District 2 News aims to be produced by, for, and with residents of District 2. To share a story or become more involved in D2N, please contact AthensDistrict2News@gmail.com
ACC Board of Elections Declines Early Voting Location for East side, Opts for just Two Days of Extended Hours
By Joe Lavine
Midterm elections are November 6th, and Georgia’s governor race between Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams and Republican nominee Brian Kemp is drawing concern from across the country. As Georgia’s Secretary of State, Kemp is overseeing his own election, and he has consistently found ways to make it harder for people to vote, primarily Black and Brown voters.
By Kirrena Gallagher
Cedar Shoals High School teacher Jesse Evans took Civics and Government education to new heights this year. With the help of The Economic Justice Coalition more than 100 students age 17 and older were registered to vote.
By Buket Urget
Bajan Delight, a new caribbean restaurant, has just opened for business at the triangle plaza!
By: Shed Wynn
Eric Solomon, former director at Catapult Alternative School and Defensive Coordinator for the Cedar Shoals football team, is director of CEDAR SHOALS ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM.
By Joe Lavine
It was 1995 when the police killing of 20-year-old East Athens resident Edward Wright drove community members into an outpouring of marches and protests, demanding changes to the police department. The direct actions were effective and ultimately led to the hiring of Chief Jack Lumpkin, who helped usher in an era of “community-oriented policing”.
By Mariah Parker
On November 6th, the commission will vote to get started on the Dudley Park master plan’s “must-have elements” as identified by the Leisure Services department. This vote comes in the wake of an August open house, which 14 people attended, and online survey that received 142 responses.
GaDOE Grants offer opportunity for student engagement and diversion from crime.
By Buket Urgen
Stephanie Renee Toliver, a PhD student at the University of Georgia, has started a book club for young black girls in the community who are interested in science fiction and fantasy books. The book club is called the Sista Circle.
A Steering Committee is taking public input for a study of the Lexington Rd. Corridor, a major gateway into Athens-Clarke County and a significant part of District 2.
By Mary Bagby
My experience with living on the east side of Athens for over 40 years is I’ve seen changes, I’ve seen unfairness, and I’ve seen people get tired, feel intimidated, and not want to get involved. But stop saying that we don’t care.
Last month, Scott Freeman was forced to resign as Chief of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. ACC Manager Blaine Williams, who has the ability to fire and hire all county department heads, said he gave Freeman the choice to resign or be fired.
The Athens-Clarke County Government is taking project proposals for SPLOST 2020 until November 11. SPLOST - or Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax - is a community fund that ACC residents vote to adopt each year in order to pay for projects that are meant to improve the community.
By Kirrena Gallagher
Parent teacher conferences are coming up October 17th-19th. Lets see if District 2 can get 100% participation. This will be the perfect time to ask any questions about coursework, student placement and how you can help your child succeed in his or her classes.