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Years after 95-year-old June Ellis owned a sewing machine and alterations shop in Columbus, she applied her expertise to help craft face masks for the most vulnerable in the Athens-Oconee area.

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Before the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s School Street Studios hosted a ceramics studio and University of North Georgia art classes, it was once part of Watkinsville High School. 

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Two dual-enrolled University of Georgia students and some of their peers have created a talk show to inform the public about the COVID-19 pandemic and other pressing public issues. 

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“I want to build a space of inclusion, love, care and support,” UNG psychology major Damien Helms told The Oconee Enterprise after receiving the school’s Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Equity Award. 

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North Oconee High School 2011 graduate James Todd has learned a litany of skills while serving in the U.S. Army infantry and travelling to places like Hawaii and the Ukraine. Now that he’s back home, Todd is closer to his family and in a completely different field. 

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Since Stephanie Wimpey was a young girl, she has had a heart for children in foster care and adoption. Over the past few years, she has been able to enrich children’s lives as a foster parent and as a volunteer for local nonprofit Chosen for Life. 

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Since March, the Rev. Steven Barnes has been leading the congregation of Oconee Presbyterian Church through virtual worship service. Barnes succeeded former pastor Joel Tolbert. Barnes intends to serve OPC for just a couple of years. With the aid of additional training, he will help the chur…