Category: Athens-Clarke County

Woman’s Body Found in Athens Hotel

UPDATE — The woman has been identified as Casey Devanna, 32. Devanna is from Florida. An autopsy is being preformed today. DEVELOPING — Police will not release the name of a woman found dead in a local hotel until they notify her next of kin. A housekeeping staff personnel of the Best Western on North Milledge…

UGA researchers concerned about far reaching effects of climate change

From thick forests to densely packed cities, from open farmland to the seashore, Georgia’s diverse ecosystems are at risk from the effects of climate change. UGA researchers in several departments have been studying the changing climate and it’s impact on our state. Here’s just some of what they’ve learned: cities are warming at a faster rate than surrounding…

Downtown growth brings new challenges for locals, ACC commissioners

Student housing in downtown Athens is a booming business. In just the past four years, developers have built four massive luxury apartment complexes downtown. Occupancy rates for these new developments are hovering around 90%, sharply increasing the number of people living within the small geographical footprint of downtown Athens. City leaders say this growth brings economic opportunity along…

American Lunch: Mobile Soup Kitchen Feeds Thousands in Athens

ATHENS, GEORGIA — American Lunch, a mobile soup kitchen powered by 5 Bar restaurant, served over 7,800 lunches in the past year to the needy members of the Athens community. The idea of American Lunch was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama as a school project and grew to reach six locations across the Southeast. The organization…

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…

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.…

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…

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…