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Ben Emanuel talks to Oconee Dems 3/17

Ben Emanuel, recently selected as the Georgia River Network's river conservationist of the year, will address the regular monthly meeting of the Oconee County Democratic Committee 7:30 pm Thursday, March 17, 2011 about updates on the Hard Labor Creek reservoir and other water concerns involving Oconee County Rivers.  Jittery Joe's in Watkinsville is where the meeting transpires the third Thursday of the month for the Oconee Democrats. Georgia Democratic State Treasurer Russell Edwards may also address the committee.
For more information contact Dan Matthews at 706-372-1062 

Generic robo call to save HOPE scholarship

I just received a generic robo call from a college girl complaining that the cuts to the HOPE scholarship will prevent her parents from getting the tuition break they deserve. No accreditation to the call, but the number 404-239-9920 in an unpublished landline in Cobb County. The vote is Tuesday to prevent a large section of Georgia parents from qualifying for full HOPE Scholarship eligibility. The call did mention something about Zell Miller's scholarship

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Third-Ranked North Georgia Softball Shuts Out Lenoir-Rhyne, 2-0 |

Kasey Knight's family lives across the street from me
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Random reasons I love living in Oconee County, Georgia

From time to time I like to reflect why I love living where I do, so the following is not in any particular order of why I live in Watkinsville, Georgia:

Safe neighborhoods. We have had one major accident in 10 years here in Morgan Manor Estates, and only one instance of anyone getting anything ripped off that I am aware of.People mind their own business. I do not get many solicitors or religious fanatics coming door to door. When they do ring my doorbell they get a face full of pit bull terrier.When your dog runs away, it usually comes home. And you can usually find it if it is not too dark and late. Otherwise you wake up to a very cold, sore and groggy doggie.People aren't too judgmental, except about the crap you leave in your carport. I need to throw more stuff away and luckily my son has taken it upon himself to organize his various athletic endeavors. I am seeking professional help to get myself less domestically challenged.Weirdness is tolerated and generally not shunned. Mu…

Willie Nelson - Ray Charles - Georgia on my mind


In a game of presidential primary poker, Georgia will play it close to the vest

Grazing of cattle pastures can improve soil quality

Before we get all gung-ho about closing the J. Phil Campbell, Sr. Ag Research Center, we should realize there are many positive achievements researched and published from there beyond the scope of the average reader. Here is just one example
Grazing of cattle pastures can improve soil quality

Johns Creek Police officer Greg Whitaker originally from Watkinsville dies

Fw: URGENT ACTION NEEDED - HR 186, Horse Racing in GA

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Sent: Thu, March 3, 2011 6:46:12 PM

Oconee County Cycling Organization -- Legislative alert HB 180

Never did I think this advocacy group would be so controversial, but I think it is a measure of their effectiveness.
Woven brightly, Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.

Subject: OCCO -- Legislative alert HB 180
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 09:35:54 -0500

Wanted to pass along some news from The Gold Dome in Atlanta.
HB 180, the 3-foot safe passing bill, passed the House Public Safety Committee unanimously this week.  The bill will now proceed forward.
For info on HB 180, and the companion bill in the Georgia Senate (SB 126), follow this link:
If you wish to voice your support of this bill, Hank Huckaby is the House Representative for District 113, which includes all of Oconee County and some of the surrounding counties. His email address is
When enacted, this legislation will be called the "Tony Serrano Act," i…

Oconee to study its sewer needs ||

Grant loss is not something we should tolerate in our public officials, yet at the same time there are a lot of questions about this sewer and its general access in the Bogart area of Oconee County.
Oconee to study its sewer needs ||

Oconee to study its sewer needs ||

The loss of the sewer grant is legitimate reason to start considering a recall election for the Oconee County Board of Commissioners, in my humble opinion
Oconee to study its sewer needs ||

Jones Resigns Superior Court Post - Oconee, GA Patch

Do not be alarmed by detonation in Watkinsville March 3, 2011

I love these new email notices of Watkinsville
Woven brightly,
Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.

Subject: NOTICE RE: March 3, 2011
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2011 14:47:37 -0500

We have been notified that on Thursday, March 3, 2011, in conjunction with the sewer line upgrades at Calls Creek, there will be blasting done in the Charity Lane/Durham Mills Way area around 2:00 p.m.
Questions concerning this project should be directed to the Oconee County Utility Department at 706.769.3960. 

