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Athens Regional Library System

The Athens-Clarke County Library is inviting members of the community to celebrate the holiday season by sharing messages with local nursing home residents. 

Now through December 20th, residents can stop by the Library’s Teen Services department to fill out holiday greeting cards for seniors at Pruitt Healthcare in Athens and High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation in North High Shoals. 

Library staff are aiming to have at least 200 cards created so that all residents receive a card. People of all ages are invited to stop by and personalize a card as part of the project. 

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is leaving in place a lower court ruling that a federal employment discrimination law doesn't protect a person against discrimination based on their sexual orientation.

The court on Monday declined to take up the question of whether a law that bars workplace discrimination "because of...sex" covers discrimination against someone because of their sexual orientation.

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia climbed seven spots to No. 54 among all U.S. universities, colleges and research institutions in the latest National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development rankings.


In the new rankings, which reflect fiscal year 2016, UGA’s total research expenditures reached $410 million, up from $374 million and a ranking of 61st the year before.


Online Athens

 A 7-foot Menorah will be lit outside Athens-Clarke County City Hall on Tuesday. 


Tuesday marks the start of Hanukkah for the Jewish Community here in Athens.


To celebrate the first day of the eight-day festival of lights, Chabad of Athens will have a public Menorah lighting ceremony. The 7-foot Menorah will be lit outside of City Hall on College Avenue at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The event will also include music, latkes and donuts, and crafts for kids.  


One of the nation’s oldest Public Policy Institutes says Georgia has most of the most restrictive, least generous unemployment insurance programs in the country.

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