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    Athens-Clarke County Commissioners met last night at City Hall and signed off on the list of projects that will be funded if Athens voters approve a sales tax referendum in November: the latest SPLOST is designed to generate at least a quarter-billion dollars in revenue for various Athens-Clarke County infrastructure projects.  There is a boil water advisory in place for parts of Banks County: crews are working to fix a water main off Hebron Road in Banks County.  To the delight of a good many drivers the Spout Springs Road Bridge over I-85 near Flowery Branch is reopening to traffic. The bridge and roadway project are part of the widening of I-85 from two to three lanes in both directions from I-985 to State Route 53 in Hall County. 
  • Don't put away your umbrellas anytime soon -- more storms are expected today and into the weekend.  It's been several days of afternoon thunderstorms. Storms brought a huge tree down on a family's home in DeKalb County on Thursday. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls says for Friday, some people will see storms with heavy downpours, lightning and gusty wind.
  • The Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter is scheduled to begin accepting cats again tomorrow: the shelter on Buddy Christian Way in Athens stopped taking cats earlier this month because of confirmed cases of a highly contagious animal virus. From the Athens-Clarke Co Animal Shelter…   The Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter at 125 Buddy Christian Way will not accept any cats until Saturday, July 20 due to two confirmed cases of feline panleukopenia, also called pan luke or FP. The disease is also called feline distemper or feline parv. FP is a highly contagious virus among unvaccinated cats that is common in the wild and has a high mortality rate, especially among kittens. Until July 20, only staff will be allowed in the cat area of the Animal Shelter. No volunteers or visitors will be allowed in the cat area, although the dog area of the shelter will remain open for normal operations. Although neither dogs nor humans are affected by the virus, these steps are being taken to prevent accidental exposure to the virus for cats outside of the shelter through human contact. The Georgia Department of Agriculture's Animal Protection Division, which regulates and licenses animal shelters, has concurred with the steps being taken. Residents seeking to surrender cats prior to July 20 should contact the Animal Shelter by phone for advice. The ACC Animal Control Division of the Central Services Department operates the animal shelter. The hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday from noon - 4:00 p.m.; and Wednesday by appointment only. For more information, including updated an updated list of adoptable pets and volunteer opportunities, visit www.accgov.com/animalshelter or call 706-613-3540.
  • From the Athens-Clarke County government website... Effective July 1, people 65 and older, persons with disabilities and Athens-Clarke County employees will ride Athens-Clarke County Transit fixed-route service fare-free. This is an integral part of the $4 million “prosperity package” included in the 2020 budget, which was approved on June 5th. Mayor Kelly Girtz stated that: “Providing transit support for these additional riders adds significant value to our community. Those who have been isolated or challenged by mobility needs will be able to readily access resources throughout the community, and Athens-Clarke County employees will be able to heighten their advocacy for transit while freeing-up key parking locations.” Proof of age, certified disability or county employment will be required for fare-free travel. Athens-Clarke County Transit will issue identification cards to qualified riders who do not have another form of government issued ID. 
  • A church in Flowery Branch is holding a charity drive for the family of murdered Hall County Sheriff’s deputy Nicolas Dixon: the 28 year-old Dixon, who was shot and killed twelve days ago, leaves behind a wife and two young sons. The Christ Place Church in Flowery Branch is looking to fill a bus with donated goods that will be given to his family. Nine teenagers have been arrested and charged in connection with the deputy’s death. From Facebook…   We want to show our love for the first responders in our community by helping the family of fallen officer, Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon. Christ Place is partnering with Hall County Schools to Fill a Bus with items to help the Dixon family. The bus is located in our church parking lot along Atlanta Hwy for you to drop off your items.
