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The Clarke County School District issuing its weekly update Friday afternoon.

A release from the district states Athens-Clarke County and the surrounding region are still experiencing high levels of COVID cases,which continue to strain local healthcare facilities.

Five inmates at the Athens-Clarke County Jail are in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Clarke County Sheriff John Williams says that no inmates at the facility have had the virus prior to these cases. 

The sheriff said jail staff are working to keep the virus cases under control. Some areas of the jail are in lockdown to prevent movement and possible cross-contamination. Williams says the jail has a contract though the county to provide cleaning and sanitizing…which has been ongoing.

UGA Today

The University of Georgia has announced plans to relaunch a program that ended in 2016 to recruit more Hispanic and Latino students to enroll at the university.

Hank Aaron Passes Away in His Sleep at 86 Years Old

Jan 22, 2021

Baseball Hall of Famer and Atlanta Legend Hank Aaron passed away on Friday morning. Born Henry Lewis Aaron in Mobile, Alabama, Aaron began his professional career playing for the Indianapolis Clowns.

The right-handed power hitter then played for the Braves franchise from 1954 until 1974. He then played two years for the Milwaukee Brewers.

During his time in Major League Baseball Aaron won a National League MVP and a World Series for Atlanta in 1957. He also participated in 25 All-Star Games. In 1974 Hank Aaron surpassed Babe Ruth for most career home runs.

The Health Report: Contact Tracers and the Surge

Jan 22, 2021

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss the challenges Georgia’s contact tracers are facing amidst this latest surge.

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Athens News Matters

Today on Athens News Matters, lawmakers and the Governor are starting work on the state’s budget. Also today, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement expands its operations with a new Justice Center. Plus, a historical look at the Trump presidency, an appreciation of poet Robert Burns, and our panel on this week's news.

Athens News Matters: Panel

Jan 22, 2021

Here to discuss the weekend news and politics are Gwen O'Looney from WWAG, Blake Aued from Flagpole, and Lee Shearer, retired veteran journalist, formerly with the Athens Banner-Herald.


The one thing the Georgia General Assembly is required to do every year is to pass a balanced state budget. Sometimes, that’s an easy process; other times it’s laborious and contentious. We’ll find out what to expect this year.

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Young Ugandan voters had placed so much hope in elections this month to unseat longtime ruler Yoweri Museveni. Now with their dreams dashed, they're searching for answers.

The Biden administration faces some tough choices in the coming weeks over how it should deal with the Supreme Court.

The justices have already heard arguments or agreed to hear them in more than 60 cases this term. In most of these cases, the Trump administration has already taken a position on behalf of the U.S. government. While the Biden administration may oppose many of the Trump positions, it knows that the justices do not look kindly on the government flip-flopping.

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