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UGA Turns 233, Weeklong Series of Events Planned

Jan 16, 2018

The University of Georgia will observe its anniversary as the birthplace of public higher education in America next week, and the UGA Alumni Association will celebrate the occasion by hosting a weeklong series of events, including the 16th annual Founders Day Lecture on January 22 at 1;30 in the Chapel.

Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences, will present the lecture, “Partly Sunny or Partly Cloudy? The Challenges of Communicating Science to Non-Scientists.”

The Athens Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission is set to vote Wednesday on whether changes can be made to the outside of the building at 101 College Avenue. The site, located at the corner of College Avenue and Broad Street, will house a new Chick Fil A restaurant.

No governmental approval is required to open the Chick Fil A, but the Historic Preservation Commission does have to approve external changes to the building, because it is located in the downtown historic district.

Athens News Matters for January 12, 2018

Jan 14, 2018

On this edition of Athens News Matters, guests Blake Aued, Gwen O’ Looney, and Broderick Flanigan discuss lawmakers returning to the Capitol for the start of the session, the legislative priorities are for Athens, local activities for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and a statewide honor the Athens Regional Library System.

Thousands of cities around the nation are helping to make the holiday “A Day On and Not a Day Off.” Hundreds of Athenians are taking part in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, but many more are needed. Most shifts are from 9 to 1 pm.

Broderick Flanigan is the chair of the MLK Day of Service steering committee. He says volunteers can choose from several different locations, activities, and options.


The poll, conducted by the UGA School of Public and International Affairs and commissioned by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, finds that nearly 59 percent of voters disapprove of Trump’s performance, while some 36 percent approve of the job the President is doing. Trump’s approval rating remains strong in north Georgia, and among voters who supported him in 2016, but almost 70% of self-described moderates disapprove of Trump’s performance. Not surprisingly, self-described democrats almost universally disapprove of Trump.