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Thursday 09/25/2014
Hebert Letter: Library Friends raise thousands for library

Library users in Oconee County offer a heartfelt thanks to the Oconee County Library Friends for the tremendous effort made at last weekend’s Book Sale.

Posted: September 25, 2014
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Dickens Letter: Family appreciates outpouring of support

To all family and friends of Bob Dickens, I want you all to know how much the families of his sons, Gerry and Stanley, and my sons, Robert and John Costa, appreciate the cards, telephone calls, visits, and many nourishing and abundant delicious foods that were enjoyed by our families and many friends during his last days with us.

Posted: September 25, 2014
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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Capobianco Letter: Front-page story written in poor taste

I thought your recent front-page coverage of Mr. Kreyenbuhl’s unfortunate death was written in very poor taste.

Posted: September 03, 2014
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Sommer Letter: Temporary museum seeks materials

At a recent meeting of the Oconee Historical Society your editorial [August 21] about a county museum was mentioned.

Posted: September 03, 2014
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Ward Letter: New Watkinsville park a jewel without price

Our new Watkinsville park area is surely a jewel without price. Its array of identified trees is a textbook example of upper Piedmont plant types.

Posted: September 03, 2014
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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Purcell Letter: Watkinsville tethering ordinance fine as is

Dogs, (like people) are social animals, yet more than 200,000 dogs live empty lives chained or tethered outdoors. Tied-up outside, dogs become lonely, bored and anxious, and they can develop aggressive behaviors.

Posted: August 27, 2014
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Atkins Letter: National EMS expresses gratitude for help

Our National EMS family would like to express our sincere appreciation to those in our community who assisted and supported us following the accident on May 31 that involved one of our ambulances responding to an emergency call.

Posted: August 27, 2014
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Sledge Letter: Petition not mentioned when BOC voted

The Oconee County Commissioners voted to have a liquor referendum in November, to legalize cocktails in Oconee County. A petition containing 71 signatures not to put liquor by the drink on the ballot was given to all the commissioners, by Chairman Melvin Davis.

Posted: August 27, 2014
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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Braswell and Richardson Letter: YMCA contributes so much to community

Most everyone has heard of the Y. In many households the YMCA is known as place for “gym and swim” and kids’ programs. This is certainly true, and the Y is proud of its heritage in teaching important leadership and life skills like swimming and providing a safe place for kids to learn, grow and play.

Posted: August 26, 2014
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England Column: Georgia’s rural health care system needs serious treatment

Every morning across Georgia, farmers and their families rise with the sun and work extremely hard to make sure all of us have a safe and abundant food supply. With 42,000 working farms, our state is the nation’s top producer of peanuts, pecans, chickens and watermelons — and one of the highest producers of everything from cotton to peaches. Because of the faithful, daily stewardship of 9 million acres of productive farmland, agriculture remains Georgia’s No. 1 industry, contributing $71 billion annually. But our farm families and their neighbors are facing a very real and growing threat. Georgia’s rural health care system is in crisis.

Posted: August 26, 2014
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Buffington Letter: School system needs to do the right thing

I read about the lawsuit involving the Oconee County School System and a child who has epilepsy in that system. The school system is fighting an order that it provide an aide who can administer a Diastat treatment to an epilepsy patient should the child have a seizure while on a bus or school field trip. Oconee County school officials need to wake up and do the right thing here. Other area school system leaders need to hear this message too.

Posted: August 26, 2014
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Wyatt Column: Libraries need more support from boards

Someone remarked to me recently that the Watkinsville and Bogart libraries are probably the most frequented facilities in Oconee County. As the current chair of the Library Advisory Board, I felt a sense of pride and was optimistic about our chances of receiving an increase in our operating budget for 2015. I was further encouraged by the strong support for the libraries expressed by the public in forums related to SPLOST 2015. As it stands now, both the Bogart and Watkinsville Libraries will be renovated and expanded using up to $3 million of SPLOST funds.

Posted: August 26, 2014
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Page Letter: Neighborhood should bear cost of repairing its own amenity

I would like to clear up what seems to be an increasingly heated argument relative to a subdivision amenity in North West Woods. Some of the controversy stems from what people are calling this amenity. Those who live near the long-gone amenity, like Andrew Malcom (whose front yard this amenity was located in) remember it as a nice, old covered bridge.

Posted: August 26, 2014
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Sledge Letter: Liquor by the drink will be bad for the county

As I read your Thursday, July 3 front page, I saw where Margaret S. Hale said she continues to hear the issue about a referendum to have liquor by the drink.

Posted: August 26, 2014
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Malcom Letter: Don’t call covered bridge a carport

Every story usually has two sides. One side has been told by intent and letter to the editor. I guess Roy Ward had expensive cars if he thinks Northwest Woods bridge was a carport. It would have made a nice carport. I suppose he never saw the bridge. I guess Emil Beshara knows a lot about gazebos since he said the bridge was nothing but a gazebo when I contacted him as to why a repairable bridge was torn down. This was seven to 10 years ago.

Posted: August 26, 2014
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Aycock Letter: Chamber alcohol poll numbers exaggerate community support

I detest anyone who publishes a poll and only gives part of the information in order to make it look like the [Oconee County] Chamber of Commerce supported liquor by the drink by a 75 percent approval. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Posted: August 26, 2014
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Thursday 05/22/2014
Letter: Coach Connors created a soccer dynasty

Growing up in this area I’ve been able to see some of the all-time great high school coaches in various sports.

Posted: May 22, 2014
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Monday 05/19/2014
Letter: Special needs school bus continually late

I have three children. One rides a regular bus; the other two ride a special education bus. My regular bus rider’s bus stays on schedule and has stayed on schedule within a couple minutes discrepancy the entire school year.

Posted: May 19, 2014
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Letter: Incumbents absent from SPLOST meeting

Commissioners Margaret Hale and John Daniell did not attend the most recent public forum of SPLOST 2015 at the Courthouse Monday evening, May 12.

Posted: May 19, 2014
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