Sunday, August 28, 2016

Please help Sheriff's Office identify murdered African American male on Fambrough Cemetery Road last night

Sheriff Scott Berry is asking for the publics help in identifying the murder victim discovered last night on Fambrough Cemetery Road off Hwy 15 South last night.
The victim is a young black male, estimated in age to be between 17-21 years of age. He is approximately 5-9 and 140 pounds, with a small chin goatee. He has no tattoos and was wearing a black, unlabeled t-shirt over a white tank type t-shirt. His pants are black nylon pants over shorts. His shoes are grey and red high end athletic style shoes. He has no jewelry, he appeared to be neatly groomed and well kept. 
He has no identification and no cell phone. 
Traditional means of identification, such as fingerprints have met with no results. 
If you know of or have information about the victim, or any information regarding his death contact the Oconee County Sheriff's Office immediately and ask for Sergeant Kevin Nolley or Investigator Vic Green at 706-769-5665 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Clinton says Trump running racist campaign | Jamie Dupree - AJC

Clinton says Trump running racist campaign | Jamie Dupree - AJC

Oconee commission candidate forum scheduled Sept. 15

Three men vying for a vacant seat on the Oconee County Commission
will answer questions for the public in a forum Sept. 15 at the
community center in Oconee County’s Veterans Park.


Ben Bridges, 50, a business manager, Marcus Wiedower, 40, a
construction manager, and Chuck Horton, 61, director of parking services
for Athens-Clarke County, are running for the Post 2 seat left vacant
when John Daniell stepped down to run unopposed for chairman of the
board of commissioners. The election is officially a special election,
but voting will be on Nov. 8, the same day as the general election.


Current chairman Melvin Davis announced earlier this year he would not run again. His term expires at the end of the year.


Also scheduled to appear at the forum is Oconee County School
Superintendent Jason Branch, who will talk about another ballot item,
the special purpose local option sales tax.


The school board is asking voters to extend the 1 percent sales tax
an additional five years to fund school building, infrastructure such as
computer technology and similar one-time expenditures. The school board
has not released a list of projects they would spend the money on, but
Branch said a new elementary school will be part of the mix. School
officials also say they need expanded administrative facilities for the
fast-growing school system.


Organizers of the forum also invited people for and against two
alcohol questions on the ballot — whether to allow Sunday sales by the
drink, and whether to allow package sales of beer and wine. Package
sales of distilled liquor are not legal in Oconee County.


Citizen activists Sarah Bell, Russ Page and Lee Becker organized the
forum. Becker, a UGA journalism professor, also writes about Oconee
County news on his Oconee County Observations blog.


According to Becker’s press release on the forum, the organizers will
record the forum on video and post it on Oconee County Observations.


The deadline for voter registration is Oct. 11, and early voting begins Oct. 17 for the Nov. 8 election.


If none of the three commission candidates gets a majority of the
vote, a runoff would be scheduled Dec. 6 for the two with the highest
vote totals.



Oconee commission candidate forum scheduled Sept. 15

Jeremy Drive, Depot Street getting work

I live on Jeremy Drive and Katie Lane, and I hope the crew that resurfaces the street will do so a little more thoroughly and or carefully as when they did Katie Lane last year (two years ago?), they pretty much plowed right over manhole covers and left a noticeable ridge remaining near the curbs (not to mention a lot of asphalt debris in the nearby yards). I know we are not getting a golden road paved for all our delights, but uneven pavement however well intended can be a hazard if not properly flattened and or cured.  Thank you Mayor and Council for considering the cratering and "spider webs" on the break up of our aged street surface in Morgan Manor Estates.



And for the record, I am pro-curved mirror at numerous curved areas (Depot Street) including Third Street at Rocket Field and possibly even the elbow of Katie Lane.



Jeremy Drive, Depot Street getting work: Jeremy Drive and Depot Street will get new surfaces.

Remodel concept for Community Center OK’d

Remodel concept for Community Center OK’d: The Watkinsville Community Center is getting a new floor plan.

Watkinsville cuts its property tax rate

Watkinsville cuts its property tax rate: Taxpayers in the city limits of Watkinsville will not see an increase in their taxes.

Tight campus will test skills of UNG interim CEO

Tight campus will test skills of UNG interim CEO: UNG’s new interim CEO has a shorter commute to the campus, but a longer walk to his office.

