Becca J. G. Godwin

Reporter for Hyperlocal

Becca Godwin covers Atlanta for the hyperlocal team. She joined the AJC in 2016.

Latest from Becca J. G. Godwin

Souper Jenny owner shares her soup with those in need
 When asked, the patriarch behind My Dad’s Turkey Chili at Souper Jenny, a popular lunch spot serving fresh and healthy soups, sandwiches and salads at four locations around Atlanta, will deny he gave his daughter the famous recipe. Jarvin Levison, father of restaurateur Jenny Levison, is, however, joking. The 91-year-old is well...

Posted: 4 days ago

When asked, the patriarch behind My Dad’s Turkey Chili at Souper Jenny, a popular lunch spot serving fresh and healthy soups, sandwiches and salads at four locations around Atlanta, will deny he gave his daughter the famous recipe. Jarvin Levison, father of restaurateur Jenny Levison, is, however, joking. The 91-year-old is well...
Pakistani retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice’
 Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” has been retold many times since it was published more than two centuries ago — including a movie involving zombies and an upcoming Atlanta-based adaptation. Given this fact, there needs to be a compelling reason for an author to play off of it instead of creating an entirely new...

Posted: 14 days ago

Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” has been retold many times since it was published more than two centuries ago — including a movie involving zombies and an upcoming Atlanta-based adaptation. Given this fact, there needs to be a compelling reason for an author to play off of it instead of creating an entirely new...
Listen: Souper Jenny’s nonprofit takes feeding Atlanta’s hungry to a new level
 An hour before Souper Jenny’s wildly popular Westside location opened its doors one recent Tuesday, employees were inside busily preparing tomato soup.  But they weren’t just making it for the many customers who would soon fill the restaurant, forming a line leading to the register. Staff and a couple volunteers were also...

Posted: 30 days ago

An hour before Souper Jenny’s wildly popular Westside location opened its doors one recent Tuesday, employees were inside busily preparing tomato soup.  But they weren’t just making it for the many customers who would soon fill the restaurant, forming a line leading to the register. Staff and a couple volunteers were also...
Your admission into this Atlanta holiday mixer tonight: A coat or toy
 Instead of charging an entrance fee to a holiday mixer at an Atlanta co-working space Tuesday, organizers are asking guests for donations.  Long Beard Media and Nu Influential are holding "Sugar + Spice: The Heartwarmer," an event to include live music, comedy, poetry, a DJ and food. Admission will be accepted through one used...

4:33 PM Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Instead of charging an entrance fee to a holiday mixer at an Atlanta co-working space Tuesday, organizers are asking guests for donations.  Long Beard Media and Nu Influential are holding "Sugar + Spice: The Heartwarmer," an event to include live music, comedy, poetry, a DJ and food. Admission will be accepted through one used...
15 townhomes starting in the low $800s going up near Huff Road
 A new 15-unit townhome community with prices starting in the low $800s is being built off of Huff Road. The project, named The Felix West Midtown, was recently announced by Miller Lowry Developments. The location at Huff Road and Earnest Street is in walking distance to Westside Provisions and will have direct access to the...

10:22 PM Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

A new 15-unit townhome community with prices starting in the low $800s is being built off of Huff Road. The project, named The Felix West Midtown, was recently announced by Miller Lowry Developments. The location at Huff Road and Earnest Street is in walking distance to Westside Provisions and will have direct access to the...
Atlanta teacher given ‘2018 National Coach of the Year Award’
 The coach of an Atlanta private school’s soccer team was recently given the “2018 National Coach of the Year Award” by United Soccer Coaches. Scott Snyder, Westminster’s varsity boys soccer head coach for 20 years, said he is “honored and humbled” by the designation from the national association...

4:39 PM Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

The coach of an Atlanta private school’s soccer team was recently given the “2018 National Coach of the Year Award” by United Soccer Coaches. Scott Snyder, Westminster’s varsity boys soccer head coach for 20 years, said he is “honored and humbled” by the designation from the national association...
Chattahoochee recreation area gets 18.5 acres bigger in Forsyth
 The recent acquisition of a Forsyth County property has expanded the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area by 18.5 acres.  The Cumming property includes nearly 1,000 feet of frontage along the Chattahoochee River, said the Friday announcement from the Trust for Public Land and the National Park Service. The property will be an...

8:02 PM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

The recent acquisition of a Forsyth County property has expanded the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area by 18.5 acres.  The Cumming property includes nearly 1,000 feet of frontage along the Chattahoochee River, said the Friday announcement from the Trust for Public Land and the National Park Service. The property will be an...
Trend of paying off Walmart layaways continues, this time in Forsyth
 Many people who had layaway items at Walmarts in Forsyth County are celebrating Christmas early this year. Greg Dolezal, the Republican member-elect to represent District 27 for the Georgia State Senate, set up the layaway fund through the Forsyth County Community Foundation. District 27 includes Forsyth.  In...

5:34 PM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Many people who had layaway items at Walmarts in Forsyth County are celebrating Christmas early this year. Greg Dolezal, the Republican member-elect to represent District 27 for the Georgia State Senate, set up the layaway fund through the Forsyth County Community Foundation. District 27 includes Forsyth.  In...
Atlanta speechwriter wins first Jeopardy! appearance 
 Speechwriters are often tasked with writing both a victory and a concession speech before a big event with an unknown outcome.  If that’s what the Atlanta speechwriter who appeared on Jeopardy! did, he’d be pulling out the former.  In his first-time appearance on Thursday, Faris Alikhan beat his competitors ...

4:10 PM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Speechwriters are often tasked with writing both a victory and a concession speech before a big event with an unknown outcome.  If that’s what the Atlanta speechwriter who appeared on Jeopardy! did, he’d be pulling out the former.  In his first-time appearance on Thursday, Faris Alikhan beat his competitors ...
Mandarin Oriental Atlanta no more: The hotel is now a Waldorf Astoria 
 The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta is officially a thing of the past.  In its place, guests to the 42-story hotel on Peachtree Road  will now find the Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead. The change, announced earlier this week, marks the first Waldorf Astoria in Atlanta.   Dino Michael, global brand head for...

9:20 PM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta is officially a thing of the past.  In its place, guests to the 42-story hotel on Peachtree Road will now find the Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead. The change, announced earlier this week, marks the first Waldorf Astoria in Atlanta.   Dino Michael, global brand head for...
Mall hours for last-minute Christmas shopping in Fulton County
 Last-minute holiday shoppers, despair not. Here are the hours for six shopping centers that will remain open on Christmas Eve for  gift-buyers in Fulton County. Retailers at Avalon, located at 2200 1st St., will be open 9 a.m to 6 p.m Dec. 24. The property will be open on Christmas but it’s optional for the retailers...

5:04 PM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Last-minute holiday shoppers, despair not. Here are the hours for six shopping centers that will remain open on Christmas Eve for gift-buyers in Fulton County. Retailers at Avalon, located at 2200 1st St., will be open 9 a.m to 6 p.m Dec. 24. The property will be open on Christmas but it’s optional for the retailers...