Tango music at the library

The Athens Tango Project will play at the Athens-Clarke County Library on October 1 at 3:00 p.m. This is from the monthly series called Live! @the Library sponsored by Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library, and this particular concert kicks of Hispanic Heritage Month.


Comprehensive Plan Community Meeting

October 2 is the date for Athens-Clarke County community meeting focused on "needs and opportunities" as our local government develops a new Comprehensive Plan for 2018. This is the local document required by the state for addressing planning and development in our community. The meeting will solicit public input and will be held at Cornerstone Church at 7:00 p.m. Please find more information on the calendar item "Comprehensive Plan -- Community Meeting" on athensclarkecounty.com.


Power outages in Athens

Five Points is dark. The traffic lights and all business lights (including Waffle House, Golden Pantry, and Earth Fare) are dark. The only lights are at the fire station and from all the headlights of cars. There is a lot of traffic going through here. I can only suppose people are trying to go to other places that have power because where else would you be going when the governor advised everybody to stay off the roads? Anyway, I'm glad I had extra batteries for my radio so I can sit in the dark and listen to commercials.


County information on Irma

The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County will be posting information about the coming storm from Hurricane Irma at the following link:



Irma coming to Athens

Accuweather.com is reporting that on Monday Athens will have winds of 40 mph with gusts up to 83 mph. It also looks like we will get a couple inches of rain or more. Based on all our recent storm experience, I'm guessing we will have a lot of power outages and roads blocked with fallen trees. How rare is it to have tropical storms this far inland?


Magnolia tree gone

A couple days ago I saw a crew cutting down a magnolia tree at the Varsity at Broad and Milledge (the tree closest to the corner). It appeared that some of the branches had brown leaves, so I assume that this tree was in bad health. It is always sad to lose one of the large trees that makes up the familiar landscape around us. (North Campus has lost a lot of trees in the past few years.) I remember reading that these magnolia trees were preserved when the Varsity was built -- does anyone remember the history of this location?


High school memories from Prince Avenue

Martha DeBeaugrine wrote a fascinating piece in Flagpole about her memories of Athens High School on Prince Avenue, the predecessor to Clarke Central High School on Milledge Avenue. She explains that the main building has been demolished and that the site is now occupied by Wendy's and Captain D's between Finley Street and Hill Street. The first time I ever saw the photo accompanying this article, I felt sad that such a grand building (formerly a courthouse) was gone and replaced with fast food buildings. Anyway, I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Ms. DeBeaugrine for a couple years when we were neighbors, and I appreciated the time she shared with my family talking about various topics.


Rock concert at the library

Athens is such a music town that we have rock bands play at the library. The psychedelic surf rock band Outersea will be playing on Sunday, September 10 at 3:00 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Library in the Appleton Auditorium. The band is comprised of current or former members of Maximum Busy Muscle, Grape Soda, Hot Fudge, and Dark Meat. This is part of the monthly concert series Live! @ the Library, and admission is free.