Becca J. G. Godwin

Becca Godwin covers hyperlocal development. She holds an M.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Communication from Florida International University. She joined the AJC in 2016.

Latest from Becca J. G. Godwin

2 free pet adoption deals in Fulton (one expires with the eclipse)
 Two organizations in metro Atlanta are giving away animals over the next few days.  The Atlanta Humane Society is waiving the adoption fees of all cats and dogs who are one year or older Friday through Monday at 2:36 p.m., when the solar eclipse occurs in Atlanta.  The "Total Eclipse of Your Heart" program aims to unite...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Two organizations in metro Atlanta are giving away animals over the next few days.  The Atlanta Humane Society is waiving the adoption fees of all cats and dogs who are one year or older Friday through Monday at 2:36 p.m., when the solar eclipse occurs in Atlanta.  The "Total Eclipse of Your Heart" program aims to unite...
Atlanta Subway closed for cleaning after failed health inspection
 A Midtown Subway failed a recent health inspection, Fulton County records show. The Subway at 85 5th St., near Georgia Tech, scored a 64/U following the Thursday evaluation. Scores below 70 are considered failing.  According to the report, a hand sink was blocked by a large trash can. The owner “does not know...

Posted: 11 hours ago

A Midtown Subway failed a recent health inspection, Fulton County records show. The Subway at 85 5th St., near Georgia Tech, scored a 64/U following the Thursday evaluation. Scores below 70 are considered failing.  According to the report, a hand sink was blocked by a large trash can. The owner “does not know...
A Marlow’s Tavern in Atlanta fails a recent health inspection
 A location of a popular restaurant chain failed a recent health inspection, Fulton County records show. Marlow’s Tavern in Midtown scored a 60/U following the Thursday evaluation. Scores below 70 are considered failing. Its prior score, from May 2016, was a 90/A. The restaurant chain has multiple locations in Georgia and Florida...

Posted: 15 hours ago

A location of a popular restaurant chain failed a recent health inspection, Fulton County records show. Marlow’s Tavern in Midtown scored a 60/U following the Thursday evaluation. Scores below 70 are considered failing. Its prior score, from May 2016, was a 90/A. The restaurant chain has multiple locations in Georgia and Florida...
Every Atlanta and Fulton resident gets into the zoo free this weekend
 If you live in Atlanta or Fulton County, or are an employee of one of those governments, you can get into Zoo Atlanta without breaking open your wallet this weekend.  All you have to do to receive free admission is demonstrate residence or government employment. Residents can flash a Georgia driver’s license; Georgia-issued...

Posted: 18 hours ago

If you live in Atlanta or Fulton County, or are an employee of one of those governments, you can get into Zoo Atlanta without breaking open your wallet this weekend.  All you have to do to receive free admission is demonstrate residence or government employment. Residents can flash a Georgia driver’s license; Georgia-issued...
400 or so GSU students to stay at Sheraton due to overbooked housing
 Before fall classes have even started, Georgia State University students are learning a lesson about supply and demand.  Due to an “unusual increase in the number of applicants desiring housing,” student need is greater than the number of spaces GSU can offer on campus, according to its website.  As a result, University...

Posted: a day ago

Before fall classes have even started, Georgia State University students are learning a lesson about supply and demand.  Due to an “unusual increase in the number of applicants desiring housing,” student need is greater than the number of spaces GSU can offer on campus, according to its website.  As a result, University...
How will Corky Kell Classic at Georgia State affect weekend traffic?
 If you notice tens of thousands of people descending on the Georgia State Stadium this weekend — before the Panthers even play their first game in it — here’s why. The 2017 MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic, a long-running sporting event that kicks off the competitive  high school football season in Georgia...

Posted: a day ago

If you notice tens of thousands of people descending on the Georgia State Stadium this weekend — before the Panthers even play their first game in it — here’s why. The 2017 MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic, a long-running sporting event that kicks off the competitive high school football season in Georgia...
Municipal Court of Atlanta closed due to power outage
 The Municipal Court of Atlanta is closed for the rest of the day due to a power outage caused by a traffic accident. The power outage is impacting the Government Center area, which includes the ATL311 Customer Service Center, the City of Atlanta Wellness Center, the Government Center parking deck and the City Plaza parking deck, according...

Posted: a day ago

The Municipal Court of Atlanta is closed for the rest of the day due to a power outage caused by a traffic accident. The power outage is impacting the Government Center area, which includes the ATL311 Customer Service Center, the City of Atlanta Wellness Center, the Government Center parking deck and the City Plaza parking deck, according...
Registration open for pet-friendly 5K fundraiser at Atlantic Station
 Registration for an annual fundraising walk from the Atlanta Humane Society is open.  The Walk for the Animals is a pet-friendly 5K stroll around Atlantic Station on Oct. 15. The fundraiser benefits the 30,000 animals AHS supports each year, according to a press release.  Pets who walk with owners must be leashed, up-to-date...

Posted: a day ago

Registration for an annual fundraising walk from the Atlanta Humane Society is open.  The Walk for the Animals is a pet-friendly 5K stroll around Atlantic Station on Oct. 15. The fundraiser benefits the 30,000 animals AHS supports each year, according to a press release.  Pets who walk with owners must be leashed, up-to-date...
Atlanta felon sentenced for shootout after demanding man’s watch
 An Atlanta man was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a Wednesday press release.  Cory “Corey” Jones, 29, pleaded guilty to the charges on May 15.  The charges stem from an incident in March 2016, when Jones pulled out a firearm and...

Posted: 2 days ago

An Atlanta man was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a Wednesday press release.  Cory “Corey” Jones, 29, pleaded guilty to the charges on May 15.  The charges stem from an incident in March 2016, when Jones pulled out a firearm and...
Lyft to be partner of Atlanta United, Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
 Lyft has been named the official rideshare partner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, AMB Sports & Entertainment  announced Tuesday. AMBSE and Lyft cited “shared company values and Lyft’s strength in Atlanta” as reasons for the agreement, according to a press release.   Mike Gomes, AMBSE senior...

Posted: 2 days ago

Lyft has been named the official rideshare partner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, AMB Sports & Entertainment announced Tuesday. AMBSE and Lyft cited “shared company values and Lyft’s strength in Atlanta” as reasons for the agreement, according to a press release.   Mike Gomes, AMBSE senior...
K-9 who understands Czech joins Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
 A Belgian Malinois named Ian has joined the K-9 Unit at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Ted Jackson deputized the new K-9 in an informal gathering Wednesday, according to a press release. Jackson recited the oath of office to Ian and his handler, Deputy Cody Slay.  The 2-year-old dog was born in the Czech...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Belgian Malinois named Ian has joined the K-9 Unit at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Ted Jackson deputized the new K-9 in an informal gathering Wednesday, according to a press release. Jackson recited the oath of office to Ian and his handler, Deputy Cody Slay.  The 2-year-old dog was born in the Czech...