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Press conference held for woman found dead at UGA IM fields

  The University of Georgia held a press conference at 7 p.m. about the ongoing investigation into the suspected homicide of a woman found dead in the area behind Lake Herrick at the UGA Intramural Fields. The University of Georgia Police Department Chief Jeff Clark said on Feb. 22 at 12:07 p.m., UGAPD received a…

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Chris Greer opens studio on Main Street

Local photographer Chris Greer last Saturday opened Chris Greer Studio & Gallery at 16 N Main St. in downtown. Greer said the studio will be used as a gallery; a space to sell his books, postcards and prints and the work of other artists; and a space to edit and produce his television show, “View…

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Generational jersey: OCMS athlete assigned grandmother’s number

When Oconee County Middle School eighth grader Alden Angel decided to play Oconee County High School Girls Junior Varsity lacrosse, she was assigned jersey number 11, the same number her grandmother played basketball in. Upon completing her first lacrosse season, Alden will have played 66 years after her 78-year-old grandmother, Judy “Mammie” Hayes, competed on…

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Watkinsville Council discusses business, housing affordability

At the city of Watkinsville’s annual retreat on Feb. 5, Watkinsville Mayor Brian Brodrick reviewed and discussed the vision, values and statements of alignment for the city council. Council members provided feedback on things to include or focus on, such as balancing increased economic development with affordability of commercial or residential space in Watkinsville. Brodrick…

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Watkinsville council outlines strategic plan and future goals

The Watkinsville City Council reviewed its 2023 to 2027 strategic plan initiatives and funding during its annual retreat this month. City Manager Dickerson said one focus of 2023 was activating the adopted Transportation Plan elements, such as connecting sidewalks and constructing traffic calming mechanisms. Sidewalks were completed on New High Shoals Road and Industrial Boulevard.…

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Sheriff James Hale seeks re-election

Oconee County Sheriff James Hale announced his bid for re-election as he begins his 23rd year working at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. Hale, who has also served the county as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, said, “I grew up here, my family all lives here, and my kids went through the schools…

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Watkinsville council considers historic preservation ordinance

During the city of Watkinsville’s annual retreat on Monday, Post 4 Council Member Christine Tucker and Post 5 Council Member Jeff Campbell shared updates on the Watkinsville Historic Preservation Ordinance and Watkinsville Corridor Design Ordinance. Both ordinances are anticipated to be voted on at the Wednesday, Feb. 21 council meeting at City Hall. The meeting…

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North High Shoals tables deannexation vote

Although the Town of North High Shoals recently met to hear a request from Townley Family Partnership, LLLP–associated with Zaxby’s Co-Founder Tony Townley–to deannex 175.76 acres on Jefferson Road, the vote was tabled until the regularly scheduled Feb. 19 meeting at 7:30 p.m. North High Shoals attorney Joe Reitman said they received a 119-page packet,…

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Citizens voice opposition to a book oversight committee

  During the Jan. 18 Athens Regional Library System (ARLS) Board of Trustees meeting, representatives from the system’s five counties heard public comment against the creation of a book oversight committee. The groups Mutual Aid Athens and Athens Pagan Pride shared messages on social media that Moms for Liberty would be in attendance to lobby…

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Seniors win Congressional app challenge

North Oconee High School seniors Anyi Lin, Viveka Mehrotra and Jack Rumpf of “Team Civical” were honored with a presentation at school on Jan. 25 by Georgia’s 10th Congressional District Representative Mike Collins for winning the 2023 Congressional App Challenge. According to a press release from Collins, Congress started the Congressional App Challenge in 2013…

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