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    University of Georgia police are issuing a warning after an attempted abduction took place overnight in Downtown Athens.  From the UGA Police Department:  Timely Warning - Attempted Abduction:On 07/13/18 at approximately 2:00 a.m. the UGA Police Department received a report of an attempted kidnapping incident. An acquaintance of the victim called police and reported that approximately 30 minutes earlier, the victim was walking back to her vehicle in the area of Thomas Street and Broad Street near the 'Triangle parking lot' located at the corner of Broad Street and Oconee Street when an unknown individual grabbed her around the waist from behind. The complainant reported that during the incident the victim observed a dark colored vehicle with an open door occupied by a driver nearby. The victim believed that the unknown individual was possibly attempting to drag her towards the vehicle according to the complainant. The complainant reported that when the victim physically resisted, the perpetrator let her go and ran to the vehicle, which then drove from the scene in an unknown direction. The complainant reported that the victim received several scratches during the incident. No further description of the individuals or vehicle involved in the incident are known at this time. We urge all people to call the police immediately if they see individuals lingering in the area or acting suspicious in any way. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to contact the University of Georgia Police Department at 911 or 706-542-2200.
  • A new Head of School has been named at Monsignor Catholic High School.  Athens, GA (July 13, 2018)– The Board of Trustees of Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School is pleased to announce that Paul Gessner has been chosen to be the new Head of School. Paul Gessner is a lifelong educator from Milwaukee who discovered his calling to educate young people through service to his church as a religious education teacher.    He studied history and secondary education at Cardinal Stritch University where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in both areas of study. Upon graduating from college, Paul had a very successful career in Milwaukee Public Schools’ Rufus King High School as a History teacher. While teaching, he pursued a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University and earned promotions at Rufus King as both a curriculum generalist and school administrator. It was this experience that solidified his belief that all children could learn at high levels. His love of the International Baccalaureate (IB) college-bound program was born after seeing countless numbers of young people excel in higher level courses with a little patience, a lot of love, and high levels of structured teaching of critical thought, the importance of service and self-awareness, and their connection to the world around themselves.   In 2012, Paul was approached to lead St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) as Head of School with the charge of bringing the same opportunities that existed for the children he served at King to the young women of SJA. As a life-long practicing Catholic, he enthusiastically accepted this task and led SJA to become the only all-girl IB World School in the State of Wisconsin and 12th in the United States. Under Paul’s leadership, SJA also became the only all-girl IB World School in the United States and 2nd in the World to offer the IB Career-related Program in Engineering. This ensured the success of the IB program was directly linked to SJA’s commitment to the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Program that already existed at the school.   “We are incredibly fortunate that an educator with Paul’s background has agreed to become the Head of Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School,” said Board President Judge Charles Auslander. “His Commitment to the educational excellence and care of all students will no doubt bring our school to the next level.”    Paul passionately believes that it is our job as educators to dream for students before they know what to dream for themselves. Mission-driven, he looks for every way to empower students to discover their God-given potential and become true leaders in our global society.   “I am honored that the Donovan community has entrusted the care and administrative stewardship of this school to me as your candidate,” said Mr. Gessner. “ I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and all stakeholders of the school community to achieve the goals set forth for the school and its continued growth.” Mr. Gessner will begin his duties at Monsignor Donovan on Monday, July 16.   About Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School    Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School (MDCHS) is an independent, Catholic high school located in Athens, Georgia. The mission of Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School (MDCHS) as a Catholic college-preparatory school is to develop leaders with the competence, conscience, compassion, confidence, and courage who, out of love for Christ and others, will radiate Christ in their lives. MDCHS is located at 590 Lavender Road, Athens, GA 30606. 
  • On 06/17/2018 at approximately 3:00 am, officers were dispatched to a residence off Airport Road in reference to a person shot. Upon their arrival, they located 30-yearold Natania Jarrad who was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. The victim’s fiancé, James Anthony, met officers upon their arrival Ms. Jarrad was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced dead. Detectives continue to work to determine the events that led to Ms. Jarrad being shot. Ms. Jarrad’s remains have been sent to the GBI crime lab for autopsy. 
  • Athens, GA - An Athens staple is celebrating its 20th birthday this weekend by offering you food and drink prices that you would have paid 20 years ago.    Back in 1998, the same year Widespread Panic played an infamous concert on the streets of downtown Athens and Quincy Carter was playing quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs, the Blind Pig Tavern opened for business at its original location on Baldwin street. At the time, owner Rob White was trying to bring something new to the town that could cater to both University of Georgia students and the general population of Athens.    “When we opened there was no other place like us here,” White said. “There were other places that were more like traditional pubs, but we were the first to be more like a restaurant and a pub.”   The name “Blind Pig” originates from a nickname given to pubs or “speakeasys” that remained open and served alcohol during Prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s. At the time of the Bling Pig Tavern’s opening, UGA’s alumni rugby team was also known as the Blind Pigs. White, being a graduate of UGA’s Terry College of Business, decided the name fit perfectly, and also liked the possibilities of logos and other promotional aspects that came along with it.    Now with three locations, the Bling Pig Tavern has become that of lore when anybody not from Athens asks where they should eat during their stay or a pass through. Locations can be found on West Broad street, on College Station Rd on the Eastside, and its “newest” location in downtown Athens at 312 East Washington Street. That downtown location is actually the recent relocation of its original Baldwin Street establishment, now nestled into the streets of downtown while serving the lively crowds that make their way into town.    On Saturday, June 9th, the downtown Athens location will be serving its regular bar food and adult beverages along with a side of nostalgia. A special menu with items originally served in 1998 will be provided, which will be accompanied with their original 1998 prices. The celebration lasts all day, but ONLY at the downtown location. 
