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The Athens Farmers Market is opening two weeks ahead of schedule this year. Market manager Sarah Thurman says more than 60 local vendors are participating in the market, beginning March 6th.

"For the last decade, our farmers have been investing in coop houses and greenhouses that allow them to expand their growing season, and have been getting better at growing in the wintertime. So they had plenty of food, and we decided to let them open up and get it to the people."

Yesterday, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation released a letter of support for Carrie Bishop, a parent fighting to access COVID-19 data from the Clarke County School District. 

The Georgia First Amendment Foundation's letter of support is in response to Bishop's complaint with the Georgia Attorney General's Office, following the denial of an Open Records request seeking information about the school district's COVID-19 cases, isolations, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Although primary elections for state offices are still well over a year away, Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor, Geoff Duncan, already has a challenger.

Jeanne Seaver touts herself as a business owner, community activist, and political consultant, who worked for the Trump campaign in Georgia in 2016.

In a campaign video released yesterday, Seaver announced her candidacy, offering little in the way of specific criticism of Duncan’s performance, saying that she was “very disappointed in the failed leadership of the Lieutenant Governor’s office.”

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Georgia lawmakers are considering a reorganization of the public health system that would strip power from county boards of health and give it to the state public health commissioner. Proponents say the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the need for a more centralized structure. 

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says child care workers and K-12 school employees can start getting COVID-19 vaccines in the state starting on March 8. The governor also announced Thursday that adults with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers and parents of children with complex medical conditions will be eligible. 

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Athens News Matters

Today on Athens News Matters, Clarke County Schools are on track to begin a phased re-opening next week. We’ll talk to Superintendent Xernona Thomas. Also today, new research on how pre-Kindergarten is helping students succeed in math as they progress through school. Plus, tackling mental health problems among athletes. Listen to the full segment to hear this news and more on Athens News Matters.

With Clarke County Schools on track to begin re-opening next week, Superintendent Xernona Thomas joins us to talk about the plan.

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Hilary and John Kriegler want to honor their father Neil, who made up the word "orbisculate." It means grapefruit juice squirting into your eye. They're petitioning to get it into the dictionary.

The largest power cooperative in Texas filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, citing a massive bill from the state's electricity grid operator following last month's winter storm that left millions of residents without power for days.

Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc. filed for Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, according to court documents reviewed by NPR.

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