Category: Athens-Clarke County

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…

Whitney Baker Howard in Court for Two DUI Counts

Whitney Baker Howard, who was involved in the vehicle accident that killed bicyclist Ashley Block, appeared in court on Monday for two hearings about two different DUI arrests she had during the summer of 2016. Howard faces separate charges of homicide by vehicle, endangering the life of a child and additional DUI charges for a…

UGA President Weighs in on Halting Bars and Apartments Downtown

The Athens-Clarke County moratorium that was put in effect earlier this month is still drawing criticism from both sides — most recently by President of the University of Georgia Jere Morehead. Morehead spoke out about the legislation at a press conference last Wednesday saying that the city would benefit from a more balanced business environment…

The Global Compassion of Athens

Compassion International connected Athens residents with kids from South America, Africa, the Caribbeans, and even Asia all in one weekend. They’re looking to connect even more residents to children worldwide. Compassion International came to Cornerstone Church Athens and ushered a walk-through in which attendants went through a twenty-minute visual presentation. Through an audio recording, they heard…

Georgia’s “Coyote Challenge”

You have six days left until a chance to win a life-long Georgia Hunting license, and help the state get rid of an animal that Department of Natural Resources says is harming wildlife growth begins. It’s called the “Coyote Challenge”.  The event lasts five months, beginning in March and ending in August. Wildlife Biologist, I.B.…

Extra Special People celebrates 10th anniversary of Big Hearts Pageant

Extra Special People’s Big Hearts Pageant raised funds for its many programs and gave kids with disabilities the opportunity to shine onstage on Feb. 11. More than 2000 people sold out the Classic Center to watch participants show off talents like flag-twirling, guitar-playing, and dancing. Big Hearts is one of ESP’s three biggest events of…

A Nosy Neighbor Could Keep Your Home Safe

In the past month, fourteen accounts of theft and breaking and entering were reported near Cedar Shoals Drive on the Athens-Clarke County online crime report. One of the most effective and easiest ways to keep your home safe is to know your neighbors, according to Athens Clarke County Police Department Public Information Officer, Epifanio Rodriguez.…

UGA Organization Spreads Love with Water

ATHENS, Ga.– It may seem like a very simple idea, but one student organization is changing the atmosphere downtown with nothing more than bottled water.  That organization, is Hydrolove. On a typical Thursday night most students are getting ready to go out downtown by getting dressed, but this student organization, Hydrolove, is getting ready in…

Updated Athens ordinance may affect dog owners

ATHENS, Ga. – Local dog ordinances in Athens-Clarke County didn’t reflect the Responsible Dog Ownership Law until the commission voted on Tuesday night to clean up their local ordinances to match state law.  UGA student Logan McLeod is looking for a dog of her own. She understands the importance of always keeping a close eye…

Community Members Lay Out the Future of Athens

Envision Athens has big plans for the city. Athens-Clarke government and institutions are working with local residents to develop the community in a newly launched project called Envision Athens. Sharyn Dickerson, who is Athens district 1 commissioner, is a co-chair to Envision Athens, Dickerson said the goal is to create a plan that addresses and…

New playground for kids poses problem for parents

ATHENS, Ga—There’s a new playground in town, but its popularity is causing parking problems for parents. “[This is] my second time,” said Tyler Ferguson. When asked what his favorite thing about the new World of Wonder playground at Southeast Clarke Park Ferguson paused before he said “the slide.” The World of Wonder isn’t a completely…