Sofi Gratas

Assistant Producer/Athens News Matters

Our panel, Gwen O'Looney and Chris Dowd, sits down with WUGA's Alexia Ridley to discuss former Senator David Purdue’s announcement that he will run for governor of Georgia, and how this might affect the race.

They’ll also talk about the December 7th Commission meeting, where rent relief, the permanent homeless camp, and more were debated.

Comparison of current and proposed commission maps
ACC Government/GA General Assembly

A proposed map of Athens-Clarke County Commission Districts could make major changes to the county’s political landscape. The new proposal, which was released late Thursday by Republican state legislators representing the Athens area, seems to draw three commissioners out of their districts.

Major Changes

COVID case rates in Athens-Clarke County continue to climb, reaching numbers not seen locally since September 2021. From Dec. 23-29, ACC reported 887 new confirmed COVID cases; the seven-day case rate was 691 per 100,000 people.

On Dec. 30 alone, there were 259 new cases reported in Athens-Clarke County. A county-wide indoor mask mandate remains in effect until the week-long case rate falls below 100.

  As a result of a virtual visit last week from accrediting organization Cognia, the Clarke County School District is closer to determining the status of its educational accreditation. 

It’s a gloomy Wednesday at Athens-Clarke County City Hall, which makes the community Christmas Tree stand out even more as Mayor Kelly Girtz gazes up from a downtown street corner.

“Humanity needs some rest and reflection right now,” Girtz said. “And so, to be able to come out here and look at this gorgeous tree so nicely decorated, and see the sun peeking out through the clouds behind it, gives me some energy that I know I’m going to need for the coming year.”