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Athens News Matters for March 8, 2023

On this week's show: After months of meetings and discussions, construction on a major redevelopment of the Georgia Square Mall can finally begin. A partnership between the East Athens Development Corporation and the University of Georgia School of Social Work means people can get free tax help in East Athens. The program is one of three Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Athens and interest is growing. March is Women’s History Month, and Athens’ Classic City Band is marking the occasion with a concert featuring women composers and conductors.
With the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament set to kick off in just a few days, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia is getting in on the action with its own single-elimination tournament. Organized as part of the museum’s 75th anniversary celebrations, the art competition pits 64 works from its collection against one another to see which will emerge as the people’s favorite.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' 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 WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!