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updated Mon. February 4, 2019

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During opening ceremonies, organizer Linda Lundy recognized several Oconee County teachers who have survived cancer, dedicating the evening to all educators in the area who are survivors. Local businesses, clubs, churches and schools manned booths throughout the night, many of which served ...
Our schools, infrastructure and county departments cannot absorb this kind of growth this fast.” Twenty-two years later, Dawson's forewarning is frustratingly prophetic. Oconee County is ensnared in litigation because it was forced to thwart the buildout of two massive subdivisions that sat dormant while ...

Two years ago Watkinsville dentist Dr. David Brown had his inoperable 1969 Ford Torino carted over to Eric Gunter's backyard garage for a restoration. “It was a mess,” Gunter recalled recently. “Two other shops had started it and took it apart. Then it sat for two years. Dr. Brown brought it to me and I spent ...
The University of North Georgia is deepening its roots in Oconee County. In a single week, Oconee Campus Director Cyndee Perdue Moore graduated from Leadership Oconee, various law-enforcement agencies visited campus for a safety fair and students donated three standing libraries to the city of ...
Since 1969, Oconee County's agricultural land usage has decreased by 45 percent; meanwhile, the county's population exploded by over 400 percent. Jacob Hartman, a junior at Oconee County High School and a recent transplant from Tampa, focused on the pollution impact that increased suburban ...
Early voting runs from April 30 to May 18 from 8-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday voting will be May 12 from 9-4 p.m. The only place for early voting will be Board of Elections and Registration at 10 Court Street in Watkinsville. The building is adjacent to the Oconee County Courthouse directly behind ...

There's no similar signage advertising the Oconee campus or the University of North Georgia — short of the sign located on campus. ... Further, UGA's reach into the community at large is so expansive that from the property of the Oconee campus you can see the UGA's Oconee County Extension office.
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office reported the following incidents: STRANGER INVADES: On April 11, Deputy Kenji Dorsey was dispatched to meet with a 24-year-old resident of Moreland Heights Road, who reported she came home about 3:30 p.m. and put her groceries in the kitchen. She heard a ...
OCONEE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) - School board members in Oconee County met Monday night to discuss a plan that would allow certain school staff members to carry guns. As many as 50 school employees, with the proper training, could be armed if it were to pass. The meeting on Monday was an open ...
She told deputies that she was forced to drive into Oconee County but the car ran out of gas, and she tried to escape the vehicle. Deputies said information from dispatch indicated the woman may have also been thrown into the lake. Deputies said the alleged carjacker was described as a man wearing an ...
Ann Stoneburner said she was motivated to help set up a program at the Oconee County Library late last month by a concern with the rewrite of the county's Comprehensive Plan and its impact on development in the county. The centerpiece of that program—sponsored by the Oconee County Democratic ...
More school security may be on the way in Oconee County ... Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw and School Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland, want to arm as many as 50 school employees in the county's 19 schools. Advertisement. They would supplement 9 School Resource Officers in an active ...
The director of the Oconee County Animal Services has been placed on administrative leave in the wake of an investigation into missing money and possibly missing medications, according to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office. The investigation began March 20, when deputies took a report from county ...
Thieves hit an Oconee County neighborhood hard during the early morning hours of Wednesday, breaking into at least 22 vehicles and stealing three vehicles, according to Oconee County sheriff's reports. The crime spree occurred in subdivisions off Lenru Road in the Malcom Bridge Road section of the ...
Animal Services Director Catlyn Vickers resigned Monday while the Oconee County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into missing money. The Sheriff's Office has also asked the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency to conduct an audit of the pharmaceuticals being obtained, stored and utilized ...
Hughes also had one hit, one run and two RBIs in North Oconee's 14-1 win over Athens Christian. Charlie Ledford, Commerce – In Commerce's 10-6 victory Saturday at Banks County, Ledford was the winning pitcher with three hits, four runs, two walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings and he also had ...
Oconee County deputies said a man was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor second degree. Deputies said 32-year-old Christopher James Duncan was arrested on Thursday night. According to the sheriff's office, a deputy spoke with the family member of the victim in regards to ...

