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Two Athens residents, Valerie Boyd and William Eiland, are among a dozen in the state being recognized for their contributions to arts and humanities. Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal announced the recipients of the sixth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities on Tuesday. 

 

 

Athens-Clarke County Heritage Foundation

 Athens residents and others are invited to attend a community forum this Thursday on the future of the F.C. Maddox Center. Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church and the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation are partnering to determine the feasibility of rehabilitating and re-using the historic facility on Magnolia Street.

 

The most recent unemployment figures are out and the numbers show jobs were up and unemployment was down in Athens for the month of August. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, at 4.7 percent, the August rate was down three tenths a point from July.

Commissioner Mark Butler says other numbers show August was a good month for Athens.

Department of Labor

Georgia’s unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in August, remained the same as in July. The State Department of Labor released the numbers Thursday. According to Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, that number isn’t the real story regarding jobs.

"The real news is the fact that we set a new record for total amount of jobs in Georgia, at 4.5 million. That's the first time we've ever hit that number," said Butler. "We also set new records for the number of employed and the number of people in our workforce."

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service, says much of the state, including Athens, and Atlanta in north Georgia, is under a tropical storm warning. Forecasters warn residents to prepare for strong wind, and heavy rain which could lead to flooding. The city of Savannah, on Georgia's coast, was evacuated for the second time in less than a year because of the impending storm.

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