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Athens News Matters for June 29, 2024

New Director of Athens Homeless Coalition Shares His Goals

Nearly 400 people in Athens-Clarke County face homelessness, according to the annual point-in-time report completed by local government. The Athens Homeless Coalition was established in early 2024 and seeks to prevent and end homelessness in the area. It recently named Michael Bien as its first executive director. He sat down with WUGA’s Alexia Ridley to discuss his background and goals for the organization he now leads.

Athens-Area Charitable Fund Sues to Block Cash Bail Law

Georgia Senate Bill 63 is set to go into effect this summer. It aims to limit the amount of people charitable organizations can bond out of jail. However, this week a judge heard arguments in a lawsuit that attempts to block the law from going into effect. WUGA’s Alexia Ridley spoke earlier this week with one of the directors of an Athens-area cash bond charity involved in the suit.

Invasive Plant Ordinance Establishes Responsibilities for Neighbors

Some people call invasive plants the bane of their existence. They may be pleased by new legislation in Athens-Clarke County that requires property owners to control the spread of non-native vegetation. WUGA’s Emma Auer travelled around the county, gathering more details.

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!