SUSPICIOUS MAN: On March 1, a 64-year-old Watkinsville man reported that for three days an unknown person has followed a 29-year-old woman who lives in his home. The man once stopped in the driveway for a period of time before he drove off. The deputy said extra patrols would be made in the area ...
Just Aircraft is based in a 32,000-square-foot facility at 170 Duck Pond Road in Oconee County, about 2.5 miles south of Walhalla. Woodland, an aircraft designer, founded the company in 2002 in Caldwell, Idaho. He met Schmitt, a builder and pilot, at an air show. Schmitt, originally of Highlands, N.C., said ...
Oglethorpe County has become the third metro Athens county to join a legion of local governments across the United States in filing a lawsuit against makers and manufacturers of opioid drugs. Oglethorpe's filing last week followed similar court cases launched earlier by the Athens-Clarke and Oconee ...
THEFT: On Feb. 22, a man reported that he was at a work site on Old Epps Bridge Road at the Sims Drive intersection, when someone stole two Stihl chainsaws out of the work truck. The saws are valued at $1,850. SCAM CALL: On Feb. 23, a 68-year-old Watkinsville man reported that someone called his ...
BUSINESS VANDALIZED: On Feb. 12, deputies were dispatched to the Bishop Chevron on Macon Highway, where the store manager reported the place had been vandalized by a man who was working during the weekend. The manager reported that he asked the acquaintance to work at the store for two ...
Two Oconee County high school students were arrested Wednesday after making what appears to be baseless threats, according to a statement from the Oconee County School District. The school district said in a statement that there have been several threats in recent days, at both middle and high ...
Social media started buzzing Monday night about a mysterious boom that was reportedly heard and felt by people in communities across Oconee County. The National Weather Service confirmed it wasn't weather related and the U.S. Geological Survey reported no earthquake activity. FOX Carolina also ...
... Saturday near the intersection of Wells Highway and Owens Road, just east of Seneca, according to Lance Cpl. Justin Sutherland of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The victim, identified by Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis as 11-year-old Emmalee Budrevich, was crossing Wells Highway when a car hit her.
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office announced the arrests on Tuesday as part of its "Operation Avalanche." Jerry Scott Gibson, 48, of Seneca, is charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Ricky Lee Addis, Jr., 33, of Seneca, is charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Both suspects were ...
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office arrested eight people after a monthslong investigation into methamphetamine trafficking. Authorities on Thursday executed four search warrants looking for suspects, drugs, cash, stolen items and guns. The sting was the start of "Operation Avalanche," the Sheriff's Office ...
Oconee County children are invited to the 12th annual Touch A Truck event on Saturday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oconee Heritage Park. The Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the event, during which children will get to touch and explore trucks of all kinds. The event is ...
Ellis tells 7News that 98 percent of the homes in Oconee County are older than 2009 which means their smoke detectors are more than likely out of date. It's information like this that they hope to get across to the community as well as find partners who are willing to provide resources for those who can't ...
One man was killed and two people seriously injured in a two-car wreck Tuesday evening on Georgia Highway 316 in Oconee County, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The wreck occurred at about 6 p.m. at the McNutt Creek Road intersection. A patrol spokeswoman said a Nissan GT-R sports car, ...
The Athens Academy's SEEDS environmental club recently received the Keep Oconee Beautiful Adopt-a-Mile Golden Picker Award for the year 2017. The award recognizes the group's “continued dedication to the ... program and for being the top school in collecting the most trash in 2017.” The members of ...
MONEY MISSING: A 43-year-old Oconee man reported Feb. 10 that between $750,000 and $875,000 cash went missing sometime during the past four months from an office off Monroe Highway, Bogart. However, the man told the Banner-Herald that this figure was not right, although he also expressed ...
... Saturday near the intersection of Wells Highway and Owens Road, just east of Seneca, according to Lance Cpl. Justin Sutherland of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The victim, identified by Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis as 11-year-old Emmalee Budrevich, was crossing Wells Highway when a car hit her.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services recently named Stephanie Gentry as Oconee County Director and Gayle Vickery as director of Anderson County DSS. Gentry is a 2003 graduate of Clemson University and began her DSS career in 2006, as a family case manager with a First Steps grant ...
