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UGA VII meets the Bulldawg Nation

Damn good dawg. Wear black tomorrow in honor of UGA VII

The Tipping Point is the latest book for the Oconee County Democratic Committee

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Oconee County Democratic Committee's book club will be meeting 6 pm Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at Five Points Deli in on Epps Bridge Road.

Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.

Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 10:01:21 -0500
Subject: [oconee] The Tipping Point


Two things:

First, I wanted to let you know we raised $1,010.00 for local charities with
our series of Saturday Strolls! Thanks to all of you who joined us to
walk or share their expertise or enthusiasm for the town and its
history! See more about the stroll scheduling for next year below if
you're interested.

Also wanted to let folks know that the December book for our book group
is The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. It's an influential and
entertaining book about how small things can tip trends forward toward
success. We'll meet December 30th to discuss it. Perhaps you can find
time just before the New Year to get together with us for a robust
discussion. We'll meet at Five Points Deli on Epps Bridge Parkway at 6.

En…

Wanted: MORE Democratic candidates for public office in Oconee County and the 10th District of Georgia

The Oconee County Democratic Committee met once again this evening, and it is basically the same set of folks lamenting our lack of candidates for the same set of offices time and time again.

Who would like to run against semi-permanently entrenched incumbents State Representative Bob Smith or Congressman Paul Broun? We will help you run, canvass, campaign and host events for your campaign. Many interesting names get tossed around at meetings such as these, and frustrations can sometimes bare fruit.

All the yard sales and Adopt-a-Road clean ups cannot create one candidate if the local churches still shun us like lepers, so the idea of a church tour (or garden tour or home tour or history tour) was discussed well into the night. The more outreach in to the actual community, the better for all concerned.

More than $1,000.00 was raised by some 16 people on both sides of the aisle during the successful Saturday Stroll series. Nearly than much again was raised during two soggy Saturday yar…

Tally of Saturday Stroll donations (thanks to everyone who led, came or walked)

Saturday Strolls Charities and Funds Raised
2009


Juvenile Diabetes (Mark Smith) $135

Extra Special People (Peggy Holcomb) $ 75

Oconee Relay for Life (Bethel Baptist) $ 60

OCAF (Joe Ruiz) $ 70

Extra Special People (Representative Bob Smith) $ 85

Nuci’s Space (Kevan Williams) $ 40

OCAF (Mayor Jim Luken) $105

Eagle Tavern (Commissioner Melvin Davis) $ 50

4-H (Mary Mellein) $ 25

Concerns of Police Survivors (Sheriff Scott Berry) $ 40

Athens-Area Resource Council (Commissioner Chuck Horton) $ 35

Veterans’ Relief Fund (Pat Priest) $100

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Geoff Seila) $ 75

Oconee River Land Trust (Dr. Robert Wyatt) $ 50

Georgia Voters’ Conservation Education Fund (Dr. Liz Kramer) $ 35

OCAF (Kathy and Jerry Chappelle) $ 30


Total: $1010

Wonkette : Saxby Chambliss Thinks Georgia Looks Like *This*

North High Shoals ex-mayor Jeff Thomas borrows Robert E. Lee's farewell speech for resignation letter

A comparison of two farewell letters.  Jeff Thomas in blue, and Robert E. Lee in Gray

Town of North High Shoals
108 Jefferson Road
High Shoals, Ga. 30645

Jeff. D. Thomas
Mayor

November 16, 2009

Dear Council and Citizens of the Town of North High Shoals;

After eighteen plus years of arduous service as mayor of North High Shoals, I have come to the decision that my presence is no longer desired or required. 

"After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources.

I have remained steadfast to the last concerning my duties, but I now feel that valor and devotion can accomplish nothing that will compensate for the loss of time to my family that would attend the continuance of my services.

I need not tell the brave survivors of some many hard fought battles who have remained steadfast to the last that I have consented to this result from no distrust of them.

But feeling that …

Sarah Bell announces another run for Chair of Board of Commissioners in 2012

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Former Oconee County G.O.P. chair Sarah Bell, who came 20 tantalizingly close to upsetting Chair G. Melvin Davis for the Oconee County Board of Commission chair seat in 2008, announced she is seeking the post in 2012 today on the Newsmaker Thursday program on NewsTalk 1340 WGAU AM local radio interview show hosted by Tim Bryant while discussing an animal shelter effort  ~ We Care Animal Haven group ~ 140 Rocky Drive in Athens. No word if current Chair Davis will seek a fourth term.

