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Athens News Matters May 26, 2017

May 29, 2017

On this edition of Athens News Matters, guests Blake Aued and District 3 Commissioner Melissa Link join Alexia Ridley to share their opinions on neighborhood planning in the West Hancock neighborhood, a discrimination complaint filed against an Athens bar, and the District 9 commission race.

Associated Press

Following a spike in deadly attacks on police, more than a dozen states have responded this year with "Blue Lives Matter" laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers, raising concern among some civil rights activists of a potential setback in police-community relations.

Shepherd's Men.com

The Shepherd's Men, a 17-member team of active and former servicemen and civilians are taking part in their 4th annual run in eight cities through Memorial Day. The group will be in Athens Sunday, May 28. They'll gather on the steps of the University of Georgia Chapel at 10 am before starting their half marathon at 10:30.

Fun Ways to Share Family History at Family Reunions

May 27, 2017
Athens Regional Library

The Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society and Athens-Clarke County Library  are working together to help people attending family reunions have more fun at the event.


The Georgia Department of Public Safety is reminding drivers to use extra caution this Memorial Day weekend. The state DOT predicts 18 traffic deaths, 2,401 traffic crashes and 1,012 injuries during the 78-hour holiday period that begins Friday, May 26 at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Memorial Day.