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Athens-Clarke County Commissioners will hear a proposal this evening for a new sales tax to fund transportation improvements.

County officials originally planned for the special purpose local option sales tax, or T-SPLOST, 2023 referendum to occur November 2022, but now want to move the date up to May because collections have been coming in more robustly than expected.

The projected collections for the proposed SPLOST would exceed TSPLOST 2018 collections, which funds, among other things, transit expansion as well as improvements to the firefly trail.

Athens-Clarke County Police are investigating a Monday afternoon shooting. According to a release from the department, officers responded to the scene in the 200 block of Sycamore Drive around 2:30 pm and found two male victims, one 17-years old and the other 18-years old, had been shot, suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.

Both victims were walking and talking to officers on the scene.

They were taken to an area hospital for treatment. A suspect has been identified in the incident.

After dispersing more than $550,000 to local small businesses and nonprofits during the first two rounds in 2020, the ACC Government’s Joint Development Authority with the city of Winterville is opening the application process for a third round of low-interest, emergency loans.

Commissioner Russell Edwards says the funds are for those who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission will hold a work session tomorrow evening where they will discuss possible improvements along the Prince Avenue Corridor.

The commission will deliberate recommendations brought forward by the Prince Avenue Users Group, with most related to improving safety on the stretch of Prince Avenue from Sunset Drive to Pulaski. The budget of a proposed 3.8 million will come from 2018 TSPLOST money.

Recommendations include more bus shelters and more frequent bus trips, mid-block crosswalks and protected bike lanes, among other items.

Members of the Clarke County Board of Education tussled over a proposal yesterday that would change the current policy on teacher evaluations. The change is required because of a change in state law.

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