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A Bibb County judge has been appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by Gov. Brian Kemp. Judge Verda M. Colvin has previously been appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals by Kemp.

She is the first African American woman to be named to either court by a Republican governor. Colvin also is a former state and federal prosecutor and was a judge on the Superior Court in Macon. She replaces Harold Melton, who recently left the Georgia Supreme Court to enter private practice. Melton was the only Black judge on the Supreme Court and just the third in the high court’s history.

Athens Area COVID-19 Rates

Jul 20, 2021

A July 19th update on COVID-19 numbers from the Athens Clarke County government shows the percentage of positive tests in the county is now at 4.1% out of the total 1,311 tests administered in the past fourteen days.

Certain surrounding counties have lower positive rates, including Oconee county with a 3.4% positive rate and Madison county with a 4% positive rate. However, Barrow county’s rate is 5.9% and Jackson county’s is 6.4% Overall, positive cases in the state have increased from last week’s number of 1,681 new cases to now 3,218 cases.

Athens DA comes under fire from State Attorney General

Jul 20, 2021
Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez was accused of "dereliction of duty" by Georgia's Attorney General.
Deborah Gonzalez

Georgia’s Attorney General had harsh words for District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez yesterday in Atlanta. Speaking at a hearing on crime before the Georgia House’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, Attorney General Chris Carr sharply criticized some prosecutors for what he characterized as “dereliction of duty.” Carr alleged that some prosecutors were deciding which cases to pursue and which to let go.

ACCPD Investigating Weir Circle Shooting

Jul 20, 2021

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is investigating Thursday’s shooting in the 200 block of Weir Circle. According to a department release, officers arrived on the scene to find a 19-year old woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say she had serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital. A 17-year old male also arrived at an area hospital with a gunshot wound, which police say he received as a result of this incident. Police consider him a suspect in the shooting and charges are pending.

UGA Alert: Report of Off-Campus Shooting

Jul 19, 2021


The Athens-Clarke County Police Department continues to investigate the off-campus shooting in Parkview Homes on Baxter St. Police have determined there is no longer an immediate danger to campus. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, please call ACCPD.

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According to an alert from the University of Georgia, there has been a report of an off-campus shooting in the area of Parkview Homes on Baxter St. Residents are advised to avoid this area.