A socially-distant soup kitchen

Story by Will Broadwater As the smell of spices fills the air, people approach the driveway of Greg and Eric Zock to receive servings of soup during the COVID-19 outbreak. The two brothers aren’t the only Athens residents sacrificing their time and health to give food to those in need, but they’ve found a way…

From the Heart: Caring Hands

Community partners join with Putnam Christian Outreach for an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to serving the increased needs of the community during a pandemic. For more than 28 years, Putnam Christian Outreach has worked to serve the Eatonton community “with caring hands and loving hearts” through  food, clothing, and financial assistance for prescriptions, medical…

By the Book: Summer Reads

Whether sheltering in place or soaking up sunshine, add these titles by Georgia authors to your summer reading list. Story by Chip Bell Summertime, and the reading is easy. Plots are jumping, and the mystery’s high. The big question is what book titles to grab, along with your sunscreen, when heading for the backyard or…

Behind the Brush: The Making of an Artist

Whether  it be a formal education or self-taught passion, local artists give insight into what makes an artist. Story by Julia Owens | Photography by Jesse Walker The years spent pursuing the rite of passage to be considered an artist can be uncertain, formidable, humbling, and intoxicating. Many paths to achievement exist: a fine arts…

Raptors revisited

Community rebuilds nesting platform destroyed by storms and ospreys return, bringing with them signs of rebirth and resilience Story and photography by Virginia C. Linch Last spring, a storm ripped away a man-made osprey nesting platform on Lake Oconee, a place where I would escape to watch and photograph these majestic raptors and their young….

Aiming for Augusta

University of Georgia enters three golfers in upcoming Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship Story by R. Alan Richardson It would be quite a story to have only one golfer invited to one of the world’s premier women’s amateur golf events, the 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. To have three is simply astounding. “It’s surreal,”…

Tillery’s swing to the top

Masters contenders Rickie Fowler and Kevin Kisner look to local-standout-turned-instructor, John Tillery, for the perfect swing Story by Patrick Yost | Photography by Kris Hopkins Before his college days as an NCAA All-American followed by the mini-tour circuit, PGA Tour professional instructor John Tillery started his career as a high school golfer at Morgan County…

Growing Grove Chapel

Finding faith off the fairway at Cuscowilla’s ‘Golf Cart Church’ Story by Tia Lynn Ivey | Photography by Wendy Jarrard In the quiet peace of early Sunday morning, while the grounds crew is readying Cuscowilla’s course for a day of play, golfers and families begin gathering near hole No. 6. Casually dressed, with Bibles in…

At the Table: Southern Specialties

Put a spin on Southern classics like pimento cheese, deviled eggs, and potato salad and bring a hit to upcoming Masters parties, Easter gatherings, and spring soirees. Story by Alex Ugolini | Photography by Brandy Angel Springtime in the South wouldn’t be complete without a few tried-and-true classics that can be found at almost any…

In the Spirit: The Allure of Pappy

What makes this trophy bourbon so prized? Twenty ticketholders will find out at this year’s Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival. Every fall Matt Garofalo has a problem.Garofalo, the owner of The Oconee Cellar, a Lake Oconee wine and liquor store, has one day to make a few people extremely happy and, conversely, disappoint hundreds….