News. View CaptionHide Caption. A 16-year-old girl died when a UTV crashed and went into a lake in Oconee County. ... Kate Jones, 16, of Athens, was submerged when the UTV rolled into the lake on private property, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said on Facebook. The incident happened about ...
Brad Raffensperger told Oconee County Republicans he is motivated by three key issues in his bid to get the Republican nomination for Secretary of State in the May 22 primary. He said he wants to make sure that only Americans vote in elections in the state, that Georgia is a great place to find a job, and ...
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office arrested eight people after a monthslong investigation into methamphetamine trafficking. Authorities on Thursday executed four search warrants looking for suspects, drugs, cash, stolen items and guns. The sting was the start of "Operation Avalanche," the Sheriff's Office ...
A 92-year-old Upstate woman died after she fell in her home because her son neglected to help her, the Oconee County coroner has determined. Alma Louise Gaines was found in her home in Seneca unclothed from the waist down and covered in feces and urine, according to an arrest warrant for her son ...
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office is making churches aware after incidents involving two people disrupting services. According to the statement released by the agency to the director of missions for Beaver Dam Baptist Association, deputies received reports of two men disrupting the last three services at ...
The Treehouse Market in Oconee County held a grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 27, bringing families and college students into the market to see what the new store had to offer. Manager Courtney Spangler said the store will stock a variety of products, but will specialize in products local to Athens and ...
CAR ENTERED: On Jan. 18, Deputy Kenji Dorsey was dispatched shortly before 6 p.m. to Oconee Veteran's Park on Hog Mountain Road, where a 49-year-old Bogart woman reported someone broke a window in her car parked near the soccer field and stole her purse with debit and credit cards. The cards ...
OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. - The Oconee County Sheriff's Office really wants drivers to stay off of the dangerous, icy roads. The sheriff's office posted several messages on Facebook to drive home the point. Here are some of our favorites: "You can't wreck if you aren't on the road." ...
Wayne Ford/staff Salem Methodist Church is located on Salem Road in the southern end of Oconee County in what was once a prosperous town called ... of the book “Historic Rural Churches of Georgia” to the Oconee County Library during a discussion about the churches at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Oconee ...
... Oconee County Sheriff's Office, school officials found the cell phone inside the bathroom on Wednesday. They alerted the sheriff's office and a search warrant was then carried out on Burnette's home. It is unclear if Burnette was an employee at the school. Burnette is being held in the Oconee County Jail ...
An 80-year-old Morgan County man was killed Thursday morning in a one-vehicle wreck just south of Bishop in Oconee County, authorities said. Oconee County Coroner Ed Carson said Bobby Alan Ray apparently lost control of his Nissan pickup at about 8:45 a.m. on a curve of U.S. Highway 441.
The spill sent an estimated 24,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater into the creek, a tributary of the Middle Oconee River, according to a public notice the county posted on its website. An Oconee Water Resources Department worker discovered the spill at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Following testing ...
OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. - An Oconee County High School custodian is behind bars and charged with unlawful surveillance. Oconee County Sheriff's deputies said a female student found Timothy Brian Burnette's phone recording video in the girl's locker room Wednesday. That student told the principal, ...
Curious to read the Board of Commissioners meeting minutes for the rezones that laid the foundation of Butler's Crossing? Would county budgets and ordinances spanning decades be of interest to the public today? Oconee County is in the process of digitizing paper documents that have never made it to ...
SHOPLIFTER CAUGHT: On Jan. 1, Deputy Daniel Ellis was driving through the parking lot of Lowe's when he was flagged down by a loss prevention officer from the store. The LPO reported a man was inside putting items in his pockets. The deputy waited for about 20 minutes outside the store when he ...
Undecorated trees in Clarke County also can be left out for leaf and limb disposal. Those wishing to do so will need to check with the county for the pickup schedule. For more information on tree recycling in Athens, call (706) 613-3501. In Oconee County, people can bring their trees to drop off sites in Harris ...


 

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