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Athens News Matters for April 27, 2024

Athens-Clarke County will grow by tens of thousands of people in the coming decades. By 2028, the county needs to have its Comprehensive Plan in place, a document which guides development. A part of this effort is the creation of the Future Land Use Map, a process which offers current residents a chance to voice their opinions on where and how development should occur.

Voting in the spring primaries is coming up on May 21st. On today’s show we’ll be talking to candidates for an often-overlooked position—county tax commissioner. JP Lemay is a project manager for Athens-Clarke County’s Leisure Services Department. He sat down with WUGA’s Martin Matheny to discuss his qualifications for the position, and what he plans to do if elected.

We’ll return now to our preview of candidates for county tax commissioner. Brant Spratlin is a local insurance professional running for the office. He sat down with WUGA’s Emma Auer to discuss his candidacy.

There may be no better time to celebrate poetry than during the ephemeral season of spring. As April comes to a close and the temperature begins to heat up, WUGA’s Martin Matheny sat down with David Oates, a local poet and the host of WUGA’s Wordland, to discuss his latest work, only thunder, a family journey.

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.
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