Julie A. Sanders, CMC City of Watkinsville 191 VFW Drive P. O. Box 27 Watkinsville, Georgia 30677 706-769-5161 (office) 706-769-4760 (fax)

Spring sports on tap at rec department ||

Your morning jolt: House speaker suggests birther bill has a limited future

Very proud of Ga. Speaker of the Statehouse David Ralston for having the courage to stand up to the idiots within his own party
Your morning jolt: House speaker suggests &#8216;birther&#8217; bill has a limited future

FACT CHECK: Huckabee claims Obama grew up in Kenya  |

SchoolTube - Live! March 1, 2011 OCMS

94 Georgia lawmakers back ‘birther' bill  |

Really? We do not have enough problems in Georgia to waste time with this superfluous bullpucky? Get back to work and quit wasting our tax dollars. Do something about the Brain Train, Sunday sales of alcohol, or getting jobs to Georgia.
94 Georgia lawmakers back ‘birther' bill |

Oconee Commissioners Meet - WGAU Local News on

Chamber of Commerce seeks sponsors for expo ||

Bike group will pay for safety signs ||

U.S. Senate confirms Jones for federal bench ||

Monday afternoon weather

The new Watkinsville email alerts went out today in preparation of the storm coming this way. Good to know it is working. Now hide the email addresses in the BCC part of the emails

Woven brightly,  Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.

 From: Joe Walter
 Sent: Monday, February 28, 2011 3:25 PM
 To: Julie Sanders
 Subject: FW: Monday afternoon weather

 Oconee County has been placed under a Tornado Watch unitl 7 p.m. this
 evening. It is predicted that the storms will reach our area at 6 p.m.

 Please be aware of changing weather conditions.

 Mark A. Melvin
 Deputy Fire Chief
 Oconee County Fire Rescue
 P.O. Box 145
 Watkinsville, GA 30677
 (706) 310 3600

 Subject: Monday afternoon weather

 Good Morning,

 As many of you already know there is a Severe Weather Threat for Oconee
 County this afternoon. It is forecasted that the storms will reach our
 area around 6 p.m. today. What are the possibilities for Oconee County:

 * Severe …

OCHS Principal robo-calls to cancel most everything tonight

Oconee County High School Principal Mark Channell used the robo-call machine to let parents know all after school activities and the Elementary School Science Fair this evening have been postponed due to the impending inclement weather.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 8:00 pm for Oconee County.

The Oconee County Democrats sponsored activity at the Library with the UGA Herpetological Society is still scheduled for this evening.

Feldman: 'Thanks' to tea party ||

Advisory Message: A tornado watch has been issued for Oconee County until 8pm tonight.

Report any hazardous weather to the Oconee County Sheriff's Department at 706-769-5665 if it is not an emergency, otherwise 9-1-1 if it is a tornado on the ground or something equally sinister.
Woven brightly,  Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.

Subject: Advisory Message: A tornado watch has been issued for Oconee County until 8pm tonight.
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:46:21 +0000

Hi Dan Matthews,
Advisory Message has been issued by the Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office.
Monday February 28, 2011 1:45 PM EST
A tornado watch has been issued for Oconee County until 8pm tonight.
For full details, go to
Contact Information:
Lee Weems
Oconee County Sheriff's Office
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Oconee County Observations: Oconee Farmers Market Set to Launch April 16 in Do...

Oconee County Observations: Oconee Farmers Market Set to Launch April 16 in Do...: "Vendors Say They Will Be Ready Oconee Farmers Market will launch its eighth season on April 16 in the open space behind Eagle Tavern in dow..."

Free program this evening at Oconee Library involving reptiles and amphibians

Hello, fellow Democrats! Tonight's free and family-friendly event at the Oconee library should be interesting and fun. Students from UGA's Herpetological Society will bring reptiles and amphibians for people to learn about and handle. The young scientists will also talk about hibernation and provide suggestions about things we can do in our own backyards to help native wildlife. The community book group's book for March is "The Killer Angels," a great Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the Battle of Gettysburg. It's a quick read, too! That's Wednesday, March 30th, at 7 PM at the Taco Stand in the Publix Shopping Center in Watkinsville. Both events have been organized by the Oconee Democrats. We want to show what we care about: science, nature, history, conversation, families, and more! Join us! Pat Priest

Man scams after water main break ||

'Lights' to help officers' families ||

Nelson: Epps Bridge Parkway project might enhance regional lure ||

As I wrote in the comments of this article on the Athens Banner-Herald's website, I believe the project was tainted with the wetlands swap fiasco with Greene County. I do hope for success at the movie theaters, and I wonder how this quicky approaching road will change the landscape both economically and traffic wise in the Oconee-Clarke sector. The new Epps Bridge Parkway will be known for a lot more than the place where we hire day laborers outside of the Home Depot.
Nelson: Epps Bridge Parkway project might enhance regional lure ||

Priest: Planned Parenthood needs support ||