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Athens-Clarke County Commissioners have a busy night ahead, with nearly 50 items on the agenda at their meeting.

Hands On Historic Athens Receives NextFifty Grant

Dec 6, 2021

An Athens nonprofit is getting some assistance from a national organization to support its neighborhood revitalization efforts. Hands On Historic Athens has received $20,000 from Colorado-based NextFifty Initiative. Jody Graichen is Office Coordinator with Hands On Historic Athens.

“The NextFifty Initiative focuses on improving the lives of Senior Citizens,” Graichen said.

The organization assists low-income Athens-Clarke homeowners living in historic homes, or those built before 1971, with routine home repairs.

Perdue starts campaign with attacks on Abrams and Kemp

Dec 6, 2021
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The newest contender in Georgia’s Republican primary for governor came out punching against incumbent Governor Brian Kemp and presumptive Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams.

Former US Senator David Perdue’s campaign website bills him as “a bold conservative to unite Georgia,” but his first video shows Perdue on the attack against 2018 Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, who is running again for Governor.

"Abrams will smile, lie, and cheat to transform Georgia into her radical vision of a state that would look more like California," Perdue said in a campaign video.

Athens-Clarke County Planning Department

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission will vote on Tuesday night on whether or not to approve plans for a new multi-family residential development on the intersection of Pulaski and Barrow Streets.

Set on roughly two and a half acres of land, the project proposes three separate, three-story structures housing a total of 16 two to three bedroom units. If approved, the plan includes a special request to move forward without the addition of a commercial development, since the land falls on a commercial-neighborhood zone.

Our panel breaks down the week in news and politics, discussing local and state eviction relief, potential redistricting lawsuits, and more.

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This week on Athens News Matters, an expert on disease modeling, Dr. John Drake, sits down with Chris Shupe to discuss the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus as well as how scientists can not only track, but anticipate disease outbreaks.

This week on Athens News Matters, Chris Shupe sits down with vaccine expert Dr. Ashley Hannings to clarify what you need to know about booster shots, as well as whether parents should delay vaccination for their children.

This week on Athens News Matters, Clarke County voters overwhelmingly approved a $120 million continuation of the one percent sales tax to fund education improvements. Chris Shupe sits down with the chief of operations for the Clarke County School District to discuss what school district officials have planned for the new revenue. Lauren Baggett and Dr.


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