Category: Oconee County

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…

Parents Struggle to get a Refund from Swim School

Some Oconee County parents want their money back from the Georgia Aquatic Center in Watkinsville. The parents say a disagreement that banned a coach from the swim center last month cost them the program and their money. Coach Sean Gillan ran “Sean Gillan Swim School” for a year and a half out of the facility.…

Campus Carry Reloaded

Campus Carry, a bill that caused a lot of controversy last year, is back on the agenda for the 2017 Georgia legislative session. Supporters say it may pass with the Governor’s blessing, thanks to one difference from its predecessor—but legislators are running out of out of time to get it through the house. This year’s…

A solution to overcrowded schools is in progess

Oconee County Schools is inching closer to breaking ground a new elementary school. The school system are currently in the process of seeking bid proposals to build sewage treatment and disposals systems on the plot of land purchased in late 2016. The new elementary school, located at 7921 Hog Mountain Road in Statham, Georgia, was purchased…

Watkinsville’s La Parilla participates in “A Day Without Immigrants”

Local restaurant employees who intended to make a statement found themselves the victims of racist remarks last Friday.  La Parilla, a mexican restaurant in Watkinsville decided to close for the day last Thursday after many of their employees took the day to recognize a national protest called “A Day Without Immigrants.” They posted a sign…

Oconee County Library hopes to raise $10,000 from book sale

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. – Volunteers will be holding a winter book sale to raise money for programs the annual budget doesn’t cover. Penny Mills and other Board Members of Oconee County Library Friends (OCLF) hope to donate about $10,000 to the Oconee County Library. Year after year, Mills is encouraged to see the volunteers who are…

Active Shooter Training in Oconee County

WATKINSVILLE, Ga.– More than eight law enforcement and emergency management agencies representing North East Georgia gathered at the Oconee County Civic Center train in the event of an active shooting. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more than 200 active shootings have occurred since 2000. The training was part of an “Active Shooter Incident…

Improved Drought Conditions Due to Rain

Athens, GA. – Today’s rain, and the showers you’ll see tonight and tomorrow will help the drought a little. That means there are still steps you need to take to help conserve water and help ease the impact of what experts call an “exceptional drought”. For Pam Knox, drought conditions are a hot topic. Knox is…

News Ways to Catch a Crook

Not all heroes wear capes…or even breathe for that matter. There’s an emerging way of fighting crime and this time it involves social media. At the sound of a siren, officers head out to search and catch criminals and now you can help save lives too. Using social media as a way to help catch lawbreakers is…