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September 15, 2022: Clarke Board of Elections to decide next week on District 2 election

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Stephen Fowler
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GPB News

In brief: Special election to fill Parker's seat creates myriad complications — state lawmaker says Georgia needs to improve cybersecurity — more arrests in August downtown shooting — ATL United wins while Braves fall short, UGA Volleyball faces NC State

The Clarke County Board of Elections is set to decide next week on when to hold a special election to fill the vacant District 2 seat on the ACC Commission. That vacancy occurred when District 2 Commissioner Mariah Parker resigned recently. The board will make a final decision on Wednesday, September 21.

While it is possible for the special election to be held along with the scheduled general election on November 8, elections officials say that doing that could create a logistical nightmare.

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Lawmaker says state needs to beef up cybersecurity

A Georgia senator who chairs a state committee on cyber security says the state needs to leverage every asset it has to boost cyber security.

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Two more arrests in August shooting downtown

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department have made two more arrests and seized numerous firearms in connection to an Aug. 25 shooting that occurred on the 300 block of Clayton Street downtown.

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ATL United wins, Braves fall to Giants, UGA Volleyball faces Wolfpack

In sports, Atlanta United beat Orlando City 1-0 last night. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves came up short against the San Francisco Giants, 4–1. The Braves return home for a trio of games against the Philadelphia Phillies starting Friday.

UGA volleyball is in Fayetteville, Arkansas to face the NC State Wolfpack; they’re back at home Saturday night to wrap up their non-conference schedule against in-state rival Georgia Tech.

Martin Matheny was promoted to Program Director and Content Strategist on July 1, 2022. He has served as the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.