Category: Athens-Clarke County

Georgia Square Mall Weathers Economic Storms With Local Strategy

On the outskirts of Athens, Georgia, in the middle of the Atlanta Highway corridor sits Georgia Square Mall. It’s the only mall that exists in Athens, housing more than 50 shops, eight eateries and 17 diverse services, ranging from American Vision Center to U.S. military recruitment stations. The two-story retail mecca opened its doors in…

Athens-Clarke County police to end grace period on new Hands-Free Law

During the two months since the Georgia “Hands-Free” law went into effect, Athens-Clarke County police have issued fewer than one ticket every two weeks, and eight warnings.   Brittany Stewart is a senior majoring in journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. 

Local Organizations See Need for Affordable Housing in Area

Over the past few years, affordable housing in the Athens-Clarke County area has become more scarce for low-income families, said the employees of two local organizations. Jocelyn Crumpton, shelter coordinator of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, and Spencer Frye, state representative for Georgia House District 118 and executive director of the Athens Habitat for Humanity,…

East Broad Street Bridge and Road Closure Starts Sept. 18

The East Broad Street Bridge and surrounding roads were initially set to close Monday morning on Sept. 17, but due to weather concerns, there was a minor delay in closing preparations and installments.  The Athens Clarke-County Government says the bridge will be closed by Sept. 18. The bridge and approaching roads are expected to be…

Interim Police Chief Outlines Plans for Department

Mike Hunsinger, Athens-Clarke County’s interim police chief tells Grady Newsource he wants a smooth transition as he assumes leadership of his department.  The former chief, R. Scott Freeman, resigned on Thursday.  Hunsinger did not want to comment on his predecessor’s departure. “We’re going to move forward, we’re not going to look back,” he said. “Our…

Athens’ Senior Living Facilities Adapt To Increasing Elderly Population

As the elderly population continues to grow rapidly, finding affordable and accessible housing for this demographic has become a prominent issue. In Georgia, the older population is expected to make up 65.5 percent of the total population by 2030, according to the American Association of Retired Persons. One of the government agencies that directly deals…

Athens Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Gay Pride

Gay pride hit the two decade mark this weekend in Athens. This meant not only the usual excitement, but a bigger festival than ever before. Athens Gay Pride board member Kellie Devine said this was the largest turnout for both vendors and attendees in 20 years. Attendees could not turn a corner without seeing more…

Grady Explains: What Can Be Taxed?

According to the Department of Revenue, “Georgia Alcohol Taxes are collected by the wholesaler at time of delivery to the retailer. The wholesalers remit all taxes collected to the Department of Revenue” Each type of spirit and wine is taxed differently, but all tax is add before the alcohol reaches the retailer. This price is added…

Pets Help Manage Mental Illness

Students gathered in the school of social work today to display their research on human and animal bonds. Research shows animals may be part of the solution for certain mental health issues. Professor Trisha Reeves, says animals play an important role in many people’s lives. “Our animals are a part of our home, a part…

Twilight Brings Business Downtown

Athens host many events situated downtown, but not quite as unique as Twilight. An economic boom for businesses situated in or around downtown, this two day event crowd the streets of Athens. Vendors, competitors, and spectators file into town early on Friday in order to secure a spot for the event. Some people show up…