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Athens News Matters for May 25, 2024

CCSD Board of Education proposes budget, plans to increase paraprofessional and mental health support for students

The Clarke County School District recently proposed a budget totaling over $240 million, a nearly 10% increase from last year. Tim Denson represents District 5 on the Board of Education, and he sat down with WUGA’s Alexia Ridley to speak about the potential budget earlier this week. Here’s that conversation.

Commissioners are set to vote next month on new EMS oversight

Athens-Clarke County commissioners will consider a plan early next month that will provide more oversight over ambulance and emergency medical services in the county. WUGA's Martin Matheny explains.

UGA basketball program gets an assist from fan engagement plan

During the spring semester this year, WUGA worked with students from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia to develop news stories from different corners of the local community. Here’s one of those pieces from student journalist Mackenzie Wolford.

Returning heroes get help at UGA’s Veterans Legal Clinic

It’s Memorial Day weekend, when our nation honors the members of our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It’s also a time to remember the millions of men and women who have served our nation in times of war and peace – many of whom face challenges obtaining the military benefits to which they are entitled.

Since 2018, the Veterans Legal Clinic at UGA has represented nearly 800 military families across the state of Georgia, securing more than $4 million in medical and financial benefits. As part of this clinic, UGA law students dedicate more than 5,500 hours of service to veterans and their families each year.

The clinic’s director, University of Georgia Law Professor Alexander Scherr, talks with WUGA’s Greg Trevor about the many ways the clinic makes life better for our state’s military veterans. It’s the latest episode of our new series, “A Few Minutes With …” exploring UGA initiatives and their broad benefits to the state of Georgia.

The clinic’s mission has a particular focus on Georgia’s most vulnerable veterans, including those who are homeless and who live in our state’s smaller rural communities. The clinic will be accepting new clients at the beginning of the fall semester. If you are a veteran who lives in Georgia and needs assistance, you can contact the UGA Veterans Legal Clinic at 706-542-6439.

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!
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.