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The Georgia Department of Labor is extending unemployment benefits.

That extension comes thanks to funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act. In addition to the extension of state benefits, federal weekly supplements of $300 are available to unemployed individuals through September 6th.

Athens nonprofits have until 4 pm Friday to apply for a share of some $460,000 in CARES funding. The money will be used to provide food assistance, housing assistance, and homeless services to indigent households in Athens-Clarke County. Commissioner Russell Edwards says organizations can visit to apply.

Family Connection Communities In Schools Athens is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year this weekend.

The Changing the Picture Awards Dinner is going virtual this year due to the pandemic.

This year’s honoree is former University System of Georgia Chancellor, Hank Huckaby.

Due to the threat of approaching severe weather, all Clarke County Schools will be operating on a Virtual Learning schedule on Thursday, March 18th. According to a media release from the district, the move comes due to weather forecasts of intense storms which are expected to move through Clarke County in the morning between 8 am and 10 am. 

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Governor Brian Kemp provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution Tuesday afternoon.

Georgia is currently ranked 50th among states in the number of vaccines distributed.

The Governor says one reason for the low numbers received by the CDC and state agencies is slow reporting by some pharmacies. That affects some 250,000 doses.

"We have confirmed with the CDC and the White House Coronavirus Team that the doses were administered, but that they were not reported as administered here in our state.