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Madison County resident Karl Enter took a 35-year break from art and photography. But upon retirement, an Oconee County landmark inspired him to pick up the paint brush again.

He painted what the old Oconee County High School looked like before it burned down in 1954 when it was struck by lightning.The site of the old high school was eventually turned into the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation. 

The original Oconee County High School was built in 1902 and was related to statewide public legislation of the time that aimed to develop school districts in Georgia’s counties. According to a University of Georgia historic structures report,OCHS was the first example of a school district in Oconee County. 

The idea to paint a rendition of the original high school came to Enter out of his own personal curiosity about the building.

“I’ve been here [at OCAF] a number of times for exhibits because I had paintings in here… and I work a lot as a volunteer [and] there were some curious things about the building,” Enter said. “I wondered why it was the way it was.”

For more on this story, see the Jan. 20 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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