Culture & Society

Local storytellers resurrect some of Georgia history’s more hair-raising tales

BY: - October 25, 2021

Plastic skeletons and blanket ghosts are festooned over yards across the state, ready to welcome trick or treaters on Halloween. But in communities all over Georgia, storytellers and historians whisper dark tales of the past that are more hair-raising than any inflatable lawn ghoul, and some say remnants of that past linger today in old […]

Georgia’s second fall festival season of pandemic has organizers restive

BY: - September 27, 2021

In north Georgia, fall means crisp apples fresh from the tree, and for 50 years, people have been enjoying them brewed into cider, baked into pie or candied on a stick at the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. The fall fruit festivities are set to begin Oct. 9, a welcome return after the pandemic forced […]

Federal probe to delve into history of Native American boarding schools

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON —The Native American children travelled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities. Once there, they had to hand over their belongings, put on uniforms, cut off their braids, adopt new […]

News outlets strain against money ills worsened by pandemic losses

BY: - July 6, 2021

As advertising sales return to pre-pandemic numbers at local newspapers, industry experts are both optimistic about the near future and concerned about the overall, long term health of Georgia’s news industry. For the past year, as readers searched for the latest COVID-19 news, local newspapers continued to cover news from virtual city council meetings to […]

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights, declines school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

Judge blocks Georgia law that banned state business from Israel boycotters

BY: - May 24, 2021

A federal judge in Atlanta struck a major blow against a Georgia law that bans people who boycott Israel from entering into contracts with the state. Judge Mark Cohen ruled that the University System of Georgia violated the First Amendment rights of journalist Abby Martin in 2019 when it withdrew an invitation for her to […]

Ga. lawmakers urged on by Heartland group debate Big Tech ‘censoring’

BY: - May 21, 2021

Acworth Republican state Rep. Ed Setzler hosted a special called meeting of the House Science and Technology Committee Thursday to consider if the state can or should do anything about technology platforms allegedly censoring users’ free speech. The hearing was not associated with any specific bill. Setlzer said a discussion is needed to determine whether […]

Stone Mountain’s Confederate tributes could undergo makeover

BY: - April 26, 2021

Long-sought changes may be coming to state-owned Stone Mountain Park as officials search for middle ground in the raging debate over the Confederate tributes found throughout the park. Under pressure from advocates pushing for a transformed park and from corporate sponsors, park officials have proposed a plan that would move the Confederate flags near the carving and […]

U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment,’ Biden says

BY: - April 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his call on Congress to pass stalled gun legislation reform but also outlined executive action he’s taking on several gun control measures, following deadly mass shootings last month in Georgia and Colorado. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said in remarks […]

What’s in a name? For musical posers bill could bring hammer of justice

BY: - March 24, 2021

Georgia is known for having lots of artists who are making waves within the music industry today, but a bill backed by a local organization hopes to bring protection to legacy artists living in the state. A Senate bill, SB 157, seeks to outlaw the “deceptive practice of musical performance groups advertising and appearing as […]

Mass shootings spur calls for state gun laws; limits face stiff headwinds

BY: - March 24, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic, the state budget and voting rights have dominated this year’s legislative session, but with days to go before lawmakers return to their districts, the battle over gun laws has resurfaced after horrific mass shootings in the past week. Eight people were killed in an Atlanta-area shooting spree targeting Asian-owned spas last week, […]

Warnock offers to help Wisconsin colleague see past ‘moral blindness’

BY: - March 22, 2021

Atlanta Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock said in an interview on SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show that he would like to sit down with Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson and talk to him about his incendiary comments expressing comfort with the Capitol rioters and fear of Black Lives Matter protesters. “I’d like to talk to the brother,” Warnock said. “He is […]