  • An Oconee County teenager has died at a hospital in Athens: Joseph Jackson was 19 years old. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office says he was the victim an attack that happened on Whippoorwill Road west of Watkinsville. Investigators are searching for information and witnesses to the incident that happened on Wednesday.    Athens-Clarke County Police say they have identified and were, at last report, still trying to find two suspects accused of stealing a half-dozen cases of beer from the Wal Mart store on Atlanta Highway in Athens.   The Sheriff’s Office in Hartwell reports the arrest of a man accused of wielding a knife and a machete during a domestic dispute. Hart County Sheriff’s Office investigators say Samuel Madden is facing charges that include battery and aggravated assault. The 34 year-old Bowersville man was allegedly arguing with a woman over car keys. She was not injured.   A Gainesville man is in the Hall County jail accused of holding a gun to a woman’s head: there are assault charges and methamphetamine possession charges for 38 year-old Johnny Reynolds. The Sheriff’s Office says the woman was not injured.   A Gwinnett County man convicted of scamming professional athletes and musicians in a phishing scheme gets prison time. Kwamaine Ford of Dacula will serve 3 years in federal lockup after being convicted of hacking into more than 100 Apple accounts and using stolen information to spend more than $300,000.    A Lawrenceville man gets a 35-year prison sentence after his conviction of methamphetamine trafficking charges. 31 year-old Richard Rumbo was arrested in 2016, caught with what Gwinnett County drug agents say was more than 400 grams of meth, cocaine, and heroin. 
  • The University of Georgia is reporting a third straight year of $200 million-plus in fundraising: the University says donors gave $224 million in Fiscal Year 2019. From UGA Media Relations…   This year’s giving drove the Commit to Georgia Campaign beyond two major goals: raising $1.2 billion and creating 400 Georgia Commitment Scholarships by the campaign’s conclusion on June 30, 2020. It also is the third consecutive year that fundraising has exceeded $200 million.   “I want to offer my thanks and appreciation to each and every donor in the UGA family for helping us achieve these important goals that have advanced the university,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Because of their incredible generosity, we are now reaching exciting, unprecedented heights across our missions of teaching, research and service.”   One of the most significant benchmarks for continued growth is the five-year rolling fundraising average, which averages the prior five years of giving at the end of each fiscal year. That number has risen every year of the campaign, and in FY19, it reached $204 million. Five years ago, that average was just under $115 million.   “Year after year, the alumni and friends of the University of Georgia prove how exceptional they are,” said Kelly Kerner, vice president for development and alumni relations. “With their support, we reached our campaign goal 16 months ahead of schedule. The contributions that got us to that point are already helping students, creating new educational opportunities and enhancing research and scholarship.”   Because of private giving, UGA has made considerable progress in the Commit to Georgia Campaign’s three priorities: increasing scholarship support, enhancing the learning environment, and solving grand challenges through research and service.   In 2016, the university announced its intention to create at least 400 Georgia Commitment Scholarships—endowed scholarships for students with unmet financial need—by the end of the campaign. Currently, 451 scholarships have been established, with 191 created in FY19. The more than 300 contributors to the Georgia Commitment Scholarship program have given nearly $30 million in total, which has been matched dollar-for-dollar by the UGA Foundation.   In addition, this year saw the completion of several significant facilities projects funded, in part, by donors, including M. Douglas Ivester Hall and Sanford and Barbara Orkin Hall in the Business Learning Community, the West End Zone project in Sanford Stadium, the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the UGA Entrepreneurship Program’s Studio 225 on West Broad Street, and the Charles Schwab Financial Planning Center.   Private giving also created 17 new endowed faculty positions in FY19. These positions strengthen UGA’s ability to recruit and retain the brightest, most innovative educators and researchers. Since the start of the Commit to Georgia Campaign, UGA has added 87 endowed faculty positions.   The giving that has enabled all of these achievements has come from faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of UGA, both near and far. In some cases, very near: 3,615 dedicated current and former UGA employees gave a total of $9.4 million in FY19. Current and former employee giving has accounted for $53.3 million over the course of the campaign.   Over 71,000 donors contributed to UGA in FY19, of which 39,658 were alumni. Thus far, more than 158,000 donors have given to the campaign, which was announced to the public in November 2016.
