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Early voting for the November 2nd elections is underway in Clarke County, where ESPLOST 2021, or education special purpose local option sales tax, is on the ballot, as well as some municipal seats in Winterville.

In Oconee County, a TSPLOST measure and some municipal seats in Watkinsville and North High Shoals are on the ballot. The City of Watkinsville is also voting for Mayor.

Early voting ends in on October 29th.

For sample ballots and information about polling locations, visit accgov.com, or the elections and registration page on oconeecounty.com.


Georgia’s teacher pension budget is on a $100 billion “financial roll” according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

After a difficult year of pandemic struggles, the Teacher’s Retirement System of Georgia which covers about 400,000 retired public school, university and technical college educators reported a 58% jump from stocks and other investments.

This resulted in a big improvement of about 92% in assets needed to pay future benefits.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating after two serious accidents on West Broad Street, one involving the death of a pedestrian. Troopers from Post 32 in Athens responded to the scene where 59-year old Glenn Stevenson was killed after he was struck by a pickup truck shortly before 9 o’ clock Wednesday night. According to a media release, Stevenson was not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident and he was wearing dark clothing.  No charges are expected to be filed against the driver who remained at the scene of the accident.

ESPLOST 6 vote on the ballot in November

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In recent weeks, we’ve heard about T-SPLOST 2022, a one penny sales tax to fund improvements to transportation in Athens-Clarke County. That’s expected to be in front of voters next May. But, there’s another SPLOST measure on the ballot next month, and early voting is already underway for that. Alexia Ridley spoke to WUGA's Martin Matheny, who has been covering all things SPLOST for us.

Alexia Ridley: So, let's talk about ESPLOST 6.

The creation of a citizen-led human relations commission in Clarke County will have a final vote early next month. After ACC Commissioners passed a sweeping non-discrimination ordinance earlier this year, Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz tasked the commission’s Legislative Review Committee with creating a human relations commission to help ACC residents navigate the process of filing complaints under the new law, and to provide advice on issues of equity and inclusion to lawmakers.

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Athens News Matters

This week on Athens News Matters, Western Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez sits down with Chris Shupe to discuss staffing in her office, her decision to charge a juvenile defendant as an adult, and the rash of shootings involving young people in Athens.

This week on Athens News Matters, GPB reporter Stephen Fowler joins Chris Shupe to discuss the upcoming redistricting maps and what that will mean for Georgia. The county's TSPLOST Advisory Committee has some tough choices to make when deciding what projects will make the final cut.

This week on Athens News Matters, Mayor Kelly Girtz sits down with WUGA's Chris Shupe to talk about the future of police oversight, eviction relief, and the process of creating a sactioned homeless encampment. The 2021 Athens Poet Laureate, Jeff Fallis, joins the team to discuss his new position and to talk about some of his work. A segment on Beekeeping for beginners in which President of the Eastern Piedmont Beekeepers Association, Dan Long, discusses how to become a beekeeper. A tribute to trucking songs, and our panel sits down to discuss the week in news and politics. 



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A Northern California family found mysteriously dead in August on a hiking trail in the Sierra most likely died from a combination of hyperthermia and dehydration, the local Sheriff who led the investigation said Thursday.

The news sheds light on a case that has confounded investigators and the public and raised new questions about outdoor recreational activities in an era of rising temperatures and climate fueled extreme weather.

A Moroccan-American man was shot and killed while sitting in his car in the early morning hours on Oct. 11 in Martindale, Texas, about 40 miles outside of Austin.

Adil Dghoughi, 31, was parked in a rural neighborhood late at night. According to local reports, Dghoughi was shot through the window of the car and died on the scene.

After a turbulent summer in which she withdrew from most of her events at the Olympics and gave emotional testimony before Congress about being abused by a team doctor, Simone Biles says she is "still scared to do gymnastics."

A panel of experts advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unanimously backed the rollout of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine boosters in line with the Food and Drug Administration's authorizations issued Wednesday. The committee's actions also support a mix-and-match approach to booster vaccination.

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