  • A single criminal act killed more than 50,000 rainbow trout in Fannin County, fish that were to have been released into state waters. The project manager for the Chattahoochee Fish Hatchery in Blue Ridge says somebody cut off the hatchery’s water supply earlier this week. Value of the fish is estimated at more than $60,000. 
  • The search for a murder suspect in Athens came to a close yesterday when the Athens-Clarke County Police and other agencies arrested David Rojas Garcia.  From the ACPD:  UPDATE: 06/06/2018 David Rojas Garcia was arrested last night, 06/05/2018, at approximately 4:30 pm at a residence off Hanover Place. Members of the Drug Task Force, FBI safe streets initiative, ACCPD Gang Unit, and Homeland Security Investigations were instrumental in capturing Rojas. Detectives continue to work on identifying the second person who was seen in the vehicle. DATE: 06/05/2018 East Carver Drive Murder On 06/04/2018 at approximately 8:00 pm, officers responded to the 500 block of East Carver Drive in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, Saheed Snow, in the parking lot near apartment 577 with several gunshot wounds. The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Several witnesses advised that the victim entered a vehicle that was occupied by what appeared to be two Hispanic males and interacted with them. During the course of the interaction, the victim was shot, and pulled out of the vehicle by one of the suspects. One of the suspects then fled on foot while the other fled in the vehicle, which was described as possibly a 2008 Chevy Cobalt or Malibu. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify one suspect, David Rojas Garcia of Hull, GA., and are looking to identify the second person who was seen in the vehicle. Rojas currently has an active warrant for Murder. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Kim Johnson at 706-613-3340, ext. 331 or Detective Paul Johnson at ext. 522. A Crimestoppers reward is available for anyone who provides credible information in this case. 
  • University of Georgia provost Pamela Whitten’s name is once again at the top of a list for potential presidency at another university. This time she has been named as the potential  president at Kennesaw State University, within the University System of Georgia.  Atlanta — June 5, 2018 Board of Regents Chairman James M. Hull and Chancellor Steve Wrigley announced today that the Board of Regents named Dr. Pamela Whitten as the finalist for the position of president of Kennesaw State University. Whitten currently serves as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Georgia, a position she has held since 2014. “Dr. Whitten has great depth as an academic leader, both in her training as a scholar and experience as a faculty member and administrator. She brings exceptional understanding of how to run large, complex institutions in both public higher education and the University System of Georgia,” Wrigley said. “She is strongly committed to student success and engaging key stakeholders and understands the pivotal role public universities play in fostering educational attainment and economic development. Dr. Whitten has demonstrated enthusiasm for this important role. I want to thank members of KSU’s presidential search and screen committee for their hard work and look forward to working with Dr. Whitten and the entire KSU community.” A campus visit will be scheduled as soon as possible to allow Whitten to meet with faculty, staff and students before the Board of Regents makes a final decision on her selection. As UGA’s chief academic officer, Whitten oversees instruction, research, public service and outreach, student affairs and information technology — a portfolio that includes 17 schools and colleges with 37,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Among other initiatives, UGA during her tenure hired 56 new faculty to reduce class sizes for undergraduates, increased external research support 37 percent, added 30 endowed chairs and professorships and increased summer enrollment by 25 percent. The campus launched a new learning requirement to give undergraduates out-of-classroom experience through internships, research and other forms of experiential learning. According to the 2018 U.S. News and World Report rankings, UGA over the past three years has jumped from #21 to #16 among the top public universities in the nation. Prior to joining UGA, Whitten’s career included working as director for telemedicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center before she joined the faculty at Michigan State University, where she worked her way up through the faculty ranks before eventually serving as dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of telemedicine — the remote delivery of health care services and information — and has conducted research with nearly $30 million in funding from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She has co-authored two books and published more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. “Kennesaw State already enjoys a proud and storied history, and I am excited by this opportunity to take one of the nation’s great public universities to new heights,” Whitten said. “Together, we can expand successful outcomes and meaningful learning experiences for all students, boost faculty research and provide greater outreach services to improve the quality of life for citizens locally and beyond. I look forward to the opportunity to share my story with the KSU community and share KSU’s story with Georgia and the world.” Whitten holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree in management from Tulane University. Among other organizations, she sits on the boards of the UGA Athletics Association, UGA Foundation, Georgia Museum of Art and Georgia Humanities. The Board of Regents will take action on the finalist for the next president of Kennesaw State University at a future board meeting following the required five business days after the naming of a finalist.  
