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Morning headlines: ACC Commissioners push reproductive rights resolution

Activists from all over gathered in downtown Athens to fight for abortion rights
Nicole Jordan / WUGA
Activists from all over gathered in downtown Athens to protest in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade.

Athens-Clarke County commissioners Mariah Parker, Jesse Houle, Tim Denson and Carol Myers are spearheading a resolution that would disallow the use of government funds for the criminalization of abortion services.

The resolution is being modeled after one developed by the former mayor of south Fulton County and a current Atlanta city councilperson and bans the use of city funds to investigate reports of abortion services. It also dictates that the police treat reports with the lowest possible priority.

The move follows a pledge by Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez not to prosecute cases related to the state’s 2019 abortion law that makes abortions after six weeks illegal in Georgia.

That law is being litigated in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. There is no definitive date on when the local resolution will come up before the full ACC commission.

No foul play suspected in case of body found off Lexington

Athens-Clarke County Police and the county's coroner are investigating the death of a man whose body was found off Lexington Road. The man has been identified as Timothy Luke Davis from Athens.

Police received a 911 call Tuesday morning from a woman who reported seeing the body in a location off Cross Creek Place.

Coroner Sonny Wilson says he did not see any signs of foul plan and an autopsy has been ordered.

Oconee, Clarke, area counties add population in last year

Oconee County added just over 1,000 residents between July 1st, 2020 and July 1st, 2021.

That's according to the latest estimate from the Census Bureau which listed the total population of Oconee County at 43,023. Clarke County added 222 residents during the same period with a total population of 128,711.

Barrow County grew by nearly 2,700, and Madison County by 622. Jackson County led the greater Athens area in growth at 4.7 percent and added more than 3,500new residents.

The state of Georgia grew by nearly 74,000 people.