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.  

August 8, 2019
Focusing on future, working together may resolve housing challenge
Focusing on future, working together may resolve housing challenge

Phillip Box can remember the uneasy combination of emotions that he felt when he woke up early on Christmas morning of 2015 in Elba. "We knew that there was a high chance of a flood risk," Box recalled. "Right after we began to unwrap presents, I got a call that the water was rising, and we needed to prepare."

By Whitt Watts
August 5, 2019
Progress continues at historic Elba Theatre
Progress continues at historic Elba Theatre

The historic Elba Theatre received a breath of new life on Friday, June 19, as Restoration154 board members accepted a $25,000 grant to continue remodeling the once neglected downtown building.

By Jack West
August 2, 2019
Cook takes on challenge of new crop
Cook takes on challenge of new crop

Camden’s first hemp farmer, Crum Cook, is learning more every day as he expands his farm to include this crop. This year, he joined dozens of famers across the state to plant the first legal hemp crop since 1937 as part of the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program

By Laura Thompson
August 1, 2019
Flights with Jackie Windham expand perspective
Flights with Jackie Windham expand perspective

Certain individuals seem to embody what it means to be Elba. I have been blessed to find one of them in Jackie Windham. He has helped me understand the world through his perspective.

By Whitt Watts
July 31, 2019
EHS Marching Tiger Band tunes up for coming season
EHS Marching Tiger Band tunes up for coming season

The ever-encroaching start of the school year means that all kinds of high school extracurriculars are starting up—or in this case, tuning up. The Elba High School Marching Tiger Band is busy preparing for the upcoming 2019 season in band camp.

By Jack West