Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Guns Everywhere bill makes Georgia look like a lawless land of gun nuts to the rest of the world

I don't want to see guns in Hartsfield. I don't want to see guns at churches. I damn sure don't want to see rednecks toting guns at the 40 Watt Club.

TONHS Dog Day This Saturday April 26 at 9am Park

From: Fred Johnson <>
Subject: TONHS Dog Day This Saturday April 26 at 9am Park
Date: April 23, 2014 at 9:32:16 PM EDT
Reply-To: Fred Johnson

Hey People of North High Shoals,

Once again we will have.......

Contests, Clinics, Pet Supplies Plus, and More! Prizes for
Cutest and Ugliest Dogs Youngest and Oldest Dogs
Fastest and Slowest Dogs Best Dressed / Best Trick
Obedience / Obstacle Performance And More, And It's All Free!,, 706.769.4289, 706.286.4572

Gov. Deal signed into law a ticking time bomb today

Gov. Deal, the gun bill and what the hell are we doing ...

Strawberries at Washington Farms-Watkinsville, GA

Blog: Richt on Georgia's 'trim-down phase'

Blog: Richt on Georgia's 'trim-down phase'

Georgia Poll May Give GOP Pause - Washington Wire - WSJ

When the company that owns Fox News begins to realize that there is a palatable political change in the air in the Peach State, well you can't just blame Washington anymore.  Republicans need to keep talking about vaginas, forced ultrasounds, "legitimate rape" and making women felons for controlling their own healthcare choices. Also the biggest secret is that all the Republicans running for Congress in the 10th District in Georgia at least want to increase your taxes by snatching back your Affordable Care Act insurance tax subsidy on outrageous monthly premiums.
Georgia Poll May Give GOP Pause - Washington Wire - WSJ

Nathan Deal prepares to allow guns almost everywhere in Georgia

Nathan Deal stresses ‘positive changes’ in gun bill he’ll sign today | Political Insider blog

Lawsuit challenging Georgia gay marriage ban filed

When will voters and Judges in Georgia realize that gay people love exactly the same way that straight people do?
Lawsuit challenging Georgia gay marriage ban filed

Local officials work to keep political signs out of rights of way

Local officials work to keep political signs out of rights of way

North Oconee boys golfers wins third consecutive Region 8-AAA title

Whoever writes headlines for online athens dot com needs English 101 possessives chapter again

North Oconee boy's golfers wins third consecutive Region 8-AAA title

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oconee County Chamber of Commerce candidates debate at the Oconee County Civic Center

Tim Bryant wanted to know the Congressional candidates definition of the word "Liberty"


John Larkin making some kind of comment

North Oconee girls soccer beats Oconee County 3-1

At Bogart, Erin Roche scored two second-half goals to lead North Oconee to the Region 8-AAA championship.

After a scoreless first half, Oconee County’s Anna Kate Brown scored the game’s first goal with 29 minutes remaining in the second half. Roche evened the score a 1-1 with an unassisted goal with 14 minutes remaining, and she put the Titans up 2-1 about six minutes later with another unassisted goal.

Jessie Denney completed the scoring with four minutes remaining on a penalty kick.

North Oconee (12-0-2, 6-0) — ranked No. 9 in Class AAA — will host Madison County at 5:30 p.m. today. Oconee County (11-3-0, 5-1) — ranked No. 5 in Class AAA — will host Jackson County at 5:30 p.m. today.

North Oconee girl's soccer beats Oconee County 3-1

North High Shoals 5th annual Dog Day Saturday 9 am to Noon


Contests, Clinics, Pet Supplies Plus, and More! Prizes for
Cutest and Ugliest Dogs Youngest and Oldest Dogs
Fastest and Slowest Dogs Best Dressed / Best Trick
Obedience / Obstacle Performance And More, And It's All Free!,, 706.769.4289, 706.286.4572

In Georgia, people aren't the priority

It’s nuts. In terms of economic impact, common sense and basic human decency, what we’re doing is just plain nuts.

We have 2 million people in this state who live their lives without health insurance, giving Georgia one of the highest uninsured rates in the country. We have rural and inner-city hospitals struggling to keep
their doors open while trying to care for large numbers of people who have no means to pay.

In Georgia, people aren't the priority

Gov. Deal’s executive strategy sparks debate

Protests over sweeping changes to the state’s insurance plan were fast transforming into a drive to register voters when Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration announced last week that it would give teachers and state workers more choice in their coverage options.

It was a tactical move that served as a prescient reminder of the strategy that helps drive the governor’s bid for a second term. If the opening months of this election year have taught us anything, it’s that Deal and his aides won’t hesitate to intervene to temper a fight — and, critics say,
score political points in the process — if a growing controversy threatens.

Gov. Deal’s executive strategy sparks debate

What's Going On -- Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate

Falling in Love with Atlanta — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER

Chuck Reece runs The Bitter Southerner and this is a great example of how guerrilla marketing can go underground and succeed with a bigger effect than any corporate government attempt.

Falling in Love with Atlanta — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER

Jarryd Wallace | A Leg in Faith - my vote for Oconee athlete of the year

I commend this young man and everything he has gone through in the daily struggles of life.

As a disclaimer, I used to work for his father, Jeff Wallace, at the University of Georgia Athletic Association, working for women's tennis team and getting to tote out the National Championship trophy at home to our Lady Dawgs winners here in 1994. I remember those days fondly and talk to Coach Wallace any chance I get and will support the Lady Dawgs hosting the NCAA Championships this year as well.

But Jarryd has dealt with amputation after compartment syndrome and evolved into a world class Paralympic team sprinter. He has a marathoner mom and a tennis coach dad and went to school in Oconee County High School as a miler and 800 meter runner.  I hope he wins a gold in Rio.

Jarryd Wallace | A Leg in Faith

Oconee County Observations: Challengers For Oconee County Board Of Commissione...

Oconee County Observations: Challengers For Oconee County Board Of Commissione...: Incumbents Waiting On Input Oconee County voters will get a chance to vote on liquor by the drink if two of the challengers to incumbents ...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Nathan Deal: ‘My record speaks louder than any words’ - power, corruption, and lies

Yes it does, Governor Deal, your record of power, corruption, and lies speaks volumes

Nathan Deal: ‘My record speaks louder than any words’ | Political Insider blog

Racial nicknames can be bad for business

Do you think this applies to the Oconee County Warriors or the Atlanta Braves?
Olbermann Monologue

Oconee County schools second only to Jefferson city schools on state report cards in this area

Most area schools and the state
as a whole got higher grades on the state Department of Education's new
school report cards, the College and Career Ready Performance Index.
are the scores for area school districts released by the state on
Monday. The first figure in each column is the 2012-13 score. Numbers in
parentheses are the score on the same scale, recalibrated, for the
2011-12 school year. The scoring scale goes up to 100 points, with up to
10 bonus points possible.
System / Elementary / Middle / High School / System score
Barrow / 85.7 (71.8) / 73.6 (77.2) / 73.5 (73.7) / 79.6 (73.5)
Clarke / 71.1 (68.9) / 63.7 (73.3) / 68.3 (66.6) / 68.8 (69.3)
Commerce / 86.8 (88.1) / 82.9 (82.3) / 82.2 (85.5) / 84.6 (86.1)
Jackson / 85.7 (82.8) / 83.4 (75.7) / 78.6 (81.4) / 83.3 (80.8)
Jefferson / 94.4 (93.9) / 89.9 (91.2) / 81.3 (84.3 / 89.5 (90.5)
Madison / 84.6 (86.0) / 79.4 (80.0) 77.9 ((74.1) / 81.4 (81.1)
Oconee / 87.3 (85.3) / 87.3 (85.3 / 87.9 (86.6) / 87.5 (85.7)
Oglethorpe / 71.1 (66.4) / 85.1 (82.2) / 70.2 (68.8) / 74.1 (71.1)
STATE / 78.5 (74.9) / 75.0 (73.9) / 72.0 (73.0) / 75.8 (74.1)

Most area schools improve on state school report cards

Watkinsville Railway Bridge

Former UGA football player Chase Vasser sinks teeth into new 'The Walking Dead' Season 5 role: Emily Kinney Talks Beth Greene's Return, New Actor Teases Possible Terminus Cannibal Character [WATCH]

AMC 'The Walking Dead' Season 5: Emily Kinney Talks Beth Greene's Return, New Actor Teases Possible Terminus Cannibal Character [WATCH]

Your opinion on a winner depends on your perspective at local debates

 I had a great time at the Oconee County GOP candidates forum last week at the Watkinsville Community Center. Just so every knows, I will repeat this for 10,000th time, I vote in the Republican primary in Oconee County depsite my McGovern Democratic party roots and upbringing, to have as much impact on the local representation and government.

In a race like Regina Quick versus Doug McKillip in the GOP primary for State House 117th in 2012, it can make a difference when the vote total is 64 votes. In primaries or run offs when second and third can be separated by an equally small margin, the Democratic to Republican crossover vote can make a huge difference as well. Beyond that it might seem like a kiss of death for certain longtime Democratic supporters such as myself to offer up endorsements or to put a sign in their yard.

I was not successful supporting the Board of Education candidacies of Chuck Toney or Ashley Hood, or the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners in Chuck Horton, but feel like I have made lifetime friends despite their not winning in that trio at least.   Ultimately it does not make that grand a difference whether you win or lose, but how you played the game. I could have been more gracious in defeat and competition with Chuck Williams or Charles Ivie in 2011, but that does not mean I think they are bad people. I hope the hostilities are ceased on their part as well. Politics is a petty, hateful, superficial debate that has little or no place in regards to logic, deductive reasoning, or substance.
I have high regard for anyone who runs for office. I do not have high regard for buffoons who call up women I used to date to try to get dirt on me. I appreciate the efforts of anyone who runs for office. I think that first or second time candidates like John Larkin and Maria Caudill are to be commended for putting their necks out there to be scrutinized, gossiped about, judged however fairly or unfairly, and generally subjected to ridicule and harassment by the general public and busy bodies at large. That said, it this civic involvement and popularity contest we call a Democratic Republic, and this imperfect procedure leads to the Eric Ericksons of the world to slander me or anyone else who does not conform to his narrow view of the world. When you want one faction or viewpoint to dominate the local political flow in your direction, without regard of the other folks point of view, you risk greater retaliation for your believes if you are outside the mainstream point of view. I tend to be subversive in my votes, but I do think incumbents John Daniell and Margaret Hale provide a vital counterbalance to the way Oconee County Board of Commissioners Chairman G. Melvin Davis has run the county for the last dozen years. 

For that reason alone I think they deserve re-election, although I would vote John Larkin or Maria Caudill under almost any other circumstance or situation. I do not think Maria or John are in the pocket of Chairman Davis or anyone else. It is not necessarily about who you think is smartest or cutest or nicest or even friendliest, it is about who you think will be best for the county at this point of time. Personalities are merely the most ephemeral evidence of how a person is going to govern. Someone who attends all the BOC meetings called me to complain that she thought her candidate "cleaned the clock" of the other candidate at this debate, and I tried to explain how this person who thought that could not be objective in this instance, for any number of reasons. Needless to say, this person was not too receptive to my analysis and only gave a few other people's assessment of the situation as evidence of why I am wrong. If you play tennis, yes, John Larkin is your ace candidate for expanded recreational facilities and more courts in the county. If you like tourism, yes, Maria Caudill has the expertise necessary to expand and promote our county's considerable profile. Both of them are strongly encouraged to expand their voter base. Maybe they will win, maybe Maria will make a run off against Bubber or Margaret, but right now I do not think this will happen. I strongly encourage them both to remain involved in public affairs and politics in Oconee County and perhaps run again in 2016.

Karen Handel’s tax return challenge gets two takers — but not the big fish | Political Insider blog

Karen Handel’s tax return challenge gets two takers — but not the big fish | Political Insider blog

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Oconee County Observations: Oconee County Revised Its Farmland Protection Prog...

Oconee County Observations: Oconee County Revised Its Farmland Protection Prog...: Now Waiting On Federal Funding When the Oconee County Board of Commissioners began its overhaul of its farmland protection program 15 mont...

Only UGA team to compete in Oconee County wins 6th national title

Georgia equestrian wins sixth NCEA national championship - The Red and Black : Sports

Watkinsville's Jonathan Wallace quoted in Red & Black article about Rails Girls web development camp at UGA

“When I began to learn this stuff, I would go online and find people who had more experience, ask them questions,” said Jonathan Wallace, a Rails Girls coach and web developer from Watkinsville. “They would respond and help me out and help me through problems that I might face, so for me this is a chance to do that and give back to the community and people who are just starting in this, the same that others did for me.”

