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.  

June 25, 2018
City Clerk Retires After 37 Years of Service to Community
City Clerk Retires After 37 Years of Service to Community

On the evening of June 11, the Collinsville City Council met for their routine meeting as the mayor, council members and citizens came together to discuss town business such as improvements going on at the city hall building. Peggy Wright, City Clerk and Municipal Court Clerk for the town, stood before the Council to announce her retirement after 37 years of service to the community.

By Erin Blythe
June 25, 2018
Elba celebrates opening of new splash pad
Elba celebrates opening of new splash pad

Elba Mayor Mickey Murdock and so many others involved with the planning and building of the town’s new splash pad celebrated at the official opening on Tuesday, June 19. The 90-degree temperature and sunny skies made it a perfect day to dedicate a splash pad in south Alabama.

By Pearce Miller
June 20, 2018
Christian Way lends a helping hand in Camden
Christian Way lends a helping hand in Camden

Over the hill from Camden’s downtown lies Depot Street, a quiet little road that leads up to a red brick church, quaint school, daycare facility and a white building for food donations, all collectively known as Christian Way. Christian Way helps more than 300 families in the Camden area each year by providing needed clothing and food.

By Laura Agee
June 18, 2018
Nursing Home Boasts Rich History of Service to Community
Nursing Home Boasts Rich History of Service to Community

Collinsville Health and Rehab, located on Highway 11, is one of the last family-owned and operated nursing facilities in Alabama.  The home, owned by Coker family, has a deep history in the area and offers a different mindset when it comes to delivering care.

By Erin Blythe
June 15, 2018
Code enforcement officer plays key role in Elba
Code enforcement officer plays key role in Elba

Code enforcement officer is one of the most important jobs when it comes to the development of a city. The man who holds that title for Elba is William Worthington.  He is in charge of inspecting buildings and enforcing codes. On Tuesday, June 5, Worthington was kind enough to let me ride along with him and see his day-to-day routine.

By Pearce Miller