On Tuesday, dozens of people loaded food and other household supplies into trucks to be delivered to Houma, Louisiana, which was greatly impacted by Hurricane Ida.

“The residents of Houma are very much like us here in Oconee: Friday night lights watching football, small town restaurants, just a few grocery stores and good people who need our help,” said organizer Steve Nugent, who has extended family in Houma. “We’ve seen Oconee County come out strong for our neighbors many times before. And our friends to the west need us now more than ever.”

Houma is still working to get power back, and the surrounding towns don’t have running water. Those who have helped locally include the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, Oconee County Rotary Club, Oconee County Elementary School PTO, the Hadden Estate at DGD Farm, Golden Pantry, Home Depot, Oconee State Bank and Dunkin Donuts. To further contribute, visit spotfund.com and search for “HelpForHouma.” Nugent, email Nuget at nugeathens@icloud.com or call (706)248-6468.

5K helps first responders

Grier & Co’s Run for Responders 5K is Sunday, Sept. 26 at Oconee Veterans Park. Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 12:30 p.m. The 5K starts at 2 p.m. There will be a kid zone with family fun activities, including a dunk tank with Sheriff James Hale and Watkinsville Police Chief Shannon Brock, as well as food trucks, live entertainment, games, a bouncy house, fire trucks and police cars.

Grier & Co has a goal of raising $15,000. For more information, visit active.com.

“Our local firemen, law enforcement officersand first responders sacrifice so much to protect and serve all of us here in Oconee County,” said Danielle Grier. “We at Grier & Co. strive to give back to the community that keeps us in business.”

Competition honors Deitz

Oconee County High School is hosting a cheerleading competition Saturday, Sept. 18. The team will honor the late Brian Deitz, former OCHS assistant principal, by naming it the Spirit of a Warrior Cheer Competition. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Warrior Foundation’s annual scholarship that was founded in his name. 

The competition will be held at the main gym at 11 a.m. Admission is $8 and tickets can be purchased on GoFan. 


Enjoy car show 

Oconee Rotary’s annual car show, Classics in the Country, is coming up Sept. 25 at OVP; it's a fundraiser for our many community service projects.

Free for spectators from 12-4 p.m. Families can enjoy restored cars, trucks and antique vehicles.

Third annual Rotary Classics in the Country Car Show Sept. 25 at Oconee Veterans Park. Awards at 3 p.m. 

To register a vehicle, it’s $20, and registration begins from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 25. Families can enjoy restored cars, trucks and antique vehicles. 

Pets get free rabies vaccine

Oconee County Animal Services is offering free rabies vaccinations cats and dogs on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required at oconeecounty.com on the “Upcoming Events” tab.

“We want to educate everyone about the importance of vaccinating pets against rabies,” said Oconee County Animal Services Manager Crystal Berisko. “While rabies is a deadly virus, it is also preventable, and we hope these clinics will help increase education and understanding of the importance of these vaccines.”

Oconee County Animal Services is located at 1171 Branch Road in Bishop. For more information, visit oconeecounty.com/215/Animal-Services.

For more on this story, see the Sept. 16 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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