Saturday, May 23, 2015

High-ranking Georgia prison guard supervisor arrested for raping nine women inmates

High-ranking Georgia prison guard supervisor arrested for raping nine women inmates

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mark Fox signs contract extension with Georgia through 2020

Mark Fox signs contract extension with Georgia through 2020

Davey Giles services Saturday in Oconee County

Longtime Athens area musician/record store owner and all around good guy David Franklin Giles passed from a cardiac arrest following a rattlesnake bite recently and will have services at Lord and Stephens West funeral home before a wake at the Sanctuary. Davey was a member of the Athens garage rock band The Woggles for most of the "Zontar" sessions and also ran Ruthless Records downtown. He was briefly manager of the Flat Duo Jets. His mother lives in Watkinsville.

Celebrating the life of David Franklin Giles
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Visitation: 1pm at Lord and Stephens West. Athens, Ga.
Service: 2pm at Lord and Stephens West. Athens, Ga.

Wake: 3pm at The Sanctuary, 13 Barnett Shoals Road. Watkinsville, Georgia 30677 
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Please SHARE this event with David's friends. If you would like to drop off food or drink at The Sanctuary prior to the service, tables will be set up and iced coolers provided.

Schools' Out means reconstruction of Butler's Crossing intersection as we know it

Watkinsville, Ga. – Georgia DOT announces new construction work will begin tomorrow in the area of Oconee Middle School for the widening of Mars Hill Road, if weather allows.

“So far not much has happened near the schools. No lane closures are planned at the School but crews will move in tomorrow to begin demolishing the existing fence and asphalt then grading and installing the new drainage system. Crews are continuing to build new culverts, grading, installation of drainage and installing new utility lines along the project,” explained Harold Mull, Georgia DOT District Construction Engineer.

The project will widen Mars Hill Road/Oconee Connector from State Route 316 to State Route 53/Hog Mountain Road improving mobility locally in Watkinsville and for the region in to and out of Clarke County. The new road will have four lanes that are 12 feet wide with a 20 feet wide grassy median. It will also have bike lanes and a sidewalk in each direction. As part of the project, a new bridge will be built over Barber Creek, replacing the existing bridge was built in 1944.

G.P.’s Enterprises of Auburn, Georgia is the Project’s Contractor. The contract completion date for this 3.299 mile long project is May 26, 2018 - 56 days were added to the overall completion date because of the delay in issuing the notice to proceed to the Contractor. The contract cost is $26.3 million.

If you would like to receive email updates on the project please call Teri Pope at 770-718-3924 or email her at tpope@dot.ga.gov

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. For more information on Georgia DOT, please visit www.dot.ga.gov or subscribe to our Press Release RSS feed. You also may follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GDOTNE ) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/GDOTNE).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Please vote for Watkinsville in the PetSafe poll for a new dog park

Watkinsville, GA

Oconee County Observations: A Small Truck Repair Facility Is Coming To Oconee ...

Oconee County Observations: A Small Truck Repair Facility Is Coming To Oconee ...: In Business Park While no vendors have located in the property adjacent to the Caterpillar Plant on Atlanta Highway on the east side of Bo...

Photos from Oconee County Jail paperback book donation by Oconee County Democratic Committee members



Sincerely, 
Dan Matthews




The attached photos were taken this afternoon around 1 p.m. when we took the last of the books from the book drive to replenish the Oconee County Jail Library.  Sheriff Berry and Officer Amber Shelnutt greeted us and showed us the library.  I'm guessing that around 1000 books were collected.  Officer Shelnutt had them beautifully arranged on carts and in cases according to category.  I think I speak for Oconee County Democrats and people in the Sheriff's Office in saying this project would be classified a win-win endeavor.  I don't think it created an enormous burden for any one individual, but working together as a great team it can be labeled a big success.   Thanks everyone, Margaret 

Timely text lets Chops & Hops know they are up for liquor license, prevails at Watkinsville City Council meeting

The clink of liquor-filled glasses will soon be resonating at Chops & Hops restaurant on Main Street after the Watkinsville City Council approved its first distilled spirits application Wednesday at the Community Center near the end of the regular May meeting.

City council member Mike Link maintained his staunch anti-alcohol stance by remaining the lone member of Watkinsville elected refusing to support legitimate and proper applications before the city to increase the tax base. Municipal voters actually approved a liquor-by-the-drink referendum twice in consecutive elections due to a lack of being able to distinguish votes from those with a Watkinsville mailing address (but not in the city limits).

The otherwise unanimous vote nearly was tabled if not for the quick thinking of one Watkinsville resident who sent a text message to the busy restaurant tabling customers Wednesday night, the first night of summer vacation in the Oconee County school system. Mychell Lang made it over in time for the actual vote.

The exact time when someone will order a liquor drink in Watkinsville will remain up to several extenuating bureaucratic factors, the least of which being when the City gives them the actual license to go with the State License and insurance.

Congratulations are in order to Chops and Hops ownership and customers for climbing this enormous mountain together.