  • The Sheriff’s Office in Hartwell reports the arrest of a man accused of wielding a knife and a machete during a domestic dispute. Hart County Sheriff’s Office investigators say Samuel Madden is facing charges that include battery and aggravated assault. The 34 year-old Bowersville man was allegedly arguing with a woman over car keys. She was not injured. 
  • A day after storms left damage across parts of northeast Georgia, forecasters say there's a chance for more of the same today. A strong thunderstorm that rumbled through Athens late Wednesday afternoon brought down a big tree at the intersection of Morton Road and Charles Drive on Athens’ east side.  From WSB TV… Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said the chance for showers begin this morning and more rain could fall later this afternoon.  'I do expect some showers and storms and those will increase through the afternoon,' Monahan said. Heavy rain and lightning will be possible for some today.  Temperatures will remain in the low 90s throughout the weekend, with rain chances increasing a bit Saturday. More scattered storms are expected for the beginning of next week. 
  • The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office says the local DARE program will begin a new program aimed at educating Clarke County students about the dangers of vaping. From the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office…     The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that D.A.R.E is launching a new Vaping Prevention Lesson this year. Vaping nicotine nearly doubled among high school seniors from 11 percent in 2017 to 20.9 percent in 2018. More than 1 in 10 eighth graders (10.9 percent) say they vaped nicotine in the past year, and use is up significantly in virtually all vaping measures among 8th, 10th and 12th graders. These are—by far —the biggest one-year increases ever seen for any substance in the history of the NIDA Monitoring the Future survey. In response to this crisis, D.A.R.E. has developed and launched a Vaping Prevention enhancement lesson for both Middle School and High School students. In these lessons, students will learn about the risks associated with vaping and understand how knowledge of risk factors increases over the lifespan of a product. Clarke County D.A.R.E. Officers' will be actively involved teaching students important facts about the danger involving vaping. The lesson is FREE to D.A.R.E. communities. Sheriff Edward's is an innovative change maker, and believes in mentoring young minds. He is dedicated to bringing forward the latest information to help inspire children, youths, and teens to critically think before making hasty decisions. He believes early intervention assists in the positive development of students as they grow and go through school. The Vaping Prevention Lesson Plan is designed to have fun with the students while reinforcing the lessons they learned throughout the school year; to help the students retain the critical thinking skills needed; and to be productive citizens. 
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    Tim Bryant is News Director for Cox Media Group Athens and also works as an anchor and reporter for WSB Radio in Atlanta. Previous stops on the dial include Augusta and Tallahassee. Tim has reported for ABC, CBS, and the Associated Press, and has provided guest commentary and analysis on stations across the US, the U.K., and New Zealand. Tim hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens. 

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  • Another race, another win for UGA track phenom Matthew Boling. This victory, however, was international. Boling, who expected to report to Georgia later this summer, won the 100 meters at the Pan American U20 Championships with a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 seconds. The event took place in Costa Rica on late Friday, and Boling's blistering time was no surprise after he was clocked in the semifinals at 10.2 seconds. Winning never seems to get old for Boling, who is from Houston, Texas. He became a bona-fide mainstream sports celebrity in the last four months with his viral track videos and jaw-dropping times. Boling is one of the nation's top Olympic hopefuls for the 2020 Games in Japan. Matthew Boling runs a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 to win the Pan Am U20 100m title in Costa Rica. Moves into sole possession of 4th on the all-time high school list, per T&F News. pic.twitter.com/m2ATCTsKtw Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) July 20, 2019 Four words you never want to hear in a race: 'here comes Matthew Boling' Watch him in the finals tonight at Pan Ams, live on FloTrack! pic.twitter.com/gfDYdSFWrO FloTrack (@FloTrack) July 19, 2019 The post Mathew Boling: UGA track phenom turns heads in international event appeared first on DawgNation.
