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Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014

Water main break floods Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- Part of downtown Athens turned into a raging, muddy creek Tuesday night after a 12-inch water main burst, flooding businesses.
By Lee Shearer

Thursday, July 17, 2014

UGA donors set fundraising record

ATHENS, Ga. -- Donors loosened up their purse strings to set a record in new University of Georgia President Jere Morehead's first year in office -- $126.4 million.
By Lee Shearer

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Georgia No. 2 in college tuition hikes

Only one state has jacked up tuition and fee costs for college students more than Georgia did in the five-year period from 2008 to 2013,
By Lee Shearer

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Rivers dwindling, professor says

Georgia is behind many other states in water planning and may pay the price down the road, a professor says.
By Lee Shearer

Sunday, May 25, 2014

UGA online enrollment surges

ATHENS, Ga. -- Enrollment in a set of high-demand University of Georgia summer courses has nearly doubled in the second year the university has offered them.
By Lee Shearer

Friday, May 16, 2014

Ex-UGA coach not guilty

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens jury found former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan not guilty for his participation in what federal prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme.
By Lee Shearer

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Investors describe ex-UGA coach deception

ATHENS, Ga. -- Eighteen investors took the witness stand on Monday to testify in the fraud trial of former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan in Athens' U.S. District Court.
By Lee Shearer

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ex-players trusted UGA coach, lost money

ATHENS, Ga. -- Two former University of Georgia football stars lost more than $2.5 million investing in a deals touted by Jim Donnan, they testified in the former UGA football coach’s criminal ...
By Lee Shearer

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
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