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Kenny Rogers auctioning Ga. home

Kenny Rogers auctioning Ga. home

ATHENS, Ga. -- Grand Estates Auction Co. will auction country music legend and Grammy Award winner Kenny Rogers' secluded lakeside retreat near Athens on June 26.

The custom-built Polynesian-inspired, five bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom lake home is on a property that includes a fully stocked private lake with an island, fenced horse pastures and miles of wooded riding trails on 150 acres of virgin forest.

The home was built around a lanai and pool and features oak and marble inlayed floors, custom millwork, a gourmet kitchen, three-car garage and separate guest house.

Admitted Athens cop-killer asks for new judge, change of venue

Admitted Athens cop-killer asks for new judge, change of venue

Admitted Athens cop-killer Jamie Hood has asked for a new judge and also for his case to be moved to another county. Hood made those requests in a letter filed Wednesday in Clarke County Superior Court.

Hood, 33, confessed on live TV to shooting Athens-Clarke senior police officers Elmer “Buddy” Christian III and Tony Howard on March 22, 2011, killing Christian and seriously wounding the other officer.

He faces the death penalty for the 2011 shootings and also for the alleged murder of Kenneth Omari Wray in December 2010, outside Wray’s home on Athens’ Westside.

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Regents approve raises for college presidents

Regents approve raises for college presidents

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has approved raises for a handful of college presidents across the state.

The board Wednesday signed off on a $25,000 raise for the presidents at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Atlanta Metropolitan College. David Bridges and Gary McGaha will now make $198,000 per year.

Jim Sanders, director of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanograhpy, received the same raise and will now make $198,000. The board also approved $600,000 in deferred compensation for University of Georgia President Michael Adams and another $2 million over five years once he retires next year.

Other institution presidents received salary increases but they were funded by private foundations. The largest was Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson who will receive a $166,666 bump to more than $756,000.

 

UGA president to hold open forum with students

UGA president to hold open forum with students

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams will hold an open forum for students.

The "Open Mic with Mike" event was rescheduled for April 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the "Dawg Pen" on the atrium level of the Tate Student Center. It was originally planned for April 3.

The forum is a chance for students to talk with Adams about issues facing the university, including state budget cuts, tuition hikes and reductions to the HOPE scholarship.

The forum is open to the public, but only students can ask questions of Adams. The event is sponsored by the UGA student government association.

Glamour editor to speak at UGA

Glamour editor to speak at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- A top editor from Glamour magazine is set to speak at the University of Georgia.

Cindi Leive is editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine and glamour.com, which together reach more than 15 million readers each month. Glamour outsells most other magazines and has also had great success on electronic platforms like the iPad.

Leive's talk is called "Magazines From Now On: What Works (and What Doesn't) in the Age of Twitter and Facebook." It will be held at 4 p.m. on Apr. 19 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries auditorium.

Leive also serves on the board of directors for the International Women's Media Foundation and is former president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. Prior to joining Glamour in May 2001, she served as editor-in-chief of Self magazine.

ATHENS | UGA professor, former AP executive Fink dies

ATHENS | UGA professor, former AP executive Fink dies

ATHENS, Ga. -- Conrad Fink, a longtime University of Georgia
journalism professor and former Associated Press executive, has
died in Athens at age 80.

E. Culpepper Clark, dean of the university's journalism school,  confirmed to The AP that Fink died early Saturday after battling  prostate cancer for two decades. Fink had taught at UGA since 1983. Clark said he was "irreplaceable."

In training a generation of Georgia journalists, Fink brought to the classroom 20 years of real-world experience from his service as a foreign correspondent in southeast Asia and as vice president for
The AP. His AP career spanned 1957 to 1977.

Clark said Fink had taken medical leave during the fall semester but had planned to return before he was hospitalized last week.

Police searching for missing woman

Police searching for missing woman

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County Police are searching for a woman who was last seen Wednesday morning.

Bertha Willis vanished from the Park on West Broad apartments on West Broad Street shortly after 8 a.m.

Anyone who sees Willis or knows her whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Athens-Clarke County Police at 706-613-3888