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JEKYLL ISLAND—Capturing 10 editorial awards, including four first-place honors, The Oconee Enterprise earned second place in General Excellence from the Georgia Press Association for its circulation division.

The awards, presented last Friday at the Jekyll Island Club, were for stories written in 2018.

Editor Michael Prochaska won first place in investigative reporting for his coverage of the suspension and eventual firing of former Watkinsville Police Chief Lee O’Dillon. He also took home first place in editorial writing.

Former reporter Katie Tiller earned first place in education reporting for her stories about fungi inside Oconee County Elementary School.

Former Sports Editor Ryne Dennis won first place sports column.

Sports Editor Jeremy Johnson won second place sports column and third place sports section.

Advertising representative Tracy Harmon was honored with a first place online banner ad award for the Flowers Inc. advertisement. George Windate contributed to these awards as staff graphic designer.

“I’m so proud of our entire staff for working together, because it takes a team to win all of these awards,” said The Oconee Enterprise General Manager Maridee Williams. 

For more on this story, see the June 6 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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