Martin Matheny

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Today is the first day of summer and UGA Professor of Geography John Knox says the season is likely to stay hot. “Chances are decent that it’s going to be hotter than normal and in terms of precipitation it’s anybody’s guess. We’ve been kind of wet. That’s called a persistence forecast. What’s been happening is probably your best first cut at what will happen,” Knox said.

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Before man walked on the moon, he could walk to the 5 Points Waffle House.

Since opening on Dec. 10, 1968, the Waffle House location has taken up a prominent spot on the famous Five Points intersection in Athens, on the corner of South Milledge and Lumpkin streets. The restaurant will be closing at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 25.

An Athens woman was killed yesterday evening in a two vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 441 North of Watkinsville. 77-year-old Linda Rasch failed to yield at the Rockingwood Drive intersection near Athens Academy at about 5 p.m. Rasch was leaving Rockingwood Drive and crossing the U.S Highway 441 to turn onto the southbound lane when she failed to yield to a Dodge Dakota traveling north. The pickup, driven by a Hoschton man, crashed into the driver's side door.

Athens Area Unemployment Rate Drops Driven by a slight loss of available jobs and by more unemployed workers finding work, the unemployment rate for the Athens area dropped in May to 3.2 percent. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that part of the dip can be accounted for by seasonal factors. “In the Athens area, we’re going to see some changes when it comes to jobs and the labor force as school lets out for the summer,” Butler said.

Former Georgia Governor and US Senator Zell Miller has died at the age of 86. Born in the North Georgia town of Young Harris, Miller first entered politics in the late 1950s, serving as mayor of Young Harris from 1959 to 1960. He followed that with a stint in the Georgia State Senate, and in 1974, he was elected as Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor, serving for sixteen years. In 1991, the conservative democrat began the first of two terms as Governor, where one of his signature achievements was the passage of the HOPE Scholarship.