Category: Projects

In the Age of Screens: What Adulthood Feels Like as a Millennial Immersed in Social Media  

Adulthood feels like the sticky fire of skinned knees and having a million words stuck on the tip of your tongue. It feels like the pricks of gaining feeling in a limb after it falls asleep, and like having to make hard decisions while knowing there is no right one.   When people enter adulthood is different…

Student Teachers at UGA: Impact over Pay

TIME Magazine just released their latest cover story that quotes educators saying: “I have a masters degree, 16 years of experience, work two extra jobs and donate blood to pay the bills. I’m a teacher in America.” Teachers are earning less on average than they did in 1990, according to the Department of Education data.…

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…

Athens-Clarke County Sees Increase in Single-Family Housing Permits

During the housing boom of the mid-2000s, Athens-Clarke County received hundreds of single-family new construction permits yearly. As the housing crisis swept the nation, these numbers dropped drastically to levels below 100. Now, over the course of the past couple of years, the county has seen an increase in these permits yet again, and as…

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…