Sunday, November 23, 2014

'Incredible' homecoming for Oconee County alum McGarity

'Incredible' homecoming for Oconee County alum McGarity

Watkinsville company gets Army gig

UPDATE: American Material Handling, Inc.,*** Watkinsville, Georgia (SPE8EC-15-D-0002), has been added as an awardee to the multiple award contract issued against solicitation #SPM8EC-11-R-0004.
 

North Oconee makes history, Monsignor Donovan and Oconee County lose

North Oconee makes history, Monsignor Donovan and Oconee County lose

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Loran Smith: Former UGA QB, state governor, Sanders was good to his alma mater

Loran Smith: Former UGA QB, state governor, Sanders was good to his alma mater

Oconee County’s Williamson signs with Georgia

Well done Harvey Humphries. I had the pleasure of working for him briefly in 1994. I am always happy when any Oconee County athlete inks with UGA or plays or walks-on or participates in any manner. Go Swim Dawgs, paddle, stroke, stroke, stroke.

Oconee County’s Williamson signs with Georgia

Athens' GDOT Representative Is Using His Influence on Behalf of a Client

Athens' GDOT Representative Is Using His Influence on Behalf of a Client

Jody Hice, Oconee's New Congressman, Only Wants to Create Conflict

Jody Hice, Athens' New Congressman, Only Wants to Create Conflict

Work begins on Mars Hill Road construction

Work begins on Mars Hill Road construction

Georgia Democrats try to find a way forward after election losses

Georgia Democrats try to find a way forward after election losses

Jason Carter on a potential comeback: ‘I’m not ruling it out.’ | Political Insider blog

Jason Carter on a potential comeback: ‘I’m not ruling it out.’ | Political Insider blog

SLIDESHOW: Rivers Alive Rose Creek Clean-up

SLIDESHOW: Rivers Alive Rose Creek Clean-up

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cowsert becomes new Senate majority leader

Cowsert becomes new Senate majority leader

Calling Water Department

We have another hole at Barnett Shoals and Third Street in Watkinsville. It would be great to get that replaced again before the Christmas Parade

Noland, Bryant shine in respective playoff wins

Noland, Bryant shine in respective playoff wins

Chamber sponsors Farm Tour Thursday

Oconee farm tour
The Oconee County Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Agri-Business Farm-City Tour on Nov. 20. Tour begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Thomas Cotton Gin on Georgia Highway 15 south of Watkinsville. Buses leave for tours of Hale’s Dairy, the Pastures of Rose Creek and Athens Seed Co. During a barbecue luncheon, the winners of essay contests from local agriculture students will be announced. The event is free.

Save the Date! 2014 Holiday Market







OCAF Holiday Logo
Dear Dan,
Save the Dates for OCAF's 20th Annual Holiday Market! It is just around the corner and you don't want to miss your chance to shop among the many beautiful items offered by the over 70 artists and craftspeople participating in this year's Market. 

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  Holiday Market Logo
FRI- Dec 5, 5-9 PM
SAT & SUN, Dec 6 & 7, 10 AM to 5 PM

Join us for this festive Holiday tradition & find those perfect, unique, handmade items for all the special people on your Holiday gift list! 

The 20th Annual Holiday Market is open Friday evening, December 5 from 5 - 9 PM,  
Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Lots of FREE Parking!
. Come early on Saturday and avoid the rush for parade parking!  
   
Admission: $3 per person 16 & older, FREEunder 16. 

.The Holiday Market is held in our Rocket Hall  
& 1902 OCAF Center Facilities 
34 School St. Watkinsville GA, 30677 

Directions: Click Here    OCAF Campus Map: Click Here

 For more information and a list of everyone who will be at this year's Holiday Market, click here! 
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Volunteer for Holiday Market
& the Artists' Shoppe

The Market & the Shoppe are fun, lively events filled with Holiday Cheer! Come join in the festivities and help OCAF make this a great event by volunteering a few (or more) hours of your time!  

Please use the link below to log into Volunteer Spot online to see what jobs are available and which you'd like to sign up for.



As always we appreciate every bit of help we can get!
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Don't miss the best Holiday shopping experience in the area and make sure to come back after the Market to visit the Artists' Shoppe again and again to see what new handmade inventory has been added as the Shoppe is re-stocked on a regular basis.

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas from:

The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation

                      PO Box 631                706-769-4565
                     34 School St.              info@ocaf.com  
               Watkinsville GA 3067         www.ocaf.com 
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Collection boxes for our local Food Bank will be available in both our main building (1902 OCAF Center) and in School Street Studios. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to this worthy cause. No one should ever have to go hungry and there is no better way to celebrate the true spirit of the Holiday season than by giving to those in need.
 