  • The No. 7 UGA softball team will begin its 2018 Women’s College World Series tonight in Oklahoma City as it takes on the No. 2 Florida Gators. This will be the fourth WCWS in program history, with the Bulldogs seeking their first ever National Championship.  Game/Series notes: #7 Georgia (48-11) #2 Florida (55-9) Date: May 31, 2018 Game Times: 7 p.m., EDT Location: Oklahoma City Stadium: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium   Media Information TV: ESPN 2 Streaming Video: Watch ESPN Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com Twitter Updates: @UGAsoftball     #7 Georgia softball is set to make its fourth Women’s College World Series appearance in Oklahoma City. The Bulldogs open WCWS play Thursday, May 31 against Southeastern Conference foe and second-ranked Florida.   The Bulldogs find themselves in bracket play with #2 Florida, #3 UCLA, and #6 Florida State. The winners of each double-elimination bracket will square off in a best-of-three finals.   Follow the Bulldogs » The 2018 Women’s College World Series will air in its entirety on the networks of ESPN. Georgia’s opening game will air on ESPN 2. Thursday’s game will feature Beth Mowins providing play-by-play with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Michele Smith along with reporter Holly Rowe. » Every game will stream online on ESPN3 and via the ESPN app. » Live stats will be available. Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at GeorgiaDogs.com. » Live Twitter updates will be available all season long at @UGAsoftball.   Bulldog Bulletin NCAA Tournament Tidbits » 2018 is Georgia’s 17th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. » Georgia is 67-35 all-time in NCAA Tournament action, advancing to 10 Super Regionals and four Women’s College World Series. » The 2009 and 2010 seasons saw the Bulldogs advance to the Final Four. » In Regional action, Georgia is 48-17 » In Super Regional play, Georgia is 10-12 all-time; however, the Bulldogs are 8-4 in Athens. » Georgia has a 7-6 WCWS record in its history. » Athens hosted to its fifth NCAA Super Regional. Athens has hosted 10 Regionals in the past including 2018. » In Athens, Georgia is 40-11in NCAA Tournament play; in just home Regional action, UGA is 33-7. » Four current Bulldogs were part of the team that last advanced to the WCWS (2016): Cortni Emanuel, Brittany Gray, Alyssa DiCarlo, and Kylie Bass » The Bulldogs faced 14 total teams in this season’s NCAA Tournament field and posted a 23-10 record against said teams. » Of the WCWS field, Georgia faced Oregon and Florida. Georgia fell to Oregon in the second game of the season on Feb. 8. The Bulldogs did not lose again until falling to Florida in the series finale on Mar. 18 in Athens.   Series Histories Oregon - Georgia trails 1-4 » All five meetings have been on neutral fields, most recently in Tempe, Arizona on Feb. 8, 2018. Oregon bested the Bulldogs 8-3. Florida - Georgia trails 26-39 » For the first time since 2011, Georgia won a series against Florida. Game two featured a run-rule of the Gators, the first since Apr. 2, 2006 (12-4, 6 innings) » In the postseason, the Bulldogs have won four of the last five meetings including sweeping the Gators in the 2016 Super Regional » Georgia and Florida met in the World Series in 2010; Georgia won 3-2 UCLA - Georgia trails 2-14 » Georgia’s postseason history with UCLA includes the 2005 and 2008 Super Regionals (UCLA won both) and a meeting in the 2010 World Series (UCLA won 5-2) Oklahoma - Georgia leads 3-2 » Georgia and Oklahoma have never met in the postseason, only in early season tournaments, the last in 2015 at the Mary Nutter Challenge in California Washington - Georgia trails 4-9 » Georgia has played Washington in two Regionals (2004, 2007) and two World Series (2009, 2010). Each have two wins in WCWS meetings » Last meeting was in 2013 at the Cathedral City Classic Florida State - Series tied 8-8 » Last five meetings have been in the postseason including last year’s Tallahassee Regional and a meeting in the 2016 World Series; Georgia won 5-4 Arizona State - Georgia Trails 0-4 » Last met in the 2013 Athens Regional; Georgia lost both meetings » Prior to 2013, the Bulldogs and Sun Devils last met in 2001 in the Fiesta Bowl Classic in Arizona   Tournament Recap to this Point Georgia has swept its way to its fourth WCWS appearance. The Bulldogs defeated Harvard and Northwestern (twice) to win the Athens Regional. Georgia edged #10 Tennessee twice to clinch the Super Regional crown. The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 33-13, hitting .339 as a team and slugging nine home runs. Alyssa DiCarlo is hitting .750 with eight RBI, four home runs, and a 1.917 slugging percentage and .824 on base clip. In the circle, the staff has recorded a 1.60 ERA. Mary Wilson Avant (1.60 ERA) has worked 21.1 innings, almost 61 percent of total innings, earning three wins. Kylie Bass has worked 10.1 innings with a 2-0 record and a 2.03 ERA in the postseason.   Georgia reached the WCWS in 2009 and 2010 with perfect 5-0 records as well.   Georgia in the Top 25 The Bulldogs drew the #7 national seed of the NCAA Tournament, it was announced on Selection Sunday.   The Bulldogs fell to #9 in the week 14 USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll while also falling to #12 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll.   Georgia Sweeps Athens Regional The seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs swept the NCAA Athens Regional last weekend, defeating Harvard and Northwestern. Georgia outscored opponents 27-9, slugging six home runs and hitting .390 as a team in three games. The last time Georgia swept a Regional was 2012, also in Athens.   