The Watkinsville ALS Support Group is seeking participants for its “Ice Bucket Challenge” Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 12 p.m. at Oconee Veterans Park. The fundraiser involves dumping cold water on someone’s head with proceeds going to the ALS Association Georgia Chapter.  

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, leads to the inability to walk, use one’s hands and even speak due to the death of neurons that control those muscles. The cause is unknown in 90 to 95 percent of cases. 

To take the challenge or donate online, visit web.alsa.org/goto/Watkinsvillesupportgroupibc2019 or call (706) 207-5800. 

Those who prefer to donate by check can mail one to the ALS Association Georgia Chapter at 5881 Glenridge Drive, Suite 200, Atlanta, Georgia, 30328. Checks should have “Watkinsville” in the memo line. 

UNG starts classes 

Watkinsville Mayor Dave Shearon has proclaimed Aug. 19 as University of North Georgia Day, as it is the first day of the fall semester. 

UNG will be hosting representatives of various business, groups, and organizations to campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This month, there are signs around town proclaiming, “Welcome back UNG Nighthawks,” which strengthens students’ sense of belonging in the community, said UNG Oconee Campus Executive Director Cyndee Perdue Moore.

The University of North Georgia has educated more than 40,000 students, many of whom grew up and or now reside in the city of Watkinsville. The city of  Watkinsville has benefited from the educational and community service initiatives that make the university one of the city’s key community partners, according to a city proclamation. 

“The vitality of the city and that of the college are deeply committed to working together to make Watkinsville one of the greatest places to live, learn, work, connect, interact and play,” states the proclamation. 

Watch ‘Back to the Future’

The Watkinsville Trade and Tourism Association will show “Back to the Future” on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Rocket Field around 8 p.m. There will be lemonade, popsicles and Sweet, Salty & Sassypopcorn and cotton candy on site. Parking is recommended behind the Courthouse.


OYP performs

Oconee youth Playhouse will perform “Once on This Island” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Oconee Youth Theater, located at 1050 Jamestown Boulevard in Watkinsville. For show times and ticket information, visit oconeeyouthplayhouse.com

Firefighters needed

Oconee Fire Rescue will offer an emergency medical responder course starting Sept.16. The course includes 84 hours of classroom instruction and practical assessment, followed by 24 hours of clinical ride-along with National EMS. 

Classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will include two Saturday sessions on Oct. 5 and Nov. 2. Membership applications are available at oconeecounty.com. Those interested can also call Oconee Fire Rescue at (706)769-3975.

Emergency notices vital

Oconee County is utilizing a program to notify residents of emergency weather, road blockages, boil-water advisories, fallen power lines, missing persons and other breaking news. 

The CodeRed system is being administered by Oconee County Georgia Emergency Management Agency. For more information, contact C.J. Worden at (706) 310-3601
 or cworden@oconee.ga.us
. Citizens can also visit https://tinyurl.com/oconeega. To enroll, text  “OCONEEGA” to 99411 and follow the prompt. 

For more on this story, see the Aug. 15 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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