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Auctioning Seized Property To Fight Drug Crime

The Oglethorpe County Board of Commissioners is auctioning off  property from various drug seizures by the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s department. People can be bid on online at GovDeals.com, a site that provides services to various government agencies that want to sell surplus or confiscated items over the internet. Items can also be viewed in person at 882 Athens Rd, Crawford, Georgia 30630. The money earned from selling these items will help fund the purchase of equipment and training for the employees of the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Department. Oglethorpe County Sheriff…

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Special Needs School Transportation Gets an Update

Oglethorpe County School System will spend their government transportation bond on a new bus in 2017. The bond, worth more than $77,000, will replace one of the school system’s special needs buses, which happens to be the oldest bus in the fleet. Currently, Oglethorpe County owns just four special needs buses that service all of its schools. Three of the buses travel exclusively within the county while another transports special needs students outside Oglethorpe as well. The wear and tear on these buses are exasperated by the county’s size, a…

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Struggling art budget for Oglethorpe County schools

LEXINGTON, Ga. – Funding for the arts in Georgia schools has been dropping rapidly since 2011. To help make up for the deficit in Oglethorpe County, the Oglethorpe County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with local schools for its second annual Art Makes Sense student art exhibit and auction. “We were astounded last year at the amount of money we were able to raise with just school kids’ art,” said Chip Rosenthal, who is volunteering at the event for the second time this year. “To raise $4000 was a big…

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Update: Calendar Changes for Oglethorpe County Schools

LEXINGTON, Ga. –Oglethorpe County Board of Education voted on and approved calendar option one for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Under this calendar, classes start August 4th and end May 22nd. Fall break is October 9th and 10th with a student-teacher holiday listed as February 19th. There is also a professional learning day on March 12th. This option was most similar to the current academic calendar. A survey was sent out to parents that offered three different options that would affect the Oglethorpe County School System calendar. Here are the…

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Oglethorpe County Has A New Sheriff Elect

Democratic Incumbent Sheriff Mike Smith lost the election for his office in Oglethorpe county yesterday. Republican Challenger David Gabriel, who is currently serving as a lieutenant in the Athens-Clarke County Police Department will take over the office on January 1 of next year. Follow Grady Newsource on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for in-depth coverage of all local elections. By: Daniel Jackson

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Top Stories from this Fall, honorable mentions: Part 1

By: Sam Lack As this semester of Grady Newsource starts to wind down, we take a look back at some of the top stories between August and December. However, before we reveal our top 5 later this afternoon, let’s take a look at some of our honorable mentions. Meet Que On Nov. 21, the University of Georgia introduced its newest mascot UGA X, or best known by the nickname “Que.” Grady Newsource Reporter Abby Jessen profiled Que and the importance of this bulldog to the Georgia faithful. Oglethorpe Gym Renovations…

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2016 Oglethorpe County Board of Education Meetings

By Abby Jessen The Oglethorpe County Board of Education approved the 2016 meeting schedule on Tues. Below are the approved dates. Regular Meeting: Jan. 5, 2016 Work Session: Jan. 19, 2016 Regular Meeting: Feb. 2, 2016 Work Session: Feb. 16, 2016 Regular Meeting: Mar. 1, 2016 Work Session: Mar. 22, 2016 Regular Meeting: Apr. 12, 2016 Work Session: Apr. 26, 2016 Regular Meeting: May 3, 2016 Work Session: May 24, 2016 Regular Meeting: June 7, 2016 Work Session: June 21, 2016 All meetings are held at the Central Office for…

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Oglethorpe School Board reassess for next year

  The Oglethorpe County School Board wants to communicate with the community better, and it started with a survey. The board received more than 280 responses from the Oglethorpe community in late October. Residents answered five questions assessing the various challenges, problems and difficulties to better improve the board for next year. The survey includes challenges within the school board and for the students. All the feedback will be taken into account for next year. Reporter Abby Jessen will have more on the story live at 5 p.m.

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Grady Newsource Profiles: Rina Southall

By Abby Jessen Bringing the magic to the classroom is something that first grade teacher Rina Southall does well. Watch this Grady Newsource Profile to see how this Oglethorpe County Primary School teacher treats her first grade kids like adults while making learning fun. Southall is the Oglethorpe County Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year. High school teacher Elaine Kitchens was recently announced as the Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information, visit http://www.oglethorpe.k12.ga.us.

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Community Christmas lends a helping hand in Oglethorpe County

By Zack Sims For most families, Christmas is a time filled with family, food and presents– lots of presents. However, some families don’t get to experience Christmas that way. That’s the case for Lisa Howard and her four children. Howard underwent surgery on her leg and has been out of work since August. This meant that Christmas was going to be something they couldn’t afford this year. That’s where Community Christmas of Oglethorpe County comes in. Community Christmas is a program that provides gifts to families that can’t afford them…

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Northeast Georgia local elections

By Jordynn Abernathy Athens-Clarke County – Winterville Mayor: George H. Chandler, Dodd I. Ferrelle, Kenneth Dixon Hodges City Council: Samuel “Sam” Alvarez, Marus Boenig, Scott Howard, Lee Ann Pingel, Mary Williams Quinn Voting will happen tomorrow on November 3rd from 7am to 7pm at Winterville Train Depot. Be sure to visit Athens Clarke County website for event details.   Barrow County – Winder City Council: Larry Evans, Michael Healen Voting will be tomorrow November 3rd from 7am to 7pm at the Winder Community Center.   Madison County – Comer City…

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An update on Oglethorpe County’s ‘black hole’

By Abby Jessen The uproar among Oglethorpe County citizens that led to the gym being referred to as a ‘black hole’ is quieter as construction moves forward on the Oglethorpe County High School gym. Director of System Operations Cindi Lowe and Construction Manager Malcom Bryan give an update on the modernization project and explain what will go into the new gym, including updating it to comply with the American Disabilities Act, adding a wrestling room, and updating the HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and lockers.  

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