Blog Topic: In the Community

  • In the Loop: Hundreds Rally to Reunite Immigrant Families


    Photo Credit: Savannah Cole

    Athens joined dozens of cities around the country in holding a "Families Belong Together" rally Saturday morning to urge the Trump Administration to reunite families separated at the border.

    More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents in June as the Trump Administration instituted a "zero tolerance" immigration policy.  Trump has since ordered families to be detained together, but many of the families initially separated are still apart. 

    Several hundred people participated in the Athens rally, which included a wire crate lined with dolls to represent children kept in cages at federal facilities. 


  • Culture Briefs: Photo Gallery: UGA International Street Festival


    Attendees dance outside of the Chinese booth.

    University of Georgia students from around the world celebrated their cultures Saturday at the International Street festival on College Square, and Flagpole photographer Jessica Silverman captured the action.


  • Grub Notes: Photo Gallery: Athens Restaurants Compete in School Lunch Challenge


    A student judges a dish.

    Local restaurants competed Saturday for the chance to have a dish added to the Clarke County School District's 2018–2019 menu, with Dondero's Kitchen coming out on top.

    Dondero's won the annual School Lunch Challenge with its chicken fajitas and roasted sweet potatoes. The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's turkey, cheese and veggie panini with steamed broccoli and lemon zest finished second in the student vote, while Taziki's Mediterranean Café's entry, a "pizzadilla" with chopped salad won the silver medal among adults. The Last Resort Grill also competed.


  • In the Loop: Athens Groups Organize School Shooting Forum Today


    Photo Credit: Formulanone

    The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and other local groups and individuals will hold a "community response forum in support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School" in Parkland, FL, where a gunman killed 17 people earlier this month.

    The forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight in the auditorium at the Athens-Clarke County Library. It will open with a moment of silence, then Clarke County School Superintendent Demond Means and state Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens) will speak.

    The AADM is seeking volunteers to "perform simple tasks for this event." Volunteers should call Knowa Johnson or Michael Smith at 706-380-5256.


  • Culture Briefs: Photo Gallery: Lunar New Year Celebration at the Botanical Garden


    It's the Year of the Dog—or Dawg, if you prefer—and the State Botanical Garden helped usher in the lunar new year with a celebration Saturday featuring crafts, food, storytelling, music and more.

    Flagpole photographer Jessica Silverman captured the festivities, but if you missed them, don't worry: more are on the way, thanks to a Big Read project sponsored by the University of Georgia Department of Language and Literacy Education and the National Endowment for the Arts. This year's Big Read is based around To Live by Yu Hua and the work of the young-adult novelist Grace Lin.


  • In the Loop: Oconee County Democrats and Republicans Managed to Have a Civil Discussion

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    Twenty-eight people turned out at the Oconee County Library in Watkinsville on a rainy afternoon Jan. 28 to exchange nonpartisan conversation with the goals of getting to know each other and of building community.

    The sponsors, the Oconee Progressives and Oconee Democrats, had reached out across party lines with their invitations, and they were successful.

    Oconee County Commissioner Chuck Horton, a Republican, attended, as did Kate McDaniel, secretary of the Oconee County Republican Party, and Marcus Wiedower, who ran unsuccessfully as a Republican in the special election for House District 117 representative last November.

    The event started at 3 p.m. and lasted just an hour, but several people were around a half hour later, continuing the conversations started during the structured part of the session.


  • In the Loop: Photo Gallery: Snow in Athens


    ICYMI, it snowed in Athens on Wednesday, and Flagpole photographer Nicole Adamson took the opportunity provided by a UGA snow day to wander around Five Points and capture the scene. Here are some of her photos:


  • In the Loop: Brooklyn Cemetery Restoration Moves Forward


    Photo Credit: Tre Brown

    Monday morning, volunteers poured into the parking lot of Holy Cross Lutheran Church to help with the restoration efforts of Brooklyn Cemetery, one of the first African-American cemetery in Athens. Over the years, time and nature have taken claim to the resting places of the hundreds buried on its grounds.

    Gathering on the annual MLK Day of Service, the Friends of Brooklyn Cemetery, led by trustee Linda Davis, worked with clearing paths and revealing unseen tombstones. All of their efforts led to the dedication of their new signage to the cemetery.

    What seems like a small part of this ongoing project is actually an important step to the maintenance and preservation of the area. When Davis, whose grandparents are buried in the cemetery, took on this project in 2006, it was unclear to the community who actually had ownership of the property. Over 10 years later, the group brings over 600 volunteers from the Athens area each year to help with its efforts.


  • Grub Notes: Koko Buni Is Back and More Athens Beer News

    One of Creature Comforts' most popular seasonals, Koko Buni, is back in cans and on draft as of Tuesday.

    The well-balanced milk porter (6.5% ABV) brewed with toasted coconut, Ecuadorian cocoa nibs from Condor Chocolates and an Ethiopian coffee blend from 1000 Faces can be, like many of Creature Comforts' special releases, notoriously hard to find, so snatch some up if you see any.


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