Month: March 2017

Athens Organization Working to Battle Bigotry

It is 58 days into the Trump presidency, and Tanya Toledo feels that rhetoric from the new administration has increased the presence of bigotry in her day-to-day life. “I have had to encounter some situations where you know people will yell things… it’s just an uncomfortable situation,” said Toledo, a Sophomore Marketing and International Business…

Georgia senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga, and David Perdue, R-Ga, as well as Georgia’s 10th District Representative Jody Hice are under fire from many constituents from their refusal to hold public, in person town hall meetings with their voters. Congressman Hice hasn’t hosted a town hall in Athens since his election in 2014. Senator Perdue said…

Sandy Creek Nature Center to Hold Tree Planting Day this Saturday

ATHENS, Ga.- Sandy Creek Nature Center wants residents to come out and plant trees this Saturday. The event is part of a long term Managed Forest Project at Sandy Creek Nature Center. The project will convert 30 acres of low-quality wildlife habitat into a managed forest. Over 25 years ago, Sandy Creek started the managed…

Bear Hollow Zoo Has a New Look This Spring

ATHENS, Ga.- After three weeks of construction and countless hours of intense labor, the bear observation deck at Bear Hollow Zoo has a noticeable new look. Clinton Murphy, the zoological coordinator at Bear Hollow Zoo said the renovations made were normal protocol to keep the zoo up-to-date. “Who needs a gym, right, when you got…

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…