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Janice Rene Dillard Faulkner

Janice Rene Dillard Faulkner passed away peacefully and into the arms of her Heavenly Father on February 21, 2024. She was 84 years old. Janice was born in Oconee County, Eastville community, on November 9th, 1939, to the late Weymon and Wilda Dillard. In addition to her parents, Janice was preceded in death by her…

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Rev. Martha Josephine Fulmer Smith

The Rev. Martha Josephine Fulmer Smith, 93, of Athens, Georgia, transitioned, at peace, from this realm on the afternoon of February 17, 2024, at Highland Hills Memory Care in Watkinsville, Georgia. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, on December 29, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Fulmer and Dorothy Baskin Fulmer and sister to…

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Katherine Hearn

Katherine Hearn, age 65  began her eternal journey suddenly on January 30th, 2024, from a pulmonary embolism at her home in Athens, Georgia. Katherine had a deep faith in Jesus, was very active in her church, and always tried to be a light from Heaven to everyone she met — she will be sorely missed…

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Audrey Brown Rowden

Audrey Brown Rowden, 87, died on Monday, February 19, 2024. Born and raised in Oconee County, Audrey was the daughter of the late Luther Fred Brown and Sybil Porter Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Orell Brown and Eugene Brown and longtime companion, Randall Scoggins. She attended…

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Mary Sue Pruitt Crowley

Mary Sue Pruitt Crowley passed away on February 11th at 88 years old. Born February 12th, 1935, in Bartow, Georgia to Johnnie Morgan Forehand and Emel Hale Forehand. In 1943, Sue moved to Watkinsville, Georgia when her mother received a teaching job. She had many wonderful memories growing up in a small town where everyone…

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Lynn Crowe Slayton

Lynn Crowe Slayton, 68, of Statham, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2024. Born April 30, 1955 in Bogart, Mrs. Slayton was the daughter of the late John Nathaniel Crowe and Hazel Autry Crowe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by paternal grandparents: Luther C. Crowe and Lillie R. Crowe; maternal grandparents:…

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Are Frenectomies Over Prescribed?

Dr. John T. Hansford Jr. is a double-board certified specialist in pediatric dentistry and dental anesthesiology. Opinions expressed are those of the writer. A 2023 New York Times article suggests that some infants and children may be undergoing unnecessary surgery to address tongue ties. The article states, “Tongue releases done in hospitals grew more than…

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Tongue ties are relatively common

Dr. John T. Hansford Jr. is a double-board certified specialist in pediatric dentistry and dental anesthesiology. Opinions expressed are those of the writer. Tongue ties, also known as ankyloglossia, are relatively common. They occur when the strip of skin beneath a person’s tongue (the lingual frenulum) is shorter than usual, limiting the range of motion…

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Kaitlyn Taylor McCoy

Kaitlyn Taylor McCoy, cherished daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024. Born in Athens on January 28, 2004, she was the daughter of Jessie McCoy. Kaitlyn loved all things girly such as getting her hair and nails done and her daily OOTD (outfit of the day). She also enjoyed praise…

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Charles N. McLure

Charles N. McLure, 74, of Watkinsville, passed away on January 1, 2024. Born on April 13, 1949 in Columbus, Georgia, he was the son of the late Luther and Nona (Graddy) McLure. Visitation was held on Saturday, January 6, from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. at Lord & Stephens West, Watkinsville. A funeral service was held immediately…

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