Bulldogs Edge Tennessee in Super Regional Georgia earned a pair of one-run victories over #10 Tennessee in the Athens Super Regional. Friday’s game saw Georgia hold a 4-0 lead going to the sixth inning. Tennessee plated two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to narrow the lead but the Bulldogs were able to strand the go-ahead runs on base to take a 1-0 lead in the series with the 4-3 win. Saturday’s game featured a pitcher’s duel with the game remaining scoreless through six innings. Mary Wilson Avant recorded a no-hitter into the sixth. An RBI triple by Alyssa DiCarlo plated the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Tennessee answered with a two-out RBI single to tie the game and force extra innings. In her final at bat at Jack Turner Stadium, Cortni Emanuel blasted her third career home run to put Georgia back in front in the eighth inning, 2-1. In the bottom of the inning, Ciara Bryan made a catch at the wall in left center for out number two, potentially saving a run. A come-backer to Avant was the final out, sending Georgia to the Women’s College World Series.   Seven Bulldogs Earn NFCA All-Region Honors Seven Bulldogs were named NFCA All-Southeast Region: Brittany Gray, Alyssa DiCarlo, and Cortni Emanuel were all named First Team All-Region. Alysen Febrey was Georgia’s lone Second Team selection while Justice Milz, Kendall Burton, and Ciara Bryan all earned Third Team accolades.   This is the second time Georgia has landed seven All-Region honors, tying the program record set in 2014 and 2015. Three First-Team honors is the most since Georgia had four in 2006. The most first teamers came the season prior in 2005 with five selections. For senior Emanuel, this is her fourth All-Region honor in her career, third as a First Team selection. DiCarlo picks up her second All-Region nod.   DiCarLONG Ball Junior Alyssa DiCarlo has knocked a team-leading 20 home runs this season, cracking Georgia’s single-season top-10 list to rank fifth. In her career, she ranks seventh all-time with 44 home runs. Her 20 is a career-high in a season for the Arizona native.   In the second game of the Athens Regional, DiCarlo tied an NCAA Tournament record with three home runs. The last Georgia player to hit three home runs in a game was Geri Ann Glasco (at South Carolina, Apr. 2013). She is the first player since Amber Flores (2010, Oklahoma) to hit three home runs in the NCAA Tournament. DiCarlo is only the fourth player to accomplish the feat. She became only the second Georgia player to do it, Glasco being the first.   She has also cracked the career list with 193 RBI. With 66 this season, she has cracked the single-season top-10 list for the second time. She is tied for fourth with 66 RBI this season. Her 64 RBI in 2017 ranks tied for eighth.   Harris-Champer Named SEC Coach of the Year Lu Harris-Champer, who wins her third SEC Coach of the Year honor (2003, 2005) guided the Bulldogs to a 43-10 regular-season record, finishing second in the SEC with a 16-8 clip. Georgia’s second-place exceeded expectations as the Bulldogs were picked to finish ninth in the Preseason Poll, finishing in last place a season ago. Georgia won seven of eight conference series including wins over then #2 Florida, #7 Tennessee, and #17 Alabama. The Bulldogs opened the season 26-1, the best start in school history, including a 25-game winning streak to tie the program record. 2018 is the 16th40-win season under Harris-Champer. Georgia’s 16 SEC wins are the most since 2012 (17). The Bulldogs are expected to make their 17th-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance this month.   Four Bulldogs Earn All-SEC Honors Pitcher Brittany Gray, infielder Alyssa DiCarlo, and outfielder Cortni Emanuel earned First Team All-SEC accolades while infielder Justice Milz earned Second Team honors. The honors for Gray and Milz are firsts in their careers while Emanuel earns her fourth (All-Freshman Team in 2015, Second Team in 2016, then First Team in 2017). It’s the third-straight for DiCarlo (First Team, All-Freshman in 2016; Second Team in 2017).   Emanuel, DiCarlo Names Top 25 Finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year Cortni Emanuel and Alyssa DiCarlo were named two of 25 finalists for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. 2018 is the second time Georgia has landed two on the finalist list, the other being 2015 (Alex Hugo, Paige Wilson). Georgia has had six top-25 finalists for the award in the program’s history. Alisa Goler (2009) is Georgia’s lone top-10 finalist. The 2018 season is Emanuel’s second-straight season on the list.   Gray, Emanuel Selected in NPF Draft Seniors Brittany Gray and Cortni Emanuel were drafted in the 2018 National Pro Fastpitch Draft Monday evening. Gray was selected by the Beijing Shougang Eagles as the 14th pick while Emanuel was selected as the 23rd pick by the USSSA Pride.   Gray and Emanuel become the 12th and 13th Georgia Bulldogs to be drafted in the NPF. Gray is the highest pick out of Georgia since Chelsea Wilkenson was taken as the 14th pick in 2016. 2016 was also the last time Georgia had two student-athletes drafted in the same year.   Shout-outs for Shutouts The Georgia pitching staff has recorded 22 shutouts in 2018. UGA’s record for shutouts in a season is 33 set in 2003.   The Bulldogs recorded six-consecutive shutouts from Feb. 17-24, tying a program record set twice, first in 2003 then again in 2016.   Down But Not Out Georgia has come back to win five games when trailing after six innings this season. Three wins have been on the road while comebacks at home have been against Florida and Alabama.   In the road series at Mississippi State, Georgia found itself down a run in the top seventh with two out in every game. The Bulldogs either tied or took a lead in each game with one out left, winning games Friday and Sunday.   