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North High Shoals sued

Council proposes ordinance against deannexation Tony Townley, a co-founder of Zaxby’s and one of the largest landowners in Oconee County, has sued the North High Shoals Mayor and Town Council. On Feb. 20, Townley Family Partnership, LLLP filed a petition for Writ of Mandamus in response to the council tabling Townley’s petition to deannex 175.76…

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Former Watkinsville resident, WWII vet celebrates his 100th

Although he turned 100 years old on Feb. 11, World War II veteran, former University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine professor, retired veterinarian and two-time former Watkinsville resident Dr. Eldred W. Causey said he’s not done yet. Eldred described himself as an “incurable optimist” and credited his thinking for his long life. “If I…

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Hendrix faces Daniell for chair

Local Attorney Pam Hendrix qualified to run for the Oconee County Board of Commissioners Chair as a Republican and will face Incumbent BOC Chair John Daniell, who also qualified as a Republican, on the May 21 General Primary ballot. Hendrix said her main campaign platform consists of a refusal to accept the full-time BOC Chair…

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Wiedower seeks a new term

Georgia House of Representatives District 121 Rep. Marcus Wiedower has qualified to run for reelection as a Republican after serving constituents in parts of Oconee and Athens-Clarke Counties since 2019. Wiedower will face Republican candidate John Michael Grigsby on the May 21 General Primary Ballot and the winner will face Democrat candidate Courtney Frisch on…

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Crumpton sentenced to 30 years in federal prison

On March 18, one day before the third anniversary of Elijah Wood’s murder at the RaceTrac on Macon Highway, former University of Georgia football player Ahkil Crumpton was sentenced to serve 30 years consecutively in federal prison with three years of supervised release concurrently for interference with commerce by attempted robbery and making a false…

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Crumpton found guilty

In his closing arguments, Prosecuting Attorney Mike Morrison characterized the late Elijah Wood as a jokester with a “smile that lit up the world.” At 1:15 a.m. on March 19, 2021, Wood’s smile was gone when he looked up and saw a masked man in all black carrying a Glock 19 pistol and walking towards…

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Testimonies tie Crumpton to the weapon

The arrest of Akhil Nasir Crumpton on March 16, 2022, in connection with the RaceTrac shooting almost a year earlier was the culmination of local, state and federal agencies working together, all starting with a match to the shell casing recovered from the scene. After a shooting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 17, 2021, the…

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Evidence points to Crumpton

Following an hours-long questioning and testimony from Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Jamie Hipkiss, defendant Ahkil Nasir Crumpton told United States District Judge Tilman Self that he did not intend to testify before the jury. While on the stand, Hipkiss shared a summary of the prosecutor’s evidence that further tied Crumpton to the shooting…

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