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ACLU of Georgia Slams Plan to Close Many of County's Polls

Aug 15, 2018

Civil rights advocates are objecting to a proposal to close about 75 percent of polling locations in a predominantly black south Georgia county.

The Randolph County elections board is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss a proposal that would eliminate seven of nine polling locations in the county, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. Included in the proposed closures is Cuthbert Middle School where nearly 97 percent of voters are black.

About nine months after a panel recommended the immediate renaming of Confederate Avenue in Atlanta, city officials are planning a public hearing.

A city council committee voted to hold the hearing and a "listening session" in September, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

That's likely to continue contentious debate over the Civil War-themed name along Confederate and East Confederate Avenues in southeast Atlanta and across the city.

Robins Air Force Base in Georgia Plans to Add 1,200 Jobs

Aug 15, 2018

The U.S. Air Force says it wants to add 1,200 jobs within the next year at its sprawling base in central Georgia.
The hiring initiative was announced Wednesday at Robins Air Force Base, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Macon.

Brig. Gen. John Kubinec says the base needs more workers at its Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, which is seeing its "most consequential year for new workload growth in over a decade."

Books for Keeps 8th Annual Gigantic Book Sale

Aug 15, 2018

Athens Nonprofit Books for Keeps is holding its 8th Annual Gigantic Book Sale, which takes place this weekend and next. The community event is the biggest fundraiser for the organization. All the donated books that aren’t suitable for the organization’s school-based programs are included in the book sale. Executive Director Leslie hale says every genre imaginable is represented.

Athens-Clarke Police Seeking Home Surveillance Footage

Aug 14, 2018

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is asking residents off Jefferson Road to take a look at their home surveillance footage in the wake of a spree of Entering Autos.

Police say if you live in the areas near Vincent Drive, Acadia Drive, Alice Walker Drive, Amber Road, Stedman Court and Deer Creek Drive; check your footage for the past couple of weeks. You are asked to pay attention to any suspicious people on your property, or anyone looking into your vehicles.