Athens Rails Girls seek to close gender gap in web development

Chris Neil of Watkinsville quoted in Red & Black story about Loch Johnson lecture

UGA professor shares perspective on diplomacy for U.S. foreign policy

Football notebook: Spring practice ends, Richt looks ahead to summer camp - The Red and Black : Sports

Football notebook: Spring practice ends, Richt looks ahead to summer camp - The Red and Black : Sports

UGA receiving corps eagerly awaits return of top weapons

UGA receiving corps eagerly awaits return of top weapons

17 Athens-area runners in Monday's Boston Marathon

Cindy Adams is a good friend and even better Democrat and runner and mother. God bless her and her family for running last year and this year in the Boston Marathon. Some things transcend politics and terrorism.

17 Athens-area runners in Monday's Boston Marathon

Oconee County's Rodriguez works from mat to pitch

Oconee County's Rodriguez works from mat to pitch

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Paul Broun promises self sacrifice with immigration amnesty

GOP Senate ‘street brawl’ heats up at debate

The Pastures of Rose Creek Newsletter

Dan Matthews

Subject: The Pastures of Rose Creek Newsletter
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:14:19 +0000

The Pastures of Rose Creek Newsletter
April 18th Newsletter
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The Pastures of Rose Creek

Happy Friday Everyone! Here's the latest from the farm...

Upcoming Farm Tours

    Are you curious about where your food comes from? Well… we think you should be. The Pastures of Rose Creek will be hosting farm tours on Sunday's towards the end of spring.  So come out and see our Egg Mobile, all our grass-fed cows in rotational grazing and our flourishing garden. Who knows? If you're lucky, you may meet one of the farm celebrities like Al and Ug, the bulls, or Marshall and Sterling, the roosters.

    Also, we will be offering, "pick your own produce" days. Honestly, what could be cooler than sitting around the dinner table, telling your friends and family that you picked the very veggies they are eating! Stay tuned for more information on that in the weeks to come…

Farmer's Markets

Are you having family over in the coming week for Easter? We suggest you stock up on produce, eggs and beef for those big family meals!
  • Athens Farmer's Market - We will be at Bishop Park from 8am to 12pm. We will have our Piedmontese grass-fed beef and fresh eggs for sale! Come by early before we run out!
  • Oconee Farmer's Market -  We'll be Downtown Watkinsville by the Court House from 8am to 1pm. We will be selling our Piedmontese grass-fed beef and fresh eggs! And of course fresh-cut greens and radishes!
  • Downtown Athen's Farmer's Market - On Wednesday, we will be Downtown Athens by City Hall from 4pm to 7pm! If you missed getting eggs over the weekend, swing by and we should have a fresh supply!


Our farm chef, Matt Savage came up with a Brisket recipe for the family. We liked it so much, we thought that we would share it with you all!

This week we are selling our Briskets for 25% off at the Saturday Farmer's Markets!

Quick Corned Beef

  • Brisket - 2-3 lbs
  • Water - 2 Qts
  • Salt - 1/2 Cup
  • Brown Sugar - 1/2 Cup
  • Bay Leaves - 2
  • Black Peppercorn - 1 T
  • Mustard Seed - 2 T
  • Whole Coriander 1.5 T
  • Cinnamon Sticks - 2
  • Whole Allspice - 1 T
  • Cloves - 15
  • Mace - 1 T
  • Garlic - 4 Cloves

    In a heavy pot, combine all ingredients except brisket. Bring to a boil. Stir. Reduce Heat to simmer. Add Brisket and cook til fork tender (4-5 hours). Refrigerate 2 hours. Slice quarter inch thin. Serve hot or cold. 


Gold Club

     This week's Gold Club deal is a bag of Mizuna for only $2!  Mizuna, originating in Japan, is a slightly spicy but mild mustard green that is packed with iron, vitamin C and antioxidants!

Our Gold Club is a Sunday Farm Stand discount that we offer to our Newsletter subscribers! Our farm stand is located at 1051 Rose Creek Drive, Watkinsville, GA and will be open from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday. Look for the signs on Colham Ferry!

