The Athens Observer

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The Athens Observer was a small newspaper in Athens, GA. It appears to have ceased operation as such on June 5, 2002 and merged with a paper in Oconee County to become The Athens-Oconee Observer.


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The paper was founded in Chuck Searcy and Pete McCommons in 1974, with a college student named Don Nelson (now at the Athens Banner-Herald) joining soon thereafter.


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The Athens Observer
288 N. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA


  • Merrill Morris: brief tribute (as a reporter and editor at the Athens Observer in the 1980s, Merrill Morris won six Georgia Press Association writing awards; now consoluting for Athens Weekly News; see [1])
  • list of Observer articles relating to the unsolved murder of Jennifer Lynn Stone April 23, 1992
  • Observer-related articles published in Flagpole by Pete McCommons:
    • "Caught In The Press", a bit of history from founder Pete McCommons published in Flagpole:
    • Obituaries of significant Observer personnel: