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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. Gillan says a disagreement about issues with water chemicals and clarity led to the coach and facility ending their relationship. Gillan says that he had a difficult time working with management, and the situation escalated…

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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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Local Police Department Becoming More Transparent with Community

If you call the Athens-Clarke County Police Department today during regular business hours, you can get your questions answered by Epifanio Rodriguez, the Public Information Officer. Up until recently, you might not have received that help. When R. Scott Freeman became Chief of Police in Athens-Clarke County in July of 2015, there was no full-time Public Information Officer (PIO). The department had a Public Information Aid working part-time helping to route incoming media requests and provide updates to the community. “During my assessment of the ACCPD during my initial 100…

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Out With The Old, In With The New for Weather Alerts?

Reporter: Emily Curl Two Cities in Barrow County are trying to figure out what is the best way to keep citizens in their county safe in the event of severe weather. The question is- what’s the best way? The system in place now is sirens- and there are eleven that stretch between Winder and Auburn. But Barrow County could be making the switch to a new system called Nexel, that would allow people to receive alerts via phone and email. According to the Winder Fire Chief, Matt Whiting, the sirens…

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