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Watkinsville Post 1 candidate Chuck Garrett defeated challenger Carolyn Maultsby in a landslide on Tuesday.

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With brown stoneware clay in hand and their feet on the pottery wheel pedal, local teens learned how to forge their own pottery pieces during Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s summer camp last week. 

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Extra Special People’s Big Jump event is just another way for Steve Nugent to continue supporting children and young adults with disabilities. Nugent, who serves on the nonprofit’s board of directors, will skydive out of a plane during the fundraiser. 

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Just before Extra Special People’s first round of summer camps began, the Oconee-based M & K Foundation gave the nonprofit a $4,000 boost to help more campers attend. 

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Last month, the Board of Commissioners appointed Oconee native Holly Hardigree Stephenson to succeed Kathy Hayes as county clerk.

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Both the city of Watkinsville and Board of Commissioners have recently signed a memorandum of understanding to move the Oconee County Library from Experiment Station Road to Wire Park off Barnett Shoals Road. The library is expected to open there in 2022.

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The Oconee Board of Commissioners plans to roll back the millage rate this year. An exact figure has not been released, but public hearings will be held on July 6, July 27, and Aug. 3.

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Early voting for the Watkinsville special election continues today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voting on election day Tuesday will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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In 2008, the city of Watkinsville changed the zoning around Experiment Station Road to disallow industrial use. Two industrial-type businesses on that corridor, AmeriPride (now Aramark Uniform Services) and Oconee Waste Transport, were grandfathered into the new code. 

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“It’s foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived,” Brig. Gen. John Gentry said at the annual Memorial Day program at Oconee Veterans Park. He was quoting the late Gen. George S. Patton. 

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Several weeks after the city of Watkinsville approved a 60-unit senior living complex in downtown, the Oconee Board of Commissioners gave a unanimous thumbs up on a 100-bed assisted living facility just outside the city limits. 

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In lieu of a traditional ribbon cutting, Animal Services Manager Crystal Berisko and EMA Director C.J. Worden ceremoniously cut a leash in front of the newly renovated and expanded Animal Services building last week. They playfully called it an “unleashing.”

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Smiling and dressed in blue regalia, triplets Caleb, Ethan and MaKayla Ward and cousin Bryce Jenkins relished revisiting old teachers and classmates at Colham Ferry Elementary School just three days before graduating from Oconee County High School.