"For the love of community and all things farming"

Your local farmers and friends,

William, Russell and the farm family
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Oconee County High School science students test the waters of Watkinsville at Calls Creek

Oconee High science students test the waters of a city park

Registration deadline to vote in primary Monday

Georgians have just a few days left to register if they want to vote in next month's primary election.
The deadline to register is Monday if people want to vote in the May 20 primary. Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgians they can use new electronic methods to register.
Those with a valid state driver's license may access online registration through the "My Voter Page" on the Secretary of State's website. Android and Apple mobile users can now access the "GA Voter" application.
Registration deadline to vote in primary Monday

Georgia GOP Senate hopefuls try to separate themselves

OK, GOP wolfpack, which one of you so-called small government conservatives will pledge to not take away my only government subsidy in my Affordable Care Act insurance and thereby not increase my taxes?
Answer: none. All these weak Georgia GOP candidates claim they want to end Obamacare, therefore increasing your taxes, increasing your monthly insurance premiums, and taking away your affordable insurance opportunity.
And let's not even talk about women's reproductive rights. Or voting rights. Or decriminalization of marijuana. Or alternative energy. Or corporate welfare.
If you are essentially forced to vote in the GOP primary as I am in Oconee County to have any impact on the local elections, I would strongly suggest voting for anyone except Broun, Kingston, Handel, or Gingrey.
Georgia GOP Senate hopefuls try to separate themselves

Oconee County Observations: North Georgia Bank

North Oconee's Kyle Vaughn on win over Oconee County

Friday, April 18, 2014

Yet another reason Deal has to go: Sources say Chip Rogers is out at GPB | Political Insider blog

Sources: Chip Rogers is out at GPB | Political Insider blog

Oconee woman learns pet dog killed with rat poison

Oconee woman learns pet dog killed with rat poison

Flagpole Premieres! Shehehe: "Ghost Of" Video

Filmed in an around Watkinsville and Athens

More scenes from inside the gold mine at last night's Oconee County GOP Candidates Forum at Watkinsville Community Center

  1. 1.
    the quality of being objective.
    "the piece lacked any objectivity"
    synonyms:impartiality, absence/lack of bias, absence/lack of prejudice, fairness,fair-mindedness, neutrality, evenhandedness, justice, open-mindedness, disinterestdetachment, dispassion, neutrality
    "the quest for total objectivity is unrealistic"

 We cannot be objective about those we love, we work with, who sign our paychecks and who we see every day.

We can offer insight into our believes about the manner with which those we discuss as to how they dress, their fashion sense, their political believes, their tastes in food, art, medicine and athletics, the manner in which they get along with others or now.

A definition of journalistic objectivity as a performance

  1. Sandrine Boudana
    1. New York University, USA,


Historically, journalism as a profession emerged alongside the notion of objectivity. However, in the past decades, objectivity has been dismissed not only as an unattainable standard but also as an undesirable norm. Yet an analysis of the criticisms reveals that most scholars actually fail to define journalistic objectivity. This article tries to remedy this flaw and to suggest that journalistic objectivity is an evolving notion which can no longer be considered a synonym for neutrality or detachment. Objectivity is a standard that promotes truth, defined as a ‘correspondence, grounded in correctness, between thought and reality’ (Heidegger, 1943:1). Unlike alternative standards which are centered on personal moral values, objectivity conceives of journalism as a performance, with this term referring to three interrelated dimensions: the essential notion of practice, the existence of concrete and universal criteria of evaluation, and the openness to criticisms.
  1. Subjectivity
  2. Subjectivity is the condition of being a subject: i.e., the quality of possessing perspectives, experiences, feelings, beliefs, desires, and/or power. Subjectivity is used as an explanation for what influences and informs people's judgments about truth or reality.



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Commonly found inEncyclopedias, textbooks, news reportingNewspaper editorials, blogs, biographies, comments on the Internet
Suitable for decision making?Yes (usually)No (usually)
Suitable for news reporting?YesNo
po·lit·i·cal  (pə-lĭt′ĭ-kəl)
1. Of, relating to, or dealing with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state.
2. Relating to, involving, or characteristic of politics or politicians: "Calling a meeting is a political act in itself" (Daniel Goleman).
3. Relating to or involving acts regarded as damaging to a government or state: political crimes.
4. Interested or active in politics: I'm not a very political person.
5. Having or influenced by partisan interests: The court should never become a political institution.
6. Based on or motivated by partisan or self-serving objectives: a purely political decision.

po·lit′i·cal·ly adv.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

political (pəˈlɪtɪkəl)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or relating to the state, government, the body politic, public administration, policy-making, etc
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. of, involved in, or relating to government policy-making as distinguished from administration or law
b. of or relating to the civil aspects of government as distinguished from the military
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, dealing with, or relating to politics: a political person.
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, characteristic of, or relating to the parties and the partisan aspects of politics
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) organized or ordered with respect to government: a political unit.
poˈlitically adv
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

po•lit•i•cal (pəˈlɪt ɪ kəl) 

1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with politics.
2. exercising or seeking power in the governmental or public affairs of a state, municipality, etc.: a political party.
3. of, pertaining to, or involving the state or its government.
4. having a definite policy or system of government.
5. of or pertaining to citizens: political right
Subjective information or writing is based on personal opinions, interpretations, points of view, emotions and judgment. It is often considered ill-suited for scenarios like news reporting or decision making in business or politics.Objective information or analysis is fact-based, measurable and observable.

 Oconee County was created from the southwestern part of Clarke County in 1875 by the Georgia General Assembly. The new county was created to satisfy southwestern Clarke County residents' demand for their own county after the county seat was moved from Watkinsville to Athens by the General Assembly in 1872. It is named for the river flowing along part of its eastern border.[3]
The county was ranked as the third-best rural county to live in by Progressive Farmer magazine in 2006.[4]

Oconee County, Georgia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Oconee CountyGeorgia
Oconee County Georgia Courthouse.jpg
Oconee County Courthouse in Watkinsville
Map of Georgia highlighting Oconee County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 24, 1875
Named forOconee River
Largest cityWatkinsville
 • Total186.14 sq mi (482 km2)
 • Land185.70 sq mi (481 km2)
 • Water0.44 sq mi (1 km2)
 • (2010)32,808
 • Density141/sq mi (55/km²)
Congressional district10th
Time zoneEasternUTC-5/-4
Oconee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,808.[1]The county seat is Watkinsville.[2]
Oconee County is included in the Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.

As of the census of 2010, there were 32,808 people with 11,622 households residing in the county. The population percentage change from 2000 to 2010 increased 25.1%. The racial makeup of the county was 88.4% White, 5.0% Black or African American, 3.1% Asian, 0.1%Native American, <0 .01="" a="" class="mw-redirect" href="" nbsp="" style="background-image: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; color: #0b0080; text-decoration: none;" title="Race (United States Census)">Pacific Islander
, 2.0% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. 4.4% of the population were Hispanicor Latino of any race.
There were 11,622 households, with 9,418 owner occupancy. Of the total number of households, 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.16.
The county's population was distributed by age as follows: 28.4% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 20 to 24, 9.3% from 25 to 34, 23.6% from 35 to 49, 20.9% from 50 to 64 and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.1 years. The county was 51.2% Female and 48.8% Male.[8]
The estimated median income for a household in the county was $77,569, and the mean household income was $96,984. Males had a median income of $57,371 versus $37,362 for females. The per capita income for the county was $33,889. About 6.8% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.[8]
In 2012, the Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranked Oconee County as one of the top 3 healthiest counties in Georgia. The study ranked the county second in the state in "Overall Health Factors" and third in "Overall Health Outcomes."[9]

Oconee County is governed by a four-member Board of Commissioners, which holds legislative power. The Board is led by a separately-elected Chairman, who holds executive power. The Board is vested with budget and taxing authority, ordinance making authority, and control of county property, roads and facilities. The chairman and all members of the board are elected from at-large districts (called "posts") to staggered terms of four years.[10]
The Chairman of the Board is the county's Chief Executive Officer who, in consultation with the Commissioners, appoints officers and staff as needed to administer the responsibilities of the Board.
The current members of the Board are:[10]
  • Chairman: Melvin Davis
  • Post 1: Jim Luke
  • Post 2: John Daniell
  • Post 3: Margaret Hale
  • Post 4: Mark Saxon
The judicial branch of government is administered through the Georgia court system as a part of the 10th Judicial District, Western Circuit.[11]

Primary law enforcement services in the portion of the county outside the City of Watkinsville are provided by the Sheriff's office. (Law enforcement within the Watkinsville City Limits is the jurisdiction of the Watkinsville Police Department.)[12] The office of Sheriff is an elected position; since 1992, the office has been held by Scott Berry.[13]Berry is also the current President of the Georgia Sheriff's Association.[14]