Oconee County Newswire

Oconee County Newswire

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  1. Athens woman faces skydiving fear to help ESPRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | Athens Banner-Herald

    When Tania Yelton was asked to jump out of an airplane earlier this year she politely declined, but for a good reason. “I have an immense fear of heights.


  2. Louise FincherRead the original story

    Monday | MainStreetNews.com

    Louise Hardigree Fincher, 84, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018, at her residence. A longtime resident of Barrow County, she was the daughter of the late Paul Will and Willie Mae Fincher Hardigree.


  3. Oconee County sheriff's blotterRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jun 16 | Athens Banner-Herald

    SCAM: On June 8, a 44-year-old Watknsville woman reported she lost $5,700 in a scam where a caller identified himself as a Watkinsville policeman and claimed her husband was in jail and she needed to send $5,700 cash to bond him. The man wanted her to send money through an ATM.


  4. Friend Friday at ESP exposes community to 'transformative' joyRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jun 16 | Athens Banner-Herald

    For most Americans, Friday typically signals the end of another work week and it's not unusual for folks to get together after work to commemorate the onset of the weekend. It's no different at the headquarters of Extra Special People, except that campers, staffers, volunteers, families and friends gather at the beginning of the day to celebrate “Friend Friday” with a spirited yell-fest that puts everyone involved in the right frame of mind.


  5. Tesla electric car charging station opens at Epps Bridge CentreRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jun 14 | Athens Banner-Herald

    ... ons is an expansion of the services that Epps Bridge Centre is able to offer to the citizens of the Athens and Oconee County community."


  6. Roundabouts coming to Chase StreetRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jun 13 | Athens Banner-Herald

    ... opposed them at first, as when the Georgia Department of Transportation recently proposed roundabouts in the Oconee County town of Bishop, and in Athens when work began on the Tallassee-Whitehead roundabout. But polls repeatedly show most people end ...


  7. Oconee again among state's fastest-growing countiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 12 | Athens Banner-Herald

    From April 2010 to July 2017, Oconee's population has grown by 5,210 people, about 15.9 percent, according to the Census Bureau estimates. The bureau estimated Oconee County's population as 32,808 in 2010 and 38,028 last year, putting Oconee on a pace to reach about 50,000 people circa 2030.


  8. Athens area drama teachers band together to form allianceRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jun 9 | Athens Banner-Herald

    With the exception of some athletic events, there is rarely a time when students and teachers from Athens-area high schools collaborate with one another. That's all about to change with the curtain rising on the Athens Area Theatre Education Alliance, led by the drama directors at Athens Academy, Athens Christian, Cedar Shoals, Clarke Central, Monsignor Donovan, North Oconee, Oconee County and Prince Avenue Christian schools.


  9. Judson ChristopherRead the original story

    Friday Jun 8 | MainStreetNews.com

    Judson Christopher, 70, entered into rest on Friday, June 1, 2018. Jud was born in Watkinsville, Ga., the son of the late Inus and Evie Mae Christopher.


  10. GA deputies find dozens of pencils, 7 tweezers inside woman's 'birth canal'Read the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jun 1 | WTOC-TV Savannah

    According to their Facebook, the Oconee County Sheriff's Office searches all of its inmates, "no matter where they come from." The office, situated east of Atlanta, near Athens, posted a picture of a plastic bag full of dozens of pencils.


  11. Pencils and tweezers found hidden inside female inmate's 'birth canal'Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jun 7 | Daily Mail

    A number of sharp objects were found stashed inside a female inmate's vagina while she underwent a required body search Thursday morning. The Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office released picture proof of the unusual incident and explained further details later in the afternoon.


  12. Friends act to help families of Oconee drowning victimsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jun 7 | Athens Banner-Herald

    A benefit auction to raise money for the families of two young men who drowned June 1 in a rain-swollen creek in Oconee County has been set for Saturday in Crawfordville. “We'd like to draw a good crowd as 100 percent will be split between the two families,” said Ken Vaughn, a Madison County man who owns Smokin' Gun Auction.


  13. Alcohol distillery planned for downtownRead the original story

    Wednesday Jun 6 | Barrow County News

    A whiskey and brandy distillery is planned for downtown Winder in the coming months. The Winder City Council on Tuesday approved a request by Billy Stonewall Birt to rezone just under an acre at 24 and 30 Woodlawn Ave. and an unaddressed property at Woodlawn and Porter Street East to Industrial for the distillery to operate.


  14. Madison County teen drowns in Oconee County creek while trying to save other teenRead the original story

    Tuesday Jun 5 | MainStreetNews.com

    Madison County's Cameron Smith is being mourned this week - and remembered for a heroic last act, trying to save the life of a fellow teen. The bodies of Smith, 18, and Robert Bryant Wade, 18, of Bogart, were recovered Tuesday morning shortly after 11 a.m. The two had disappeared in a flood-swollen creek in Oconee County Friday afternoon.


  15. Search continues for teens missing in water near damRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 5 | Walker County Messenger

    ... of Atlanta. Cameron Smith and Robert Bryant were last seen Friday near the dam at the Puritan Mill site in Oconee County. Witnesses told authorities Wade was walking along the dam when he fell into the water, prompting Smith to jump in to try and ...


  16. Rescue teams locate bodies of missing teenagers along McNutt CreekRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 5 | Athens Banner-Herald

    The long, arduous search for the bodies of two drowning victims ended Tuesday morning, when their bodies were recovered along McNutt Creek. “This morning, shortly after 11 o'clock, within five minutes of each other and 50 yards away from each other, we located both boys,” Oconee County sheriff's Chief Deputy Lee Weems said during a Tuesday press conference in Watkinsville.


  17. The rain may be over, but Lake Lanier remains unsafe for swimmers Source: WSB-TVRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 5 | WSB-TV

    ... authorities continued searching for two teenagers who likely drowned in the waters of a swollen creek in Oconee County last week. The rain fell day after day in May. Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said there was at least a trace ...


  18. Upstate first responders helping search for GA teens who fell into creekRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jun 4 | WTOC-TV Savannah

    The Oconee County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina is helping authorities in Oconee County, Georgia search for two missing teenagers. Officials are trying to locate 18-year-old Bryant Wade and 18-year-old Cameron Smith who fell into Barber Creek.


  19. Search for teens presumed drowned continues along river in Oconee CountyRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jun 3 | Athens Banner-Herald

    The search for two teenagers presumed drowned in a flood swollen creek in Oconee County continued Monday as rescue workers now focus their recovery efforts along McNutt Creek and the Middle Oconee River. "We've been all the way to the Middle Oconee River I don't know how many times and we'll continue to do that," Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said Monday of search efforts now into the fourth day.


  20. 5 prospects who make sense for the Rangers, including the MLB draft's arguable top pitching talentRead the original story

    Monday Jun 4 | Dallas Morning News

    I don't often see the validity in MLB mock drafts. First, the players aren't seen by fans nearly as often.