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Officer shot in face expected to make full recovery

Officer shot in face expected to make full recovery

ATHENS, Ga. – Earlier this week, Senior Police Officer (SPO) Tony Howard was shot in the face and shoulder by carjacking suspect, 33-year-old Jaime Hood of Athens.

Officer Howard was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment. Currently, Howard is recovering and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Howard, 43, has a wife and four sons – aged 11 to 20. SPO Howard has served on the force since 2003. According to Major Mike Shockley, “Officer Howard is respected by his colleagues and has a strong commitment to the community”, he volunteers with the Athens Weed and Seed Program.

Also, in 2009, SPO Tony Howard received the Michael K. Connor Public Service Award, an award that acknowledges law enforcement officers “who have provided exemplary leadership and outstanding service on behalf of Weed and Seed communities in their jurisdiction”.

Funeral arrangements set for SPO Elmer "Buddy" Christian

Funeral arrangements set for SPO Elmer "Buddy" Christian

ATHENS, Ga. – Senior Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian will be funeralized on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Classic Center in Athens. An open visitation will be held at Bernstien Funeral Home on Saturday at 4 p.m. Bernstien Funeral Home is located on Atlanta Highway. Officer Christian was gunned down by carjacking suspect, 33-year-old Jaime Hood of Athens.

Officer Christian, 34, is survived by a wife, a son, a daughter, his parents and two brothers. Christian had served on the force since 2002. According to Major Mike Shockley, “Officer Christian was an excellent and well-liked by his colleagues”.

Athens-Clarke County Police Department is asking all who want to donate to the family to drop donations off at any branch of Athens First Bank and donations may also be mailed to Athens First Bank, 150 West Hancock Ave, Athens GA 30601.

Mattie's Call: Bertha Willis

Mattie's Call: Bertha Willis

Athens, Ga. – The Athens-Clarke County Police Department are requesting your help in locating a missing disabled adult. Bertha Willis was last seen on Thursday, March 17, around 11AM on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Willis is about 5’8 and weights about 280 pounds, she was last seen wearing tan sweat pants, a tan sweat shirt and a light hooded sweat jacket.

If you see or have any information about Bertha Willis call Hilda Sorrow at the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, (706) 613-3888.

ACCG offers paid spring and summer county internships

ACCG offers paid spring and summer county internships

ATHENS, Ga.

Nwando Achebe, daughter of Chinua Achebe, to speak at Darl Snyder Lecture

Nwando Achebe, daughter of Chinua Achebe, to speak at Darl Snyder Lecture

ATHENS – On Wednesday, March 2nd, Nwando Achebe, daughter of renowned “Things Fall Apart” author Chinua Achebe will serve as the guest speaker at the 19th Annual Darl Snyder Lecture. This event is sponsored by the University of Georgia’s African Studies Institute.

Achebe is a history professor at Michigan State University. She has just published her latest book, The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe; there will be a book signing following the lecture. Her research has centered on the Women kings of Nigeria but she is also known for her work for women's advocacy and women's rights in Africa. The topic of her talk is "Journeys through African womanhood: painting a counter-narrative".

The event will be held at 10:00 a.m. in Masters' Hall, which is located in the Georgia Center. This lecture is open to all.

UGA twirler in the running for top amateur athlete prize

UGA twirler in the running for top amateur athlete prize

ATHENS -- (Athens Banner Herald) A University of Georgia athlete familiar to football fans could win one of the nation's top awards for an amateur athlete.

Karrissa Wimberley, the feature baton twirler in Bulldogs halftime shows, is one of a dozen semifinalists vying for the Amateur Athletic Union's annual Sullivan Award, given to the nation's top amateur athlete.

She faces stiff competition: University of Connecticut basketball star Maya Moore, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and figure skater Evan Lysacek, a 2009 world champion and 2010 Olympic gold medalist.

For the complete story, visit the Athens Banner Herald.

Early honored for being first black to earn a degree at UGA

Early honored for being first black to earn a degree at UGA

ATHENS -- (Athens Banner Herald) Mary Frances Early was so happy Monday morning that she burst into song.

Mary Frances Early meets J.J. Harris Elementary School student Keshundra Glenn on Monday during a reception at J.J. Harris in Early’s honor.

"What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. That's the only thing there's just too little of," Early sang in her clear, sweet voice - right in the middle of her speech to more than 500 people attending the annual Freedom Breakfast at the University of Georgia's Tate Student Center.

Early, UGA's first black graduate, gave the keynote address Tuesday morning, then spent part of the afternoon at J.J.