Kelly Girtz

This week on Athens News Matters, hear Mokah Jasmine Johnson and Shannon Foley Martinez discuss race relations in Athens. Also hear Mayor Kellly Girtz talk about his first year in office, UGA professor John Hund talk about his opioid financing research and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe talk about his new single. Finally, WUGA's Jimmy Sanders takes us back to Folsom Prison, in honor of the 52nd anniversary of Johnny Cash's famous live album.

Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz joins Alexia Ridley to talk about his first year in office and his priorities going into 2020.

Here are some highlights from the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity/WUGA Housing Code Hack, held at the Athens-Clarke County Library earlier this week. The hack addressed Athens’ affordable housing crisis – the city lacks sufficient housing, and the housing that does exist is too expensive for many.

We hear from Habitat Executive Director Spencer Frye, Mayor Kelly Girtz, builder Michael Songster, ACC Commissioner Ovita Thornton and civil engineer Jon Williams. The entire forum will be broadcast on a special edition of Athens News Matters next Friday and Sunday at our usual time.

Mayor Kelly Girtz released his statement about the settlement with a former ACCPD officer, Taylor Saulters, who was fired last year after hitting a fleeing suspect with his police vehicle. Saulters had filed a slander lawsuit against the ACC government and several individuals.

Girtz, who was out sick during the meeting where commissioners voted on the settlement, released the statement below in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 6.

Bill Berryman, ACC Attorney General, also released a statement regarding the settlement.

Girtz Campaign Announces List of Environmental Goals

Apr 26, 2018

Athens Mayoral candidate Kelly Girtz has announced five environmental goals he would prioritize as mayor. They include: implanting a local ban or fee on single-use plastic bags, establish solar power production for municipal use, identify and protect more greenspace, create stronger energy efficient standards and incentives for new and old buildings, and continue improving solid waste reduction efforts.

Full list of goals: