Remembering another lynching one year later

Tuesday was the anniversary of the horrific killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old man, who was murdered by three white vigilantes while jogging through the Satilla Shores (Brunswick/Glynn County) neighborhood. 

As the prosecution’s case moves forward, Hank Klibanoff and his Emory University students produced a powerful seven-part Buried Truths podcast on the Ahmaud Arbery murder. 

The Verdict | Ahmaud Arbery

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Bearing Witness: Images of struggle can’t be erased

By John Vodicka

In my time in our courtrooms, I am constantly affected by something I’ve heard, something I’ve seen. By images. Sadly, these occurrences are often disturbing and heart-wrenching, leaving me aghast or angry, sometimes deflated.

This past Thursday, I observed Municipal Court misdemeanor arraignment proceedings. There were 10 defendants in the courtroom that morning. Thirty minutes into the hearings, a … Read the rest

Covid-19 in prisons and jails


There is still no public information coming out of the ACC sheriff’s office (or from local public health officials) about COVID’s spread (or containment) in the Clarke County jail. At least one elderly prisoner in the local jail was hospitalized recently with the virus.  His public defender told John Vodicka that he agonized for several days not knowing whether his … Read the rest

Court Watch marks two years

This week makes two years since the first court watch training event at Oconee Street United Methodist Church, an event more than 60 people attended. 

The training generated what has become the “Athens Area Courtwatch Project,” which has established a regular presence in the ACC courtrooms.  

Since early 2019, more than three dozen people have spent hundreds of hours observing … Read the rest

Two by Two – Sunday School Classes Working Together

What began as a spontaneous idea in the Preschool Sunday School class, grew into a wonderfully uplifting and exciting Sunday School session this past Sunday.  We wanted to take just a minute to share our experience with you.
Watch the video of the Preschool and Upper Elementary Sunday School classes working and learning together: