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Oconee FFA makes leaders of students 

During National FFA Week, the Oconee County chapters educate the public about agriculture. Students will celebrate by holding a luncheon for school employees, a campus beautification campaign and clean-up days, competitions for faculty and staff, schoolwide trivia and games, gifts for school faculty/staff, thank-you notes to school employees and a visit to OCPS to greet…

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Pippin to run for a BOE seat

Andy Pippin, director of business development at engineering firm Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, announced last week that he will run for Post 4 on the Oconee County Board of Education. BOE Post 4 incumbent Tim Burgess said he will not run for re-election. Pippin, a former city manager for the city of Hampton, Georgia, noted…

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Oconee 4-H’ers conduct research

Over the past several months, 592 fifth grade 4-H’ers from across Oconee County prepared for their 4-H School Project Achievement (SPA) Day Contest in January. The voluntary 4-H project asks students to research and present a 5-6 minute speech on any topic they choose along with creating a poster to aid them in their speech.…

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Citizen group seeks candidates to challenge Oconee incumbents

by Michael Prochaska and Lee Becker Watkinsville attorney Pam Hendrix is working with a group to organize a slate of candidates to run against all of the Oconee County incumbents—including the coroner, sheriff, tax commissioner, clerk of courts and Probate Court judge—in the May 21 General Primary. Hendrix declined to identify the other people in…

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Coroner Ed Carson runs for re-election

Incumbent Oconee County Coroner Ed Carson this week announced his candidacy for re-election. “My jobs is very rewarding being able to help citizens through what is often the worst day of their life,” Carson said. This year marks Carson’s 12th year as coroner and 22nd year working in the Coroner’s Office. Prior to holding an…

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Oconee school board violates state Open Meetings Act law

The Oconee Board of Education on Tuesday asked a citizen and a reporter to leave a portion of a public meeting as defined by Georgia code, thus violating Georgia’s Open Meeting Act, also known as the state’s Sunshine laws. Following Oconee County Schools’ announcement that it would not video record the annual BOE retreat on…

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Oconee school board gives bus drivers a raise

by Lee Becker The Oconee County Board of Education last week agreed to spend approximately $350,000 for the remainder of the school year to increase the pay schedule for bus drivers in an effort to recruit and retain needed drivers. The board took this action after hearing a report from Oconee County Schools Chief Human…

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