A Brunswick judge handed down sentences Friday to the three white men convicted in November for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael will serve life without parole for the 2020 murder of Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man. Their neighbor William Bryan was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for his role in the murder. He will not be eligible for parole for 30 years.

For nearly two years, we’ve been reporting on COVID-19, and its effects on the local health care infrastructure and the community at large. Throughout that time, we’ve turned time and time again to Dr. Grace Bagwell Adams, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Outreach, Engagement, and Equity at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, and the principal investigator of the Athens Wellbeing Project.

WUGA's Martin Matheny spoke with Dr. Bagwell Adams earlier this week to get an update on the Omicron variant.

As the Omicron Variant of the Coronavirus surges in Clarke County, ACC Commissioners passed another emergency declaration at their meeting on Tuesday. This is the county's 25th passed declaration since the beginning of the pandemic nearly 3 years ago. 

ACC District 3 Commissioner Melissa Link joins WUGA's Chris Shupe to talk about how the county is responding, how the vaccine mandate for government staff is going, and the year ahead.

The pandemic continues to affect people in a variety of ways. Some are positive, like couples who became pregnant and/or had a baby after March of 2020. Now these parents are still waiting for COVID-19 vaccines to have Emergency Use Authorization.

From Atlanta, GPB's Ellen Eldridge has the story: 

This week's panel, Gwen O'Looney and Chris Dowd, sits down with WUGA's Martin Matheny to break down the week in news and politics, including a recap of this week’s commission meeting, the return to school for Clarke County students, and the upcoming legislative session.