Melissa Hovanes

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  • City Pages

    Latino Nonprofit Holds Fundraiser

    ALCES is raising money to help immigrants learn English, get their GEDs and apply for legal residency.

  • Everyday People

    Troy Bankston, Financial Advisor

    A long-time Bulldog fan talks about her family traditions—like eating at the Varsity after games—and crying when UGA tore down Rutherford Hall.

  • Everyday People

    Ambrasia Pittard

    A student talks about helping to raise her family's other children and her plans for college.

  • Everyday People

    Timothy King, Metal Fabricator

    A UGA employee talks about tailgating, the tough times at UGA and how Athens has changed since he's grown up.

  • Everyday People

    Molly Layton, Mother

    An Athens woman talks about growing up in an abusive foster home, becoming homeless, falling in love and putting her life back together.

  • Everyday People

    Charles Daniel Thompson, Server

    A late-night restaurant server and political science student talks about rowdy customers and the presidential election.

  • Everyday People

    Tonya Hart, Stay-at-Home Mom

    A young mother talks about working in factories, traveling to Mexico and the excitement of Athens after growing up in the country.

  • Deferred Action

    New Policy Lets Immigrants Out of the Shadows

    Thousands of young, undocumented Georgians are expected to apply for a two-year reprieve from deportation, allowing them to work and go to college in the nation they've called home since childhood.

  • Everyday People

    Jo Robichon-Garber. Jewelry Maker and Homemaker

    A French-Canadian immigrant talks about the differences between Athens and Montreal—the food, the customs and the wages.

  • Everyday People

    Johnny Veasey, Unemployed Painter

    A homeless man talks about living in the woods, why he doesn’t shave and his dog, Cheeseburger.

  • Everyday People

    Aemro Kassa, scientist

    A virologist and biochemist talks about his education in Ethiopia and Boston, moving to Athens and working for Merial.

  • A Sea of C-Notes

    Taxpayers Pour Millions into Questionable Reservoir

    The state of Georgia and Walton and Oconee counties are moving forward with a costly new reservoir based on overly optimistic population projections. They might end up selling the water to metro Atlanta.