Monday, May 27, 2024

Oconee County Memorial Day Ceremony Moved Indoors To Honor 39 From County Who Gave Their Lives In Foreign Wars

***Roll Call Highlights Program***

The rain moved the ceremony to the gym at the Community Center in Oconee Veterans Park on Monday, where about 150 people turned out to honor all military veterans and the 39 fallen from Oconee County whose names are engraved on the memorial at the front of the park.

The program kicked off with Art Ryder, representing the William Daniell Society, Children of the American Revolution, reading In Flanders Fields, a poem from the First World War.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Hearing On Fiscal Year 2025 Budget For Oconee County Schools Produces Questions From Citizens But No Answers From Board

***Second Required Hearing Scheduled***

The four speakers at the first required public hearing on the tentative Fiscal Year 2025 Budget for Oconee County Schools on Wednesday mostly asked questions.

Particularly focused on questions was the final speaker, Jeff Hood, who pointed out that the Fiscal Year 2020 General Fund Budget–the oldest available on the Oconee County Schools web site–shows projected interest income of $195,000.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Oconee County Commissioners Receives An Update On Retail And Manufacturing Development In County–And On Plans By The Varsity

***No Action By The Varsity Expected For 6-8 Months***

When Courtney Bernardi, who handles economic development for Oconee County, finished her very upbeat report to the county commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday night, Commissioner Amrey Harden thanked Bernardi and her staff.

Bernardi had just reported that Costco has outperformed greatly its revenue estimates in its first year, that the Oconee Walmart is the fourth most profitable in the state, that a new tenant is expected soon for the empty Bed Bath & Beyond, and that IMI Industrial Services Group will have double its staff capacity at its new site near Bogart.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Oconee County Planning Commission Recommends Approval Of Rezone For Duplexes Despite Planning Staff Rejection Of Request

***Staff Cited Comprehensive Plan In Recommending Denial***

The Oconee County Planning Commission on Monday set aside the recommendation of the county planning staff and instead told the Board of Commissioners it should approve a rezone request for development of 3.4 acres on Moreland Way just north of the Watkinsville city limits.

The Commission made this recommendation after Justin Greer, speaking on behalf of property owner Richard Grayson, and Grayson himself, said that the project was a positive development for the neighborhood and had support of owners of the adjoining properties.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

State Department Of Transportation Responds To Comments On Proposed Dials Mill Road Extension Interchange With SR 316

***Owner Of Properties Launches New Critical Campaign***

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), in responding to comments received following its virtual Public Information Open House on March 22, confirmed that the current plans remain for a full interchange of SR 316 at Dials Mill Extension.

Those project plans may need to be revised, GDOT Environmental Administrator Eric Duff wrote in a letter dated May 20, but, if “no significant changes” are proposed, the project will proceed to right of way acquisition, final design, and construction based on current plans.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Oconee County Voters Stick With Incumbents Over Challengers In Key Local Republican Party Primary Races; Homestead Items Pass

***Barrow Runs Strong In County***

Oconee County Board of Commissioners Chair John Daniell, Commissioner Mark Saxon, and School Board Member Michael Ransom beat back challenges in the Republican Party Primary on Tuesday.

Adam Hammond and Brock Toole won the Republican Party nominations for open posts on the Board of Education. Hammond won convincingly in a three-way race, negating the need for a runoff.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Executive Director Of State Democratic Party Offers Advice To Oconee Democrats On Dealing With Republicans Running As Democrats

***Wants To Maintain Big Tent Party***

Kevin Olasanoye, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said last week he would be glad to help Oconee County Democrats decide how to deal with the three candidates who qualified for county offices but have no association with the party.

Olasanoye cautioned the group, however, that great care should be taken with the process.