Local News

Georgia Elections Conducted in House

Jul 17, 2017

For the first time in over a decade, Georgia has decided to move all of its election work in house. The decision comes after a long series of attacks on the election center at Kennesaw State University for security lapses. Those security lapses exposed more than 6.5 million voter records and other sensitive information. The transition between departments is expected to take up to one year. This will allow the state to build its own election team and headquarters. Plus, state officials want to limit any disruption to the elections that will come in November.

Lighthouse Raises Money for Equipment

Jul 17, 2017
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Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation is holding a fundraiser for the month of July to raise money for new equipment. The Lighthouse Foundation is known for working with those who are underinsured and uninsured. One of the main aspects of the clinic is providing glasses and hearing aides to those who are not financially able to pay for these products on their own. This month, the Lighthouse Foundation is raising money to replace their two eyeglass making machines. These machines help the foundation to produce around 70,000 pairs of eyeglasses each year.

UGA Donors Set Record

Jul 17, 2017

In the first year of the public phase of the Commit to Georgia Campaign, University of Georgia donors set a record in fundraising, contributing $227.8 million in new gifts and pledges. "When we launched the public phase of the campaign last fall, we called on our alumni and friends to help us expand the impact of this great university on the world," said President Jere W. Morehead. "Clearly, they are answering that call with extraordinary generosity and support, and it is with the deepest sense of gratitude that I say ‘thank you' for making gifts that are changing lives."

ACC Library Holding Blood Drive

Jul 17, 2017
ACC Library

The ACC Library is holding a blood drive Wednesday. Donors are urged to come in, check out a book and roll up their sleeves.

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood as a result of a critical blood shortage and the Athens Library is hoping to help meet the need. The facility is hosting a blood drive Wednesday. Red Cross Communications Manager Kristen Stancil says the agency is hoping to make the process easier with Rapid Pass.

Athens News Matters July 14, 2017

Jul 17, 2017

On this edition of Athens News Matters, Guests Mel Davis, Myla Neal and Cathy Padgett, from the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department, discuss changes to the scholarship program, master plans for Bishop and Memorial parks, as well as activities and services available at the department.