She might be the first announced candidate, certainly in Oconee County, for the 2012 election cycle.

Feedback from an Oconee Rec employee I trust

Any rush to judgment on the Oconee Veterans Park gym was strictly on my part, and I appreciate Jared Hightower getting back to me quickly about my perceived imperfections in the construction. Always appreciate getting feedback and correction from our well informed civil servants

Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.


From: jhightower@oconee.ga.us
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 15:50:29 -0500
Subject: details


Dan,

I was emailed the blog link about your visit to OVP gym on the day after Halloween.  To start - No complaints from me about  it,  because I fought for this country and its freedom of speech  and I cherish that liberty.  Therefore,  I  send this email purely as an informational reason to  help with a couple of details. 

·According to your blog you arrived at the OVP gym on the day after  Halloween which was a Sunday. Since we opened the gym at OVP in February we have never had a sign that says 8am to 6pm.  Our sign has always stated Mon thru Sat  hours of 8am – 10pm and Sunday 12pm to 10pm.  I am not s…

Jeannette Rankin Foundation's open house is this Friday

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The Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship fund is something I always support, and I may be able to get up early enough to enjoy coffee with them Friday morning and still make it to work on time. Jeannette Rankin is easily the most international famous political person with connections to Oconee County, Georgia.

Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.


Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:48:58 -0500From: bentley@rankinfoundation.org
To: danmatt@hotmail.com
Subject: JRF's open house is this Friday






Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund's
Open House and Preview Sale


Enjoy coffee and doughnuts while being the first to shop!

Date: 


Description:
Friday, November 20, 8am-5pm
Enjoy free coffee and doughnuts from 8-11am.

Browse holiday offerings that benefit JRF's program: Hope Mugs made by local potters and Daring to Dream, a collection of JRF scholar stories.

Location: 
JRF's Office
1 Huntington Road, Suite 701
Athens, GA 30606

Be the first to purchase Hope mugs ($20 each), hand-crafted by local potters…

North Oconee's Taylor Hicks, others Sign With Georgia baseball - Official Athletics Site of the University of Georgia Bulldogs

FW: details

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Woven brightly, Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.




EMAILING FOR THE GREATER GOOD
Join me


From: jhightower@oconee.ga.us
To: danmatt@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:18:05 -0500
Subject: RE: details

Just say yes to coaching!Oh yeah,  I failed to list the other bullet to let you know that the one of the  main hoops is stored upward  for free play because it encourages full court play  when it is down and that too often has caused patrons to wait for a game verses playing  two games cross court. However, according to our policy  there is supposed to be one main goal down on the far end  so that there can be (3) goals open for free shooting if only one game is running cross court.  That would be our error if they were both stored upward.Jared HTFrom: Dan Matthews [mailto:danmatt@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 3:57 PM
To: Jared Hightower
Subject: RE: details Thanks - not sure yet about spring soccer - will let you know ASAPWoven brightly, Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.



EMAILING FOR THE GREATER…

North High Shoals mayor Jeff Thomas finally resigns, feeling he's unneeded by Joe VanHoose

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Now former Mayor Jeff Thomas of North High Shoals is a man of many cloths, and we wish him well in all his future endeavors. I think he will remain quite busy with his family's nursing home on the edge of the city limits, not to mention his church and family. He was always appropriately entertaining when participating in local politics, wearing red on Valentine's Day, that sort of thing.

This process has been several years and multiple personalities ~ some even passed on now for several years ~ whose real estate, living situations, rental properties, hired help, scandals and assorted other skeletons in the closet are much the subject of gossip and whisper campaigns on all three sides of the big bubbling rocks on the Apalachee River at the confluence of Morgan, Walton, and Oconee counties.

