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Athens Area Unemployment Rate Drops Driven by a slight loss of available jobs and by more unemployed workers finding work, the unemployment rate for the Athens area dropped in May to 3.2 percent. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that part of the dip can be accounted for by seasonal factors. “In the Athens area, we’re going to see some changes when it comes to jobs and the labor force as school lets out for the summer,” Butler said.

AP Photo/Sergei Grits

It’s been six months since China began enforcing their new policy banning the import of non-industrial plastic waste.

Today University of Georgia scientists published their calculations of the global impact China’s “National Sword” policy may have on waste reduction efforts.

Before the ban, about 4,000 shipping containers of recyclables left US ports for China every day.

St. Mary's Using World's Smallest Pacemaker

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St. Mary’s is the first facility in Northeast Georgia implementing the use of an advanced pacemaker.

Athens-area patients in need of a pacemaker can now benefit from a less invasive procedure. St. Mary’s Healthcare System has announced it’s the first facility in the regional to offer the world’s smallest pacemaker. Mark Ralston is Public Relations manager with the hospital.

Biden Backs Abrams in Closely-Watched Georgia Race

Jun 20, 2018
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Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Stacey Abrams Wednesday in her bid to become Georgia's first Democratic governor in 15 years and the nation's first-ever black female state executive.

AthFest Auctions Guitar Painted by Artist David Hale

Jun 19, 2018
AthFest Educates

The 2018 AthFest Music and Arts Festival gets underway this weekend and supporters of AthFest Educates have a unique opportunity to support the nonprofit’s efforts to support music and arts education for area youth. Jill Helme is Executive Director of the organization. She says they’re auctioning off a guitar painted by a renowned Athens artist.