Month: March 2017

Sorority Affirms Membership for Transgender Students

Alpha Chi Omega sorority has opened membership to transgender women at the national level. The UGA chapter has been silent on the matter thus far. The national branch of Alpha Chi Omega announced via a video statement released on the sorority’s Facebook page that it will allow “all who identify as women” to join the…

Immigrants in Athens Fear Discrimination

An Athens woman is afraid she and her son may be the target of discrimination because of recent controversy surrounding immigrants and immigration policy. “America is my home I have children here, I have settled here, I went to college here, but I feel like I could be more targeted. My son who looks like…

Georgia Bills Seek Special Licenses for Non US Citizens

Two bills in the Georgia State Legislature seek to visibly differentiate driver’s licenses held by non US citizens. SB 161, introduced by Senator Frank Ginn, proposes that non US citizens be issued vertically oriented licenses, while HB 324, introduced by Representative Alan Powell, proposes that the licenses of non US citizens be marked with the…

Athens Restaurants Adapt to Cheap Food Trend

ATHENS, Ga. – A new restaurant has just opened downtown. Its owners say they hope to preserve what they call the spirit of Athens. In recent years, many other restaurants and stores have closed. Restaurants that have closed recently include NONA, Preserve, Square One, Hip Pops, Brixx, Ten Pins Tavern, Tin Drum, Goodie Two Shoes,…

Georgia Senate Bill to Protect LGBTQ Community

ATHENS, Ga.—Some Athens residents are speaking up about a newly introduced state senate bill that – if passed – could have a big impact on the LGBTQ community. Senate Bill 119, also called the ‘Georgia Civil Rights For All’ bill, would create full protections in public accommodations for LGBTQ individuals. The bill was introduced in the…

Auctioning Seized Property To Fight Drug Crime

The Oglethorpe County Board of Commissioners is auctioning off  property from various drug seizures by the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s department. People can be bid on online at GovDeals.com, a site that provides services to various government agencies that want to sell surplus or confiscated items over the internet. Items can also be viewed in person…

Neighbors Voice Dirty Water Concerns Over New Pipelines

Residents of Oconee County were “up in arms” after the Board of Commissioners approved an Amendment to expand Calls Creek Wastewater facility. The plan says they will have to install pipelines along the creek because of the increased amount of waste that is filtered and poured into the creek. Neighbors of Calls Creek are worried…

First a Dawg, Now an American Citizen

Dreams can take a month to achieve, a year, a decade or never happen. UGA student Rafael Paz Abromson, from Brazil, achieved what he’s been dreaming of for 12 years. He finally became a U.S. citizen two weeks ago. Abromson has wanted to be a U.S. citizen since he was seven. He was turned down…

One New Animal Shelter, Many New Pet Homes

Jackson County’s first animal shelter opened on February 13, and in just over one week, rescuers and families adopted all 24 animals in the shelter. Brad Richards, the Director of Animal Control, says that the shelter is needed because of the increase in the population of Jackson County. People are moving into the county without…

X Marks the End of Modern Slavery

ATHENS, GA. — Red x’s drawn on hands and t-shirts sprinkled the University of Georgia’s campus last Thursday as some students symbolically “x-ed out” modern-day slavery. Over 1,000 University of Georgia students participated in the day’s events. They say they joined the fight against human trafficking on the END IT Movement’s “Shine a Light on…

A Look Inside UGA’s Meal Plan Scholarship

A team in the Office of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia will be working hard over the next month to go through hundreds of applications for the “Let All the Big Dawgs Eat” Food Scholarship. Of all the applicants, only 50 will receive a scholarship for the seven-day meal plan at UGA dining…

Athens Animal Workers Oppose Georgia Pet Bill

The Georgia House is considering a new law to regulate the sale of pets in retail stores. The bill, introduced by Rep. Earl Ehrhart, of District 36, would prohibit local governments from preventing the sale of dogs and cats from any pet store in the state of Georgia. HB 144 would require pet stores to…