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Clarke County School District Twitter

The Clarke County School District will host reopening information sessions at Cedar Shoals High School today and tomorrow at 6 pm.


The presentations will provide information about reopening procedures for elementary and middle school students. Topics that will be addressed include assessment, teaching and learning, student support, and building operations. 

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Organizers say a debate between the candidates vying for Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s seat has been canceled after Loeffler and top Democrat Raphael Warnock declined to participate.

WSB-TV announced the cancellation of the Nov. 1 debate in a letter sent to the candidates. The debate had already been postponed because of scheduling issues. Loeffler faces a crowded field that includes Republican Rep. Doug Collins in a special election for the U.S. Senate seat she was appointed to 10 months ago.

State and Local COVID-19 Report

Oct 26, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Georgia is currently reporting more than 351-thousand cumulative cases of COVID-19 infections, about 4,000 cases higher than Friday the 23rd, with the death toll at 7,827. Just over 31,000 people have been hospitalized, with ICU admissions over 5,829. 


Athens Banner-Herald

On October 22nd, the University of Georgia announced that Fall 2020 Commencement ceremonies will be held virtually.


Previously scheduled to be held in Stegeman Coliseum, undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies will be held online due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. 

Bryan County News

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office is seeking volunteers to provide tech support at polling places across the state for the November 3rd election. 


Workers are typically paid between $60 and $140 per day by the County Elections board.

Those interested can fill out a poll worker sign up form at https://securevotega.com/pollworker-signup/.  

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Joan Prittie, the Executive Director of Project SAFE, tells us what we need to know about the challenges facing care providers and survivors, and how we can help.

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Oct 23, 2020

Many companies are working overtime on a coronavirus vaccine, but finding a safe, viable vaccine is only the first challenge. We sat down with Dr. Grace Gowda International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Director to talk about how the vaccine development fight is going, what we should known about the process, and what to expect in the near future.

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More Americans may be wearing masks than early last spring, but other recommended behaviors to stop the pandemic's spread haven't kept pace, according to a new federal survey. And young people are the least likely to take needed steps to stop the virus, the data suggest.

The proportion of U.S. adults reporting wearing face masks increased from 78% in April to 89% in June, according to the nationally representative survey released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday.

Updated at 6:01 p.m. ET

"I can still hear his voice in my head," the woman in her early 30s told the Brooklyn courtroom Tuesday, her voice shaking.

"He robbed me of my youth,'' the woman, Camila, told the court, according to the New York Post. "He used my innocence to do whatever he wanted with me."

It took Wisconsin more than seven months to reach 100,000 coronavirus cases. On Monday, just five weeks later, it reached 200,000.

Updated at 7:29 p.m. ET

A Virginia judge has ruled that Richmond's statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee can be removed under the governor's order. The statue, which stands 60 feet high, is the only Confederate statue still standing on the city's Monument Avenue after others were toppled by protesters or removed by the city.

Judge W. Reilly Marchant's ruling came Tuesday evening, following testimony in the case a week earlier. The plaintiffs are expected to appeal the ruling.

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