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2021 AthFest Music and Arts Festival Cancelled

Sep 9, 2021
AthFest Educates

Just over two weeks before the start of the event, the 2021 AthFest Music and Arts Festival has been cancelled.  AthFest Educates Executive Director Jill Helme says COVID-19 is once again the culprit.

“Unfortunately, we received notification from Athens-Clarke this morning that they were not going to be able to issue us the final permit for the 2021 AthFest Music and Arts Festival because of the rate of positive COVID cases in our community,” Helme said.


The Clarke County School Board is expected to vote on the fate of the West Broad School site. Historic Athens Executive Director Tommy Valentine says he’s troubled about the options presented.

“After three years of a spirited community dialog that’s included rallies, letters, phone calls and a general sense of people speaking out in favor of preservation on the site, tonight is coming to a concerning conclusion,” according to Valentine.

ACCPD Seeking Videos, Photos From Downtown Shooting

Sep 7, 2021

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is continuing its investigation into the downtown shooting Sunday. The department is requesting help from the community. Athens-Clarke investigators are seeking pictures and videos bystanders make have taken on their cellphones. Police are focusing on the time from midnight to 2 am Sunday morning in the area of East Clayton Street and North Jackson Street. Contact Detective Brigitte Menzel at 706-612-6388 or by email at Brigitte.menzel@accgov.com.

ACC Mayor and Commission meet today

Sep 7, 2021
One of the proposed improvement projects for the Lexington Road corridor is a new entry road to Athens-Ben Epps Airport.
Athens-Clarke County

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on a list of proposed transportation improvements for the Lexington Road and Atlanta Highway corridors.

Downtown shooting suspect in custody

Sep 6, 2021

The suspect in Sunday's downtown shooting is in police custody after turning himself in at the Wilkes County Jail, according to a release from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

Police say that Pharoah Devonell Williams, 21, discharged a firearm into a crowd after a brawl broke out in downtown Athens shortly before 2:00 am on Sunday. The shooting led to five victims being transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two additional victims were treated later.