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Oconee County schools approve redistricting plan

Three Oconee County elementary schools will follow a new redistricting plan starting next school year. The Oconee School Board voted unanimously to approve the new redistricting plan. The new map breaks up enrollment at Rocky Branch Elementary and Malcolm Bridge Elementary to send students to Dove Creek Elementary…which will open for the 2018-2019 school year.…

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…

Local Communities Respond to Harvey Relief Efforts

Houston, Texas, and its surrounding areas may be more than 800 miles away, but it isn’t stopping Northeast Georgian’s from asking how they can help. Oconee County Sheriff’s Office  On Wednesday, August 30, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office sent out a Facebook message asking for people to bring supplies to be sent to hurricane victims…

WATCH: Watkinsville Mayoral Candidate Running Unopposed

WATKINSVILLE, GA — Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast co-owner Dave Shearon threw his name into the race for Watkinsville Mayor on Monday. As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the deadline for Mayoral candidates to submit their applications, Shearon is running unopposed. It was a serendipitous moment for the 20-year-resident of Watkinsville. On Monday, the same day…

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…

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…

Clarke and Oconee Counties Pass E-SPLOST

School funding and building will be boosted after all. The funding for both comes from a referendum passed by voters yesterday. Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties have passed the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) in the November 8 election. In Athens-Clarke County, about 72% of voters voted YES, and 28% voted NO for…