Martin Matheny

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Former UGA football star and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker put an end to months of speculation from state and national political insiders today, becoming the fourth Republican candidate to challenge incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock in the race for US Senate.

GPB's Stephen Fowler reports that while Walker has lived in Texas for years, he changed his voter registration to Georgia last week.

For months, former President Donald Trump has pushed Walker to run, as Trump continues to fixate on Georgia's politics after narrowly losing the state last November.

The Clarke County School District launched a new tool on Friday to provide more information about the spread of COVID-19 in the county’s schools.

The new COVID-19 dashboard launched by the district represents a big step forward in the amount and type of information district administrators are providing about COVID-19 in the schools. Previously, the district released data in week-long increments, and that data was released on Fridays. Now, the district says their data, including positive cases over both the last 14 days and the last 30 days, will be updated hourly.


Georgia high school football season kicked off this week as COVID-19 cases rebound to highs not seen since the winter. And, while at least one school -- Central in Talbot County -- has cancelled its first football game next week, most are full-steam ahead preparing for the season.


After the US Senate passed a $1.6 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, the White House has released estimates on what kind of funding Georgia could see if the bill passes the House.

Today on Athens News Matters, Mayor Kelly Girtz on surging COVID numbers and how the city is gearing up for a full-on football season, the Senate last week passed a big infrastructure bill, plus, gaming addiction, and our panel on the week in news and politics.