Monday, March 02, 2015

Watkinsville re-voting on liquor license laws

Georgia abandons its rural hospitals | Jay Bookman

Georgia abandons its rural hospitals | Jay Bookman

Road closed in Oconee County while officials repair broken gas line

A section of Lane Creek subdivision in western Oconee County is being
closed and nearby homes evacuated while repairs are being made to a
natural gas line that was damaged around 10 a.m. today, authorities
said.


The incident occurred near River Hill Drive, where fire volunteers
had evacuated a few homes while officials with a gas company were
repairing the four-inch line, according to Oconee County Fire Chief
Bruce Thaxton. A contractor working in the area broke the line,
officials said.






Road closed in Oconee County while officials repair broken gas line

Awards and conference highlight best in kid lit

Awards and conference highlight best in kid lit

It’s worse than Scott Walker and Ted Cruz: Secrets of conservatives’ decades-long war on truth

It’s worse than Scott Walker and Ted Cruz: Secrets of conservatives’ decades-long war on truth

Oconee County Observations: Hard Labor Creek Reservoir Board Turns Down Reques...

Oconee County Observations: Hard Labor Creek Reservoir Board Turns Down Reques...: Discusses Additional Costs The Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir Management Board has turned down a request by its general contractor f...

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Judge Patrick Haggard addresses Democratic breakfast gathering at Kumquat Mae March 14




Date: February 28, 2015 at 10:08:09 PM EST
Subject: Democrats' Breakfast March 14th
From: Frank Thornburg <athensareademocrats@gmail.com>
To: Frank Thornburg <frankandpeggye@yahoo.com>

Clarke County Democrats' Breakfast

Speaker:

Superior Court Judge T. Patrick Haggard of Veterans Court in the Western Judicial Circuit

Topic:  "The work of the Veterans Court in the Western Judicial Circuit."

When:  Saturday, March 14th - 9:00 a.m.

Where:  Kumquat Mae Bakery
1155 Mitchell Bridge Rd. (next to Cofer's)

Cost: $12.00 (correct change appreciated!)

Reservations must be made by March 11th

Please make reservations with:  Frank Thornburg by replying to this email or 719-640-1553



The Pastures of Rose Creek Newsletter

Best beef in Oconee County

Sincerely, 
Dan Matthews




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Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:13:43 +0000

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     Despite the wicked weather we have been having lately, the fields are finally starting to turn green! The official first day of spring is a little less than a month away but it is great to see life sprouting up on the farm! Currently, we have 14 baby calves on farm which puts us about 1/4th of the way done. So far, absolutely no complications and just a bunch of clumsy, happy babies! If you happen to come out to the Farm Stand Sunday, you might just catch a glimpse of them!

Sunday Special!

 
     Buy two Ribeye Steaks and get a free pound of ground beef!

 

Where to find us during the off season...

  • Athens Locally Grown - Order our beef online at http://athens.locallygrown.net/ starting Sunday evening thru Tuesday at 8 pm. Pickup is Thursday from 4:30 to 8pm at Ben's Bikes (670 W. Broad Street)! 
  • Sunday Farm Stand - Come by the farm stand 2pm to 4pm on Sundays and get some fresh eggs and delicious beef - plus pork! We are at 1051 Rose Creek Drive, Watkinsville! Be on the look out for the signs on Colham Ferry Road! 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

A book of luck: Watkinsville author finds serendipity - and new calling - at a book conference | Athens Banner Herald Mobile

A book of luck: Watkinsville author finds serendipity - and new calling - at a book conference | Athens Banner Herald Mobile

A book of luck: Watkinsville author finds serendipity - and new calling - at a book conference | Athens Banner Herald Mobile

A book of luck: Watkinsville author finds serendipity - and new calling - at a book conference | Athens Banner Herald Mobile

Federal court filing hints at potential suspect in Moore's Ford lynching

Federal court filing hints at potential suspect in Moore's Ford lynching

Reed's Odds & Ends heavily damaged in blaze

Reed's Odds & Ends heavily damaged in blaze

Free Trees in the tree city of Watkinsville

Free trees are always a good thing, and given the vast amounts of moisture in our red Georgia clay right now, they should grow rather easily and well if planted after the last snow

Sincerely, 
Dan Matthews




From: jsanders@cityofwatkinsville.com
To: jsanders@cityofwatkinsville.com
Subject: Free Trees
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:35:38 +0000

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Free Trees!
Celebrate Arbor Day 2015
The City of Watkinsville is giving away free trees to its residents in celebration of Arbor Day

When:                  February 27  and March 2 – March 6th
Where:                 City Hall – VFW Drive
What:                    Red Maple, Wax Myrtle, Green Ash, Dogwood

Arbor Day in Georgia is the third Friday in February (February 20, 2015)
National Arbor Day is the third Friday in April (April 17, 2015)
Watkinsville Tree City USA





Julie A. Sanders, CMC
City of Watkinsville
191 VFW Drive
PO Box 27
Watkinsville, GA 30677
706.769.5161 (office)
706-769-4760 (fax)
jsanders@cityofwatkinsville.com




Stadion Announces CEO Promotion

Stadion Announces CEO Promotion

Atlanta Hawks Offering Refunds Due To Winter Storm

Some obsessed basketball fanatic decided that curtsied was not good enough Friday, no, you had to go for two in row when your buddy Steve offered up a couple of freebies. So we hopped on the Lindbergh station MARTA train after trudging through ice. Oh yeah and there was this on Friday.



