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Athens News Matters for May 18, 2024

Kirrena Gallagher Runs for CCSD Board of Education in District 2

May 21st is the last day to vote in this spring’s General Primary. Over the past several weeks we’ve heard from many candidates up and down the ballot, from coroner to district commissioner. Kirrena Gallagher is a childcare professional running for a seat on the Board of Education in District 2. She spoke with WUGA’s Martin Matheny about her platform.

Clarke Sheriff issues dire warning about jail, if commissioners don't increase funding

Continued understaffing at the Clarke County Jail is causing major problems, and conditions could deteriorate unless Athens-Clarke County commissioners increase funding for the Sheriff’s Office. WUGA’s Martin Matheny has more.

‘He reaches out to dead people’: Athens writer publishes biography of legendary author Norman Maclean

A River Runs Through It is considered a literary classic, but how much do you know about its author? Norman Maclean was a legendary professor of English at the University of Chicago. He was also the mentor of Rebecca McCarthy, an Athens-based writer who recently published Maclean’s biography. WUGA’s Emma Auer sat down to speak with McCarthy about her book, Norman Maclean: A Life of Letters and Rivers.

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.