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Twenty days til election day

Twenty days til election day

We are today twenty days away from the November 7 election day, with early voting continuing in Athens and Oconee County: special legislative elections in House Districts 117 and 119 highlight a ballot that will also include municipal elections—mayor’s races in Jefferson and Elberton—and a transportation sales tax referendum in Athens. The early voting that began Monday continues through Friday November 3.  Republican candidates in the House races met in a candidates forum last night on the Oconee County campus of the University of North Georgia. Houston Gaines is opposed by Democrat Deborah Gonzalez in the race to fill the unexpired term of former state Rep Regina Quick, who left the legislature to become a Superior Court judge. Tom Lord, Steve Strickland, and Marcus Wiedower are running for the post vacated by Chuck Williams, who gave up his House seat to become the director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. Democrat Jonathan Wallace did not attend last night’s Oconee County forum.

Bigamy suspect arrested, child porn suspect gets court date

Bigamy suspect arrested, child porn suspect gets court date

A Barrow County man is accused of having too many wives. Stephen Roberts is 38 years old, from Winder. He’s facing a bigamy charge after his arrest in Madison County. Roberts is accused of marrying his first wife in 1998 and his second wife in 2007, divorcing that second wife in 2014 while still married to the first. He was booked into the Madison County jail and released on bond.  There is now a court date for Paul Williams, the 4-H camp director arrested on child pornography charges in Lumpkin County: the 48 year-old has a hearing in Dahlonega scheduled for November 16. Williams (pictured) surrendered to authorities at the Lumpkin County jail last week and was released on $10,000 bond.  University of Georgia campus police assisted with the investigation that led to Williams’ arrest. 

Police: shooter expected to survive

Police: shooter expected to survive

Athens-Clarke County Police say Nicholas Head is expected to survive his self-inflicted gunshot wound: they say the 27 year-old Head, who remains hospitalized at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, will face a murder charge in the shooting death of 28 year-old Quintavia Wade. She was shot and killed at the Columbia Brookside apartments off Hawthorne Avenue Monday afternoon; police say Head shot himself after an officer opened fire on him in what began as a reported domestic disturbance. A GBI investigation is ongoing. 

President Trump leaves both parties confused on Senate health care deal

A day after seemingly endorsing a legislative effort in Congress to formally approve money for insurance companies that would pay for health insurance subsidies for certain consumers, President Donald Trump indicated on Wednesday that while he backed the idea of bipartisan negotiations related to the Obama health law, he did not support a deal on “Cost Sharing Reduction” payments, which he moved to cut off last Thursday.

“If something can happen that’s fine,” Mr. Trump told reporters at a White House photo op about a plan worked out by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).

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