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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ex-UGA coach took millions, court told

ATHENS, Ga. -- Jim Donnan and family members gained more than $5 million from a West Virginia company prosecutors have described as a Ponzi scheme, a former FBI agent testified Wednesday.
By Lee Shearer

Monday, May 5, 2014

UGA makes it tougher to graduate with honors

ATHENS, Ga. - UGA officials voted to make the change last month because the proportion of students earning honor diplomas has crept up to nearly half.
By Lee Shearer

Ex-UGA coach faces federal trial

ATHENS, Ga. -- Former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan is scheduled to face federal charges of mail and wire fraud this week in federal court.
By Lee Shearer

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ex-UGA coach Jim Donnan co-defendant pleads guilty

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Ohio man charged with operating a Ponzi scheme with former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge.
By Lee Shearer

Monday, April 7, 2014

On heels of $700,000 lawsuit, Deal wants overhaul of ethics agency

ATHENS, Ga. - Gov. Nathan Deal will propose an overhaul of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, he said on Monday. Deal's announcement comes three days after a jury ...
By Lee Shearer

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ga. college enrollment drops

Enrollment in both the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia declined in the past two years. 
By Lee Shearer

Friday, March 28, 2014

Disease killing Georgia's bats

ATHENS, Ga. - A killing disease that's devastating bat populations is now working its way east and south through Georgia.
By Lee Shearer

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tobacco use banned by Georgia Board of Regents

On Tuesday, University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted unanimously to ban tobacco on its campuses, beginning Oct. 1.
By Lee Shearer

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Expect more Georgia tornadoes

ATHENS, Ga. -- There's a chance Georgia could see more tornadoes and severe thunderstorms than usual this year, according to one tornado expert.
By Lee Shearer

Thursday, March 6, 2014

UGA Arch accessibility sought

ATHENS, Ga. -- Three University of Georgia students are pressing the UGA administration to make the university's most central symbol accessible to everyone and they're gaining a lot of support.
By Lee Shearer

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

Good, bad in new Ga. teacher evaluations

The state's new teacher evaluation system might be an improvement over the old one, but it's not likely to work exactly as intended.
By Lee Shearer

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Budget cuts take toll on schools

Georgia’s 180 public school districts have not only managed to keep on going billions of dollars in public school funding have been cut since 2002, they’ve actually managed to raise student ...
By Lee Shearer

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Internet pricing focus of UGA study

ATHENS, Ga. -- A pair of University of Georgia economists will study how much residential consumers will pay for their Internet use.
By Lee Shearer

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

Regents might ban all campus tobacco use

Tobacco use would be banned on all the state’s public college and university campuses, under a policy the state Board of Regents is set to discuss at its monthly meeting Wednesday.
By Lee Shearer

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Vince: 50 years at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- Fifty years ago today Vince Dooley became UGA's football coach, making all of $15,500 a year.
By Lee Shearer

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

Deadline nears to complete GED

Georgia technical college officials are making a final push to get people to the state high school equivalency test, the GED, before the end of the year.
By Lee Shearer

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

UGA to purge employee data

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia will erase Social Security numbers from millions of computer records next month in a move to protect employees' personal information.
By Lee Shearer

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Senator questioned JFK probe

ATHENS, Ga. -- The late Georgia Sen. Richard Russell had doubts from the very beginning about the government's investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, archive reveals.
By Lee Shearer

Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

HOPE scholars don't return after losing tech grants

More than 11,000 Georgians lost HOPE grants to attend state technical colleges when the state Legislature imposed tougher academic requirements in 2011, and more than half have not re-enrolled in ...
By Lee Shearer

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

Caterpillar on track for Nov. 1 assembly line goal

The new Caterpillar plant in Athens will have its production lines rolling in time to meet the company's Nov. 1 goal, according to a company engineer.
By Lee Shearer
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Ga. gun owners worry SC

COLUMBIA - Against the wishes of law enforcement officials, lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would allow concealed-weapon permit holders from Georgia and other states with lower safety ...
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