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UGA Baseball cancels Sunday’s game, will play double-header Saturday

UGA Baseball cancels Sunday’s game, will play double-header Saturday

ATHENS-----Due to the threat of inclement weather Sunday, Georgia and Charlotte will conclude their series with a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. The final game of the series will follow 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first contest.   The series opener with the 49ers at Foley Field is on schedule for a 5 p.m. start today. All three games of the series will be nine-inning affairs.   Tickets for Saturday’s game will be valid for the doubleheader. Fans with tickets for the game that was scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25 may exchange those for general admission tickets to any remaining home baseball game during the 2018 season, pending availability. The entire Charlotte series will be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG and streamed on SEC Network+. Both teams enter the series with a record of 3-1.   Georgia-Charlotte Series Times Friday: 5 pm Saturday: Doubleheader starting at 1 pm (45 min. between games) Sunday: No game

Athens Chamber begins search for new leadership

Athens Chamber begins search for new leadership

The search for next president and CEO of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is underway. The Chamber’s Board of Directors will look to replace Doc Eldridge, the former Athens Mayor who is stepping down at the end of the month. From the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce... The leadership of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has initiated an executive search process to fill the president and chief executive officer’s position. Current president Doc Eldridge announced in December that he will be leaving the Chamber effective March 1, 2018. He has accepted a position with Twin Lakes Recovery Center, which provides treatment services for drug and alcohol abuse.   “The executive search process will be conducted in three phases,” according to Shannon Wilder, current Chair of the Chamber. “The first phase will be focused on listening to our membership, community stakeholders and regional leaders about the type of executive they feel is important for the Chamber. Doc has built a strong foundation for the organization, and our challenge is to determine the best type of professional to build on those successes.”   A recent membership survey of Chamber members will be utilized as the base for the research. Additional local, regional and state leaders will also be contacted for input.   The second phase of the process will include a nationwide search for the new executive. This will begin in early March after the Search Committee approves a weighting scale of skill sets desired of the new leader and an updated position description. The skill sets will be derived from the stakeholder feedback in phase one.   The final phase of the executive search process will be interviews with the most qualified candidates. The search process will take approximately 90 to 120 days.    Under Eldridge’s leadership, the Chamber expanded and improved programming for members; gave its support to the creation of the Athens-Clarke County Office of Economic Development; stabilized its financial position, including the recent sale of the Chamber Building; increased membership; re-established a role as an important contributor to the community and as the leading advocate for business.   Other members of the Search Committee include: Matt Bishop, J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development; Doug Brouillard, Eaton Corporation; Tony Ferguson, Georgia Power; Dean Mannheimer, Athens First Bank & Trust; Jean Mullis, Jackson EMC; Michele Pearson, Edward Jones; and Chuck Toney, Jackson Spalding.    The Chason Group, an executive recruitment firm specializing in chambers of commerce, economic development authorities and foundations, is assisting the AACC with the search. 

More NE Ga school threats reported

More NE Ga school threats reported

The Superintendent of Schools in Hart County says a student was removed from a classroom after making threats: it happened at Hart County High School. Superintendent Jay Floyd in Hartwell says no students were in danger. There is a similar story out of Dawsonville, where a student has been arrested after allegedly making threats at Dawson County High School.  And in Hall County, Superintendent Will Schofield issued a statement about a reported threat at Flowery Branch High School. “The rumor was started through a social media texts chain,” he said, “but events reported in the text have no basis of fact.”  From the AJC... Two metro Atlanta schools were the targets of overnight threats, adding to the growing list of institutions in North Georgia that have received threats this week. Someone claimed on Snapchat they would make Covenant Christian Academy near Loganville “Number 19,” Gwinnett County police told Channel 2 Action News. The number is a reference to a statistic claiming there had been 18 school shootings this year. A nonprofit gun control group tweeted that number the day of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. However, the Washington Post found the statistic was misleading. The threat against Covenant Christian, which also targeted minorities, was traced to a child who told police his account was hacked and he knew nothing of the situation. Police don’t consider the threat credible at this time.  Patrols in the area were increased as a precaution, police said. The private school doesn’t have its own police resource officers. In Forsyth County, authorities arrested a 16-year-old boy who allegedly threatened to shoot up West Forsyth High School. A concerned parent saw a social media post from the student that showed a firearm and a “potential threat of violence,” sheriff’s Cpl. Doug Rainwater said. The parent contacted the sheriff’s office Wednesday night. “The sheriff’s office, in collaboration with the Forsyth County School System, immediately began an investigation into the report,” Rainwater said. “After numerous interviews with the students and parents, lasting well into the morning hours, the suspect was able to be identified and located.” The student was taken into custody and charged with one count of terroristic threats and acts. He has been turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice, authorities said. In other incidents: · At Dunwoody High, a student had knives in his car on school grounds, Principal Priscilla Cole said in an email to parents. School officials found the knives. “No one was threatened,” she said. · A 16-year-old student was taken into custody and admitted to detectives he made threats against Gordon Central High School in Calhoun, the sheriff said. · In Chattooga County, a 16-year-old was charged with disruption of public schools after a threat was found written on a bathroom wall at Chattooga High School, officials said. At least six schools or districts reported threats of some kind Wednesday. It was the second threat for one of the schools.

House Democrats release rebuttal intelligence memo on Russia probe

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released their redacted response to a Republican memo on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as Democrats charged that the GOP omitted numerous details about the FBI’s probe during the campaign for the White House.

“FBI and DOJ officials did not “abuse” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign,” the Democratic memo states.

“The FBI supplied information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that Russia might be colluding with Trump campaign associates,” Democrats said in a press [More]