North High Shoals is a wonderful town full of interesting individuals, some well educated, others woefully ignorant, that will always occupy a place near and dear to my heart. Now that both …

Watkinsville company in charge of removing tons of trash from North Campus on football game days (and nights)

Watkinsville/Arnoldsville based contractor American Stadium Services is responsible for removing a small mountain of garbage from the sacred North Campus after University of Georgia welcomes 90,000 people to come watch some football games on Saturdays. Night has its obvious logistic limitations and seems to be the sole unifying factor when the trash talk starts coming from higher-ups than usual. Please be kind to my campus Saturday night against Kentucky and clean up after yourself as a responsible tailgater. Pack out what you pack in, and please place your refuse in a garbage bag and hopefully remove it when you leave.
Editorial: It's past time to stop trashing North Campus || OnlineAthens.com

Mayor Thomas resigns North High Shoals post

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Town of North High Shoals
108 Jefferson Road
High Shoals, Ga. 30645
Jeff. D. Thomas
Mayor
November 16, 2009

Dear Council and Citizens of the Town of North High Shoals:

After eighteen plus years of arduous service as mayor of North High Shoals, I have come
to the decision that my presence is no longer desired or required. I have remained
steadfast to the last concerning my duties, but I now feel that valor and devotion can
accomplish nothing that will compensate for the loss of time to my family that would
attend the continuance of my services.

I will take with me the satisfaction that proceeds from a consciousness of duty faithfully
performed; and I earnestly pray that a Merciful God will extend to this council and the
citizens of this town His blessings and protection.

With an unceasing admiration for the constancy and devotion to this city shown forth by
the many town councils which I have presided over, and with a grateful remembrance of
your kind and generous consideration for myse…

Some say Paul Broun mailing misleading by Blake Aued

Athens Banner-Herald writer Blake Aued did not ask Congressman Broun to send the confusing healthcare mailer to his constituents at tax payer expense. The volume and ferocity of the comments are off the hook.
Some say Broun mailing misleading || OnlineAthens.com

FW: [oconee] Oconee Democrats Regular Monthly Meeting, 11/19/2009, 7:00 pm

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Woven brightly, Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.




EMAILING FOR THE GREATER GOOD
Join me


From: oconee@yahoogroups.com
To: oconee@yahoogroups.com
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 00:04:36 +0000
Subject: [oconee] Oconee Democrats Regular Monthly Meeting, 11/19/2009, 7:00 pm



Reminder from:oconee Yahoo! GroupTitle:Oconee Democrats Regular Monthly MeetingDate:Thursday November 19, 2009Time:7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Repeats:This event repeats every month on the third Thursday.Location:Oconee County Government AnnexStreet:Greensboro HighwayCity State Zip:Watkinsville, GA Notes:Conversation & socializing starts at 7:00 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: If you have to miss this meeting, let Secretary Rita Bennett (bonanzagirl@hotmail.com) know in advance so your absence can be counted as "excused."Get reminders on your mobile, Yahoo! Messenger, and email.
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Few tickets remain for John Berry gig at Oconee Civic Center, so sayeth Enterprise newspaper

Local resident and HS football supporter John Berry is bringing his annual Christmas gig to the Oconee County Civic Center  8 pm Saturday, November 28th. Admission is $25.00 and may evidently be purchased by calling the toll-free number (877) 438-5646, according to the Oconee Enterprise newspaper. They say that less than a fifth of the capacity of the Civic Center's 500 seats remain for this two part performance.


I would not confuse the local musician with this similarly named appointee to the Obama administration.

Psst. In case you wanted to go to the Kentucky game Saturday night

I just found out a limited number of general admission tickets are available at $45.00 for the game this Saturday night at 7:45 pm. Not quite sure where we are going to sit or if we are able to sit at all.....

To think I was looking for an online .pdf file for the $5.00 coupon for cheap seats for the Men's basketball game Tuesday night.....

The many Adventures of GeocacheGeek: Old School Navigating aka Orienteering

I am a geek like this but probably could not find myself around without a map:
The many Adventures of GeocacheGeek: Old School Navigating aka Orienteering

What are the best cities to live in Georgia and Florida?

Updates on a variety of things in Watkinsville and Oconee County, Georgia

The Oconee Veterans Park gymnasium basketball court appears to be in a whole lot better condition today despite the dozen or so dust bunny clumps I picked up by hand. Also my son has a better jump shot than me in the game of H-O-R-S-E, and I had to resort to the Troy Brewer two handed set shot to even stay close. He convinced himself he could not do a Dr. J reverse spin from one side of the hoop while your body is on the other side shot, but he made it. It is the basketball equivalent of magic, and you do feel truly like a wizard the first time you use it successfully on a drive.

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Glad the Watkinsville Town Council unanimously approved the new beer and wine pouring license for Mirko Pasta, presenting a positive profile for any potential restaurant owner looking at the old and huge Maison Bleu space. I would think this would make a perfect location for a caterer/restauranteur needing to make tons of pastries, cakes, hors d'oeuvres,  et cetera for your special event at the near…