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UGA student from Decatur passes away

UGA student from Decatur passes away

ATHENS, Ga. -- Campus police are investigating the death of a University of Georgia student who was found unresponsive in a car.

UGA police say 19-year-old Michael McClary of Decatur was in the back seat while returning home after a night out with friends early Saturday morning.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the friends tried to rouse McClary after pulling into an East Campus parking deck and called police at around 2 a.m. Saturday. McClary was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said there were no signs of injury -- foul play, accidental or otherwise.

Solar farm proposed for University of Georgia

Solar farm proposed for University of Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. -- The state Board of Regents is expected to vote Tuesday whether to approve a small solar farm proposed by Georgia Power for the University of Georgia campus.

The solar farm, which would have a generating capacity of about 1 megawatt of electric power – enough to power an estimated 125 homes – would belong to Georgia Power, reports the Athens Banner-Herald. The proposed site is seven to 10 acres on South Milledge Avenue.

The project is termed "Solar Tracking Demonstration Project" in documents submitted to the regents.

UGA is not using the property and does not have immediate plans for the property, UGA Vice President for Research David Lee told the Banner-Herald.

Power generated would go to the state's power grid. The farm would benefit UGA researchers and students in engineering and agriculture, who could access the project for "learning opportunities," Lee said.

Ga. Tech student indicted in UGA website hack

Ga. Tech student indicted in UGA website hack

ATHENS, Ga. -- A Georgia Tech student has been indicted by a Clarke County grand jury for allegedly hacking into University of Georgia's computer network prior to the Nov. 29 football game between the rivals.

Ryan Gregory Pickren, 21, is charged with felony computer trespass for posting on UGA's online calendar two days before the match-up, the Athens Banner-Herald is reporting.

The illegal calendar entry, which was added below the actual listing for the game, said: "Sat., November 29, 2014/ 12:00 pm/ Get Ass Kicked by GT."

An investigation was launched by the UGA Police Department, which did not arrest Pickren. Instead, a prosecutor submitted evidence to the grand jury, which indicted the Georgia Tech student on Dec. 16.

A bench warrant was later ordered and Pickren surrendered at the Clarke County Jail. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

Last trainload of coal rolls to UGA campus

Last trainload of coal rolls to UGA campus

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia will receive its last train shipment of coal this week.

The Athens Line is scheduled to bring the last shipment of coal for the university's coal-fired steam boiler, slated for replacement this winter, reports Athens Banner-Herald.

The train last week brought in five cars of coal, about 500 tons, from Virginia's Red River Coal Company, Tom Satterly, assistant vice president of UGA's facilities management division, told the paper. This week's expected shipment of another six cars with 600 tons, will provide the stockpile of just more than 4,000 tons to help heat Athens' main campus in the months ahead, Satterly said.

The university's old coal-fired steam boiler is used to provide steam for the vast network of pipes that snake through the university campus.

Consultants recommended an electrode boiler powered by Georgia Power Company electricity.

UGA group holds vigil for missing Mexican students

UGA group holds vigil for missing Mexican students

ATHENS, Ga. -- Members of the Athens Immigrants' Rights Coalition are joining the call for answers in the alleged abduction and killings of 43 Mexican college students from Ayotzinapa.

The group organized a vigil last week in conjunction with the Undocumented Student Alliance and the Hispanic Student Association at the University of Georgia.

One of the students spoke about the fact that she hasn't been able to visit her grandparents for many years due to the instability in Ayotzinapa, the region where the missing students' teachers college was located.

"This really spoke to me, and I wanted to show my support in any way I could," said Reilly Lerner, a board member of HSA. "The vigil was an important step in informing people of the situation and what is going on away from home."

The vigil included a reading of the biographies of the students.

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

AP exam participation: Clarke County

AP exam participation: Clarke County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Clarke County, 463 students took 780 AP exams in 2014, and 405 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Clarke County public high school:

Cedar Shoals HS
213 students took 343 exams
174 passing scores