ARTISTS' SHOPPE
 

The OCAF Artist's Shoppe is full of artwork created by over 50 OCAF members. It opens in conjunction with the Holiday Market & will remain open through December 20  
Tuesdays thru Saturdays   
10am to 4pm. 
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GOLDEN PEAR BAKERY
  Holiday Tree Cookie
Make room in your shopping bag for lots of home-made holiday cookies, cakes and assorted baked goods for sales during the market. The Bakery will be in the 1902 Building and will offer lots of goodies to eat now or take home for later.
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Shopping Make You Hungry? 
 
Big Kev's BBQ will be set up in our parking lot offering tasty meals of pit smoked barbecue and the St. Philothea Society will be offering their wonderful Greek Pastries from their booth in Rocket Hall.
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REINDEER RAFFLE
 
$2 ticket for a chance to win exciting jewelry, handmade items and more  for yourself or as gifts for your loved ones!  
   
Single tickets: $2
or buy 3 tickets for $5.

List of Raffle items will be available at a later date.
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Oconee County historical society meeting Tuesday evening



Subject: historical society meeting
Date: November 16, 2014 at 3:58:40 PM EST

We will have a meeting this coming Tuesday evening (November 18) at Ashford Manor 7pm.  Below is a brief summary of the minutes of the last meeting.  Come help us discuss future events and activities.
Peggy
Business Meeting:
1.  Evaluation of History on the Lawn:   We got a lot of positive feed back from participations who said they had a good time.  One person reported that she had been gathering things ever since she heard about the event and that she couldn't wait to come.  There were also positive comments about this year's panel.
We have gotten one new member since the event.
            Suggestions for next year:  (1) We need some sort of sign in system or way to count participants.  One suggestion was to offer some sort of prize for which people needed to fill out information that gets put into a jar, which we can draw a winner from. (2)  We need to consider the elderly and use the golf cart of set up scanning etc. closer to the entrance (3) the sun signing on the tent made it difficult for folks to see the videos shown on it. (4) maybe we should get the panelists to visit with people before the program (with someone recording it) (5) we should look into some way of turning it into a fund raiser.  Concessions selling food was one suggestion (6) if we are serious about getting more sponsors that the University of North Georgia we need to start in January.  Dave brought up the need to provide some sort of package for the sponsor and statistics about the number of oral histories collects, photos scanned etc.  It was suggested we organize a committee to work on this package. Another suggestion was some sort of newspaper insert for which we provide copy and the newspaper sells ads to pay for the insert.  (7) It was suggested that we create of time line for when things needed to be done and establish committees to work on things.
2. Update on SPLOST:  Melissa and Peggy attended the first meeting of the subcommittee on History and Scenic Sites of the Oconee County Citizens Advisory Committee on recreational Affairs/Cultural Affairs and Tourism.
            The purpose of the committee is to give the county ideas for how to spend funds currently in the SPLOST account designated to be spent on Historic and Scenic sites.  (More money will be added if the next SPLOST passes in November.)
            The committee will continue to meet until we come to a consensus that we can present to the BOC.  Currently there is not deadline for making a decision.
            Representatives there were from the tourism office, the clean and beautiful commission, the recreation department and the historical society.  We had a wide ranging discussion of possible projects, what was and what wasn't included.  Suggestions were better signs with landscaping, flowers around town, turning the Eagle Tavern into a 'real' museum vs the current mixture of stuff there, an archive/museum for the county, fixing up current structures so that we don't loose them (strengthening Central School house and or adding heat & air, a new roof for the Eagle Tavern, an archive/museum to store and share county artifacts, and a rails to trails greenway or river walk.  History Village and what the county wanted to do about that was also briefly discussed.                                                                                                                
5. Working with other organizations:                                          
            Maggie Collins of the Bogart Historical Society was there and she reported their current activities.  They have a salute to Veterans on Nov 8 on Main Street 11:00am; a Christmas on Main Street (with tree lighting).  They have been working on setting up a museum in the old school building on Thomas Street.  There will be a grand opening sometime in December.
            Allison introduced Christian Lopez, the lead oral history and media archivist at the Richard Russell Library at UGA.  He is interested in training us, the UNG students etc. so that they can follow best practices for collecting oral histories.  The goal would be to have a product that would be easier for Allison to work with.  He could give us help figuring out how to use what we collect and to deal with legal issues that might come up.  We agreed to let him work with Allison, UNG and a representative of the society (to keep us in the loop – We thought of George Justice).
6.  A Christmas Party.  We decided that Christmas is a busy season and that getting together in January might be better. 

Oconee County governmental meetings this week

OCONEE COUNTY
• Oconee County Planning Commission Meeting, 7 p.m., today.
• Recreational Affairs Committee Meeting, 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Georgia lawmakers press forward on medical cannabis

Georgia lawmakers press forward on medical cannabis