Emanuel Joins Greatness In the Apr. 8 game against Missouri, Cortni Emanuel recorded her 300th career hit. She becomes only the third Georgia player with 300 career hits, joining Nicole Barber and Kim Wendland. She moved into second all-time during the Alabama series. She is also only one of four with over 200 runs scored at Georgia.   Winning Series is Key Georgia won seven of eight Southeastern Conference series played. Georgia won all but one league series in 2006, a season after winning all 10 series in 2005. Game three of the series has been a rubber game in four of seven SEC series. Georgia won the opening game of the series six times.   A Power-Packed Offense At the plate, Georgia leads the SEC in four offensive categories including batting average (.335), slugging (.528), hits (524), and total bases (825).   In the country, Georgia’s team batting average ranks third while slugging ranks fifth and coming in ninth in on base pct. and 12th in scoring (6.08 runs/game).    
  • Several items stolen from former UGA linebacker Roquan Smith’s car were recovered late Tuesday night, including his prized Rose Bowl and National Championship jerseys.  Summerville Police (Chattooga County) recovered the items from a teenager who is attending the University of Georgia. A fingerprint recovered from Smith’s car in which the items were stolen lead police to the teenager. The suspect allegedly confessed to Summerville Police that he had taken the items in Athens and brought them to his father’s residence in Summerville.  The Athens-Clarke County Police were notified of the recovery, and arrived late Tuesday night to take possession of the items.  Other items stolen from the car included electronics and an iPad issued to Smith by the Chicago Bears, the team that drafted him in the first round of last month’s NFL Draft. Those items were not recovered with the jerseys.  The name of the teenager has not yet been released. 
  • Sasser Earns National and SEC Player of the Week Honors   Georgia Sports Communications/For Immediate Release/May 7, 2018   ATHENS-----Georgia junior first baseman Adam Sasser has been named Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Week as well as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.   A 6-4, 245-pound native of Evans, Ga., Sasser batted .538 (7-for-13) with four home runs and 10 RBI to lead Georgia to a three-game SEC road sweep of Missouri. He tied a school record with three home runs in one game in Georgia’s 10-6 win on Thursday. On Saturday, he belted his fourth home that capped a 10-pitch at bat in the team’s 7-1 victory.   Sasser leads the team with a .343 batting average, ranks second on the club with eight home runs and third in RBI with 39. He is Georgia’s leading hitter in SEC action at .381-5-24. He has played in 46 games with 39 starts at first base.   The Bulldogs (33-14) own a No. 4 RPI (Rating Percentage Index) according to the NCAA and are a consensus top 20 ranked team. They are ranked as high as No. 9 in Collegiate Baseball’s weekly top 30. Up next, Georgia faces Georgia TechTuesday in the 16th annual Farmview Spring Classic For Kids at SunTrust Park, a benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets and parking can be purchased through Ticketmaster at this link: http://gado.gs/919 First pitch will be at 7:02 p.m. and be televised by the SEC Network and available via the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   
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    Logan Booker is the producer for Classic City Today on 98.7FM and AM 1340 WGAU from 6am-10am weekdays, and occasionally contributes on-air with Tim Bryant. Logan also covers the midday news on WGAU Monday-Friday. On occasion, he fills as a co-host of The Morning Show on 960 The Ref. 

    Logan has covered UGA sports since 2012, previously with Bulldawg Illustrated. 

    He 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 Grady Sports Media certificate. He was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and in addition to his current home in Bethlehem, Georgia, he spends lots of time with his dog and his boat in Lincoln County, Georgia. 

     

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  • Stormy weather is on its way to the entire eastern United States, but Friday will be the last day of refuge before these thunderstorms hit, Channel 2 Action News Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said. Friday has a mere 20 percent chance of rain, and Burns said metro Atlanta will mostly see partly cloudy skies throughout Friday, which is good news for the morning and evening commutes. The temperature will remain quite steamy because of the rain the past few days. The predicted high is 90 degrees, and the heat index should reach the low to mid 90s. After midnight on Friday, storms could take a turn for the worst, Burns said. Far northeast Georgia has the risk of scattered severe storms overnight, and the eastern and northern metro Atlanta areas have the threat of isolated severe storms. '(This storm system) is going to provide much of the eastern half of the country with some very stormy times,” Burns said. It only gets worse Saturday, as most of the state is under the risk of severe thunderstorms — Dade and Walker counties have a few lucky spots.  Because of pockets of cool air within the storm, Georgia is under a moderate risk for hail that could damage car roofs, Burns said. The chance of rain is 60 percent, and heavy downpours, frequent lightning and strong winds are expected as well. Temperatures will drop slightly to the upper 80s during the storm system, which is expected to last through the middle of next week. Sunday is a brief reprieve from storms with a 30 percent chance of rain, but Monday and Tuesday both have 70 percent chances of storms.
