Year: 2017

Trail Creek Park Restoration Project Hosts Cataloging Workday for Volunteers

Volunteers with the Trail Creek Restoration Project will resume manual work after holding a different type of event this past weekend. On most volunteer days, community members remove plants, build soil beds, and plant trees. This past weekend they enjoyed a “fun day” where volunteers conducted an inventory of all plants, birds, and insects observed…

Free Coffee for a Cup of Kindness

ATHENS, GA– A new student club on campus is brewing up some positivity. Every other week, the club serves free coffee to students and local residents. There’s a catch. If you accept the cup of coffee you have to promise to perform an act of kindness. Jaren Mendel, a sophomore accounting major, founded Karma Coffee…

How the “America First” Budget Could Affect Athens

Athens, Ga.– Federal funds used for everything from affordable housing to free job training are up for elimination in President Trump’s proposed “America First” budget. The federal government provides a portion of these funds to Athens each year through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The $3 billion program is up for elimination because it…

Redcoat Band Member, Now Cancer-Free, Returns to UGA

The words “cancer-free” are now music to the ears of one UGA redcoat band member and his fellow bandmates. Jaron Lehman, a sophomore who plays the mellophone, was diagnosed with stage-two testicular cancer last June. His cancer went into remission this past November. He says his participation in the band was a positive distraction on…

For the first time in North Oconee High School’s history, there are two female athletes who have been recruited and appointed to U.S. military academies. Alexis Shirley, a swimmer, will attend the Air Force Academy in the fall. and Anna Jerald will play rugby at West Point. Swimming has been a part of Alexis Shirley’s…

eSports at UGA Hosts over 500 Gamers at its First Gaming Exposition

A UGA gaming organization called eSports at UGA hosted almost 600 gamers in The Classic Center during its first southeast gaming exposition. Last weekend, more than 500 gamers from all over the southeast gathered in The Classic Center to compete in teams during Athens Online, the first gaming exposition hosted by gaming club, eSports at…

Building Bridges Through Language: UGA Professor Teaches Arabic Lessons to Athens Community

ATHENS– Members of the University of Georgia and Athens community are gathering together on weekends to learn Arabic at the Al-Huda Athens Islamic Center. University of Georgia Professor of Arabic and Religious Studies, Dr. Adel Amer, teaches Arabic lessons at the Al-Huda Islamic Center where he is also the mosque’s Imam. He began teaching these…

Georgia Representatives Under Fire for Refusal to Hold Public Meetings

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…

Georgia Woman Arrested for Running Into Chicken Truck

A Georgia woman appears to have decided to recognize National Poultry Day in an unusual way. Police say Judith Armstrong was recently arrested after intentionally running into a chicken truck and fleeing the scene. After the unknown truck driver was hit, he called the police. The police report says once arriving on the scene, police…

A University of Georgia research program is sponsoring the now underway Atlanta Science Festival. The research program, LISELL-B, stands for language-rich inquiry science with English language learners through biotechnology. The program holds workshops and provides information for families, creating a network of information for bilingual students. The program began over nine years ago with the…

Freezing temperatures throughout the state this week have caused short-term problems for farmers and long-term problems for consumers. Freezes damage fruit blossoms, which means there will be lower crop yields for fruits like peaches and blueberries going into the summer. Blossoms are a common sign of spring, but UGA Climatologist Pam Knox says it’s a…

Barrow County residents are taking advantage of nice weather and trying to beat the May 1st statewide burn ban to burn their debris and other materials, says Lt. Blair Dunst of Barrow County Emergency Services. BCES has fought 40 wildfires in the past three months and those numbers will continue to rise until what Lt. Dunst…