Sunday sales on agenda in Watkinsville too

OK Blake, I know we all make mistakes in the hurry to get the story out, but the restaurant named Girasoles is always going to be called "Girasoles" and when given a possessive apostrophe, it would be Girasoles' or perhaps Girasoles's  Under no circumstances should it ever be referred to as "Girasole's." Same possessive apostrophe rules apply to the city of Athens (always Athens' and never ever "Athen's") or perhaps my last name of Matthews (always Matthews' or perhaps Matthews's and for me never "Matthew's"). That said, why do I think that City Council member Mike Link will vote against beer and wine Sunday sales in Watkinsville, and why do I think there will have to be a municipal referendum to follow this up despite it happening once already.



Sunday sales on agenda in Watkinsville too: Mayor Charles Ivie said that Watkinsville will take up the matter of Sunday sale of alcohol at its September meeting.

Golf course could become campus

Golf course could become campus: Ministry college plans to purchase old Green Hills

Watkinsville leasing land for additional parking

Watkinsville leasing land for additional parking: The city of Watkinsville will lease half an acre near downtown to add more parking, Mayor Charles Ivie told The Oconee Enterprise.

Oconee County Animal Shelter postpones yard sale following death of Ashton Keegan

Oconee County Animal Shelter postpones yard sale following death of Ashton Keegan

'Sheriff, can I choot 'em?': Facebook post from Oconee County sheriff goes viral

'Sheriff, can I choot 'em?': Facebook post from Oconee County sheriff goes viral

Monday, August 22, 2016

A top Georgia Republican warns Trump-ian policies will lead to GOP ‘extinction’ | Political Insider blog

A top Georgia Republican warns Trump-ian policies will lead to GOP ‘extinction’ | Political Insider blog

Rest in peace Ashton Keegan

So sorry to share the news of the death of the budding young superstar Ashton Keegan. She died last night on Barnett Shoals Road in an automobile accident.  This young lady brought my foster and adopted dog Katrina into my life but was so much more than just that. She was not only active in animal adoption but was always trying to make life better for other people. She had helped a lot of individuals with learning and tutoring, and had just got back from a trek to Costa Rica. She made almost everyone's life better that she touched.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Extreme intoxication: Woman brought to Athens hospital with .566 blood-alcohol level

Prayers and immediate rehab for whoever she is, and sympathy for the family too.

Extreme intoxication: Woman brought to Athens hospital with .566 blood-alcohol level

An Oconee County woman who was bought unconscious into the emergency
room of an Athens hospital this week had a blood-alcohol concentration
of .566 percent — seven times the level at which it is illegal to drive.


Her level of intoxication was the highest in a living person that a senior local police official had ever heard of.


The 30-year-old woman was carried into the emergency room at St.
Mary’s Hospital by an unidentified male who told a nurse he found the
woman lying partially naked on the property of The Lodge at Athens on
North Avenue, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.


When brought to the hospital sometime after 3 a.m. Tuesday, the woman
was wearing only a pair of black Nike workout pants, according to the
police report. Her eye was said to be bruised, as was her forehead, and
she had gravel and scratches all over her legs and upper torso.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pour Wine restaurant will occupy Dolvin building

‘Upscale’ restaurant will occupy Dolvin building: When the county vacates the courthouse annex at the end of the month, the process of renovating for a restaurant will begin immediately.

Oconee County public schools should never teach Bible classes

This is what private schools like Westminster Christian are for. I have no problems with a World Religion class, or even a World Religious History class, but we cannot allow our public school curriculum to be abducted by any one religion, sorry. We just can't. I have been proven correct on this issue time and time again, and I refuse to allow our local system to be dragged down into this battle again.



Ministers make case for public Bible classes: The clergy of seven churches have endorsed a proposed Christian Learning Center that awaits a response from the Oconee County Board of Education.

Ga. Highway 15 will get passing lanes in Oconee, Greene counties

Told you he was going to raise your taxes.



Ga. Highway 15 will get passing lanes in Oconee, Greene counties

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Oconee County discharge diminishes fish count in Calls Creek

Oconee County Observations: State Department Of Natural Resources Sampled Fish...: 17 Species Found A nine-person team from the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources walked 250 yards o...