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About: athens, georgia

This college town is home to the University of Georgia located on the banks of the Oconee River. The first class graduated in 1804 and the city was incorporated in 1806. Apart from the University, cotton mills fueled the cities early economy and by the turn of the century, it was thriving southern city. Athens also a thriving music scene and is home to The Globe, voted third best bar in America in 2007. Notable natives include Kim Basinger and NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton.

Population: 113398
Local Newspapers: Athens Banner-Herald The Red & Black
Local Sports Teams: Georgia Bulldogs
Local Colleges: University of Georgia

Zip Codes associated with athens, georgia: 30565 30601 30602 30605 30606 30607 30630 30646 30683
Towns/Cities near athens, georgia : Bogart Watkinsville Winterville Colbert Statham Arnoldsville Hull

Athens News
Georgia football: Top stories from the third week of fall camp

NOVEMBER 26: J. J. Green #28 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets gets set for a collision with Georgia football defender Aaron Davis #35 at Sanford Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Athens, Georgia. Folks, it's almost here.

Can't find eclipse glasses? Try this instead

Don't fret. You can still see the Great American Eclipse as it crosses over the Athens area on Monday afternoon with a pinhole camera.

Playlist for the eclipse

OK, so there's this total solar eclipse set to occur on Monday afternoon, and it's really going to be something rare and different as Athens and a good bit of the rest of America falls beneath its darkening path. According to, this "quirk of cosmic geology" will darken the Classic City sky at about 1 p.m., with the total eclipse set to begin at 2:35 p.m. and should peak a few minutes later.

Power outage struck Atlanta Highway

An Athens-Clarke County Public Works crew finishes resetting a traffic camera after morning power outages on Atlanta Highway in Athens, Ga., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. The Georgia Power substation on Atlanta Highway in Athens, Ga., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

7 arrested in Athens for fake ID possession

Rachael Catherine Lovett, 20, and Harrison Bennett Barsky, 19, were arrested after police spotted them on the street with open containers of alcohol. Elijah James Cheely, 20, was arrested after police noticed two IDs in his wallet while he was attempting to enter an Athens bar.

Athens man acquitted in child molestation trial

The four-day trial before Judge Stephens resulted in a not guilty verdict on charges of statutory rape, child molestation and enticing a minor for indecent purposes, according to the verdict document filed Aug. 10 in Clarke County Superior Court. When arrested last year, authorities alleged that Alphonso Bernard Hayes had contacted the victim repeatedly via phone and the Internet, lured her to meet him, took her back to his house and there had sex with her.

Music equipment stolen at Athens bar, possibly destroyed

The victim claimed he had stored his Les Paul electric guitar, guitar pedals and a pedalboard in his ex-girlfriend's car for safekeeping.

After losing pants, man escapes Athens robbers

Athens-Clarke police responded Wednesday to an armed robbery report at a car-detailing shop on Smokey Road in Athens. The victim claimed two men "he had some issues with" struck him from behind, knocked him down and pulled a gun on him in a robbery Monday.

Moving Athens' Confederate monument finds support at library gathering

People cross Broad Street at College Avenue in downtown Athens, where a memorial to Confederate soldiers towers over the median. Mokah and Nowah Johnson, left, moderate an Athens-Clarke County Library meeting about last weekend's violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va.

70-Plus Photos from The Varsity Cruise-In

Cars and coffee type events are all the rage these days with thousands of cars cramming into parking lots in big cities around the country. Typically, these events are held early in the morning, but most car guys would agree that the best bench racing sessions happen after the sun goes down.

Quality After-School Programs Help Students Feel More Connected, Caring

Athens, Ga. Elementary school-aged children in high-quality after-school programs were found to be more competent, caring and respectful toward adults in a new study led by a University of Georgia researcher.

Movies Now Playing in Athens

This image released by Lionsgate shows, from left, Sadie Sink, Charlie Shotwell, Ella Anderson, foreground center, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Eden Grace Redfield in "The Glass Castle." "Annabelle: Creation": This follow-up to 2014's "Annabelle" makes it the fourth film in the popular "Conjuring" horror series,centering on the back story of a possessed doll that terrorizes the home of a grief-stricken couple who have turned their house into an orphanage.

In Athens, eclipse means an excuse to party

Monday afternoon will mark the first time in nearly 100 years that the United States will stand witness to a total solar eclipse, and the fact that this event will take place in August is reason enough for a party. Truth be told, in the Classic City it doesn't take something as remarkable as a solar eclipse to get a party started, but when in Athens, it's wise to do as Athenians do.

All Clarke schools to have after-school progams, superintendent says

Demond Means gives his Superintendent's Address in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Three Clarke County elementary schools that don't have after-school programs will get them, said new Clarke County schools Superintendent Demond Means.

Deadly rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues

Protests against Confederate statues and monuments multiplied throughout the South this week in the wake of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that turned deadly. Denson said she had gotten one email against the monument from someone whose name she didn't recognize as being local, but had "a couple" of messages encouraging the protection of monuments and grave sites.

Winterville man captured after car pursuit through three counties

A Winterville man led deputies on a high-speed vehicle pursuit Saturday before authorities said he was caught in a foot chase. Jeremy Coty Sparks, 25, of Pittard Road was charged with attempting to elude in Madison County, while the Oglethorpe County Sheriff's Office along with Athens-Clarke police plan to file charges, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Three men sought in rash of Athens liquor store frauds

Athens-Clarke police are attempting to identify three men who used stolen credit cards to steal almost $2,000 worth of alcohol beverages from three liquor stores in Athens on Monday. At Cheer's Liquor Store on Atlanta Highway one of the men paid for $596 worth of liquor with a Discover credit card, which was later discovered to be a stolen card, according to reports.

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