  • One of UGA's most promising young players on defense is Quay Walker. The sophomore is battling for the No. 1 job at inside linebacker with senior Tae Crowder and junior Monty Rice, among others. Walker has gotten himself into contention for more playing time after getting into much better shape after being in UGA's strength and conditioning program for more than a year. 'In the middle of June, we were (at Georgia) for a passing-league tournament,' said Brad Harber, who coached Walker at Crisp County (Ga.) High School. 'In the past few years at that event, Quay has been walking through the field after class, and he'll see all the guys and the coaches (from Crisp County). '(Quay) laughs at me because I tell him he's getting taller or I'm getting shorter or older. But he doesn't have trouble with his weight. I think they want him around 230 or 235. I know at one time he got up to around 240. 'To me, he looked leaner than what he was in high school. He's a physical specimen anyways. But he looked good when we saw him a (few weeks ago).' The 6-foot-4 Walker narrowly and famously signed with UGA over Tennessee. Last year as a freshman, Walker appeared in all 14 games, and was named by the Bulldogs as co-winner of Special Teams Newcomer of the Year. 'I felt confident that Quay was going to be successful I knew that going off to a big university like Georgia, there was going to be a learning curve,' Harber said. 'Quay has always been physically gifted. The big thing was learning the language at Georgia. We had the chance to watch Georgia's spring practices with some other recruits we have (at our high school), and it was nice to see Quay in the two-deep rotation.' When UGA's coaches stopped by Crisp County on the recruiting trail within the last few months, they've also given encouraging reports on Walker. His mental approach to the game is quickly catching up with his elite athletic skills. 'Just in talking with people close to the program, obviously with the football and academic workload, he's gotten more comfortable with all of that the day-to-day operations,' Harber said. 'It looks to me, outside looking in, he's starting to understand the defensive playbook better. Anytime you do that, it gives you better opportunities to get on the field to play.' Probably the only football topic on Walker's mind more than the playbook right now is the competition at his position. It will be hard to unseat Crowder, who is a fifth-year senior that is finally in position to start. Then again, it will be hard to keep Walker off the field this season after a strong showing in the spring. 'To me, it's all starting to come together his knowledge of the playbook and the system, along with playing on special teams,' Harber said. 'I think he's going to have a really good year. I would guess that he's going to get more playing time. 'It looked to me when he was playing spring ball that he was in a two-deep rotation. I know that there are a lot of elite players at Georgia right now, especially at the linebacker spot. But I see Quay as a guy who will have the opportunity to get plenty of playing time this season.' The post Quay Walker: It's all starting to come together' for young UGA linebacker appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Josh Donaldson finally took his turn on the Atlanta Braves' list of game-ending heroes. Donaldson's bases-loaded single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning lifted the Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Friday night after Luke Jackson allowed a tying, two-run homer to Victor Robles in the top half. Ronald Acu a Jr., who had three hits, led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk off Rodney (0-3) and took second on Dansby Swanson's single. Freddie Freeman walked on four pitches, loading the bases. Nationals manager Dave Martinez brought in left fielder Juan Soto as a fifth infielder, including three on the left side against the right-handed hitting Donaldson. Rodney's plan was 'get a ground ball for a double play.' Instead, Donaldson lofted a 2-0 pitch over Robles to the warning track in left-center, and the Braves boosted their NL East lead to 6 1/2 games over the second-place Nationals. Atlanta had lost its previous five home games against Washington. The Braves have six walk-off wins but it was Donaldson's first game-ending hit since 2015 with Toronto. That void had not escaped his attention. 'I was actually looking at that today,' Donaldson said. Donaldson's teammates surrounded him near first base for an on-field celebration. Entering the game, Donaldson's 14 homers since June 11 were tied with Cody Bellinger for the most in the majors in that span. Donaldson, who signed a one-year, $23 million contract with Atlanta as a free agent, is hitting .255 with 22 homers. His power stroke as a cleanup hitter has given Freeman protection in the lineup. 'This is what I expect of myself,' Donaldson said. 