  • A man got away with a stolen car in Covington Tuesday night, and the thief used an unusual method to escape: a forklift. Covington police are searching for the man who hopped on a forklift and used it to break through a metal fence at Ginn Chevrolet, Channel 2 Action News reported. “First time that I can recall where somebody used a forklift to basically knock a hole and an escape route,” Covington police Capt. Ken Malcolm told Channel 2. Police said he spent nearly an hour walking through the parking lot to pick out the right vehicle to steal, Channel 2 reported. “He just was basically shopping for a vehicle,” Malcolm told the news station. He settled on a 2017 Ford Mustang that had been brought in for repairs, Channel 2 reported. Then he broke into the shop and found the keys for the forklift. “This is obviously someone who had some knowledge on how to operate a forklift and was able to utilize it to gain his escape,” Malcolm told the news station. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Covington police at 770-786-7605.
  • From the University of Georgia comes a campus construction advisory: UGA says a stretch of Cedar Street will be closing Saturday.  The work that began this week continues through this week and until August 2, with single-lane closures on Highway 316 in Barrow County: Georgia DOT crews are working on a new interchange for 316 at Carl-Bethlehem Road. It’s a $26 million project due for completion by November of 2020.
  • A judge rules in a Jackson County election case, dismissing a claim from Jackson County School Board member Steve Bryant. Bryant lost his reelection bid in May, defeated by challenger Don Clerici. Bryant wanted the election results overturned, saying his name should have been first on the ballot based on being first in alphabetical order. Judge David Sweat didn’t buy it. 
  • It has happened yet again: another big drug bust on I-85 in Franklin County. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says three suspects were arrested; methamphetamine and firearms were confiscated after the driver of an F-150 was pulled over for a traffic violation. The three people in the truck were all from South Carolina; all were booked into the Franklin County jail.  Authorities in Hall County have identified the latest Lake Lanier drowning victim: they say Teresa Graham was 51 years old, from Hall County. She apparently fell off a dock and into the Lake. Investigators in the Hall County Sheriff’s Office say there is no sign of foul play. 

Bulldog News

  • ATLANTA — Georgia football sits No. 8 in the current 2019 team recruiting rankings, though this hardly appears to be an off year. The Bulldogs lead the nation with three 5-star commits. Their ranking is more a byproduct of having just 12 players in the class (as of July 21) while temporary No. 1 Alabama has used up 20 commits. Georgia, clearly, is a safe bet for another top 5 signing.  Coach Kirby Smart’s first three classes ranked at No. 6, No. 3 and No. 1 per the 247Sports composite. Bulldogs defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter, a 4-star, top 100 prospect out of Tucker, Ga.,  shared how quickly Smart won him over. RELATED: Georgia football dissed with no first-team All-SEC picks “ He’s a great guy, really good people person, he’ll talk to   you, and he’s really personable,” Ledbetter said. “He wants to know the real you, he can see through a lot of stuff. He just wants to know deep down what you’re made of, and what kind of character you have.” It takes an entire staff to recruit to a program effectively, and Georgia has three of the top assistant coaches in that respect. Georgia football assistant head coach/running backs coach Dell McGee, co-offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach James Coley and offensive line coach Sam Pittman are regarded among the most effective recruiters in collegiate football. Jeff Sentell, the top authority on Georgia football recruiting, said two things have separated Smart from the previous staff. RELATED: Jeff Sentell reports elite Juco prospect nearing decision “Whenever there is anyone Georgia wants, anywhere, you always hear the recruits say ‘Georgia is recruiting me as hard as anyone,’ “ Sentell said. “So, number one, Georgia doesn’t get out-recruited any more.” The second thing, which should become even more evident on the field this season, is the priority the Bulldogs have placed on the offensive line. “They get the type of elite talent for the line of scrimmage that they used to get at running back spot and quarterback spot,” Sentell said.”Guys like Knowshon Moreno used to be running behind a bunch of 3-star guys and maybe one 4-star.” RELATED: Georgia football favorite to win East Division at SEC Media Days Georgia has 18 players on its roster that were rated a 5-star prospect by one recruiting service or another, and that sort of depth has propelled the program into championship contention. “Everywhere you look, when Georgia gets an injury or has someone out, it’s an opportunity to see the next big thing,” Sentell said. “It’s not necessarily going to be a drop off.” Mike Griffith covers Georgia football for DawgNation. