Stories by Lee Shearer

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

GED passing score lowered

The company that runs the Georgia's high-school equivalency testing program - the GED - has lowered the minimum score needed to pass the test.
By Lee Shearer

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

Forgotten graves at UGA construction site

ATHENS, Ga. -- It was no big surprise to area historians and archaeologists when workers unearthed long-forgotten graves in a University of Georgia parking lot this month - and they might find more.
By Lee Shearer

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

Athens area flooding traps postal vehicle

LEXINGTON, Ga. -- An Oglethorpe County mail carrier's vehicle was swept away by a flooding creek during this week's torrential rains, but the man was rescued by volunteers and public safety workers.
By Lee Shearer

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

Drug firm hatched at UGA goes for billions in takeover

A company that began in a Uni­versity of Georgia laboratory commanded one of the biggest price premiums in history in a multibillion-dollar takeover when the company sold this summer.
By Lee Shearer

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

Winter forecast? Cold, wet

The Pacific El Niño weather pattern is now officially the strongest on record, boosting meteorologists' expectations that winter in this part of the world is likely to be cold and wet.
By Lee Shearer

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

UGA hits record grad rate

ATHENS, Ga. -- Only about one in 20 of last year's University of Georgia freshmen didn't make it to their second year of college, the university announced Monday.
By Lee Shearer

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

UGA rape reports climbing

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia police received nearly three times as many rape reports in 2014 than in the previous nine years combined - and the number is already even more this year, with ...
By Lee Shearer

Monday, Aug 24, 2015

Insurance cut threatens UGA grad students

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia graduate students are waiting to see whether the university will continue to help them pay for health insurance that is mandatory for many graduate students.
By Lee Shearer

Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Marijuana prices vary across US

ATHENS, Ga. -- If you're looking for low-cost marijuana, head west, University of Georgia graduate student Mingshu Wang found.
By Lee Shearer

UGA chaplain program under fire

ATHENS, Ga. -- A group that advocates the separation of church and government has called on University of Georgia President Jere Morehead to abolish the position of UGA football team chaplain.
By Lee Shearer

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Georgia easing teacher testing rules

Georgia public school students won't have to take as many tests in the upcoming school year, the state Department of Education announced Monday.
By Lee Shearer

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ex-UGA president headed to Pepperdine

ATHENS, Ga. -- Former University of Georgia president Michael Adams is headed back to California's Pepperdine University to become the elite private school's chancellor.
By Lee Shearer

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Huge raise for UGA president

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Jere Morehead will get a retroactive pay raise of about $170,000 this fiscal year and a second raise of nearly $74,000 beginning July 1.
By Lee Shearer

Thursday, April 23, 2015

UGA tuition outpaces HOPE aid

ATHENS, Ga. -- The combined annual cost of tuition and fees at the University of Georgia has more than tripled in the past 15 years.
By Lee Shearer

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hoop skirts out at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- Hoop skirts will go the way of Confederate uniforms as special-event attire for Greek organizations at the University of Georgia - into the past.
By Lee Shearer

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Social media blamed for UGA scare

ATHENS, Ga. -- The president of the University of Georgia on Wednesday blamed misinformed commenters on social media and irresponsible broadcast news reporting for spreading false rumors that a ...
By Lee Shearer

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

Asians, Hispanics drive UGA diversity

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia has grown more diverse over the past two decades, but today's enrollment is not quite the mix that it might have expected back in 1994.
By Lee Shearer

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

GRU-UGA dean stepping down

ATHENS, Ga. -- Barbara Schuster, the first and only dean of the Athens branch campus of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, will be stepping down in May.
By Lee Shearer

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

UGA to work on diversity

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia is "stronger now than at any point in our 230-year history," said UGA President Jere Morehead on Wednesday.
By Lee Shearer

Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

Last coal train this week for UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- A lonesome train whistle will mark the end of an era on the University of Georgia campus this week, or at least the beginning of the end.
By Lee Shearer
 
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