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Athens News Matters for April 20, 2024

On May 21st, Athens-Clarke County residents will line up at the polls to decide several local races. Last week we heard from two candidates running for county coroner. This week we’ll meet two contenders for county sheriff.

John Q. Williams is the current sheriff in Athens-Clarke County. He sat down with WUGA’s Martin Matheny to review his administration and discuss what he plans to do if re-elected.

Tommy Dorsey is a school resource officer at Cedar Shoals High School and the challenger in the race for Clarke County Sheriff. He sat down with WUGA’s Martin Matheny to discuss how he believes the office can be improved.

The Democratic primary held on May 21st will decide the County Sheriff’s race.

Leara Rhodes is an Associate Professor Emerita of Journalism at the University of Georgia. Her novel Spancil Hill was published this year, and takes place in Ireland in the late 19th century. It tells the story of a young man whose talent for taking care of horses brings him to the United States. WUGA’s Emma Auer sat down with Leara Rhodes earlier this week to discuss her novel.

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.