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32 Georgia football Jonathan Ledbetter   The post WATCH: Jonathan Ledbetter explains how Kirby Smart makes Georgia football recruiting special appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA — Georgia football is back to being the hunter, after all. The Bulldogs were a distant second to Alabama in the preseason SEC Championship voting from the media contingent attending the league’s media days at the College Football Hall of Fame this week. RELATED: Georgia fails to land first-team All-SEC preseason pick The Crimson Tide garnered two-thirds of the first-place votes available — 193 of the 284 (.679), while Georgia received less than one-fourth (69. .242) despite its status as defending league champion. Bulldogs defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter said the Bulldogs don’t concern themselves with perception. “You always have your doubters and naysayers, but you have to keep the main thing the main thing,” Ledbetter said at SEC Media Days. “There’s a lot of outside noise in college football, but you just worry about your team and how you can get better rather than what everyone is saying, because they’re not in there doing it with you.” The Bulldogs were a heavy favorite to win the SEC Eastern Division, however, receiving 271 of 285 first-place votes. Preseason SEC Predicted Order Of Finish The post Georgia football picked in East, but Alabama heavy favorite for SEC title appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said his Bulldogs have “dormant ability” that has yet to be proven, and the media voting on preseason All-SEC honors appear to agree. Defending SEC Champion Georgia returns seven starters on offense, but none of them were deemed worthy of first-team recognition by the select panel. Quarterback Jake Fromm, who finished second in the SEC and ninth in the nation in passing efficiency last season, settled for splitting third-team honors with Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald. Bulldogs kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and defensive backs Deandre Baker and J.R. Reed were the only Georgia players to earn first-team honors released Friday. Alabama, which did not play in the SEC Championship Game but won the national title as the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoffs, had six first-team selections. The Bulldogs did have several players selected to second-team preseason All-SEC honors. On offense, tailback D’Andre Swift, receiver Terry Godwin, tight end Isaac Nauta, offensive tackle Andrew Thomas and center Lamont Gaillard were chosen. Defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter and linebacker D’Andre Walker were second-team picks on defense, while return specialist Mecole Hardman was also recognized. Georgia’s only third-team pick was Fromm. Smart might have sensed that his Bulldogs had something left to prove despite their magic run to the SEC title and national championship game. “It’s what is our potential, which is dormant ability, or our effectiveness, which is what we get out of our players?” Smart said during his presentation to the Georgia media contingent at the Omni Hotel prior to his SEC Media Days appearance. “We’re constantly trying to get the most out of them, and this year will be measured by how effective we are tactically, mentally (and) physically. We have to do the best job we’ve ever done preparing this group for that.” Indeed, because if Georgia lacks any first-team All-SEC selections at the end of the season, there’s a good chance it would mean the Bulldogs failed to defend their SEC crown. Preseason All-SEC First Team Selections The post Georgia football preseason snub: Bulldogs void of first-team All-SEC offense selections appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA — The narrative heading into the 2018 season is it’s the year of the quarterback in the SEC. After a couple of years of unspectacular overall play at the position, the league is stocked with exceptional signal-callers this season. And Georgia’s Jake Fromm is expected to be at the top of the class. That’s according to the SEC Network’s Greg McElroy. A former quarterback himself — he led Alabama to a 14-0 season and national championship in 2009 — McElroy makes it his personal business to evaluate the position in the league to an extensive degree. He dives deep into statistical analytics provided by ESPN and studies game and practice video until he’s left cross-eyed. McElroy loves what he sees and has seen in the Bulldogs’ sophomore quarterback. “From an efficiency standpoint, you’d be hard-pressed to find a guy better than Jake Fromm,” said McElroy, asked to handicap the best quarterbacks said during SEC Football Media Days on Thursday. “I think Fromm’s a surgeon. He just kills you with execution. I don’t think there’s anything more demoralizing than a quarterback that can defeat a defense with his brain.” Aside from the pass efficiency numbers that McElroy alluded to — Fromm was ninth in the nation (160.1) in that category — there’s not a lot about Fromm’s game beyond that attracts national attention. Fromm’s 174.3 yards passing a game didn’t crack the Top 10 even in the SEC and he attempted 15 or fewer passes in seven. Therefore, Fromm’s is 24 TD passes (versus 7 interceptions) pale in comparison to the 44 of league-leader Drew Lock of Missouri, who got them in two fewer games. But while Fromm’s primary task was to get the play call in from the sideline and to distribute the ball to the Bulldogs’ bevy of backs, he was given an increasing level of autonomy to audible at the line of scrimmage. He had pass-run options, could switch a play from left to right based on defensive alignment, could switch protections and check to a hot read. McElroy says Fromm scores particularly high in this department. He compared the Georgia quarterback to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “Marcus Spears said playing against Aaron Rodgers was the worst experience he’s ever had in his life,” McElroy said. “It’s because he just kills you with completions and positive plays. There’s never any negative plays, so you can never steal momentum. Even if it’s a 3-yard completion, you’re moving in the right direction. Right? “That’s what I see in Fromm. He has very few negative plays. He’s great on third down, so he keeps drives alive. He’s efficient in the passing game. And he doesn’t have a big ego. He’s not trying to do too much. He stays within the system. He’s an extension of what Jim Chaney wants him to be and that’s a great place for Georgia to be in. If you’re trying to win a championship, knowing the great personnel that Georgia has, he’s the perfect fit.” McElroy had similar traits when he led Alabama to the SEC championship in 2009. He credits Fromm for helping Georgia land the title last year. He argues that Georgia doesn’t make it to the playoffs and the national championship