Juvenile justice

On Jan. 8, Georgia’s first lady Sandra Deal observed hearings at the Athens Peer Court-a new innovation in juvenile justice in Athens. Peer Court is a collaborative effort of UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, Street Law at UGA’s School of Law, Athens-Clarke County Juvenile Court and the Department of Juvenile Justice. Full story

Murray: Small businesses need to roll with the punches

Athens is an ever-growing hub for small businesses, with plenty becoming fixtures in the community. But many also can’t keep their doors open for even a year. Why do some businesses have staying power while others don’t? Full story

Georgia Pest Control Association comes home to UGA Center

More than 700 pest control company employees attended three days of workshops and presentations this week at the 2013 Georgia Pest Control Association’s Winter Conference at the UGA Center for Continuing Education. Full story

Wildlife Poster Contest Celebrates Citizen Science

Teachers and students can celebrate Georgia wildlife and students’ artistic interests by participating in the 2013 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. Whether exploring their schoolyard or taking a field trip to a nearby park, students are encouraged to share their plant and animal discoveries through art in the 23rd annual conservation poster contest. Full story

Incubator could help start-up firms survive their infancy

Entrepreneurs and business innovation built Dalton, and it remains a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity, according to Georgia Tech researchers. But on Thursday those researchers conditionally recommended that Dalton create a business incubator, a program or facility that provides services to start-up businesses. Full story

From Here to There

Women on Paper, a group of Augusta artists, will open an exhibit Jan. 13 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. The artists – Nancy Schultz, Caroline Swanson, Lauren Kerbelis, Karen Banker, Ingrid Hofer, Gail Smith and Lillie Morris – have been meeting weekly since 1988 to paint en plein air using a variety of media on paper. Full story

The local economy in 2013: A look ahead

If you didn’t like 2012, chances are you won’t be crazy about 2013. The economy is expected to continue its moderate — but still subpar — pace of growth, as consumers, businesses and governments adjust to the new normal of fiscal constraint. Full story

Students learn nutrition, horticulture in community garden project

Middle school students in Athens are learning to grow their own vegetables in a community garden created as a service-learning project led by University of Georgia horticulture professor David Berle. Full story

Annual Native Plant Symposium at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia helps gardeners create beautiful, sustainable habitats

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia will host its annual Native Plant Symposium on Jan. 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This year’s symposium emphasizes sustainability and plantings that support pollinating insects. Presentations will focus on native plants for pollinators, pollination and fertilization in flowering plants, sustainable landscaping and Monarch butterflies and bees. Full story

Vinson demographer aids Regents’ strategic planning effort

The University System Board of Regents is managing the changing dynamics of Georgia’s population with help from Public Service Assistant Mathew Hauer, head of the Institute’s Applied Demography Program. Full story

‘Fiscal cliff’ avoided, but cuts, deficit still looming

For Pat Freeman, the “fiscal cliff” isn’t over. “The revenue part is what passed this weekend but not the expenditures’ side,” said Freeman, CEO of Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging in Gainesville. “That’s what I understand … they’ll be working on for the next couple of months.” Full story

Archway collaborates on Americus economic revitalization project

A development project aimed at strengthening the economy of downtown Americus was realized through a community collaboration facilitated by UGA’s Archway Partnership. Full story

Student Scholars begin internships in PSO units

This spring, eleven UGA undergraduate students will launch a new phase of their venture as 2012-2013 Public Service and Outreach Scholars as they begin 150-hour internships paired with faculty mentors in one of nine public service and outreach units. Full story

Archway medical scholars program attracts physicians to rural middle Georgia

Increasing access to healthcare services and enhancing middle Georgia’s economy are goals of the Georgia Rural Medical Scholar Program, established with the help of UGA’s Archway Partnership. Full story

Oyster industry develops half-shell delicacies through MAREX, Sea Grant

Research by the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service and Georgia Sea Grant is helping the oyster industry cultivate high-quality single oysters for sale in the half-shell market. Full story

Featured: Xanna Burg, Senior

For senior Xanna Burg, service isn’t just an event here or there, it’s a way of viewing the world and others, it’s the words you use and the actions you perform. What is your degree objective? A B.S. in dietetics… Full story

Featured: Raye Rawls, J.D., Public Service Associate, J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

For Raye Rawls, service means bringing all of our knowledge, skills and resources to bear on opening up new ways of connecting and helping our fellow citizens at home and abroad. Where did you earn your degrees and what are… Full story

City, IDA commit to Archway project

Metter City Council, Candler County Industrial Authority and Candler County Board of Education have all expressed an interest in participating in the University of Georgia Archway Partnership. Full story