Category: News

Unconventional Small Business Strategy: Athens Skate Shop Gets Creative

Sebastian Uhde is an Athens native and owner of Earthcruzerz longboards. His shop opened last April and has been growing ever since — bringing in new customers like Jesse Conrad. “It was awesome. Sebastian was super helpful and it was really nice of him to make some time,” said Conrad who recently took up longboarding…

Record Voter Turnout for UGA Student Government Elections

This year’s Student Government Association election at the University of Georgia saw a record breaking turnout as students voted for either the “Rise” or “Ignite” ticket to lead the student body for the upcoming school year. Cameron Keen was elected as the SGA president on the Ignite ticket, pulling 57% of the votes casted. Voting…

Long-Awaited Firefly Trail Takes First Steps in Athens

After nearly seven years of planning, the much anticipated Firefly Trail is finally being built. The Firefly Trail, a proposed 39-mile rail-trail, will be constructed along the now abandoned historic route of the Georgia railroad running from Athens to Union Point. When finished, it will be the 3rd longest trail in the state of Georgia.…

Happy Anniversary: UGA NABJ and Grady Celebrate Black Press

Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, spoke at Grady College on April 3. Chavis currently serves as head of the NPPA, though he has long worked as a civil rights activist and environmentalist. Chavis spoke about the importance of the black press for all types of media. The event was…

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA

ATHENS — Severe storms are ripping through Georgia right now. This video was taken at 12:45 PM today. The National Weather Service has instituted a Flash Flood Warning effective from 12:35 PM until 6:30 PM tonight; a Flash Flood Watch until 2:00 AM tonight. Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 33 miles per hour. Additionally,…

Controversial Adoption Rules Blocked in Georgia

As the 2017 Legislative Session comes to an end, the LGBT Pride community celebrates Georgia lawmakers’ failure to pass adoption bill updates. The changes to House Bill 159 would have protected adoption agencies who do not wish to work with LGBT couples.This includes private adoption agencies that are funded by the state. Georgia Unites Against…

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…