Courts chip away at case backlog

Judge Jeffery S. Malcom likened the backlog of court cases in the Northern Judicial Circuit to an elephant that he and his fellow judges plan to eat one bite at a time. Malcom, who serves as chief judge for the Northern Judicial Circuit, said the circuit is holding extra trial weeks to make up forContinue reading “Courts chip away at case backlog”

Small steps for fire stations

Jehu Post, Beaverdam’s fire chief, isn’t sure he’d call the planning meeting between fire stations on Oct. 17 a unity meeting, but then again, he might. “If we (stations) all fall underneath the strategic plan, then we’re all working on the same page. … I guess that’s where the ‘unity’ word came into it,” PostContinue reading “Small steps for fire stations”

Fire departments take first step

Members of Oglethorpe County’s 15 fire stations took a first step on Monday to what Emergency Medical Services Director Jason Lewis hopes will culminate in a plan for cooperation and standardization. The firefighters met at the Courthouse in the first of three planned gatherings. “Us working together is the only path forward,” Lewis said. OglethorpeContinue reading “Fire departments take first step”

Dissatisfaction with Oglethorpe Ave. Elementary leadership runs deeper

Pajama day at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School was supposed to be fun. Attitudes about the event, which took place the day before winter break, quickly shifted after the school received a bomb threat and students and teachers were evacuated to a nearby church parking lot for two hours. The threat turned out to be aContinue reading “Dissatisfaction with Oglethorpe Ave. Elementary leadership runs deeper”

UGA graduate students advocate for repeal of special institution fee

The Franklin College’s faculty senate passed a resolution on March 23 written by the Graduate Student Council’s advocacy committee to signal support for eliminating the Special Institution Fee for graduate students at the University of Georgia. The resolution also encourages UGA to work with the University System of Georgia to eliminate the fee for allContinue reading “UGA graduate students advocate for repeal of special institution fee”

UGA First Amendment Clinic, residents ask transparency of Oconee County School Board

On Feb. 5, the University of Georgia’s First Amendment clinic sent its second letter to the Oconee County School Board asking for the board to increase transparency with the community, promote more virtual accessibility to board meetings and unblock members of the community on its Twitter account. The First Amendment clinic is a semester-long courseContinue reading “UGA First Amendment Clinic, residents ask transparency of Oconee County School Board”

UGA activists call for transparent diversity committee meetings

Students activists like Phaidra Buchanan, a senior at the University of Georgia and member of Beyond Baldwin, were blindsided when UGA announced the Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity and Community had completed its work. She noted that neither the task force nor the UGA Planning Committee on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence released any meetingContinue reading “UGA activists call for transparent diversity committee meetings”

District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez discusses upbringing, reforming prosecution

Deborah Gonzalez is on the move. From private lawyer to Georgia state representative to district attorney of the Western Judicial Circuit, Gonzalez is constantly adapting to changes in her surroundings without missing a beat.  She comes from a military family and considers her ability to seamlessly transcend through different stages of her career a byproductContinue reading “District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez discusses upbringing, reforming prosecution”

Cuomo called to resign after back-to-back scandals

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was lauded for his honest demeanor and diligent daily briefings when cases of COVID-19 in NY reached record highs. Recently, Cuomo’s honesty has been called into question. According to an article published by The New York Times, some of Cuomo’s senior aides rewrote a report gathered by state health officialsContinue reading “Cuomo called to resign after back-to-back scandals”