. Rafael's Pizza and Italian Restaurant located at 126 Remco Shops Lane received a score of 80 after it was found to have a vegetable washing sink full of


PHOTOS: A look back at MLK Day Parades

On Jan. 16, 2017, the first Athens MLK Day Parade and Music Festival was hosted in downtown Athens with another the following year. The third annual MLK Day Parade and Music Festival will be hosted on Monday, Jan. 21 near Washington and Hull streets in downtown Athens. The Red and Black takes a look


Alabama and Georgia gymnastics clash in Athens

The Alabama-Georgia gymnastics rivalry has changed in recent years, maybe even calmed down a bit for the better. But it sure hasn’t gone away. Not when both of the programs know exactly where they came from and where they want to go.


Georgia police officer arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of children

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A Georgia police officer has been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of children, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday. Lake City police Officer Jonathan Balsam, 31, was charged with obscene internet contact with a child, electronically furnishing obscene mat


After months of uncertainty, Athens police welcomes new chief Cleveland Lee Spruill, Sr.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department made headlines last year, capturing state-wide attention for a series of controversial events. A local officer fired for excessive force and later exonerated, a 10-year-old boy restrained to the ground by another officer and the dismissal of the city’s poli


Movies Now Playing in Athens (January 17th)

“Aquaman”: With the bar set incredibly high by 2017’s “Wonder Woman,” the success of the next DC Comics-based origin film rests in the hands of “Furious 7” director James Wan and star Jason Momoa as the half-human king of Atlantis. The supporting cast includes Amber Heard as Mera, Yahya Abdul-Mateen


Report: Deangelo Gibbs expected to transfer to Tennessee

Deangelo Gibbs’ time in Athens has been up since December, when Georgia coach Kirby Smart said that he was no longer with the team prior to the Sugar Bowl. And now it seems that he will be taking his talents to another SEC East program.


2nd Barrow County man charged with helping hit-and-run suspect

Two Barrow County men face charges of hindering the apprehension of a criminal during the three weeks when officers were searching for Sandy Michelle Wilson, the suspect in the death of a Statham man killed by a hit-and-run driver in December.