Local Government

Residents Of Athens-Clarke County Clash Over Calls To Cut Police Budget
June 17, 2020 | On the steps of Athens-Clarke County City Hall on Tuesday evening, protesters clashed. A plan proposed by two local commissioners to re-envision and redistribute funds within the Athens-Clarke County Police Department has brought heated responses from citizens, both in favor and in opposition of these changes.


Athens Becomes Second Major City In Georgia To Mandate Masks

July 8, 2020 | Whether going to a restaurant or window-shopping downtown, people will be required to wear face masks in Athens as of 8 a.m. Thursday morning, after it gets signed by the mayor. 

BREAKING: Houston Gaines takes back state House District 117, Clarke County finishes reporting

Nov. 6, 2018 | Democratic Representative for state House District 117 Deborah Gonzalez lost her seat this midterm cycle after only a year as representative. Republican candidate Houston Gaines secured victory over the progressive leaning incumbent, winning with approximately 54 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s Office as of press time on Nov. 7.

A look at three SPLOST passion-project proposals including skate park expansion, Bear Hollow Renovations

Feb 14, 2019 | There are 88 projects proposed for SPLOST funding for 2020. The Mayor and Commission will approve a final project list in July. The estimated budget is $248 million. ACC residents will vote to approve the 1-percent sales tax increase in November. Here’s a look at a few of these projects.

Athens Mayor Calls For Removal Of Confederate Monument In Wake Of Recent Protests

June 4, 2020 | The majority of Athens-Clarke County residents have expressed outrage at the use of force used against protesters on Sunday night.

After months of uncertainty, Athens police welcomes new chief Cleveland Lee Spruill, Sr.

Jan 17, 2019 | The Athens-Clarke County Police Department made headlines last year, capturing state-wide attention for a series of controversial events. After former Chief of Police Scott Freeman was forced to resign by ACC Manager Blaine Williams in September, Williams set an extensive search and selection process in motion for a new chief by 2019.

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