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What a difference four years can make. After graduating from Oconee County High School in 2015 and the United States Coast Guard Academy this week, Clark Nelson is heading to Homer, Alaska, where he will serve aboard the USCGC Hickory. 

“Homer, Alaska, is a very big fishing center for salmon, so one of the jobs is to make sure people are following the laws,” said Nelson. “In addition, we will be making sure people are not fishing in protected areas.”

The USCGC Hickory also aids in navigation and search-and-rescue missions. Nelson will be serving at least five years. 

For more on this story, see the May 30 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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