2020 Athens Area Community Foundation

Nonprofits are mission-driven organizations that often serve vulnerable communities. In circumstances altered by the COVID-19 virus, they are facing unique challenges while also becoming more necessary than ever. 

Dr. Anthony J. Mallon, Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations at UGA, says that nonprofits are by nature resilient and adaptive: "Nonprofits by definition have to be adaptive, we’re very lean, we can’t save money for a rainy day the way a for profit entity might be able to."

Athens-Clarke County

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department is accepting entries for the 2019 ACC Downtown Parade of Lights, which will be Dec. 5. 

The deadline to enter the parade, whose theme is "Home for the Holidays," is 5 p.m. on Nov. 14 with a $40 entry fee.

Annually, more than 60 entries compete for such prizes as “Most Original Float,” “Best Use of Theme," and “Best Use of Lights.”  The best overall float receives the “Mayor’s Award.”

The Athens Area Community Foundation announced its first-ever Nonprofit of the Year Award, which recognizes and rewards nonprofit organizations in the Athens area that have exemplary practices in leadership, management, innovation, collaboration and impact.

The new award will celebrate nonprofit organizations that serve the community and share knowledge of healthy management practices.

Fleeing From Police, Suspect Kills Himself

Sep 13, 2019


The suspect of a domestic dispute off Baxter Street shot and killed himself Thursday around 10:30 p.m., according to Athens-Clarke County police.

When police repsonded to the domestic dispute, the suspect began running away toward an open field in the 2000 block of Baxter Street. Once he stopped in the field, the suspect used a firearm he had in his possession to shoot himself. 


He died at a local hospital. Police are still investigating the incident.



Clarke County School District

The Clarke County School District has released the following statement in response to the death of a student who attended Cedar Shoals High School:

We have just been advised of a tragedy involving a member of our school. We are sad to announce that a senior passed away Friday evening after a brief illness.

The student’s classmates were informed of this loss by our teachers and school counselors. Our hope is that the counselors and social workers have provided an avenue through which the student’s classmates will be able to cope with the death.