Jessica Wurst

Assistant Producer/Athens News Matters

COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Athens-Clarke County.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 36 new COVID cases in Clarke County yesterday. This number is tied with Wednesday, the 28th, for the highest number of new cases since early March. The PCR test positivity rate for the past two weeks in Athens increased to 10.3%, showing steady growth in cases since last month.

Surrounding counties are seeing similar surges. Madison County's 2-week PCR testing positivity rate is 14.1% and Jackson County is at 14.8%.

WHEN DEBORAH GONZALEZ WAS ELECTED DISTRICT ATTORNEY LAST YEAR, SHE WAS A TRAILBLAZER IN MANY WAYS: THE FIRST HISPANIC DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN GEORGIA, THE FIRST FEMALE DA IN THE WESTERN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, AND THE FIRST PUERTO RICAN WOMAN TO BE ELECTED AS DA IN THE COUNTRY.

HER FIRST MONTHS IN OFFICE HAVEN’T BEEN WITHOUT CONTROVERSY. NOT LONG AFTER HER ELECTION, SOME IN OCONEE COUNTY WANTED TO SEPARATE THEIR COUNTY FROM THE WESTERN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, WHICH GONZALEZ SERVES. 

The response committee will meet with UGA President Jere Morehead, leaders of the Medical Oversight Task Force (MOTF) and the Preventative Measures Task Force (PMTF) on Monday, July 26th to address questions and concerns from the UGA community before the start of the new school year, which begins on August 18th.

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will host the first of three TSPLOST public workshops today at 6PM.

Central Services, Transportation and Public Works, and other Clarke County staff will help residents develop and submit transportation project proposals for TSPLOST 2023.

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon and you’re at a Braves game, Dudley Park, or maybe even a concert.

But no matter where you are, no summer experience is complete without the sweet sound of cracking open a flavorful peanut.

"The peanut that is produced in the United States is of the highest quality,” said Soraya Bertioli a senior research scientist at the University of Georgia.

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