Home page of the Living Democracy program

Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the project prepares undergraduate college students for civic life through living-learning experiences in the summer.  

July 9, 2018
Lawford's Hardware represents value of local businesses
Lawford's Hardware represents value of local businesses

In most cases, local businesses are the backbone of small towns.  These businesses help bring people together and have a great impact on the community. One example of a local business in Elba is Lawford’s Hardware store at 333 Davis St. on the downtown square.  This store is stocked with all kinds of tools, fishing gear and just about everything needed for home repairs.

By Pearce Miller
July 3, 2018
Local Clinic Practices New Style of Medicine
Local Clinic Practices New Style of Medicine

Direct Patient Care (DPC) is a new type of medicine in which patients, many without insurance, can pay a monthly rate in exchange for primary care service.  The small community of Collinsville now has this new type of medical practice. Valley Care DPC is Dr. Frances Koe’s clinic.

By Erin Blythe
July 3, 2018
Cowgirl Camp rounds up future leaders
Cowgirl Camp rounds up future leaders

This week I lived democracy in Camp Hill by working with the counselors of Camp Star. Camp Star is a grassroots organization that provides high quality youth programming in east Alabama. This week was Cowgirl Camp, a leadership development camp complete with horses. 

By Daphney Portis
June 27, 2018
Restoration 154 looks to the future
Restoration 154 looks to the future

Restoration 154, a nonprofit responsible for many events, programs and improvements in Elba, continues to look to the future.  Special Restoration 154 projects include providing citizens a chance to kayak down the Pea River on a Saturday afternoon or enjoy an event at the Elba Theatre on the downtown square.

By Pearce Miller
June 26, 2018
Gaines Ridge Dinner Club
Gaines Ridge Dinner Club

Gaines Ridge Dinner Club in Camden serves up Southern hospitality, history, ghost stories and a dessert recognized as one of “100 Alabama Dishes to Eat Before You Die”. From 1898 to 1985, the home was lived in and passed down through generations of the Kennedy family. The home was re-invented in 1985 into the dinner club by Kennedy and her sister, Hayden.

By Laura Agee