game if Jacob Eason had remained. Fromm replaced the sophomore quarterback when he suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of the first game last season. “The biggest difference from 2016 to ’17 was quarterback,” McElroy said. “I said it going into last year — and Georgia fans killed me for it — there were things about Eason that bothered me. I didn’t feel like he approached the game with a level of professionalism that you have to win a championship or contend for a championship. He was a little statuesque in the pocket. Fromm is the antithesis of all that. Ultimate leader, consummate pro, great weekly preparation, and he could move around when things broke down around him a little bit. So I love Fromm.” That said, McElroy wasn’t ready to tab Fromm as the best quarterback in a league with a lot of good ones. Lock was named preseason All-SEC Thursday and is generally seen as the best pro prospect in the SEC this season. The Eastern Division also features South Carolina’s Jake Bentley and Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur. Whomever Alabama chooses between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts should be good. Felipe Franks could make a major jump at Florida under the direction of Dan Mullen, who of six offensive-minded head coaches hired in the league this year. “If I had to start a team based on what we know, I like (Auburn’s) Jarrett Stidham,” McElroy said. “I love Tua, too. But Fromm definitely has a chance to be one of the best ones out there.” The Bulldogs plan to throw the ball more in 2018, so Fromm’s passing numbers should improve just due to more opportunities. As for the competition with highly-touted freshman Justin Fields, McElroy said he expects it will be a factor this season. But he also believes it will ultimately make Fromm that much better. “With Fields behind him, I’m really fascinated to see how much he’s elevates his play,” McElroy said. “He’s obviously had to do that. I’m just fascinated to see how big that bump is.”   The post SEC QB expert: Georgia’s Jake Fromm ‘a surgeon that kills you with execution’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA — Georgia didn’t get Auburn’s best shot in the SEC Championship Game last season, and the Tigers know it. Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis said he gives the Bulldogs’ credit for making plays, but the Tigers’ team they beat by a 28-7 count in Mercedes Benz Stadium “simply wasn’t us.” “I don’t think we played our best the second game, and I don’t know if it was because they made us not play our best, or if we weren’t locked in or focused,” Davis said at SEC Media Days on Thursday at the College Football Hall of Fame. “If you watch the tape from the first game to the second game, it was two different teams, and not just because we won’t the first time,” Davis said, referencing the Tigers’ convincing 40-17 win at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 11. “You pop in any other time we actually played Auburn football, and you match it with the SEC Championship Game, it simply wasn’t us … “ Tigers coach Gus Malzahn pointed to Auburn’s difficult November schedule when asked about the difference between the teams’ two meetings. “T he regular season, we played extremely well at home,” Malzahn said Thursday. “You know, then the next, I guess, two weeks later we had to play Alabama, another No. 1 team at home, and then a week later we had to turn around and play Georgia again. “So I believe we played champions and defending champions three out of four weeks. That’s a tough challenge, there’s no doubt.” Auburn defensive lineman Dontavius Russell was more vague, though he did reference the rib injury that some felt slowed Tigers’ running back Kerryon Johnson in the second meeting. “I feel like the way we can improve as a defense and as a team is handling adverse situations,” said Russell, a one-time 2013 Georgia commit from Carrollton who flipped to Auburn in the 2014 signing class. “Toward the end of the Georgia game, we faced adverse situations, being that Kerryon was out, it was something we didn’t respond as well to.” Johnson rushed for 167 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass in Auburn’s win over the Bulldogs in the regular-season, a victory that knocked Georgia out of the No. 1 spot. But in the second meeting, Johnson couldn’t get on track (13 carries, 44 yards), and the Georgia defense forced two turnovers and blocked a field goal attempt. Malzahn said Georgia’s defense adjusted by bringing an extra player into the box and playing more with one deep safety, as well as getting more aggressive with run fits. “ We felt like that would happen — we started out, tried to get the ball on the perimeter, throw some short passes to get us on pace to throw the football,” Malzahn said after the defeat. “We also tried big set runs because of the odd front.” Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham, recently named to the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, said the Bulldogs also mixed up their coverage and blitz packages effectively. Smart, while proud of how Georgia controlled the line of scrimmage, said after the SEC title game that he recognized it wasn’t the same Auburn as the first meeting. “Just be honest, Kerryon was not 100 percent; he wasn’t the same guy he was last game, so that probably helped some as well,” Smart said. “We felt getting after the quarterback was the way to beat them, and we did that much better this game than we did the last game. “The big difference was, number one, the back wasn’t running as hard and as much, but I thought we kept our edges, and there weren’t those 15, 20 yard runs. There were the three, four kind. And we kept them behind the sticks.” Auburn and Georgia meet this season on Nov. 10 at Sanford Stadium in a game most expect will carry SEC Championship Game implications. Auburn DT Dontavius Russell Auburn LB Deshaun Davis The post Auburn: Georgia football didn’t get Tigers’ best shot in SEC title game appeared first on DawgNation.