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Former OCS student charged with sodomy

Bogart resident and former North Oconee High School student Zachary Batalis, 18, was arrested on April 3 for “aggravated sodomy,” an offense that occurred in October 2023, according to an Oconee County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The Sheriff’s Office was first notified of the incident on Feb. 1, 2024, when the victim told her parents…

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Oconee BOE candidates will answer questions on April 25

In partnership with retired journalism professor Lee Becker, The Oconee Enterprise is hosting an Oconee Board of Education Candidate Forum Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Oconee Veterans Park Community Center. Each candidate will be given some minutes for an introduction and final remarks. Questions will come from the audience during the forum.…

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Accused child porn watcher out on bail 

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic descriptions of child pornography. Former Oconee resident Gerald Fleming is out on bond charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of children last November. He was 74 at the time of his arrest. Fleming is accused of viewing and creating or distributing child pornography. According to court documents, those…

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Ransom runs for new seat on Board of Education

Oconee Board of Education member Michael Ransom is in a unique position in that he is running for another term on the school board but without the word “incumbent” by his name. That’s because Ransom has decided not to run for his current Post 5 seat but instead run for Post 1, the chair position.…

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Brock Toole runs for BOE

Entrepreneur Brock Toole, the former chief operations officer for Oconee County Schools, announced last week that he will run for Post 5 on the Board of Education as a Republican. Post 5 is the seat of incumbent Michael Ransom, who decided not to seek reelection for his own seat but instead run for Post 1,…

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Reifsteck challenges Ransom for BOE 

Before her son was born 16 years ago, Joyce Reifsteck learned about the damaging effects of screen time on the brains of children through a doctor and the American Academy of Pediatric. When Chromebooks appeared in Oconee County Schools, she spoke to the school board, citing research about the dangers of screen addiction. Her son,…

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GDOT: ‘Safety is our No. 1 goal’

The March 20 car accident that resulted in the death of driver Roberta Scheetz, 68, of Winder, is the first fatality on Experiment Station Road since the road widening project began, Oconee Sheriff James Hale told The Oconee Enterprise. Georgia State Patrol Post 32 Athens Sgt. David Lacey said Scheetz’s Dodge Minivan was traveling west…

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Heimel faces Thomas for BOC 

Suzannah Heimel, program chair for the Conservatives of Northeast Georgia, is challenging Mark Thomas for Post 1 on the Oconee Board of Commissioners. Heimel is running as a Democrat, so both candidates are unopposed in the May 21 Primary and will face off in the Nov. 5 General Election. A graduate of the University of…

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