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Athens News Matters for January 20, 2023

The Athens Clarke County Commission recently voted to deliver five hundred fifty thousand dollars to the Salvation Army to combat homelessness. Martin Matheny sat down with Commissioner Jesse Houle to discuss the controversial decision.

The University of Georgia is partnering with the Athens-Clarke County Government to launch a new project, which will turn food scraps into compost. Alexia Ridley was joined by Dr. Evan White, a research scientist at the New Materials Institute at UGA, who co-leads the initiative.

Monarch butterflies are a favorite of adults and kids alike, with their characteristic wingspan and orange and black pattern. Monarch butterflies, however, are under threat from a dangerous pathogen. Scientists at the University of Georgia are calling on people across the country to help. This week Alexia Ridley sat down with Dr. Sonia M Altizer to discuss Project Monarch Health, a community-based research project at the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology.

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!