Jessica Wurst

Assistant Producer/Athens News Matters

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.

AthFest Educates announced the lineup for the 2021 AthFest Music & Arts Festival. 

After last year's forced cancellation, AthFest Educates is gearing up for the festival's 25th anniversary featuring over 55 local and regional bands, including Hotel Fiction, Cloudland and Neighbor Lady.

The recent constitutionality of a state law will allow Columbia county to move into a new judicial circuit. Columbia county will “separate from the Augusta Judicial Circuit, leaving Richmond and Burke counties” behind, according to the Associated Press.

Attorney Willie Saunders is one person who opposed the change, claiming that because the newly created judicial circuit would have another district attorney, the restructuring would nullify every vote for Jared Williams, the first Black district attorney in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Athens Clarke County Auditor Stephanie Maddox says she was placed on a performance improvement plan for her upcoming term.

Yesterday, newly-reappointed auditor Stephanie Maddox announced that she was put on--what she called--a 'disciplinary action plan' that goes into effect upon her contract renewal.

In the video announcement released by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, Maddox said the goals listed in the performance improvement plan are "not accomplishable" within the time frame.

The Clarke-County School District is moving forward with plans to renovate the controversial West Broad School site for their Early Head Start program. 

The Fiscal Responsibility Committee (, which provides financial guidance to the school board, discussed updated renovation plans for three buildings on the historic West Broad School campus.