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Almost a third of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the Biden Administration is aiming for 70% of the adult population in the U.S.  to have one shot, with 160 million fully vaccinated by July 4th. Dr. Ross McKinney is the Chief Scientific Officer for the Association of American. He addressed concerns regarding the side effects of the vaccines. 


McKinney offered some clarity regarding the CDC’s decision on wearing masks. 

A second person has died after a Monday shooting in the Stonehenge subdivision. Athens-Clarke police say 21-year old Casey Parten of Flowery Branch died as a result of injuries he sustained in that incident. Parten and 16-year old Ashawn Adams, of Athens, were shot while in the 300 block of Marlborough Downs Road. Adams died at the scene.

24-year old Tyler Parten, was also at the scene during the shooting, but he was not injured.

Police are expected to release more details in the coming days.

Commissioners to hear from judges, DA on county budget

May 20, 2021
District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez is one of several county officials who will make their case for budget increases to ACC lawmakers on Thursday.
Deborah Gonzalez

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners meet again today as they continue their review of Mayor Kelly Girtz’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

As part of the process leading up to adoption of a budget on June 1, Commissioners will hear tonight from officials within the criminal justice system – District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, along with judges from the State and Juvenile Courts.



The American Red Cross is asking eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer.  Spokesperson Ronnika McFall says while the summer is typically a slow time of year for donations, this year presents particular challenges. 


McFall says the need for blood remains constant, both around the nation and here in the state. 


Athens-Clarke County Commissioners met for nearly six hours last night, and heard from more than 20 citizens as part of the public input process for next year’s budget. Many of the comments focused on issues that have been consistent concerns for local policymakers – economic equity, affordable housing, and non-profit funding.