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Athens News Matters for May 4, 2024

Early voting has begun for the May general primary. Athens-Clarke County residents can cast their ballots until May 21st. Last week we heard from candidates for County Tax Commissioner. Today we’ll hear from Carol Myers, a former educator who currently represents District 8 on the County Commission. She’s running for another term and sat down with WUGA’s Emma Auer to discuss her campaign.

We’ve reached out to Commissioner Myers’ opponent Sidney Waters eight times over the past six weeks. While we have heard from her, she has not yet been able to interview with us. We look forward to having her on Athens News Matters in advance of the May 21st election.

House Bill 404, also known as the Safe At Home Act, was signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp on April 22nd. Elizabeth Grant is the director of the Public Interest Practicum Clinic at the University of Georgia’s School of Law. She sat down with WUGA’s Martin Matheny earlier this week to discuss the new law and its impact on Georgia renters.

Georgia is famous for its peaches—it’s called the Peach State for a reason, after all. Peaches appear in all sorts of edible products—peach jam, peach cobbler, peach salsa, and now—peach soda. Yes, these fuzzy globes of sweetness now come in liquid form. WUGA sent MaryRyan Howarth and Katie Tucker to check out the award-winning soda made by New Creation Soda Works in Bishop, Georgia. Here’s what they found out.

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.