By Beau Evans
Capitol Beat News Service
Supporters of the extremist “Boogaloo” movement were present at a protest Sunday in Athens amid ongoing demonstrations throughout Georgia against police brutality and racial injustice, according to Athens authorities.
State authorities warned Tuesday extremist groups and out-of-state agitators have infiltrated crowds during protests from Atlanta to Savannah since last Friday that at times devolved into scenes of property damage and confrontations with police, who in turn have fired tear gas cannisters and made hundreds of arrests.
Boogaloo supporters mark the first extremist group to be publicly identified by law enforcement officials in Georgia after days of intense protesting, including on Sunday night in Athens during which 32 people were arrested.
Their presence was noted in a memo sent by Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Cleveland Spruill, who called the Boogaloo movement an “extremist organization” that aims in part “to instigate race wars across America.”
New Chief Magistrate Alan Morris is sworn in by Probate Judge David Lindsey, as Morris' son Luke holds the Bible.
Alan Morris was sworn in as the new Chief Magistrate of Pickens County Friday before a gallery of properly-masked and distanced family, friends and judicial circuit employees.
Speaking at the ceremony, Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver said she has known Morris for the 19 years he has worked in some capacity in the courts, beginning as a probation officer and then for the public defender’s office.
Last week the cloudy morning gave way to a beautiful day, and the opening bell rang out to 26 vendors with a wide variety of plants, vegetable,s and homemade goods. 7:30 a.m. - noon in the park & ride at Lee Newton Park.
By Jenny Fellenbaum
As my alarm went off at 4:50 a.m. Saturday morning, there’s a little part of me that groans. Why do I do this? I pull out of my drive with my little trailer in tow, and pull into the park & ride lot a little early this time, 5:50. I was excited.
Normally we would have had seven weeks of the Jasper Farmers Market behind us, but this was just our second market of 2020. Plus, I get to hang out with some of the best, talented, hardest working people I know. And I’ve definitely missed them!
Dan Pool / Photos
Renovation is underway on these rail cars to allow Talking Rock Brewery to open later this year in the small town. Above, brewers Oliver Gill, Tony and Mary Ella Hawf.
Mayor says brewery could be “game changer”
In a unique deal involving one of the old train cars along Talking Rock’s Main Street, the small town has formed a public/private partnership with a forthcoming microbrewery.
If everything goes as planned, Talking Rock Brewery could be serving craft beers out of a renovated train car by late summer.
With the deal, the brewers, who have already invested in substantial brewing equipment and are fine-tuning their recipes, will be responsible for the rail car’s interior, while the city will be responsible for the exterior, relocating it to a more...
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