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Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz joins Chris Shupe to talk about the movement of a controversial Confederate monument, how the government will spend millions in CARES Act funding and the state of the pandemic in Athens as students return to campus. 

This week on Athens News Matters, hear:

A new school year can be an anxious time under any circumstances for some students, and even more so right now. Child development expert Diane Bales from the University of Georgia has some advice on how to ease kids’ fears in an uncertain time.

For more information, hear are some more tips for back-to-school preparation from Dr. Bales.

This week on Athens News Matters, hear: 

  • A back-to-school pandemic update from Dr. Grace Bagwell Adams
  • Local service workers' concerns about the end of federal unemployment benefits
  • The panel discuss Demond Means' $637,000 settlement and the return of university students
  • A three-part series on how local authors, publishers and bookstores are faring during the pandemic
  • How face masks are causing "mascne" breakouts, and what you can do to prevent them
  • Two ANM producers review Taylor Swift's new album, "Folklore"

While spending more time at home during the pandemic may seem like a benefit for authors, some are struggling with not having face-to-face interaction with their peers.