Category: Oconee County

Opioid Deaths in Northeast Georgia

Nearly 1000 people died of opioid overdoses in Georgia in 2016. That’s more than four times the overdose number a decade ago. Information compiled from the Georgia Department of Health shows the deaths relating to opioids has steadily increased since 1999.  How you can help prevent opioid addictions:  Talk to your doctor about the benefits and…

High School Football Update

Catch up with all the local high school football games that are scheduled to play out under the Friday Night Lights with sports reporter Allie Bailey. Athens Academy (6-0) vs. Providence Christian Academy (1-5) at 7:30 p.m at Providence.  Clarke Central High School (5-2) vs. Johnson High School (0-7) at 7:30 p.m. at CCHS. Oconee…

A local Walmart manager will remain on suspension until an investigation is complete into the accusation that he “upskirted” a customer. Twenty-three year-old Walmart manager, Jonathan Perez, was arrested (when?) and is accused of recording video under a customer’s skirt with a cellular phone at the Epps Bridge Road location in Athens.  Perez was arrested and…

For the first time in North Oconee High School’s history, there are two female athletes who have been recruited and appointed to U.S. military academies. Alexis Shirley, a swimmer, will attend the Air Force Academy in the fall. and Anna Jerald will play rugby at West Point. Swimming has been a part of Alexis Shirley’s…

Neighbors Voice Dirty Water Concerns Over New Pipelines

Residents of Oconee County were “up in arms” after the Board of Commissioners approved an Amendment to expand Calls Creek Wastewater facility. The plan says they will have to install pipelines along the creek because of the increased amount of waste that is filtered and poured into the creek. Neighbors of Calls Creek are worried…