We missed the movie Selma, but we did see Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rev. C.T. Vivien, Mrs. Abernathy, and Ambassador Andrew Young and Congressman John Lewis.









My new crusade is to allow Atlanta traffic on the HOV lanes during weather emergencies, as well as opening the MARTA gates and giving out those damn Breeze cards for free.



If Cobb County has any sense they will build some train right to the new Braves stadium.















Atlanta Hawks Offering Refunds Due To Winter Storm

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Oconee high schools recognized for AP performance

Oconee high schools recognized for AP performance

Mike Bowers Calls For A "Swift Death" To Georgia Religious Freedom Bills

Mike Bowers Calls For A "Swift Death" To Georgia Religious Freedom Bills

Thank the workers at the Board of Elections if you advance vote

The Oconee County Board of Elections is located in a small unremarkable cinder block building in the curve on Water Street near the Oconee County Courthouse. Today I braved the elements to be the sixth voter to cast a ballot in the Alcohol referendum with the exact verbiage:

CITY OF WATKINSVILLE
Alcohol Referendum
(Vote for One)

"Shall the governing authority of Watkinsville be authorized to issue licenses to sell distilled spirits for beverage purposes by the drink, such sales to be for consumption only on the premises?"

I wholeheartedly endorse and otherwise urge all Watkinsville residents to vote YES on this referendum, and to do it as quickly as possible 8-5 weekdays for the next two weeks, or otherwise on Tuesday, March 17th (St. Patrick's Day).

I appreciate the many talents of the people who work in there, and their sense of humor in the face of the absurd. And if voting on the near exact same words in November 2014 and again on March 2015 is certainly absurd.

Special Election for City of Watkinsville

Special Election for City of Watkinsville

But what about mutants? Georgia GOP lawmaker wastes tax money making ridiculous human hybrid bill

Georgia Republican: Outlaw man-made centaurs, but leave the real ones alone

Oconee County is the most educated county in Georgia

The most educated Georgia counties
A snazzy interactive map from an online research engine called FindTheBest shows Georgia’s most educated counties. Oconee County earns bragging rights since it has the highest percentage of people over 25 years with a graduate degree (22.06 percent). Clarke County, Fulton County and Dekalb County trail close behind at 19.06 percent, 18.50 percent and 16.06 percent, respectively. In Bibb County, nearly 8.2 percent of the population over 25 has a graduate degree. The map uses research from FindTheBest that analyzes the percentage of population over 25 years with a masters, PhD or higher to determine levels of education within the area. How does your hometown stack up against other counties?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Advanced voting began today with no Watkinsville residents casting any ballots

The inexcusable repeat referendum on liquor by the drink sales in maybe two or three restaurants locally advance voting began and as a proper illustration of the sheer lunacy in voting for the same words in consecutive elections, no one showed up in the first day of early voting for the March 17th election.

Unfortunately this also provides ammunition for those wanting to eliminate or otherwise reduce the advance voting period, something that has always appeared to be a better advantage for well organized campaigns and typically Democratic candidates.

I will saunter down to Water Street and vote in favor of liquor by the drink in protest only because it is an undue burden to expect the voting populace to make repeat approval of the same words. I hope the election remains pro forma, and the referendum will pass as it did before. But in small special elections, anything can happen, so if you want a gin and tonic at Girasoles, you better go vote to pass the liquor by the drink distilled spirits referendum in the next couple of weeks or on the actual special elections day of St. Patrick's Day Tuesday, March 17.

It would be wonderful if every voter in the municipality would show up to cast their ballot one way or the other, but we all know that is not going to happen. You  might see as few a 6% of the local electorate making a decision for you. If someone can cite chapter and verse wherein the City Charter expressly adjudicates this kind of authority, I will get off my high horse on this one. But I think all of the members of the City Council are good people, as is the Mayor, and I know they would not be doing this unless they absolutely think they had to. I would suggest the Mayor could put on the agenda, and ask for a second, on a motion to adhere to the recent countywide election as everyone who voted in the race where I lost to Mike Link also had an opportunity to vote (or not vote) on the original countywide referendum.

It just comes off as unnecessary, repetitive, and not the best light for the city of Watkinsville.

Georgia House passes student ID measure

Sorry Chuck Williams, any measure making government confiscation of student funds without proper use of the justice system is unconstitutional, immoral, an unnecessary increase in the power of government, and something that we simply do not need. 

Georgia House passes student ID measure

The Consequence of Choice - Oconee Vanguard staff - NGU newspaper

The Consequence of Choice

Under the gold dome | Week in review

Under the gold dome | Week in review