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UGA to adopt SEC “clear bag” guidelines at Sanford Stadium, other venues

UGA to adopt SEC “clear bag” guidelines at Sanford Stadium, other venues

There will be a new policy in place for football fans who go to games at Sanford Stadium later this year. The University of Georgia says it will be following Southeastern Conference guidelines and requiring fans to bring items into the Stadium and other athletic venues in clear plastic bags. UGA says the policy will be in place for the April 22 G-Day spring football game.  From the University of Georgia…   In the interest of public safety and to expedite entry into its venues, the UGA Athletic Association will begin to implement the Southeastern Conference Clear Bag Policy in 2017. This policy will be in effect at the annual G-Day intrasquad football game on April 22. It will go into effect permanently for the 2017-18 competition season and will include all UGA venues that host ticketed events: Sanford Stadium (football), Stegeman Coliseum (men’s & women’s basketball, gymnastics) and Foley Field (baseball). Following are the basics concerning the Clear Bag Policy: > These bags will be permitted inside UGA athletic events: Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12”x6”x12”. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags. Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5” x 6.5”. Bags that contain necessary medical items, which must be inspected and approved at a designated gate. > Each ticket holder is allowed one large clear bag such as a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”, plus a small clutch purse > Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction, luggage, computer bags/cases, camera bags/cases, binocular bags/cases, or any bag larger than the permissible size. > Several SEC schools began implementing this policy in the 2016 school year. All SEC schools will have this policy in place by the 2017-18 school year. > Fans can still carry items such as binoculars, smart phones, tablets and cameras (with lenses shorter than four inches), so long as they are not in a bag or carrying case. > Seat cushions -- without arms or pockets -- will still be permitted into the venues. Fans may also bring in blankets during cold weather events, provided they carry them in over an arm or shoulder to allow for easy screening upon entry. > More information on this new policy can be found at the following website: http://georgiadogs.com/clear-bag-policy/

Suspicious fire probed in Jackson Co

Suspicious fire probed in Jackson Co

The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire that destroyed a $15,000 camper in Jackson County. The fifth wheel camper had been impounded by the Winder Police Department and burned while being held at a facility in Hoschton. There is a reward of up to $10,000 that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.From the office of state Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal Ralph Hudgens…Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said an investigator with his office has determined that a fire that destroyed a police impounded camper in Jackson County was intentional set.    The fire, which occurred yesterday around 12:25 a.m., at Specialized Towing and Recovery in Hoschton, Ga., destroyed the 2007 Keystone Fifth Wheel Camper. State fire investigators said the camper was valued at $15,000.   Commissioner Hudgens is asking anyone with information about this fire to call the Georgia Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804. Rewards of up to $10,000 are given for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an arsonist. Calls are taken 24 hours a day; callers can choose to remain anonymous.    The West Jackson Fire Department is assisting with the investigation.

Craft beer bill wins final legislative approval

Craft beer bill wins final legislative approval

It is being hailed as a legislative victory for the operators of Creature Comforts and the other craft breweries in Athens and around the state: the Georgia House and Senate have given finals approval to the craft beer bill, the measure that will allow brewers to sell their product on premises. Creature Comforts president Chris Herron was among the brewers who made several trips to the Capitol to lobby for the legislation. The 52-1 vote sends Senate Bill 85 to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. If signed into law, the bill would end a decades-old stand-off that has been especially tense between brewers and the state’s beer wholesalers who for years have fought to protect their Prohibition-era position as middleman between beer manufacturers and retailers.

