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Historic Athens is seeking support for its efforts to get a county-wide preservation master plan for Athens-Clarke County. The move stems from the destruction of the Pottery Town neighborhood. Tommy Valentine is the Executive Director of the organization.

ACC Commission approved the allocation of $460,000 in CARES funding to provide food assistance, housing assistance, and homeless services to indigent households in Athens-Clarke County. Nonprofit organizations have until the end of the week to apply for funding.

"The applications are due by 4 pm on Friday, March 19th, and these allocated funds will be distributed to qualified organizations in one lump sum payment. This grant opportunity will target food assistance, housing assistance, and homeless services assistance."

The Lyndon House Arts Center is holding its 46th Juried Exhibition this month. The center is currently holding preview days through tomorrow, Saturday. Didi Dunphy is the Program Supervisor. Due to the pandemic, this the first virtual show for the facility.

"While we were nervous about the community having to face more computer time, we had a wonderful turnout. 270 artists submitted over 700 works of art which is just so exciting for us that, even in the midst of a pandemic and not our wonderful, social days of in-person drop-off, we've had the same support as we've always had."

This week on Athens News Matters, the Historic Athens homes of Potterytown are being razed to make way for a Landmark Properties project.

Also, a new video series that aims to increase vaccine participation in the Black community.

Plus, a storied Black magazine relaunches after nearly a year-long hiatus.

Those stories, our panel on the week in news, and more … coming up on Athens News Matters.

Athens Politics Nerd

Commissioner Russell Edwards joins us to talk about CARES Act funding and the pandemic in Athens Clarke County.