Jessica Wurst

Assistant Producer/Athens News Matters



Mayor Kelly Girtz assigned the task of drafting an anti-discrimination ordinance to the Legislative Review Committee in March 2020, and since then, the five members of the committee have been working with county attorneys to draft a proposed ordinance. Now, after a meeting yesterday where committee members continued to refine language addressing marital status, hairism, and other issues, the committee voted unanimously to send the draft ordinance to the full Commission for further action. 

 Georgia is planning to use $95 million of COVID-19 relief money to pay for childcare. On Monday, The state Department of Early Care and Learning, (or DECAL)  announced that $95 million of federal aid will be used to pay all costs of childcare, but only for those enrolled in a program that subsidizes care for lower-income families, according to the Associated Press.  DECAL officials say this money is an effort to help families get back to work after the economic blow from the pandemic, which could benefit up to  50,000 children.

Sachi Rome is one of many artists from around the Southeast featured in the exhibition #NotAStereotype.
Sachi Rome

The Lyndon House Arts Center is playing host to the exhibit #NotAStereotype, guest curated by La Ruchala A. Murphy, the first recipient of the Lyndon House Arts Foundation's Guest BIPOC Curator program.

For the exhibition, Murphy designed and managed a regional art call requesting submissions by Black artists to be considered for this exhibition. Artists from the Southern states entered their works to her curatorial concept in a variety of mediums. ANM's Alexia Ridley spoke to Murphy about the exhibit.



Yesterday evening, ACC Manager Blaine Williams presented the Mayor’s recommended budget for FY22, which includes a revenue increase of $7.5 million from last year. Commissioners then voiced items they believe should be prioritized in the budget. 

According to Manager Williams, the general fund budget for FY22 stands at $148 million dollars, reflecting a $7.5 million increase from last year.



The problem with doing a story about butterflies, as opposed to, say, birds or bees is that - well, you can’t really hear butterflies. But trust me when I say that butterflies are more abundant. At least in the South. At least for now. But, as University of Georgia agroecology professor Bill Snyder says, it’s not quite that simple.


“So the main things that seem to be happening with these butterflies was a complex pattern that differed across the United States.”