'I'm just glad to be put in a situation where I could help the team win the ballgame.' Martinez said Nationals closer Sean Doolittle was ready in the bullpen. Martinez said he liked the matchups with Rodney against Acu a and Swanson, even though the 42-year-old Rodney rarely is asked to pitch more than one inning. 'When you're playing on the road, Doolittle comes in the game for a save,' Martinez said. 'With a tie game, if he comes in right there and we have to pinch-hit for him right away, then we're looking at who knows who?' Robles' homer went 446 feet to left, giving Jackson his seventh blown save in 24 chances. Julio Teheran gave up one hit through five scoreless innings and retired 14 consecutive hitters before pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra singled with one out in the sixth. Anthony Rendon chased Teheran with a two-out RBI single. Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out Ozzie Albies with the bases loaded in the first and fanned Albies to end the fifth with two out. Albies hit a two-out double in the fourth and scored on Austin Riley's double. Acu a's RBI double against Tanner Rainey gave the Braves a 3-1 lead. TRAINER'S ROOM Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer, on the 10-day IL since July 10 with an injury originally announced as a mid-back strain, was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday to address inflammation in the bursa sac under his right shoulder blade. Scherzer still has some discomfort and must throw a bullpen session before cleared to pitch in a game. With Scherzer unavailable, RHP Austin Voth is expected to start in Sunday night's series finale. Braves: RHP Patrick Weigel, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett for his major league debut. Weigel will pitch in relief. ... RHP Wes Parsons also was recalled from Gwinnett. RHPs Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint were optioned to Gwinnett. BIRTHDAY BATTERY Corbin couldn't win on his 30th birthday while paired with catcher Yan Gomes, who turned 32. Corbin and Gomes became only the second pitcher-catcher tandem to start together on their birthdays since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Chicago Cubs pitcher Dave Hillman and catcher Jim Fanning did it against Pittsburgh on Sept. 14, 1957. RARE HIT Freeman was 2 for 20 in his career against Corbin before his RBI single in the fifth. STREAKING Acu a has reached base in a career-best 26 consecutive games since June 19, the longest active streak in the majors. Donaldson's on-base streak was extended to 16 games. UP NEXT Nationals: RHP An bal Sanchez (5-6, 3.71) is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season against the Braves, his former team. Braves: Rookie RHP Mike Soroka (10-1, 2.24) will try to win his sixth straight decision on Saturday night. The 21-year-old right-hander became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to be selected an All-Star. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 989 (July 20, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what Georgia safety JR Reed said about the UGA defense. Georgia football podcast: J.R. Reed warns not to overlook certain members of UGA defense Beginning of the show: One of the hot topics this offseason has centered around the possibility Georgia freshmen such as linebackers Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean become breakout stars this fall. UGA safety J.R. Reed didn't dismiss the possibility of that occurring when asked about the topic at SEC Media Days. However, I'll play audio on today's show of what Reed did have to say including why he thinks some players who've been on the roster for a year or more could be strong candidates to stand out this season. 10-minute mark: I discuss the possibility UGA is the most physical team in the SEC and share some of the chatter regarding that topic. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include The preview of Jeff's profile of Smith and his journey to UGA An early look at why next weekend is a crucial recruiting weekend for the Bulldogs The latest on UGA running back recruiting including 5-star Kendall Milton and 4-star Tank Bigsby Thoughts on 4-star defensive tackle Timothy Smith's Alabama commitment And reaction to 4-star defensive back Avantae Williams' jab at Florida coach Dan Mullen's Jordan Brand sneakers 40-minute mark: I share some final thoughts on SEC Media Days including what could improve the event in the future. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: J.R. Reed warns not to overlook certain members of UGA defense appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Cole Wilcox dominated on the mound last night for Team USA only allowing one base runner, while striking out three batters over 2.2 innings of relief, helping them secure a 2-0 win while one-hitting Japan at Kizuna Stadium. This was the first time the Collegiate National Team ever played at Kizuna Stadium. Wilcox has shined all summer for Team USA as he still maintains a 0.00 era this summer. Team USA is one win away from winning the USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan, something the team has not done in 40 years. Team USA has lost 15-straight series in Japan.