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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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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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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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Oconee neighbors band together to save their lake

By Caitlin Farmer Nearly 10 years ago, a bench was placed along the bank of the Lake Wildwood dam in the Lake Wildwood, Hillcrest and Tramlin Acres neighborhoods. There, residents enjoyed a grass walkway, but over time, the dam’s edge began to collapse. In January 2023, the erosion became more rapid, following heavy rains as…

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Local newsletter celebrates five years

The Loch Lomond Gazette– a weekly, two-page digital newsletter that features an interview, games, puzzles and upcoming events–celebrated its five-year publishing anniversary this month. Its founder, Oconee County High school junior Peyton Magee, began the Gazette in January 2019 at 11 years old to start a business and connect with neighbors of loch lomond Circle…

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Seven inducted into inaugural Hall of Fame class

Seven individuals have been selected for induction into the newly formed Oconee County Warriors Athletics Hall of Fame. The group, the class of 2024, will be celebrated with a ceremony on Jan. 12. The seven inductees are former football coach and athletic director Hale Burnette, former softball player Geri Ann Glasco (posthumously), former baseball player…

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Farlow accepts Diamond Award

Lydia’s Place founder, keynote speaker and corporate trainer April Farlow received the 2023 Oconee County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Diamond Award earlier this month. The nominees included Kellyn Bowden, Evelyn Shaw Corley, Danielle Grier, Sherie Hawkins, Pam Kennon, Jordan North, Amanda Prochaska, Jen Register, Farrah Sinclair, Jennifer Stimpson and Dee Waddell. Farlow said…

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