A Commerce man is in the Banks County jail, facing a kidnapping charge: Dontavious Rucker is accused of abducting the 6 year-old child of his girlfriend. The alleged abduction happened at a convenience store in Homer. A Hall County man is behind bars, charged in a jewelry heist: Jesse Maldonado is 32 years old, from Oakwood. He is accused of stealing $15,000 worth of jewelry from a home in Hall County. He’s in the Hall County jail, held on an $11,000 bond. 
There will be a new policy in place for football fans who go to games at Sanford Stadium later this year. The University of Georgia says it will be following Southeastern Conference guidelines and requiring fans to bring items into the Stadium and other athletic venues in clear plastic bags. UGA says the policy will be in place for the April 22 G-Day spring football game.  From the University of Georgia…   In the interest of public safety and to expedite entry into its venues, the UGA Athletic Association will begin to implement the Southeastern Conference Clear Bag Policy in 2017. This policy will be in effect at the annual G-Day intrasquad football game on April 22. It will go into effect permanently for the 2017-18 competition season and will include all UGA venues that host ticketed events: Sanford Stadium (football), Stegeman Coliseum (men’s & women’s basketball, gymnastics) and Foley Field (baseball). Following are the basics concerning the Clear Bag Policy: > These bags will be permitted inside UGA athletic events: Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12”x6”x12”. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags. Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5” x 6.5”. Bags that contain necessary medical items, which must be inspected and approved at a designated gate. > Each ticket holder is allowed one large clear bag such as a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”, plus a small clutch purse > Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction, luggage, computer bags/cases, camera bags/cases, binocular bags/cases, or any bag larger than the permissible size. > Several SEC schools began implementing this policy in the 2016 school year. All SEC schools will have this policy in place by the 2017-18 school year. > Fans can still carry items such as binoculars, smart phones, tablets and cameras (with lenses shorter than four inches), so long as they are not in a bag or carrying case. > Seat cushions -- without arms or pockets -- will still be permitted into the venues. Fans may also bring in blankets during cold weather events, provided they carry them in over an arm or shoulder to allow for easy screening upon entry. > More information on this new policy can be found at the following website: http://georgiadogs.com/clear-bag-policy/
The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire that destroyed a $15,000 camper in Jackson County. The fifth wheel camper had been impounded by the Winder Police Department and burned while being held at a facility in Hoschton. There is a reward of up to $10,000 that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.From the office of state Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal Ralph Hudgens…Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said an investigator with his office has determined that a fire that destroyed a police impounded camper in Jackson County was intentional set.    The fire, which occurred yesterday around 12:25 a.m., at Specialized Towing and Recovery in Hoschton, Ga., destroyed the 2007 Keystone Fifth Wheel Camper. State fire investigators said the camper was valued at $15,000.   Commissioner Hudgens is asking anyone with information about this fire to call the Georgia Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804. Rewards of up to $10,000 are given for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an arsonist. Calls are taken 24 hours a day; callers can choose to remain anonymous.    The West Jackson Fire Department is assisting with the investigation.
It is being hailed as a legislative victory for the operators of Creature Comforts and the other craft breweries in Athens and around the state: the Georgia House and Senate have given finals approval to the craft beer bill, the measure that will allow brewers to sell their product on premises. Creature Comforts president Chris Herron was among the brewers who made several trips to the Capitol to lobby for the legislation. The 52-1 vote sends Senate Bill 85 to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. If signed into law, the bill would end a decades-old stand-off that has been especially tense between brewers and the state’s beer wholesalers who for years have fought to protect their Prohibition-era position as middleman between beer manufacturers and retailers.
A panel discussion on Royston native and baseball legend Ty Cobb is set for today at UGA: Charles Leehsen is a Cobb biographer. He will take part, joined by historian Jim Cobb, Athens author Terry Kay, and sports broadcaster Loran Smith. The event is set for 4 o’clock this afternoon at the Richard Russell Building. |
As his Georgia Bulldogs continue the spring practice sessions that began Tuesday, coach Kirby Smart prepares to host a coaching clinic. Coaches from the NFL, college, and high school levels will keynote the annual UGA Coaches Clinic hosted by Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart and his staff scheduled for March 30, 31 and April 1.   The UGA Coaches Clinic is a comprehensive, three-day clinic that will feature presentations from outstanding coaches representing all levels of the industry. This annual clinic is an ideal setting for middle school and high school coaches to socialize, “talk ball,” and share ideas with college and NFL coaches.   Featured NFL coaches on the program include Tampa Bay Bucaneers head coach Dirk Koetter, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, and Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman, who led his team to the 2014 and 2015 national FCS championships, is also on the schedule along with former College Football Hall of Fame kicker Kevin Butler.   Georgia 2016 state championship coaches scheduled include Jonathan Gess, Eagles Landing Christian Academy; Danny Britt, Benedictine Military School; Jermaine Smith, Cedar Grove High School; Joey King, Cartersville High School; John Reid, Rome High School; Alan Rodemaker, Valdosta High School; and Jeff Herron, Grayson High School (now at T.L. Hanna High in Anderson, SC). In addition, Adrian Snow, West Forsyth High School, Cemmons, NC, and Gabe Infante, St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, PA, are on the clinic program.   Attendees will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions, participate with the UGA coaching staff during chalk talks and enjoy great food and fellowship at the clinic socials. Participants will enhance their knowledge of all aspects of the game through break-out sessions with guest speakers covering philosophy and scheme and by participating in the chalk talks led by each member of the UGA staff.   The 2017 clinic also offers the unique opportunity to join the UGA staff on the field for two spring practice sessions. Attendees can get an up-close look at on-field demonstrations, position-specific drills and overall practice scripting and format.   The entire UGA coaching staff — as well as the Directors of Strength & Conditioning, Recruiting Operations, Sports Medicine and Player Development — will be available to answer questions.
Logan Booker
Logan Booker is a graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, where he earned a degree in magazine journalism in addition to a certificate in Grady Sports Media. He was raised in Lawrenceville, Ga, and in addition to his current home in Athens, he spends lots of time with his dog and his boat in Lincoln County, Georgia. Logan has covered UGA sports since 2012, previously with Bulldawg Illustrated.
Dawgs begin Spring Practice today
Dawgs begin Spring Practice today
Tim Bryant
Tim Bryant is the News Director for Cox Media Group Athens and works as a correspondent for WSB Radio, ABC and the Associated Press and was a commentator for the BBC and Radio New Zealand. Tim is the host of Classic City Today, North Georgia This Week, and Newsmakers. 
More snow for NE Ga mountains
More snow for NE Ga mountains
Republicans struggle to push health care bill over House finish line
Republicans struggle to push health care bill over House finish line
Abby Jessen
Abby is a news reporter for Cox Media Group Athens. She is from Roswell, Georgia, and is currently in Athens as a student at the University of Georgia double majoring in Digital and Broadcast Journalism and Marketing. 
Hurricane Matthew threatens Bulldog game in Columbia
Hurricane Matthew threatens Bulldog game in Columbia
Allen Tibbetts
During his 41-year career doing morning show radio, what he found most rewarding was taking the slices of life he observed and making them into fun, funny or satirical stories that, hopefully, the audience would enjoy. Allen now shares these stories with the WGAU audience in Tales from Tibby. 
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