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Athens News Matters for September 2, 2023

Earlier this week dozens of mayors from across the state signed onto a letter asking state lawmakers to pass a package of gun reform measures. One of those mayors was Kelly Girtz of Athens-Clarke County.

COVID-19 cases are rising in Georgia and across the country. To find out what’s happening and what we should do, WUGA’s Martin Matheny sat down with Spencer Fox, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of Georgia.

The Chattahoochee River is one of Georgia's great natural treasures. Today, much of the river is a beautiful place to hike, bike, and explore, but that wasn’t always the case. That the river is healthier and cleaner is due in part to decades of work by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and their founding riverkeeper Sally Bethea (beth-AY).

Bethea is also the author of Keeping the Chattahoochee: Reviving and Defending a Great Southern River, released earlier this year by the University of Georgia Press, and she’ll be visiting Athens for an author event and book signing on Tuesday, September 5 at 7pm at the Athens-Clarke County Library.

Recently, WUGA’s Martin Matheny sat down with Bethea for WUGA’s upcoming new podcast, Paged, to talk about the river, her work, and her book.

This weekend, tens of thousands of football fans are descending on Athens for UGA’s first game of the season. And this year, they can visit an intersection named for Bulldog legend Vince Dooley. That intersection, at Broad and Lumpkin Streets, was dedicated earlier this week. WUGA’s Julianne Akers was there.

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!