Vietnam War honors planned for Memorial Day observance in Oconee County

Vietnam War honors planned for Memorial Day observance in Oconee County

Cyclists in Oconee County nearly forced off roadway

Cyclists in Oconee County nearly forced off roadway

Best local political reporting I have read in long time

Inside the Republican Convention in Athens

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

the meta view of Oconee County cow farmer Andy Landers' retirement from basketball

Retirement looks good on Andy Landers. Casual is his color.

Oconee County once again recognized as the best county to live in Georgia

2015 Best Counties to Live In in Georgia - Niche

Accident on Barnett Shoals Rd at Porter Crk with an over turned tractor trailer. Possible road closure. Stay clear of this area.


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Simonton Bridge/Whitehall Road closing



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Simonton Bridge Road/Whitehall Road will be closed at the Oconee/Clarke County line beginning today at 10:00AM. This closure is expected to last approximately 60 days.

Alternate routes include 441 North to the 10 Loop to South Milledge and you may access the east side of Athens by taking Barnett Shoals Road.

The closure is due to roadwork in Clarke County at the intersection of South Milledge and Whitehall Road.
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Largest tax hike in GA history



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From: "Bryan Long, Better Georgia" bryan@bettergeorgia.com
Subject: Largest tax hike in GA history
Date: May 18, 2015 at 9:45:49 AM EDT
To: "Dan Matthews" <danjmatt@bellsouth.net>


Better Georgia 
Gov. Nathan Deal's legacy is now set.
In just 45 days we'll all begin paying higher taxes on gas and hotels -- thanks to Gov. Deal's largest tax hike in Georgia history.
Gov. Deal will be known as the Republican who finally admitted defeat on fiscally conservative policies.
With his actions, he proved that conservative rhetoric simply doesn't work.
The bad part is that tax-and-spend Deal just charged us $1 billion a year for more asphalt -- stretching to fund just the bare minimum of what the state needs to keep up with growth.
Even worse, Gov. Deal's tax hike hits working Georgians hardest. Gov. Deal's tax plan is designed to tax those who make the least the most.
And perhaps worst of all, Gov. Deal's tax hikes are likely to rise for generations. His motor fuel excise tax is tied to inflation and increased fuel efficiency. That means Gov. Deal's tax may increase at a rate of 6 percent in just the first two years.
When conservatives like Nathan Deal raise taxes, they make sure it hurts as much as possible.
There's a lesson here if we're willing to learn it.
Sincerely,
P.S. We're not going to let Gov. Deal go unchecked in his second term. We're strengthening our efforts to fight back. You can give your voice to Georgians who don't have a lobbyist by chipping in to our campaign. Give now.
 
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Watkinsville City Council agenda 5-20-15 - Chops & Hops goes for liquor license

AGENDA
CITY OF WATKINSVILLE
May 20, 2015
CALL TO ORDER
QUORUM CHECK

PRESENTATION OF THE WATKINSVILLE BEAUTIFUL YARD AWARD
Cynthia & James llamilton — 123 Concord Drive

MINUTES
l. April 15, 2015

APPEARANCES
l. Bernardo Ramos — business license — R & R Irrigation & Landscaping — 47 Jackson Street
2. Eric Hyde — business license — Eric Hyde Agency, Inc. —2 South Main Street, Suite 205B
3. Mike Joyner — rezone — 157 South Main Street from Detached Residential (DR) to Corridor Cornmercial (CC)
4. Patrick Lang — Distilled Spirits Pouring License — 2 South Main Street, Suite 112

ADMINISTRATION
l. April 30. 2015 General & SPLOST Funds - Reconciliation Reports

MAYOR'S REPORT

CITIZENS' COMMENTS

OLD BUSINESS
l. Update signage/equipment at crosswalks @ SR 15(Main St.) & School Street & Third Street
2. Update GA Recreational Trails Program Grant
3. Budget Hearing - FY2016 (July 1, 2015 -June 30, 2016)

NEW BUSINESS
l. Consider ice machine bids
ADJOURN

Oconee County OLB Laguins has Georgia at the top of his list

Oconee County OLB Laguins has Georgia at the top of his list

Oconee County QB Noland adds another offer

Oconee County QB Noland adds another offer

How would you get to Athens if all the normal ways were closed?

This got me thinking, as I tend to do after any small disaster, what route to Athens would I take if all of the sudden, Barnett Shoals Road in Watkinsville was closed as it was in this wreck, Simonton Bridge was closed as it started to be today with the five foot shaving at the intersection with Milledge Avenue, and take into effect the old Macon Highway with the recently extinguished smoldering remains of the Puritan Cord Mill closing that route. Yes I could still wander around to Atlanta Highway and or the 10 Loop, but sometimes we do take for granted our frequented paths and usual journeys.  What is your favorite secret way to Athens, taking these out of the calculation?

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Oconee County Observations: Oconee County Charges Property Owners In Four Citi...

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